16 March 2017
48 Hours In Chichester
With the Festival Theatre and Goodwood Estate on its doorstep, you might think you know all there is to do in Chichester. But as we found when we opened our latest store there at the beginning of February, there’s a lot more to this little cathedral city than meets the eye. From exploring the original Roman town walls to enjoying a glass of English wine, Chichester is worth a weekend of your time, any week of the year.
WHERE TO STAY
CHICHESTER HARBOUR HOTEL
57 North St, Chichester, PO19 1NH
Sometimes a hotel is little more than a bolt hole for your weekend away. Not so with the Chichester Harbour. This is a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in the heart of the city – a perfect starting point if you decide to venture out. But there’s really no need, once you see the soft linen sheets, plump pillows and deep quilts puffing up the beds in this boutique hotel, you’ll never want to leave. A good night’s sleep guaranteed.
WHERE TO EAT
FARMER, BUTCHER, CHEF
New Barn Hill, Chichester, PO18 0QP
The clue is in the name. This new ‘farm to fork’ restaurant is the collaboration of a local farmer, a top-notch butcher and a Michelin star chef. The restaurant itself is part of The Goodwood Hotel, set on 12,000 acres of sprawling parkland. Using animals that have been born and bred on the estate’s Home Farm, the culinary trio only work with what is in season. They use the whole animal so prepare to find yourself eating some unusual cuts. They’ve been awarded the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts ‘Sustainable Food Philosophy Seal’. Organic fodder at its best.
WHERE TO DRINK
33 Southgate, Chichester, PO19 1DP
There are plenty of coffee shops in Chichester but our favourite is this contemporary little tapas place with modern architectural details such as exposed brick and wooden beams. There’s a lovely atmosphere and they stay open for coffee all day even when the restaurant is closed. A great place to grab a hot drink and a homemade sandwich in the day. Of course if you decide to stay for a glass of wine and a little authentic Spanish tapas, you don’t need to move an inch.
WHERE TO GO
TINWOOD ESTATE VINEYARD
Tinwood Estate, Chichester, PO18 0NE
This is wine country. 100,000 champagne award-winning variety vines flourish in 65 acres of chalky, flint topped soil. When the sun is shining you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the South of France. Meet the winegrowers at the Tinwood Estate, take a wander around the vines and finish with a glass (or three) of sparkling English wine and a cheeseboard to share. A beautiful setting for a relaxed afternoon.
WHAT TO DO
WALK THE CHICHESTER WALL
Chichester, PO19 1DA
If you’re looking for that unmissable, unique to Chichester activity, this is it. Built in 1800, more than 80% of the walls and gates that were built around the Roman town of Noviomagus Regionrum still stand. It is the most intact circuit of Roman town defences in Southern England and you can walk around pretty much all of it. One part history lesson, one part geography lesson, one part stroll.
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