We decided to visit Chichester during the day and then spontaneously took a tour to the Witterings, ending up at Eastside thinking there would be more restaurants there. We found the usual family oriented fare from other local pubs and then came across Samphire. We were attracted to the name (if anyone knows what samphire is and names a restaurant after it is likely to know what they are doing with food). It was clear from the menu that they did indeed have a clear idea of good food. They also had a sticker of Hugh's fishfight on the window, which won us over.
They did not have a free table when we asked, so we strolled around disappointed hoping to find an equivalent. There were one or 2 others that we would have settled on, but those were also fully booked. We had to retrace our steps past the restaurant and thought to ask again. They again politely said that they were fully booked. A little further up the road we stopped to look at a cat with the markings of a leopard. The cat occupied us for a while luckily, but it seemed to evade our attempts at photographing it. To our surprise the girl from Samphire came looking for us to invite us back - a table had become free outside.
Sitting outside, we ordered from the unusual menu and after tucking into the free homemade bread and butter our food arrived. We had mackerel with plum crumble, and scallops with black pudding and pea puree which both tasted amazing. The fish was cooked perfectly, so often it is over-cooked. The girl waiting for us was very kind, personable and attentive.
The little leopard cat made a reappearance, and who could blame it, hoping for some kind diners to offer some tidbits. As evening came and the other large party outside left we wrapped ourselves in the blankets from the chairs (a thoughtful precaution with our English summer - although the day had been quite hot) and took in the sunset.
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