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“Terrible Experience keep looking”
Review of The Earl of March

The Earl of March
Ranked #16 of 247 Restaurants in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Set against the picturesque backdrop of Goodwood and the South Downs the Earl of March is a country pub and restaurant in the village of Lavant near Chichester, West Sussex. They serve freshly prepared seasonal food from local produce, a selection of local real ales and a cellar of quality wines. All to be enjoyed in the comfort of our refurbished interior with its sumptuous leather sofas and its open wood fire.
Petersfield
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Terrible Experience keep looking”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

We frequently eat out in the area and recently discovered the Earl of March for a quick Saturday Lunch, which we had in the bar area. So first experience was good....
We then make the mistake of returning for a Tuesday lunch with our daughter. My wife booked a table and we were sat in the restaurant. The menu is a bit pretentious for lunch time, so we asked to see the bar menu for my daughter, which was given to us immediately. Finally we decided on 2 dishes from the main menu and one from the Bar menu. The waitress who took our order and said in a loud and condescending voice " For future reference, you will have to sit in the bar to order from the bar menu" and stormed off. We were left in a state of shock and it took all my wife and daughters persuasion to stop me from leaving immediately.
The staff then came to our table and removed most of the cutlery and the napkins, and set about ignoring us for 45 minutes while they served everyone else bread and made them feel welcome.
Eventually our food turned up, the Cajan chicken my daughter ordered was tasteless and the £14.50 fish and chips my wife and I ordered was decidable average.
No one checked our food was OK and when we eventually could take no more of the lack of service and hostility we asked for our bill. I took the bill to the bar to pay, as I could not stay in this place for a moment longer! Not a single courteous word was muttered by the officious waitress (blonde tied back hair working Tuesday 19th Feb), and certainly no inquiry as to "how was your meal."
I left £48 worse off and furious.
The area has many fine places to eat what ever your taste, I strongly suggest you look else where, Royal Oak, Fox goes free, Amelie & Freinds, Goodwood hotel etc..

  • Visited February 2013
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5 Thank Mark L
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely evening”
Reviewed 12 February 2013

A delight as always, cant rate the food or the staff highly enough! We went with friends for a celebration and everything was top notch.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank stuartfleming
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Anouther Great Anniversary”
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Even though we only live a short distant away we like to book each year for our anniversary meal.

The decor staff and food in my opinion are top notch, the staff are not pushy with an equal balance of being able to feel comfortable and attended to by the staff.

The staff i might add all seem very well trained in the art of good customer service without being over bearing .

We had a starter and main meal with a nice bottle of wine which all came to around £60.00 which was great value the wine in particular.

I cant seem to understand a review by the last person i expect they got the wrong place or indeed might well be a competitor with a grudge. i see the person only has one review to there name! I smell a rat!!

Thanks for a lovely time, in a lovely place, with lovely staff.. we will be back

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Reviewer215
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Very nice place to celebrate an occasion or a special day. The food is very good (hence the prices) Staff are smart and attentive. We popped in after a long walk feeling peckish. After a quick look at the menu, we thought we had best see what money we had on us as we were only going for a long walk. We managed to find £25 pounds between us and that was just enough to get a drink and just enough left for just a starter each, so not somewhere you would just go for a quick cheep pub lunch. The nice cars in the car par,k and cliental in the pub clearly gives the impression of a more upmarket pub. If money is not an issue then this would be perfect for you

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank omega132857
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“a nice lunch with nice views”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

We enjoyed a lunch here in the restauarant, The menu is quite small but everyone enjoyed their meal.The service is excellent and the pub boasts lovely views.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank sue c
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