Food for thought - think Emsworth
There is little doubt that Emsworth in Hampshire is a charming and unique place. This beautiful historic market town, positioned at the top of Chichester Harbour on the Hampshire and West Sussex border, would be just as happy sitting by the sea in Cornwall or even Brittany. At the foot of the South Downs, with an historic old quay and two tidal Mill Ponds, Emsworth is popular with sailors, walkers and artists. More recently, it has become a wonderful "foodie" destination too.
The town has a strong fishing, sailing and boat building heritage but is most famous for producing oysters up until 100 years ago, when all the best hotels and restaurants in London were supplied daily with Emsworth oysters by train.
The historic home of P.G. Wodehouse, the town is now more famous for it stunning architecture, quay, sailing clubs, mill ponds and… food! Emsworth boasts five excellent and diverse restaurants and ten pubs, most of whom serve good wholesome home-cooked fare and four cafés.
The town has a wonderful community atmosphere that sadly seems to be a feature of days gone by in most other towns and villages. There is a wide variety of shops ranging from a delicatessen, two family-owned traditional butchers (one specialising in sausages, the other incorporating a fishmonger), two greengrocers and two bakers. Combined, you can see why Emsworth is cherished both by its residents and visitors alike.