Bognor Regis has some amazing places to spend a night out, whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, superb cocktails or just a friendly atmosphere for a good old knees up. But the opportunities for a special night out don’t just stop there.
Head a little further afield and you’ll come across the stunning Georgian market town of Arundel. Located on the edge of the rolling hills of the South Downs it really is a delightful place to spend some time. The town is home to the beautiful Arundel Castle and made all the more rare by having its own cathedral virtually next door – both of them can be spotted standing proud on top of the hill from miles away.
Even the drive to Arundel is breathtaking, as you approach this fairytale kingdom, seemingly set in the middle of nowhere and when you get into the town itself, it doesn’t disappoint.
The majority of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars are all unique, with each shop window displaying a range of products that you won’t find anywhere else. And when it comes to the dining and socialising experiences there is much to enjoy.
Here are a few of our favourite places to eat and drink in Arundel.
For brunch – The Loft, Sparks Yard
Set at the top of the three storey Sparks Yard, the food at The Loft is absolutely first class. From the deliciousness, to the presentation, it’s a gorgeous way to spend a long lunch time. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to have a browse around the vast array of fun and trendy products that lie in store in the shop below.
In addition to the lovely food, the best bit about The Loft has to be the views of the South Downs as you gaze over the rooftops of Arundel. And on a summer’s day, the garden is beautifully laid out in a super stylish way, to let guests enjoy their food alfresco.
For coffee – Osteria
This lovely Italian restaurant/ cafe on Arundel High Street prides itself on fresh food served with style and professionalism. The coffee is some of the best around and the food, again, is to die for – try the Eggs Benedict to go with a delicious blend on a lazy morning.
For dinner – La Campania
This is a traditional English pub, converted into a stylish Italian restaurant, which seems to effortlessly achieve a tricky combination of class and comfort – exactly what one should expect when enjoying this type of food.
Talking of the food, it’s beautifully presented and never fails to impress. Check out the seafood and the choices of wine to go with it … A guaranteed good meal to enjoy with friends, without a doubt.
For cocktails – Butler’s
The uber-smart Butler’s on Tarrant Street is a fabulous place to dine, but our favourite bit about it is the gorgeous cocktails which can be whipped up in moments by the talented and friendly staff.
It really is a beautifully designed, very upmarket place, but has such a friendly vibe about it, that taking a seat in Butler’s feels like a real treat.
For live music – The Red Lion
In addition to a friendly atmosphere and lovely surroundings, the great thing about The Red Lion on Arundel High Street is the live music nights which take place – aptly called The Rub. People come from miles around to enjoy the eclectic mix of talent that performs here, so well worth checking it out for a more relaxed evening in this beautiful town.
In addition to these great places to visit in Arundel town centre, take a stroll slightly out of town and you’re in for a real taste of natural beauty. A top tip for visiting Arundel on a sunny day is to start at the bottom of the hill near the castle entrance and then follow the river along to the Black Rabbit.
It’s a stunning walk which is finished by a stop off at this really lovely country pub, where you can enjoy gorgeous food and a tipple or two while you sit by the river, taking in the views. Bliss!