Carriages Cupcake and Coffee Shop was my introduction to Emsworth.

Tea rooms Emsworth Chichester Harbour

It is different , very different.

Situated on the platform at the Emsworth station it is neat, organised and welcoming. They also do very good cup cakes.

But it was the book exchange which captured my interest.

Book exchange Emsworth Hampshire

That and a simple sign, inviting you to simply “take one”. No two for one, no fees, no obligation. Something that says all you need to know about a family run cafe which offers something special.

Coffee shops Emsworth Chichester Harbour

They offer a limited menu but have something for most and are open from around seven in the morning till lunch time.
“It started with the new waiting room when customers were asked what they wanted. It was a cafe. So a business plan was put together by the Emsworth Residents Association and Southern Rail.”
Everything has been recycled – from the shelves, which were a CD rack, to the suitcase trolley which now holds crisps and confectionery, to the counter – which Garry made from a door.
And the community pitched in, helping to start a small business in a village that has managed to retain it’s charm.

Cup cakes Emsworth Chichester Harbour

And if you are a visitor looking for information about Chichester Harbour or what to do in and around Emsworth this is a good place to start. Carriages serves as an unofficial Information Office and Visitor Centre for Emsworth and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy offering useful advice and tourist information about the area.

Walking Trails

One is spoilt for walking trails around Emsworth and Chichester Harbour. The Emsworth to Langstone  walk is about five miles on shoreline paths and inland past the Warblington Church. There are plenty of benches and places to stop giving one the time to stop and admire the view.

There is also the Mill Pond Walk in the village as well as a trail around Thorney Island which I completed after a few false starts and wrong turns.

Thorney Island - Emsworth walking trails Chichester Harbour

One skirts around Island through two MOD control gates. Passing a church and sailing club. There is also a bird watching hide overlooking a hidden sandy beach.

But its a long hike.

Took me three to four hours and towards the end, I was definitely counting the steps I had left to finally reach The Deck at the Emsworth Yacht Harbour.

Coffee shops and tea rooms Emsworth

The cake which had something to do with apricot and pistachio, was a treat. This followed by fresh hake.

Its the first time I have have been presented with a minted pea salad which is a lot more interesting than the usual mushy peas that I find bland and unappetising.

A meal I thoroughly enjoyed on the outside deck overlooking the boats moored at the marina.

Emsworth marina and yacht harbour