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 will see for yourself that the fabulous scenery could inspire any poet. The building itself dates from the early 18th century 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 Adam and team, puts passion into developing the innovative seasonal menus, offering exciting, flavoursome food that packs a punch at any time of year. Local and regional produce are the restaurant’s mainstays and the focus is on serving the freshest seasonal ingredients cooked at their very best.
Dishes include mouth-watering terrine of game, pistachios and truffled field mushrooms; slow-roasted lamb shoulder with pommes Anna and rosemary jus; and the vegetarian option of caramelised chicory tart, confit tomatoes and a goat’s cheese bon bon. Also on offer in the summer is the Seafood Shack menu, which showcases an enticing array of local fish and shellfish. In the winter this is replaced by a more game-oriented menu, where Stansted venison and locally sourced partridge can be enjoyed. Desserts include the irresistible sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and coffee ice cream. The menu is sure to entice you to return again and again to savour the team’s delicious, inventive flavours.
Besides the à la carte menu, you’ll also find a set menu of two courses for £21.50 or three for £24.50, a sumptuous Sunday roast, a bar and light bites menu and a menu for Mini Gastronauts. The team also hosts five festival days showcasing the best of their cuisine and local larder. Classic dishes are on offer every Wednesday night, the ever-popular moules, frites and Muscadet on a Tuesday evening and the succulent côte de boeuf on Thursday nights. They have an extensive wine list with a tempting selection from local suppliers, plus a range of local ales including Harvey’s and Timothy Taylor’s. The Earl also caters for Christmas parties, serves coffee in the morning and welcomes dogs in the garden, bar and lounge.
All in all, with the glorious setting, exceptional food, impressive wine list and friendly staff, The Earl of March is a destination not to be missed.