Motte & Bailey, Arundel, West Sussex

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Motte & Bailey, High Street, Arundel, West Sussex

We always try to pop into Arundel in West Sussex for coffee and cake or lunch on the way to/from Gatwick Airport (depending on the time of the flight, of course). Our flight to Spain was at a time where we could have brunch, yippee! A great start to any holiday.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Motte & Bailey Arundel

There are lots of eateries in Arundel, many of which we have reviewed in the past such as Butlers, The Parsons Table and The Loft (you can search for others on our home page), another nice little place is Tarrant Street Espresso, which sadly we can’t always get into as it only has a couple of tables but a lovely friendly chap owns it and has Hungry Guest cakes.

On the corner of Tarrant Street and the High Street is the Motte & Bailey cafe, – very aptly named with Arundel Castle so close.

The place was fairly busy but we managed to find a table.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Breakfast menu

Motte & Bailey serve breakfast up until 12 noon, bacon baps, toast, English breakfast, porridge, eggs poached/fried/scrambled/royale etc.,

Motte & Bailey Arundel

From lunchtime until 4pm they serve burgers, toasties and salads. On the specials board were some lovely sounding dishes, courgette & thyme soup; asparagus, sun-blushed tomatoes & goats cheese quiche; elderflower & goosberry sponge cake and more. They also have a good selection of wines. Strangely they had no Diet Coke, Helen had to settle for a peach iced tea instead.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Clockwise from top left: Logo; on the stairs; coffee; upstairs seating; wine list

They serve afternoon teas, cakes and hot drinks until 5pm and Wednesday through to Saturday they open in the evening serving Moroccan & Spanish inspired tapas dishes and occasionally they hold special event evenings.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Mushrooms on toast!

I ordered the buttered mushrooms on toast. It was delicious, I really couldn’t fault it and there were plenty of mushrooms which I LOVE, served upon local Hungry Guest Bakery toast. The flat white I had was also very good.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Bacon bap

Geoff enjoyed his bacon bap, he said the bap was lovely and fresh.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Smoked salmon

Helen’s – the most expensive dish at £8.45 – was the smoked salmon & scrambled eggs. But you do get what you pay for, plenty of lovely fresh salmon and creamy scrambled eggs. The sourdough toast came served on the side.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
Chocolate brownie

Of course we had cake, but this we took away with us as we needed to get going. I went for the chocolate brownie, again from the Hungry Guest Bakery and Geoff an almond twist.

Motte & Bailey Arundel
It doesn’t look busy, but it was before I took this photo

There was free Wi-Fi which we found we were unable to connect to, very frustrating. The place was buzzing when we arrived and when tables became free they weren’t empty for very long. The service was very friendly and we would be quite happy to return.

Ambience 7
Service 8
Value 7
Quality 8
Overall 7/10
Return? Yes.

Living life, loving cake

A x

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  1. […] walked past. On our last visit to Arundel I’m afraid to say we went somewhere different, Motte & Bailey. The Loft seemed to lose it’s ‘spark’ when they made the place bigger (this […]

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