Compton. The Coach and Horses has a public bar and serves good home made food.
West Marden – 1.5 miles south -Victoria Inn. A friendly pub with a small garden.
Walderton – 2 miles south – The Barley Mow. We occasionally go here; it has some attractive tables and an open fire. It also has a large but not particularly attractive eating area so you can sometimes get a table when other pubs are full.
Stoughton – 3 miles south – Hare and Hounds. This is one of our favourite pubs with good food. It’s not cheap and is often busy with bicyclists and walkers. Best to book if you want to be sure to get a table for lunch or supper. 02392631433.
All of these pubs can be walked to from the cottage. Stoughton/ Walderton is about 1/1.5 hours cross country
Further afield but still nearby:
South Harting – The White Hart 01730 825124. The Ship Inn. I had a good meal here but this was some time ago
Lavant – 10miles – Earl of March 01243 533993 and East Lavant, the Royal Oak 01243 527434. Both are expensive but offer good food and good evening meals.
Chilgrove – 4 miles. The White Horse 01243 519444. It changed hands a few years ago and now offers excellent food at reasonable prices.
Chidham – 7 miles. The Old House at Home 01243 572477. Some swear by this pub.
Charlton/ East Dean -12 miles – The Fox Goes Free 01243 811461. I like this pub. You may have to book.
Lots of walk all around. Best to look at the various books/ leaflets under the glass table. Or go to http://theoctagonparish.org.uk/the-octagon-walks
If you don’t want to get in a car go up the bridle path by the cottage. At the top you can choose to branch out or simply follow the circuit which takes you back to the cottage, about 40 minutes. You can often see the Isle of Wight and Chichester Estuary looking south and further on Uppark looking west.
For a change we often walk south out of the village and cross the road after the last house on the right. The footpath takes you to the top of the hill west of Compton. Turn left and you will walk to West Marden ( total walk c40 mins); keep going to the top and follow round Compton Down coming round the hill to return to Compton from the north along the road (total walk c60 mins).
Local Places of interest
Emsworth -6 miles- is an attractive coastal town mentioned as a character Lord Emsworth by PG Wodehouse
Bosham -7miles – is where Canute supposedly showed his courtiers he couldn’t control the waves! His daughter is reputedly buried in the attractive church. I think Bosham is one of the most attractive spots particularly at high tide on a sunny day. There is a tea room but not great walks. Can be busy in summer.
Chichester -10 miles – has a very attractive centre and the cathedral is worth a visit.
South Harting to the north and the Mardens, Walderton and Stoughton to the south are wonderful downlands villages.
You can walk to Up Marden which is due east. Walk straight up the bridle path from the cottage and keep going turning neither left nor right. It has an interesting old Roman church.
Uppark, a National Trust house, is 3 miles north. It suffered a serious fire in the 1990’s but its restoration adds particular interest.