Harden's survey result
With “boats bobbing outside”, this “lovely small restaurant with rooms on Emsworth harbour” (complete “with a gorgeous sheltered courtyard”) “feels like being welcomed into someone’s home”. A fixture for more than 20 years, it is now run by chef Gary Pearce (who joined the kitchen as a teenager before working at Le Champignon Sauvage) and his wife Martina – under whom ratings have risen for a second successive year.
This “lovely small restaurant” with rooms, a fixture on the quayside for more than 20 years, has (despite the odd ‘off’ review) seen its ratings revived this year as chef Gary Pearce “has found his feet” in charge of the kitchen. A local boy who trained here from the age of 17, Pearce has worked at some distinguished venues including Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham. He now runs 36 with his wife Martina, with owners Ramon & Karen Farthing in the background.
This cosy quayside restaurant-with-rooms has quite a pedigree (including holding a Michelin star for 18 years until 2015). For a long time now, however, reports have been patchy, not helped by “stuffy” or “slow” service and a sense the end-result is “very overpriced”. Perhaps Gary & Martina Pearce, who are now overseeing the kitchen in partnership with longtime owners the Farthings, can sort things out?
Ramon Farthing’s “lovely quiet dining room”, set right on the quay, continues to please most, if not quite all reporters, with its “very accomplished” food – and it’s “so much better now the chef is providing three choices for each course”. Top tip? – “you can even make a night of it as it is possible to book a room”.
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
47 South St, Emsworth, PO10 7EG
|Tuesday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm|