The Earl of march is a unique country pub situated in the village of Lavant near Chichester, West Sussex. It is set against a beautiful green landscape of rolling hills and blue skies (well, most of the time- it is England after all).
We arrived to a full car park and a bustling atmosphere of happy punters, we immediately anticipated a great meal and we were certainly not disappointed. The atmosphere was cosy and relaxed and the staff greeted us with a warm welcome and continued to be very attentive throughout our gorgeous meal.
We chose three unique courses from the varied set menu. The food was exceptional at The Earl of March and the presentation of each dish was stunning. Every course offered an array of different elements and exciting flavours and left us discussing our lunch long after it was over.
Delicious duck terrine accompanied by a selection of truffled field mushrooms, yellow radish, spiced pickled parsnip. Garnished with wild flowers and finished off with a seeded crostini.
Soft Poached Hallgate Farm Duck Egg cooked to perfection, accompanied with Wild Garlic, perfect Asparagus and Sepp crisp (wild mushroom reduction which is then dehumidified).
For my main course I ordered the vegetarian option, it consisted of a Carrot & Coriander Bouche with Wild Garlic and Seasonal Pulses which bursted with flavour. This dish featured another delicious Sepp crisp and lightly Smoked Cucumber- all complimented with cooling Yogurt. This dish was beautifully crafted and it was easy to see that great care had been taken in presentation, making the experience all the more enjoyable.
Next on the menu was Slow Roast Belly of Pork garnished with Ramson Leaves and accompanied with Roasted Spring Root Vegetables. The Pork Belly was beautifully cooked, the meat was moist and the Crackling crisp. The selection of charred Vegetables had a gorgeous smokey flavour and went perfectly with the sweet and smooth Puree.
For the final course I ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce and Coffee Ice Cream. I don't think this one needs explanation- let's just say it didn't last long.
Lastly but not at all least, the Triple Chocolate Brownie. Complete with a lush 'Death by Chocolate' Chocolate Sauce, Toffee & Honeycomb Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries and a candied Wild Flower.
As far as lunch goes, this one will be hard to beat. Many thanks to The Earl of March for giving us such an enjoyable and memorable experience, it's safe to say we will be back again for more.