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“Hidden oasis of calm”

St. Martin’s Organic Coffee House
Ranked #1 of 13 Coffee & Tea in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$14
Cuisines: Healthy, Soups
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Customers order drinks and cakes at the counter and take them to their chosen tables, any meal orders will be given a number and delivered to the table by a waiter/ess. 100% organic vegetarian plus organic or wild fish.
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Situated down a side-street off the main shopping area, many people must have walked past here without a second glance, or being aware of the treasures inside.
There are so many nooks and crannies and hidden alcoves, both downstairs and (the under-used) upstairs, that one can almost literally lose oneself. A mug of good coffee, a paper from the well-stocked racks, a seat in front of one of the log fires, and one can easily while-away a couple of hours on a cold winter's afternoon. Drinks refills are half-price too.
In the summer, there is the delightful courtyard garden where rustic tables and chairs fight with the encroaching foliage, allowing sunny or shady spots to suit all tastes.
The food is organic whole food, and tastes sublime, especially the home-baked bread, scones and cakes, while more substantial lunch dishes are available. The prices are not high-street, but neither is the experience.........

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1  Thank bob w
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Olde little nooks, lovely cottage garden, very secluded. Good tea and cake albeit a bit over priced. Great for a catch up with friends. Will be visiting in the winter months to compare atmosphere.

Thank Gemma W
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Wonderful pace - cozy inside and a beautiful leafy garden outside. Lots of private little alcoves to sit in.
Carrot cake absolutely delicious - best ever and they were talking about a new invention of one using rice flour too.
Banana cake so good I had one piece and bought a whole cake to take away - this meant that i had about 6 slices in two days.
Would go back to Chichester just to go here to try the savoury things and eat lots more cake.

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Thank 100percentfabulous
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We visited on successive days on a trip to Chichester, sitting outside in the courtyard garden and then inside. It is a little oasis in a very attractive small city, whether you like to be surrounded by foliage (of which there is a lot in the courtyard), or are more attracted to aged beams, brick and nooks and crannies in a seriously old building. Open fires took the chill off a damp day.

We had very decent coffee and tea, and sampled the cheese, apple and spinach toastie, welsh rarebit and an apricot oat slice over the course of the two visits. I'm not a veggie but still enjoyed it, wasn't upset by the price and liked the ambience inside and out. A definite recommend, and we would go back without a doubt next time we are in Chichester. Who needs Starbucks?

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Thank Rob B
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Lovely nooks, cosy fire and beams and a pretty little garden outside mean you can't fault the surroundings, and the idea of good quality 'good for you' and organic food is a great one, however it fails in the execution.
I think it's quite clear that the owner is a little eccentric (just look at the description on here of the establishment) which is all well and good, however why they insist on making the poor waitressing staff wear ridiculous frilly aprons 'a la Victorian scullery maid' is beyond me and adds nothing to the authenticity/atmosphere of the tea room. I would prefer waitresses who were comfortable!

The coffee was nice, nothing special (I love my coffee, and have Tunki Mayo a lot at home so maybe I'm spoilt) and the hot chocolate, er sorry 'cocoa' which I had to add 4 sugars to to make drinkable was of a good quality.
However I would not expect a thin (less than an inch) slice of soggy raisin filled banana bread that's burnt on the outside to cost £3.20!!! Especially when Banana bread is one of the cheapest things you can make gluten free, and it's so easy to make a moist, firm, raisin free version (sprinkles some coconut on top to toast and it's delicious).

As someone who had a market 'stall' selling gluten and dairy free and diabetic produce I understand how expensive, and difficult it can be to make good tasting baked goods that rise and stay fresh, however the food on offer was very amateurish, like a first time baker had made it, the scones looked flat and sad and I wouldn't have DREAMED of paying the approx £8 they wanted for a bit of salmon and egg on a slice of toast!

Basically a nice cosy place to have an (expensive) coffee and a chat, but go elsewhere for food and tip the poor waitresses well!

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7  Thank fenny89
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John R, Owner at St. Martin’s Organic Coffee House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2016

Welcome to St Martins

A civilized place to meet your friends: and good for the soul.
Here at St Martins everything is made
on the premises. We only use 100% organic ingredients (or wild fish), All S.A. certified, guaranteeing authenticity and an unbroken food chain from producer to consumer; beware of others’ spurious claims.
Since our inception in 1979 we have never used microwave ovens, aluminium pots, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or tin openers; we use glass, not PBA plastic containers for food storage thereby keeping to our principles of looking after our customers’ health. We first introduced organic, G.M. free, unrefined wholefoods in 1985. We use only extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil and no other catering oils. Our juices are made to order using real fruit or vegetables, squeezed using a slow cold press, thereby keeping all the enzymes fresh and doing you good.
We consciously choose ingredients that
are very high in antioxidants, free from
hydrogenated fats, and with virtually nil trans-fatty acids. You will not find any saturated fat, cream or butter hidden here. Sugar is nearly all removed or replaced with molasses and honey. Our decaffeinated coffee has been produced using the chemically free ‘Swiss Water System’. Our Ice cream is made with only organic fruit or vegetables and absolutely no other ingredients.
No industrial chain shop, factory, mass produced convenience foods will ever be served to you here. We have dispensed with commercial dishwashers, as they all use strong suspect artificial chemicals that stay on the crockery and maybe harmful to your health, which is contrary to our ethos. Our utensils and crockery are washed by hand in hot water with Ecover washing up liquid and rinsed twice, thereby looking after you.
Please feel free to play the piano or relax upstairs with a game of Chess, Japanese Go or Scrabble.
St Martins, where you can have a treat without spoiling yourself and pay less for more. All food, drink and ingredients are available to take away. FREE WIFI
There you go you will be lucky to find another with these credentials, goodbye.

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