Whatever you want from good old fish and chips from a paper bag on the seafront to a gourmet feast in an a la carte restaurant, the culinary delights of the area are sure to cater for your taste buds.
From wine bars and bistros, cosy little restaurants and old timbered country pubs to tea-rooms, coffee shops and cafes - Havant Borough has it all.
All these can be found in some delightful settings; bordering the harbour at Langstone, nestling by the quay at Emsworth or hidden away in a secluded winding country lane in Hayling Island or in the surrounding area. Here is a selection of restaurants and pubs in the local area.
tel: 023 9248 3464
Much modernised two-bar Tudor pub, low beams and nice rambling alcovey feel, low-priced lunchtime sandwiches, baked potatoes and bargain hot dishes, Fullers London Pride and Gales, good welcoming service, smallish no smoking area; piped music (may be live Sat - very popular with young people Fri/Sat night); pretty frontage with splendid hanging baskets, tables in back garden
tel: 023 9248 3125
Charmingly placed no smoking waterside dining pub overlooking tidal inlet and ancient wadeway to Hayling Island, boats at high tide, wading birds when it goes out; real ales such as Flowers Original, Fullers London Pride, Gales HSB and Greene King IPA, good choice of wines by the glass, good pub food inc all-day sandwiches and snacks, plenty of cheerful young staff, spacious flagstoned bar and linked dining areas, log fire; children in eating areas, nice garden, good coastal paths nearby, open all day.
tel: 023 9247 1719
Busy waterside 18th-c former grain store, lovely views to Hayling Island from roomy softly lit nautical bar with upper deck dining room, good no smoking areas, quick friendly service, Fullers ales, good choice of wines by the glass, log fire, wide range of generous reasonably priced food; children welcome, plenty of tables on heated terrace by quiet quay, good coast walks, open all day.
tel: 023 9248 2779
Neat and relaxing rambling open-plan bar, Fullers/Gales ales tapped from the cask, reasonably priced simple lunchtime food, good service, open fire, sensibly placed darts; tables outside, open all day
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tel: +44 (0)1243 377914 web site
A real fun place, presided over by Lawrence Murphy who thrashes the stoves and Julia who does just about everything else. History does not relate anything about the former fisherman inhabitant of this converted cottage quite near the Quay, but one likes to think he would have joined in the fun with enthusiasm.
Certainly everybody else seems to be doing so. The menu is exciting and not overlong, which lessens the time taken in the preparatory stage, and your food arrives promptly. Somebody has taken time though, compiling a subtle wine list, with house wine from £11.75.
No children under 8 years.
tel: +44 (0)1243 375592 web site
Formerly a haunt of smugglers, the inn has now become ultra-respectable and it is doubtful if its former habitués would so much as recognise it, much less appreciate what it now has to offer. Standards are high throughout and though a meal is pricey, it is a small price to pay for such wonderful food.
You can have the customary three-course meal or really push the boat out and go for the seven-course gourmet that, the instructions say, can be chosen under the element of surprise.
The whole process is taken seriously and such distractions as mobile phones, pipes, cigars etc are firmly banished to the bar. Main courses on the a la carte could include Spiced honey glazed duck breast, accompanied by baked Peking duck leg and sausage, caramelised orange, French beans and sherry vinegar sauce; gently poached fillets of brill, laid on baked celeriac fondant served with seared langoustines, spinach and baby leeks finished with roast chicken reduction or roast breast of farm chicken, spiked with fresh truffle, placed on dauphinoise potato with glazed shallots, wild mushrooms and complemented by a cep cream and truffle oil foam.
They boast a well-conceived wine list with house wine at £13.50.
tel: +44 (0)1243 372744/379017 web site
Another contribution to the movement which is beginning to make Emsworth look rather like Ludlow-sur-Mer, but which still has a long way to go in sheer weight of numbers.
You eat smart in the upstairs restaurant or more informally downstairs in the brasserie, which seems much more fun. Fish roams freely on the menu but the well tried favourites are there and local estates offer opportunities (legally I hasten to add) for pheasant and venison.
Roast monkfish with bacon is a dream come true. The wine list is business-like and fiscally friendly. House wine at £10.50 with a decent-sized glass at £2.