Visitors to Portchester Castle will inevitably bump into Claude.
Not your standard same old, same old. This vintage mobile coffee bar is deliberately different.
Offering locally roasted coffee, home baked cakes, savouries, waffles and their delicious crab sandwiches.
But what is really special is the passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Providing a service that is different. A genuine committment to local, to their customers, to the community and if you happen to have forgotten your wallet there is a token board which everyone is welcome to use to redeem a suspended coffee that has been paid forward.
Jeremy mentioned that he had spotted a sign announcing the imminent opening of the Saigon Munch Box at the Chichester station. But for some reason I needed reminding.
This time I found it
Two was definitely too much.
But I couldn’t decide between The Mexcian and the BBQ Pulled Pork toppings at Mr Jack Potato.
A very small fast food takeaway tucked away on the Oving Rd behind the Four Chestnuts. Serving some of the more imaginative street food options to be found in Chichester.
The site appears to have been abandoned. I suspect the vendor who took it over was was sold a dud with arrears outstanding to the Council. Another small business struggling to make ends meet and support a family gets blindsided by technicalities.
The food I was sewrved warranted another visit but I don’t suppose that comes into anyones reckoning.
Just around the corner from Hendy Dacia. On the corner of Airport Service Rd and Robinson Way.
This time I ordered a bacon and cheese burger.
Soft fresh bun. More than enough bacon, melted cheese and a cold coke to wash it down. The trailer owner has been doing this long enough to know what works. Although I understand that the business recently changed hands and there appears to be a complication with Council and unpaid rent that is arrears.
Last time it was a hot dog as well as cheesy chips, plenty of salt and both were good enough to recommend a second take.
For the past fourteen years Yummez Burger Bar has been flipping burgers on the Petersfield Rd
In a lay by on the right hand side of the road just before Midhurst. Fast food, done right.
Supported by regular customers looking for a quick bite on the move. They offer a standard menu of breakfast baps, burgers, toasties and hot dogs. Along with cool drinks and a selection of snacks
Open until four o’clock and you can phone ahead to arrange to collect your order on the way past.
How do you see the world?
Is it perfect? Of course not.
Can we fix all the problems? Of course not.
Can we make a difference? Of course we can.
Doesn’t matter how small the achievement we believe in making a difference to people’s lives, it may be in a very small way, but that’s the core of what we do, we want to make a difference and that is our purpose.
It’s important to appreciate food, it’s such a fundamental aspect of all our lives, we believe that cooking and eating together can be a very beneficial experience and helps form bonds in a community. We also believe that good food should be healthy and above all tasty!
It is difficult to say much more that that.
Whilst looking, I happened to stumble over the Community Oven and it is difficult to say much more that that. I tire very quickly of sleek professionally fitted coffee shops, restaurants and farm shops. Gravitating rather to greasey food trucks specialising in high carb junk foods liberally doused with fried onions, spicy sauces and accompanied by a sticky drink.
Honest, unapologetic and unpretentious.
But not all of the time. Occasionally one does stumble over someone else hell bent on doing different.
Find Hunger Busters from Wednesday to Sunday weather permitting, where the road ends at the Marine Beach car park on the beachfront.
For full on burgers, hot dogs and very generous baps. The menu offers a good selection of hot trailer food cooked to keep their clients coming back for more.
The village has a long history of fishing, still has its own fleet and a stroll along the narrow promenade, together with some of the best street food to be found in Chichester, is one of those rare and simple pleasures.
They also do a breakfast on the go.
As well as well as a piping hot jacket potato and cheese.
Found The Taco Box tucked away in a quiet side street in East Wittering. Have been looking out for them for a while now.
I tend to get my Tacos confused with Quesadillas and didn’t realise that Ninos is not another variation of the same.
Burritos however, I do know and burrito filled with crispy pork belly roasted in onions, garlic and paprika, is irresitable.