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Fanciest places to eat outside London

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Food and drinkExplore an array of fancy restaurants showcasing diverse cuisines, all just a train ride away. Uncover our top picks for some of the most exquisite dining establishments on the Southern Rail network.


Embark on a journey through the serene coastal beauty of Seaford, where the enchanting views of the English Channel await. Perched on the upper floor of Rathfinny Winery, the Michelin-recommended Tasting Room beckons visitors with its picturesque views of the vineyard and South Downs, providing the perfect setting to savour delightful modern British cuisine.


Hop a Southern train to Emsworth, and head to 36 on the Quay. This intimate restaurant offers charming harbour views, and its sheltered terrace is a summer favourite. The modern dishes showcase a rich variety of flavours and textures, with the desserts displaying a particularly playful touch.

Another must-visit food-stop in Emsworth is Fat Olives. Occupying a charming 17th-century fisherman's cottage, this eatery exudes rustic modern charm. Locally crafted tables and upholstered chairs contribute to the welcoming ambiance, complementing a menu that presents classic British dishes with a contemporary flair, all sourced from small, local suppliers.


Chichester is a charming city full of historic architecture, cultural richness, and scenic landscapes.

In the heart of Chichester, Cassons restaurant stands out as a culinary gem. Known for its warm ambiance and delectable offerings, with a commitment to locally sourced ingredients, this eatery is an ideal spot for both locals and visitors seeking a satisfying and enjoyable dining experience in Chichester.

Food and drinkHorsham

Head to Horsham for a charming blend of historic allure, picturesque landscapes, and of course, great food! On the outskirts of this charming town lies the exclusive South Lodge, home to The Pass, a Michelin-starred culinary gem renowned for its innovative menu and contemporary ambiance. Under visionary chef leadership, The Pass has become synonymous with culinary excellence, offering a sophisticated dining experience that celebrates seasonal ingredients with creative flair.

Another must-visit is Restaurant Interlude, a culinary oasis in Lower Beeding (just south of Horsham), where Chef Jean Delport's innovative vision unfolds through a meticulously curated menu. This Michelin-starred restaurant invites guests to enjoy a culinary experience that combines fresh ingredients and innovative techniques in a stylish and cosy setting.

East Grinstead

A short taxi ride from East Grinstead station, The Dining Room stands as a culinary haven renowned for its Michelin-starred excellence. With a commitment to seasonal British ingredients, Chef George Blogg curates an exquisite menu. The elegant dining space, adorned with period features and overlooking the breath-taking gardens, provides a picturesque backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience.


Visit Dorking for its charming blend of historic charm, picturesque surroundings, and vibrant local culture. During your stay, add Sorrel as a must-see culinary gem. Boasting a Michelin star, Sorrel offers a dining experience that harmonises inventive flavours with a warm, welcoming ambiance. Under the culinary direction of Chef Steve Drake, the restaurant transforms locally sourced ingredients into delectable masterpieces. With an intimate and inviting atmosphere, Sorrel promises not just a meal but a memorable experience in the heart of Dorking.

Food and drinkBrighton

Visit Brighton for a culinary adventure where diverse flavours, innovative chefs, and a vibrant food scene come together to create an unforgettable dining experience. During your visit, why not head to Dilsk restaurant, where culinary delights await! Situated on the Kemptown seafront, Dilsk captivates with its enticing menu and inviting atmosphere. Led by a team passionate about crafting unforgettable dining experiences, the restaurant promises a symphony of tastes that will leave every visitor enchanted.

St Leonards Warrior Square  

Situated right by St Leonards Warrior Square station, The Royal is a welcoming dining pub, exuding antique charm. The enticing menu showcases top-quality seasonal ingredients, featuring uncomplicated British-inspired dishes with a touch of Mediterranean influence.


Southampton beckons visitors with its rich history, cultural charm, and bustling waterfront, offering an enticing blend of historical landmarks, modern amenities, and a welcoming atmosphere for an unforgettable experience.

Nestled in a cosy corner of town, AO Restaurant is a welcoming dining spot that promises a delightful experience. With a friendly atmosphere and a menu brimming with tasty choices, AO caters to various tastes. The restaurant takes pride in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft flavourful dishes. From classic favourites to innovative creations, the diverse menu ensures there's something for everyone. Whether for a casual meal with friends or a special occasion, AO Restaurant offers a warm ambiance and delicious fare, making it a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike.

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