Crouchers Orchards, Birdham Road, Chichester, PO20 7EH
If you’re craving a relaxing and idyllic rural retreat far from the hustle and bustle of modern life, Crouchers Orchards, situated on farmland nestled within the beautiful West Sussex countryside, makes for the perfect escape. Boasting 26 stylish bedrooms, a recently refurbished, modern oak-beamed restaurant, and an adjoining bar, all located within a farmhouse, whether it’s the comfortable and luxurious accommodation that tempts you, the stunning setting just miles from the tranquil, sandy shores of West Wittering beach, or the award-winning food found on the mouth-watering menus at the hotel’s 2-AA-rosette Potager Restaurant, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been looking for at Crouchers Orchards.
So named because of Crouchers Orchards’ new potager garden in the grounds, where the kitchen team sources much of their produce, The Potager Restaurant at Crouchers Orchards is the perfect place to enjoy local, seasonal dishes in a warm, cheerful, and inviting setting. Proud of their “potager to plate” ethos, the fresh, home-grown produce really helps to elevate every exquisitely presented dish on the menu, expertly combining an exciting diversity of colours, textures, and flavours that never fails to disappoint even the most difficult to please of diners.
If you’re a seafood lover, you’d be silly to miss out on the restaurant’s excellent-value moules frites special, which runs every Thursday for lunch and dinner. For a steal at £14 per person, enjoy a bowl of moules mariniere, crisp and fluffy pommes frites, and some chunky homemade bread to soak up the leftover sauce, with either a glass of Chardonnay or a pint of Kaltenberg to wash it all down with. Hugely popular ever since it was introduced, this special sells out most weeks, so if you don’t want to miss out its best to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
If moules aren’t to your liking, there’s still plenty more on the menu at The Potager Restaurant. With breathtaking views over the open countryside, sit in the characterful and contemporary dining area under the restaurant’s charming oak beams and peruse the award-winning cuisine on the menu, which has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an exceptional Sunday lunch offering, The Potager Restaurant is known for its fantastic service, ensuring every guest receives a dining experience that delivers in all aspects.
Constantly evolving to make the most of the region’s exceptional seasonal produce, expect to salivate at the likes of pressed ham hock and foie gras with peach chutney and toasted brioche to start and mains like pan-roasted fillet steak with Madeira sauce, creamed forest mushrooms, and rosti potato. Dreamy desserts such as the ever-popular chocolate fondant or raspberry crème brûlée also provide the perfect finish to a fine three-course feast full of flavour. If none of these options titillate the tastebubs, the enticing à la carte menu also boasts a number of other choices that are sure to do the trick.
From slow-cooked fillet of new season South Downs lamb and cutlet with gratin potatoes, Nutbourne heritage tomatoes and roasted Potager vegetables, to mushroom and seasonal vegetable Wellington with new potatoes, Potager vegetables and a truffle butter sauce, there’s something to suit all tastes.
The restaurant’s set menu, available Monday to Saturday, also offers great value for money, giving you the chance to enjoy The Potager Restaurant’s award-winning cuisine without breaking the bank. At just £19 for two courses and £24.50 for 3 courses, start with the likes of smoked mackerel pâté served with melba toast and watercress, follow with roast breast of chicken with roasted Potager courgettes, warm new potato salad, and a fragrant basil jus, and finish with caramelised rhubarb with a dark chocolate crumb and vanilla ice cream.
For more on Crouchers Orchards and The Potager Restaurant, visit their website or look out for our review in our Sussex Food & Drink Guide 2019. Pick up your FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital version of the guide here.