Situated on the edge of the Goodwood Estate, The Earl of March enjoys spectacular views of the South Downs and looks out towards the famous racecourse. Records show that it was here, in a first-floor window, that poet William Blake was inspired to pen the words to Jerusalem in 1803, and you’ll see for yourself that the fabulous scenery could inspire any poet. With such attractive surrounds, this is a popular spot with hikers and cyclists touring the area, as well as being the perfect place to end a pretty dog walk. The building itself dates from the early 18th century when it served as a coaching inn and has been a vibrant part of community life ever since.
The Earl of March is owned by Giles Thompson, previously executive head chef at The Ritz. Giles, together with his head chef and team, puts passion into developing innovative seasonal menus that offer exciting, flavoursome food that packs a punch. Local and regional produce are the restaurant’s mainstays and the focus is on serving the freshest seasonal ingredients cooked at their very best.
To ensure that there’s a dish to suit every occasion, this elegant eatery offers several menus concurrently. For a quick bite to eat, the bar menu features beautifully presented express options like devilled whitebait with homemade tartare sauce, and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on a lightly toasted bagel. For an early pre-theatre supper, you’ll find a set menu of two courses for £24.50 or three for £27.50 served daily until 7pm. Tuck into the likes of citrus-cured guinea fowl with chervil and pumpkin seeds, and Springs oak-smoked mackerel with wasabi and preserved lemon. On Sundays this also includes The Earl’s famous roast of the day with crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and a generous helping of rich gravy. This family-friendly venue also has a designated Mini Gastronauts menu for little ones.
To experience the complete foodie experience, make an evening of it and peruse The Earl’s menu. You might start with Selsea crab Thermidor with Parmesan fries and local leaves, or mouth-watering duck and pistachio terrine with foraged wild mushrooms and soused seasonal vegetables. Sumptuous mains include the likes of rich Stansted venison, Scottish Loch sea trout, and palm hearts with smoked beetroot and peppery horseradish. Also on offer in the summer is the Seafood Shack menu, which showcases an enticing array of local fish and shellfish. For guests with a sweet-tooth, delectable mains are followed by scrumptious puddings. Tuck into classic sticky toffee pudding with toffee and honeycomb ice cream, or refreshing fruit compote with shortbread crumble and vanilla ice cream. The menu is sure to entice you to return time and again to savour the team’s delicious, inventive cuisine.
The team also hosts five festival days showcasing the best of their cuisine and local larder. Classic dishes are on offer every Wednesday night, and you'll find the ever-popular moules frites and Muscadet on Tuesday evenings, and the succulent côte de boeuf on Thursday nights.
To accompany your meal there’s an extensive wine list with a tempting selection from local suppliers, alongside hand-picked Old and New World wines. You’ll also find a full complement of spirits, refreshing soft drinks and a range of local ale including Harvey’s and Timothy Taylor’s.
The Earl of March is the kind of versatile spot where every visit is a treat, whether you’re stopping by for a morning coffee or a three-course meal. An elegant backdrop for a celebration dinner, this attractive country pub can also be hired for private events like weddings, birthdays and Christmas parties.
With its glorious setting, exceptional food, impressive wine list and friendly staff, The Earl of March is a destination not to be missed.