A little trip to Arundel
One of my favourite places to visit in West Sussex is Arundel. It's a small but perfectly formed market town that is a lovely spot for some lunch, an ice cream and/or but most likely and a cream tea. All three were gobbled up happily last week by myself and my dear friend Sheridan.
It's one of those wonderful places full of independent shops which cover everything from antiques to kitchen gadgets. Arundel is 100% one of those places you potter about, popping in and out of shops ending up with a new candle and a sample of fudge.
It was a pretty spring day, the sun was shining so we could eat our lunch outside on the terrace at Belinda's. If you ever find yourself in Arundel, go to Belinda's and eat everything. Because everything is delicious. I have spent many a hour sampling the scones, rock cakes, shortbread, sandwiches, breakfasts - nothing disappoints. It's homemade food at its best. For our lunch we had a sandwich with some salad and a pot of chips to share. Happy days.
Well fed from lunch we then re-commenced the pottering. My go to shops every time I visit are Sparks Yard and Kim's Bookshop. Sparks Yard - is a lovely Home/Kitchen Shop that has become my go to place for presents. It's hard to leave empty handed from this shop. They've also got a whole new cafe area outside that will be worth a visit on another sunny spring day. Kim's Bookshop is a secondhand palace of goodies. It has a sister shop in Chichester which means it is never to far away. They cover all kinds of books and as you make your way up the winding staircase you can feel your bank balance getting lighter! There is so much to see and to want to take home. I picked up the fourth in the Isabel Dalhousie Series and The Château by William Maxwell. I started the Dalhousie on the train home and finished it that night. God I love those books. I've made a decent dent in the Château as well and enjoying it so far. My method when I find myself in secondhand bookshops is to bring up my Goodreads to read list and go through and see if I can spot any. You never know what you are going to find and I quite like that.
After the pottering, we walked down to the river for an ice cream, well earned naturally. Part of the reason I love Arundel is because it's a great place to catch up. There's enough to do so it feels like a day out but not so much to do that you don't end up actually spending some quality time with a friend. It's also such a beautiful town with stunning architecture - the cathedral is breathtaking. And a walk along the river to the Pub (The Black Rabbit) rounds the day out perfectly. If you can visit this little gem in the Sussex Countryside you won't be disappointed. Just don't eat all the scones as I'll be back very soon.