Boerie rolls

Found a food van in the lay by on the London road in Liphook on a Friday evening. Serving the only boerewors rolls one is likely to find in the south of England.

Boerewors rolls in the south of England

Bring and Braai are event caterers based in Liphook that specialise in South African street food.

South African braaied food Hampshire

Their van can also be found in Haslemere on Wednesdays, Cranleigh on Thursdays and Godalming on Saturdays

Catering vans for hire Hampshire

Hunger Busters

Find Hunger Busters, Wednesday to Sunday weather permitting, where the road ends at the Marine Beach car park on the beachfront in Selsey.
Food vans in Selsey
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.

Burgers in Selsey
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.

Hot dogs in Chichester
They also do a breakfast on the go.

Beach breakfast in Selsey
As well as well as a piping hot jacket potato and cheese.

Jacket potato in Selsey


Found The Taco Box tucked away in a quiet side street in East Wittering. Have been looking out for them for a while now.

Mexican street food in Chichester

I tend to get my Tacos confused with Quesadillas and didn’t realise that Ninos is not another variation of the same.

Best Burritos in West Sussex

Burritos however, I do know and burrito filled with crispy pork belly roasted in onions, garlic and paprika, is irresitable.


IF YOU go down to the woods today, you won’t find any old roadside café.

Frustrated with the dining choice available at the roadside, caterer Mark Jones came up with an idea that would entertain all the family.

His café based on the design of a fairytale gingerbread house is hidden in a copse on farmland behind the layby on the A35 at Stinsford near Dorchester – and it’s already creating a stir.

Theatrical designer and artist Phil Coombs, who works for Mr Jones’s Whole Hog event catering company, spent almost two months making the unusual exterior.

He used a range of materials including wood, fibreglass, polystyrene and expandable foam to create a fairytale-like scene featuring liquorice sweets, candy canes, a nougat layered roof and even a witch sticking out of the chimney. Mr Jones said: “It’s certainly turning heads. Everyone who comes here wants to photograph it.”

He added: “It’s something the kids will remember from their journey when they’re on holiday.”

The gingerbread house is actually a shipping container previously used by the Ministry of Defence as a field kitchen.

Mr Jones bought it to replace a catering trailer which used to be at the site.

He said: “We used to take the trailer backwards and forwards every day on to the farm and after about a year I decided to get something else because it was so much hassle and a lot of mud was being created in the winter.

“I discovered the container on the internet.

“It’s ideal because it’s totally hygienic and very secure.

“We thought about turning it into a log cabin at first before deciding on the gingerbread house idea.

“We’re in a clearing in the woods so it’s a perfect setting.”

Mr Jones explained how he cleared the site of fly-tipped rubbish and created a picnic area before starting the catering venture, known as the Farm Stop, last year.

He uses local suppliers to source his bread, meat, eggs, honey and ice-cream.

No polystyrene is used and only Fairtrade coffee and tea are served.

Mr Jones said: “The roadside café is a thing of the past and nowadays there isn’t a lot of choice for people on the road.”

Outdoor caterers

Distinctly different, it is hard to miss the South African StrEat Food van

Mobile caterers in the south of England

Criss crossing through the countryside in Northamptonshire to the urban bustle of London. From Hertfordshire to Buckinghamshire this is a busy, busy mobile shop and South African street food stall.

Criss crossing the countryside from Northamptonshire to the hustle and bustle of London. From Hertfordshire to Buckinghamshire this is a busy, busy mobile shop and South African street food stall.

Burger Shack Pit Stop

[Edit] Closed but maybe moved to a shop in North St.

Doner Kebabs don’t do it for me.

Greek pita gyros Havant

But a homemade Greek pita gyros in another story and there is a food van on Brockenhurst Lane behind Sports Direct in the Solent Retail Park, doing just that.

But whats the difference ?

Cornish’s Cookhouse

When it comes to burgers Jamie Himlin-Ladd goes for the Cookhouse Burger from the Cornish Cookhouse at the beachfront on Hayling Island.

Best burger on Hayling beachfront

“What an absolute joy to turn up for a swim in the sea & see this absolute beauty of a truck in the car park. After a quick swim I ventured back & was given a warm welcome by two super friendly ladies. The food was divine, I had the salt beef brisket bagel & my friend loved her vegan option, it is a must try. An absolute gem of a find & looking forward to returning again very soon to work my way through the menu.”

Best street food in Havant

Street food as it is meant to be eaten

Best street food in Portsmouth

The Community Oven

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.