Communicating the South Downs


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Places to Eat

Enjoying local food…

Geocaching is hungry work… stop off in one of these great local businesses, try local food and refresh your energy ready to continue your adventures. Claim a bonus point per person to count towards your souvenir Geocoin when you order food or drinks. You can visit each business as many times as you like while out on your geocaching adventures.


Queen Elizabeth Country Park Café

Come and relax at our café and enjoy home-made, locally sourced food, nutritious meals, snacks and cakes and a competitively priced selection of Fair Trade teas, coffee and hot chocolate. The café opens 10am weekdays and 9.30am weekends.

Gravel Hill, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire , PO8 0QE

Beech Café at The Sustainability Centre

Offering an array of delicious organic, Fair Trade, vegetarian and vegan food, ranging from home made soup or a hearty ploughman’s, to Moroccan Tagine or Cajun spiced halloumi skewers. They also provide a wide range of delicious teas, coffees, home-made organic ice creams and soft drinks and are renowned for their fabulous cakes, including banana and pecan cake, carrot cake and flapjacks. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm, Hot food served from 11am to 3pm. Walkers/campers who are relying on the cafe for catering are advised to book in advance.

Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1HR

The Queens Head

Great village pub and restaurant in the heart of the South Downs. Lunch Menu: Monday – Saturday 12 – 2:30 and Sunday 12 – 3. Evening Menu: Monday – Saturday 5:30 – 9:30.

Sheet, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 2AH

The Selborne Arms

A traditional, atmospheric country village pub with real fires and original features, offering high quality locally sourced food and drink on its extensive menus. Located at the foot of the famous Zig Zag Path in the historic village of Selborne, home of naturalist Gilbert White, Selborne Pottery and lots of local artists. Lots of fantastic local walks along the Hangers Way, along the Lythe or onto Selborne Common and Noar Hill. Large gardens are perfect for al fresco dining in the summer with a separate childrens play area and a heated, covered patio for the colder months.

Opens: Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm,  6pm to 11pm. Saturday 11am to 11pm. Sunday 12 noon to 11pm. Food served 12 noon to 2pm (3pm Sundays) and 7pm to 9pm (8.30pm Sundays).

The Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JR

The Three Horseshoes

Lovely old inn with log fires and candles in the winter and a secluded garden for al fresco dining in summer. All our dishes are home cooked and delicious. We have 5 comfortable letting rooms. Dogs and children are welcome and we have a range of toys in the bar area. Open Monday 5.30-10pm, Tues-Thurs 11.30-2pm and 5.30-11pm, Friday 11.30-2.30pm and 5.30-10.30pm, Saturday 12noon-11pm and Sunday 12noon-5pm.

Cakers Lane, East Worldham, Alton, Hants GU34 3AE

West Sussex

The Half Moon Inn

At The Half Moon you’ll find a warm welcome, freshly prepared home cooked food and friendly service. We’re located in a beautiful spot in Hampshire just outside the town of Petersfield, in the village of Sheet. The Bar menu is served from 12:00pm to 9:00pm daily. The Restaurant menu is served Monday to Saturday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, then again from 6pm until 9:00pm. Sunday Lunch is served from 12:30pm until it runs out! Then we serve the dinner menu until 8:00pm

Petersfield Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9LL

The Coach & Horses

Owned and run by David and Chrissy Butler since 1985. A free House that loves good food and original choice in real ales and cider. A wide choice of house wine, all at competitive prices. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Food 12-2pm and 6.30pm to 9pm. Sundays 12-2.30pm and 7-9pm.

The Square, Compton, PO18 9HA

Coffee Republic, Brighton

A locally owned coffee bar offering excellent personal service with great coffee and food made in-house. We also have free Wifi and internet terminals with a print option – perfect for geocachers in need of a pit stop! Open Monday-Sunday 7.30am-6pm.

64 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NA

The White Hart, South Harting

The White Hart is a fine old village pub full of character and charm where you’ll be assured of a warm welcome whether you join us for a quick drink, one of our delicious, home-cooked meals or an overnight stay in one of our superb guest rooms. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm, Saturday 8am-11pm and Sunday 8am-10.30pm. Children and dog friendly.

The Street, South Harting, West Sussex GU31 5QB

East Sussex

The Courtyard Café at YHA South Downs

The Courtyard Cafe provides a relaxed atmosphere for you to unwind after a long walk or to catch up with friends – it’s open to the general public as well as guests all year round from 10am until 4pm. From homemade cakes to coffees to hot meals, this cafe has it all.

Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

Coffee Republic, Eastbourne

A locally owned coffee bar offering excellent personal service with great coffee and food made in-house. We also have free Wifi and internet terminals with a print option – perfect for geocachers in need of a pit stop! Open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday 8am-6pm.

69 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NJ

Spring Barn Farm

Located just one mile from the historic town of Lewes, Spring Barn Farm is a family run, family friendly attraction. Offering traditional camping in beautiful surroundings, a restaurant/café for farmhouse breakfasts, homemade lunches and afternoon teas and cakes, and also a farm attraction with lots of animals to meet as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. The farm shop is well stocked with both homemade and local produce.
Ideally positioned along the new cycle/footpath that runs from Lewes to Kingston, and for those wishing to venture further, a footpath running through the farm takes you along to the South Downs Way and beyond!
Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3ND

The John Harvey Tavern

You are always assured a friendly welcome. A traditional pub with a rustic feel in the heart of the historic town of Lewes, situated opposite Harveys Brewery and next to the River Ouse. The bar, featuring quality award winning ales direct from Harveys Brewery, boasts wooden beams, a log burner and wine vats where you can tuck yourself away for a cosy chat and a well deserved drink after a long walk or enjoy our homemade food at lunchtime or dinner.
Open Monday to Saturday 11am – 11pm (food 11-2.30 and 6-9pm). Sunday 12pm – 9.30pm (food 12-4.30).
Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AN

Businesses – How to sign up…

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