Dogs of The Earl ~ Who’s in the Limelight for SUMMER 2017?

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The Earl Welcomes our four legged friends ~ Newbies and Regulars are always welcome here!!

We are a dog friendly Country Pub and Restaurant and your dogs are more than welcome in our Bar, Lounge, Patio and Garden areas and we always have doggie treats to hand for our special guests!

Please click on our ‘Dogs of The Earl’ Summer Issue below to see who is currently in the limelight:~

6. Dogs of The Earl – Summer 2017

5. Dogs of The Earl – Spring 2017

4. Dogs of The Earl – Winter 2016

3. Dogs of The Earl – Autumn 2016

2. Dogs of The Earl – Summer 2016

1. Dogs of The Earl – Spring 2016

Lavant’s Let Walk Group have kindly given us some lovely walks to share with you, all in the beautiful South Downs countryside :

Map ~ East Lavant

Route ~ East Lavant

Map ~ West Lavant

Route ~ West Lavant

Map ~ The Trundle

Route ~ The Trundle

Map ~ Lavant Valley

Route ~ Lavant Valley

Map ~ Oldwick

Route ~ Oldwick

Map ~ Toddlers

I Spy ~ Toddlers


We are very proud Winners of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards !!

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Award official photo

We are thrilled and very proud to be named as the Winners of the ‘Sussex Eating Experience of the Year’ announced at the Sussex Food & Drink Awards on the 1st February 2017! 

Giles, Richard and Adam were delighted to collect the award and enjoyed a fantastic evening.  “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful customers for supporting us!  It’s our pleasure to work with the finest local suppliers and to create delicious dishes for you to enjoy”.  


We hope you’ll join us for a glass of fizz to celebrate!

Click to watch a great Video from the evening, view the Chichester Observer article and the Official Press Release.

Group Award 2

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the brand NEW Sussex Food & Drink Guide on your next visit to us…

SFDA logo 2017 WINNER

Local Accommodation that we highly recommend

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Spring is here and Summer is finally on the way … We are lucky to have some fantastic local accommodation that we are very happy to recommend to you!  If you are looking to stay in the area, with the beautiful back drop of the stunning South Downs, then look no further …

Little Oldwick Barn

Hunters Lodge Bed & Breakfast

The Old Granary Bed & Breakfast

Flint Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Rooks Hill Guest House



Are we your Pub of The Year 2017? Every Vote counts…

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Are we your Pub of The Year 2017?

We’re delighted to have been nominated as Pub of the Year 2017 by the Chichester Observer. It’s absolutely fantastic to be in the running for a prize with such local relevance and we have our fingers tightly crossed.

We would love to take home the title, so consider this your call to arms! If you love what we do at The Earl of March, we would be very grateful if you would consider giving us your vote. To cast your vote pick up a copy of the Chichester Observer, fill in the coupon on the Pub of the Year page and send it in to them by 6th October please.

Thank you all very much for your continued support.  We have our fingers crossed!

Anyone for Morning Coffee?

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Spring has officially arrived, so grab your wellies and your dog, and after your morning walk pop along from 10am for an indulgent, quality blended pick me up in our relaxing sofa area by the fire – the perfect start to any day!

We can offer you a Flat White, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Macchiato, Iced Coffee, Irish Coffee, Espresso, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Chocolate and a selection of delicious Birchall Teas.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Review from OneTinyLeap

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Possibly the Best Pub Lunch in Sussex?

A hearty walk in the Sussex countryside should always be followed by a good pub lunch.

Last week we were invited to stay at the lovely Woodstock Suites in Charlton, and to eat that evening at the Earl of March in nearby Lavant, a picturesque little village about five miles from the cottages.

The pub overlooks the rolling hills of the South Downs, with a large patio perfect for basking in the summer sunshine, with a cold beer or a glass of bubbly (I prefer the latter). We hadn’t been so lucky with the weather so booked a table inside the pub. The décor was instantly appealing – modern yet cosy, with spacious brooms lit by plenty of natural light.

Run by Giles Thompson, formerly the Executive Head Chef at the Ritz Hotel in London, I was expecting big things, and boy, did it deliver. It’s sometimes difficult for us to have this kind of dining experience in a family-friendly setting, so this was a promising treat.

We had booked the table for 6pm, so the restaurant wasn’t yet too busy. The very friendly waiting staff seated us quickly, and quickly brought us the kids menu, sweetly dubbed ‘for Mini Gastronauts’.

I love the creative dishes’ names – it’s the little things that matter, and someone had clearly given them some thought. Soon after, we were given some huge crayons for Charlie to play with, even before he even asked for some. We had brought some activity books along, so he was delighted with them.

For once eschewing his beloved fish ‘n’ chips, he plumped for bangers and mash, or ‘Pork Snorkers with Yummy Mash & Gravy‘, which we all agreed looked absolutely delicious, and disappeared within moments!

As a family, we really appreciate the staff being so nice and friendly with our son – it made our experience exponentially better.

Our own menu was positively droolworthy. Rob started with the Henfield Oak-smoked salmon, with potato blinis and creme fraiche, while I had ‘Textures of Seasonal Asparagus, Slow Cooked Crispy Hen Egg, Forager’s Hollandaise’.

My plate was a real foodie experience – the plate itself was beautiful and creative, full of textures from an asparagus mousse to the tempura, plus the perfectly runny crispy hen egg oozing out of its crispy coating, all of which were real winners for me – I’m still salivating thinking of it.

Our starters were followed swiftly by a pot-roasted lemon sole for Rob, accompanied by crushed peas, Jersey potatoes and a sauce of brown shrimp and caper butter, whilst I had chosen the fillet steak, which can sometimes be a boring, safe choice, but it was much recommended to us, so I had to say to oblige and say yes. The meat was flavour-full, a tender medium-rare piece cooked to perfection, drizzled with a mouth-watering rich sauce – a true melt-in-your-mouth experience that I can still remember.

We didn’t really need dessert, but couldn’t not ask for the menu. I never seem to be able to resist it when I read the words Sticky Toffee (which was served with Salted Caramel Sauce, Toffee & Honeycomb Ice Cream), and Rob opted for a mouthwatering strawberry crumble dessert (sorry I didn’t write it down and forgot exactly what it was – but just look at the picture to your left and imagine how good that tasted).

The entire meal was beautifully cooked, well-presented, and delivered by friendly and helpful staff. One of the things I’ve always loved about the UK is its country pubs, and the Earl of March in Lavant is without doubt one of the best I’ve ever had the good fortune to dine. If you ever find yourself in West Sussex, especially if you’re visiting nearby Goodwood, make sure you book a table at the Earl of March – I promise, you won’t regret it.

You can also enjoy a proper Sunday lunch at the Earl of March, which I can’t wait to try out. I mean, every Sunday lunch deserves Oysters as a starter, wouldn’t you agree?


Dementia Support Chefology Event

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A team of renowned chefs from top rated West Sussex restaurants, including Giles Thompson at The Earl of March, Sam Mahoney at Field & Fork, Andy Stephenson at Halliday’s and Mark Robinson at The Horse Guards Inn joined their culinary expertise at an exclusive Chefology Evening for local charity Dementia Support, hosted by a leading local cookery writer Rosemary Moon.

The Chefology party took place in a stunning marquee setting, with the four distinguished chefs providing a gastronomic four courses, a feast of seasonal produce, with Mason and Mason Wines pairing exclusive wines with the menu.

Rosemary Moon commented; “It was fabulous that Giles Thompson at The Earl of March, Sam Mahoney at Field & Fork, Andy Stephenson at Halliday’s and Mark Robinson at The Horse Guards Inn came together to create such a memorable meal in aid of Dementia Support. These chefs have truly shown that West Sussex offers superb cuisine created from wonderful local produce in their restaurants. The Chefology evening was a showcase for our ingredients and our chefs who all said Yes immediately they were asked to give their skills in support of this excellent and much needed local charity. It has been a delicious privilege to work with the Team on this event.”

At the event the Dementia Support Trustees officially launched a new unique centre, The Dementia Hub, which is being created to truly enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.

Dementia Support is a local charity working in partnership the NHS, West Sussex County Council, statutory organisations, with voluntary and charitable organisations from within the community, to build a centre of excellence for people living with dementia. The charity is currently raising funds to build a fit for purpose dementia Hub with an accessible Memory Assessment Unit, dementia-friendly garden, a dementia-specific technology suite, community café and dementia-friendly therapeutic rooms as well as offering a befriender service, day care and much-needed respite for carers.