📍 La Campania Italian, Arudel, West Sussex
We absolutely love Arundel! Just 90 minutes on the train from Central London and you arrive in a quaint village, set on the river Arun with lush greenery and the most fantastic castle that is well worth the visit when you’re here!
The little high street has so many fantastic little places to eat, loads of independent little pubs and restaurants, a lovely walk along the river to more pubs, antique shops and tea rooms galore. It’s just beautiful.
We were lucky enough to score a booking at La Campania whilst we were here. Tucked away in the middle of the high street, this little Italian restaurant is gorgeously authentic. They have fantastic and rustic food and wine, and the traditional decor of the restaurant sets it all up perfectly for a fantastic evening meal.
The menu is extensive and there will be something to suit everybody here.
We can highly recommend some starters for you. The Prawn Cocktail – with super fresh prawns in a gorgeously rich sauce, served with a little salad with homemade vinaigrette and beautifully soft homemade bread. Also Nonna’s Meatballs – really big handmade minced beef & pork meat balls served in rich tomato sauce. These were so yummy! I was jealous of Mike’s choice here and thankfully he let me try some! Second serving please!!
Pizza and pasta were definitely on our radar for mains!
Here we have the Piccante Pizza – tomato with mozzarella & n’duha calabrese. A Lovely thin pizza base with just the right amount of softness and crunch. The sausage was gorgeously spicy and left a nice hum on the tongue, but wasn’t too oily.
And the Penne Alfonsia – Penne pasta served with fillets of chicken in a creamy peppercorn sauce. This was a real treat! A MASSIVE portion of pasta, cooked perfectly Al Dente with a nice bite, massive chunks of fresh juicy chicken breast and covered in a rich and creamy peppercorn sauce. I was truly stuffed after this! So much so that I couldn’t fit in a dessert!
We’d highly recommend a stop here if you’re down in West Sussex. It’s a beautiful little village with so much to explore and really fantastic food! If you do come to La Campania I’d highly recommend you book as this restaurant is always busy on a Friday and Saturday evening. The locals love it too which is always a good sign!