The Olive & Vine
Co-owners Damien and Robert took over The Olive & Vine last year and have created their own little slice of heaven in the charming town of Midhurst. Upon entering you are greeted by a pink neon sign bearing the words ‘Good Vibes Only’, which perfectly reflects the owners’ vision for creating a uniquely enjoyable casual dining experience. While retaining some of the building’s original characteristics – including a 16th-century painting – The Olive & Vine boasts a modern aesthetic and vibe. Diners are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to sit, with a conservatory, restaurant, bar and casual dining area at The Olive & Vine.
The menus are extensive and enticing. If you’re stopping by for breakfast why not try the tempting breakfast burger, one of the sarnie stacks or the Hipster Brekkie comprising guacamole on toast, hummus, vegan sausage, grilled tomato, mushrooms and spinach? For a lazy lunch, you might opt for smoked mackerel pâté with horseradish on toast, or grilled gammon, egg and chips. Dinner offerings include new sharing planks designed to be shared between two people. My dining partner and I shared the signature plank, which came with chilli beef nachos, honey-glazed sausages, pork belly with apple sauce, prosciutto, Godminster Cheddar, salami, chorizo, smoked Cheddar and red onion chutney – it was absolutely divine. The tantalising burger menu is similarly exceptional. I tried the halloumi burger with chilli jam, which was perfectly cooked and well presented. There’s also a range of the chef’s choice, which change every week, so there’s always something new and exciting to try.
Drinks include a fine range of craft lager, wine, soft drinks and a superb cocktail menu that the warm and friendly staff will be happy to talk you through. Competitions, quiz nights, a takeaway menu, a gorgeous rear garden and even its own unique brand of coffee make The Olive & Vine the perfect place to spend quality time with friends or family any time of day.