Time spent bumbling around Midhurst is always time well spent. There is a fabulous choice of independent shops including “interiors” (oh hello Alchemy), fashion, charity, stationery and jewellery. But at some point, as you browse, you may find yourself in need of sustenance! Head up North Street as a starting point and then cue Midhurst’s café culture. You are spoilt for choice.
For the Francophiles
The Midhurst Bakery is perfect for your French fix. Grab supplies of cheese, wine and baguettes but don’t forget to grab a pastry too. If you have time and it’s sunny enjoy your coffee outside on the pavement and imagine yourself to be in a quaint market town in Normandy.
Lots of local
Still hungry? Cross the road to Madeleine’s Deli. This Midhurst café and coffee shop has got cakes and pastries galore as well as hot drinks and a fuller menu for those that want more of a lunch. This has a classically English feel (although they have some great pottery which I suspect is from further afield) and the deli has lots of local produce. With a cute little courtyard at the back which is a bit of a sun trap, it’s a great place to refuel.
Calling all bohemians
Anything with an old fashioned typewriter in the window gets my attention but I really wasn’t expecting this! Welcome to The Olive and Vine.
An uncovered and stunning 16th century mural greets you along with a neon sign and a trendy low-lit bar. If that sounds like it doesn’t work, it does, in a thoroughly eclectic manner. Keep going to a sunroom and on to a funky courtyard. Put down roots here and enjoy a Hungry Hippie or Hipster Brekkie. Or a cocktail. Or just coffee. There was no cake but I’ll live!
Olde worlde English charm and proper Sussex fodder await you at the Midhurst Museum Tea Rooms. Set in a 16th century hayloft located above the museum in Knockhundred Market, they serve Sussex cream teas and Sussex cheese teas! Happy days.
Avoid the stocks
Away from the hustle and bustle of North Street, in Market Square is Gartons Coffee House. With tables in the pedestrian square, there’s a sense of tranquillity here although with the old stocks just around the corner, I felt a little nervous.
We haven’t forgotten you Caffe Verdi but we ran out of time. Your cakes did look fabulous and we’ll be back!
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