The Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, is the hub of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate set in the South Downs. The shop is famous for its holistically reared lamb, beef and vension and sale of local produce. The cafe's outstanding food - from lunch to afternoon tea - is all homemade using traditional artisan techniques. The Farm Shop and cafe are open every day, 9am - 5pm (please check website)
The Swan Inn Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4TY
The personal touch
A hip hotel meets gastropub concept has breathed new life into this impressively reincarnated 14th-century inn, which rose out of ashes like a phoenix following a disastrous fire that destroyed much of the first floor in 2004. It provides all the charm of the country with modern, chic Manhattan-style rooms and suites, all of which are superbly appointed. Downstairs, there’s a rustic-meets-contemporary bar area with wooden floor, chunky scrubbed tables and chairs, leather sofas and easy chairs fronting a blazing winter log fire, old village photos and modern prints on soft yellow and blue walls, and a long, sleek bar lined with gleaming beer pumps. Upham Pubs took over the pub in 2016 and has successfully softened the look and feel of the place, adding rustic wood panelling, upholstered wall bench seating and shelves of books in the two informal dining areas. Once more restaurant with rooms, it’s now a cracking village pub – the atmosphere is relaxed and it’s the place to peruse the papers over a pint of Upham Tipster.
Kids are allowed throughout the pub; smaller portions are served and sofa and z-beds are available (small extra charge) in some of the bedrooms.
Dogs are most welcome in the bar (dog biscuits on the bar) and in the garden but not overnight in the bedrooms.
Discreetly tucked away at the back of the pub is a beautiful landscaped terraced garden – decked out with urns, teak tubs, terracotta pots and upmarket benches and brollies it makes a perfect alfresco dining option.
The Swan Inn Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4TY
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The Swan Inn Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4TY
Mastering the menu
Time to Eat
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Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.
Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – email@example.com.
1 Inn Location - The Swan Inn
The Hungry Guest's founder, Danish-born Master Baker Troels Bendix, first opened his Petworth cafe and shop to feed hungry locals with freshly baked treats. Now his superb establishment has expanded to include a butchery and cheese room. For lunch, afternoon tea or shopping it's a treat and worth stopping off for in this pretty market town
The Horse Guards, Tillington GU28 9AF (see Inn Places entry)--foodtrail-----0.6297104--50.98985
Lodsworth Larder is a community run, eco-friendly, village shop situated in the heart of the Southdown's National Park. The Shop sells a wide variety of fresh produce and groceries with daily deliveries of fruit, seasonal vegetables and bakery produce. They also sell local meat, poultry and have a wide selection of delicatessen goodies and local artisan cheeses. The shop is open all week (please check the website for times).
Nestled beneath Blackdown Hill, this quirky little shop stocks a full range of Lurgashall Vineyard's traditional English country wines, meads, liqueurs and other goodies too. In the winery's 17th century barn local products are for sale and visitors can sample wines with the help of knowledgeable staff. The barn's cafe serves coffees, teas and cakes including delicious cream teas, which can be enjoyed inside or outside on benches in the courtyard.
Set at the heart of the 12,000 acre Sussex estate, Goodwood Home Farm is the largest lowland organic farm in the UK. The Farm achieved full organic status in 2004 and boasts the first dairy herd in the UK to be totally organically fed. The farm shop sells estate game, organic beef, lamb, pork and dairy including Goodwood cheese, ales and lager.
The Chilli Fiesta is an annual event in which West Dean gardens dedicates itself to three days of chilli madness. Chilli enthusiasts can watch food demos, sample chilli-based grub, and purchase plants to take home. The glasshouses in the walled gardens are filled with over 250 varieties.
The Coco Café Sugar Lounge is a traditional sweet shop with a modern twist, selling unusual and interesting chocolate and sweets you wouldn't find on the high street. Some of their chocolates are from really small chocolatiers including local company Chocolate Alchemist. The coffee shop and ice creams are good too!
The Lickfold Inn, Lickfold, Petworth GU28 9EY
Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers (Restaurant Story) and head chef Graham Squire reopened this glorious 15th-century rural pub in 2014 following extensive refurbishment. Now very much a destination dining pub, the informal and huge characterful bar is the place to relax with a pint and some great bar snacks. Head upstairs for delicious seasonal dishes from an innovative modern menu.
The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, Fernhurst, West Sussex GU27 3HQ
Tricky to locate, this unspoilt 15th-century country pub, its brick and stone walls covered with roses and wisteria, is well worth the effort to find. Persevere for tiny rustic bars, local ales, a swish dining extension and decking, top-notch pub food cooked by chef-owner Simon Goodman, and a fantastic terraced garden with far-reaching views across the Sussex Weald.
Secrett’s at Hurst Farm in Milford is a premier gourmet food destination in Surrey. With over a century of horticultural excellence, they are one of top growers of vegetables and salad crops in the county. High quality home-grown produce from our 150 acre farm and quality artisan food products are the focus of the excellent farm shop. Monthly farmers market - 3rd Sunday.
1 Inn Location - The Swan Inn
The famous racecourse rises and falls around a natural amphitheatre. For one week during the summer it becomes 'Glorious Goodwood', one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar. Close by is Goodwood Country Park, also the site of the 'Festival of Speed' and 'Revival' festivals - showcasing the world of cars ancient and modern.
Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray's 16,500 acre estate, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century. On summer afternoons it's a relaxed way to an enjoy an exciting game in a wonderful setting.
Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.
Known as the 'Antiques Centre of the South', Petworth has a long history of being at the heart of antique dealing. This beautiful market town has probably more antique shops than any other in the south of England. Within half a mile radius there are 24 antique and interior design shops to make your mouth water.
Located on North Street, Something Different specialises in shabby-chic, textiles, artefacts, wall art, jewellery and gifts.
Artichoke is an independent rustic gift and hand-painted furniture shop based in Midhurst, on the South Downs. Expect an eclectic range of home accessories among many other items.
The Babylon Store is the place to go for lifestyle products for the home, all cherry picked to create a striking and highly individual style. Among many items, you'll find oak and reclaimed furniture, elegant wall art and a variety of home textiles.
This long-established department store specialises in ladies' and men's fashion, beauty products, toys and upscale homeware. Opened as a drapery business in 1881, Elphicks still trades from the same premises today. The store was founded on the principles of offering choice, quality, value, fun and something different to its customers.
Places to visit
Uppark House, South HartingGU31 5QR
Looking at Uppark House today, it's hard to believe that this imposing Georgian building was badly damaged by fire in the 1980s. The restored National Trust house, near Petersfield, was the childhood home of HG Wells - his mother was in service here.
One of the region's most picturesque towns, Arundel is packed with handsome buildings and historic landmarks. Top of the list here is Arundel Castle, the principal home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Within its great walls lie countless treasures, including tapestries, clocks and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
North of Chichester, the museum, occupies a picturesque 40-acre site in rolling downland with 50 historic buildings which have been dismantled from around the country and rebuilt for preservation.Here you can learn all about building conservation and rural life in Britain down the centuries. Among many demonstrations there is cooking in the Tudor kitchen and flour milling in the working watermill. The buildings' gardens have been specially designed with plants, layouts and animal breeds from each period.
West Dean Gardens PO18 0QZ
These award-winning gardens feature a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchards and circular walk set in beautiful parkland. Delicious homemade goodies can be eaten in the Garden's restaurant. Look out for courses and festivals including the summer Chilli Fiesta in August, celebrating over 250 chilli varieties!
Tucked away in an old disused chalk pit, this museum is dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East. Exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway, telecommunications hall, electricity hall and printing workshop. A blacksmith and potter work onsite. Outside the quarry has been reclaimed by wild flowers including orchids and birds such as peregrine falcons swoop over the quarry face.
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester PO19 6AP
As one of Britain's most prestigious theatres, it attracts famous acting talent and top stage productions before they head to the West End. The unusual Hexagonal building is set in large grounds, so theatre lovers can bring picnics in summer or visit the newly refurbished bars and restaurants. A smaller sister theatre, the Minerva, is also on site with equally good productions, talks and workshops.
Arundel Wetland Centre, set in ancient woodlands near the River Arun, is home to kingfishers, water voles, hundreds of British wildfowl and migrating wild birds. Visitors can enjoy 'Safaris' on quiet, electric boats everyday (weather permitting) or walk amongst ancient reed beds with well positioned hides. The Centre's cafe, is the perfect place to bird watch over lunch!
This magnificent late 17th-century country house, set in a 700-acre deer park, is home to The National Trust's finest collection of pictures with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The servants' quarters contain fascinating kitchens and outside, the grounds which can be enjoyed by walkers, were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.
Cowdray Park is recognized worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray's 16,500 acre estate, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century. On summer afternoons it's a relaxed way to an enjoy an exciting game in a wonderful setting.
Founded in 1961, the Museum of Farnham explains in impressive detail the history of this fine Georgian town. Expect fascinating archaeological artefacts, nationally important artworks by local artists and a striking costume collection.
Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.
Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.
In the care of English Heritage and only a couple of miles to the south-east of Farnham, Waverley Abbey is a charming ruin consisting of fragments of the church and monastic buildings of the first Cistercian Abbey in England, founded in 1128 by the Bishop of Winchester.
The sound of birdsong is one of the great pleasures of a stroll in Alice Holt Forest, south of Farnham. During early summer the distinct songs of warblers can be heard here. Butterflies are prolific and there is a rich variety of flora and fauna. Look out for deer as you stroll between Norway spruce and Corsican pine deep in the heart of the forest, once part of a royal hunting ground.
Goodwood House is the beautiful country seat of the Dukes of Richmond. It was built as one of the finest sporting estates and still is today – for those who like speed! The grounds host Goodwood’s Festival of Speed and ‘Revival’ for classic cars. Nearby, in stunning countryside, the Racecourse is popular for horse racing all year round, in particular ‘Glorious Goodwood’ in summer. The airfield attracts proficient and aspiring aviators with flying lessons available.
Only three families have lived at Parham House, near Storrington, since its foundation stone was laid in 1577 during the reign of Elizabeth I. Outside the house visitors can stroll in the delightful walled garden and pleasure grounds.
This Edwardian house on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking is owned and managed by the National Trust. Extensively remodelled in 1906 by the famous society hostess of the time, Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey sits amid 1,000 glorious acres, including a walled rose garden.
Elegant country house set in superb countryside, best know for its fine gardens that combine formality of design with informality of planting. It’s full of scent and colour and offers walks with many unexpected vistas. The house contains an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d’art.
The Petworth Festival is a summer festival of music and the arts, set in the historic market town of Petworth. Over two-weeks in July the town comes alive with a high quality programme of classical concerts and recitals, chamber music, song, jazz, cabaret, theatre, comedy, visual arts, talks and walks in and around Petworth.
Location, Location, Location
By Road: Located in the village centre beside the A283 between Godalming and Petworth
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Witley, 2.5 miles and an easy taxi ride away from The Swan
Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4TY