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The Chalet Transport Cafe, Cowfold

The Chalet Transport Cafe [map]The Chalet Cafe, Cowfold
Henfield Road,
RH13 8DU

01403 864314

Last Visited: July 2010

Nestled on its own between Henfield and Cowfold on the a281 is the Chalet Transport Cafe. A no nonsense, truckers breakfast awaits.

Opening hours: Opening hours are 7am-2pm weekdays and they are open 8am-1pm on Sunday, though this is a biker day and will be very, very busy.

Breakfast Price:From £3.50 up to £6.50, but the portion sizes are huge and the choice of breakfasts vast


The Chalet Cafe, Cowfold - Jumbo BreakfastMr No Eggs:

Breakfast: Jumbo Breakfast

This transport cafe, very popular with truckers, bikers and locals alike, from first walking through the door made a great impression and has lived up to the many recommendations previously given to me.  Friendly staff, a scenic location and an extensive menu made this a worthwild trip already.

The picture (right) of the breakfast only tells half a story, as the second plate of mushrooms had not made it in time to the table before I had taken the photo. The quality and service was overall very good.

Writing this, it’s 24 hours since I had my breakfast and I’m still full. For anyone looking for a good quality traditional fry up, this is your place. The only thing I would say is to go early, as it will get busy.

The Chalet Cafe, Cowfold - Omlette and Chips BreakfastMr Chipolata:

Breakfast: Mushroom and Cheese omelette, heavenly chips and tea (no black pudding)

After hastily trying to choose a breakfast the others weren't ordering, I somehow settled on the 3 egg omelette (containing ham, mushrooms and onions and missing cheese because I forgot to ask for it) alongside chips and beans, with a side order of black pudding (which never came to fruition). I wasn't expecting the monster that appeared. The plate,  split in 2 halves by a huge dollop of beans and more chips than a single person should ever consume in a single sitting. The omelette which I had already forgotten ordering was buried beneath the mountain of potato, so I promptly began working my way through to the prize.

Although not the finest omelette everything on the plate was hot and of good quality, the chips being some of the best I have ever had. If anybody were to travel to eat good chips, this would be the place I would recommend travelling to.

The Chalet Cafe, Cowfold - Large breakfast with extra hashInitially a threat and a chore, the chips were the best bit of the breakfast and dunked in beans I was more than happy. I wish I had something else to balance it all out with a bit of flavour, as the omelette was a bit bland and ended up more of an afterthought. Next time (and there will be a next time) I'll be attacking one of those Large breakfasts that sat opposite me on the table, maybe with a side order of chips!

Ingredient Quality: ★★★☆☆
Portion Size: ★★★★★
Value For Money: ★★★★½
Service: ★★★★☆
Overall: ★★★★☆

  • hugh grant


    • Mr. Chipolata

      Hi Hugh!

      I never pictured you as a sausage fan! You certainly picked a good spot to visit. Did they happen to have the sliced potato chips back? I miss those!

      Mr Chipolata

  • zippy

    Pictures of the breakfasts looked great.. so off I set to sample the delights. Imagine my disappointement when I arrived cold and hungry & it didn’t live up to expectations… The size was OK, think I had the large breakfast for £5.50 with a side of chips. Not those nice round ones in the pictures I saw on the breakfastmenu link. The quality was mediocre.. the sausage was clearly the cheapest of the cheap, the ingredients probably best left unknown.. The bacon.. well ditto.. the cheap variety. Sticky tables and several flies… OK, you pay for what you get so next time I shall check out something a little more up-market.

    • Mr NoEggs

      Sorry to hear about your under-whelming experience Zippy. We’ve been quite a few times since our review and enjoyed it as much. We found the ingredients both plentiful and of a good catering standard.

      If you are looking for size and quality why not try the Armageddon at the Chequer Inn in Steyning. It’s the biggest we’ve come across. Here’s our review,

      Thanks for visiting the site

      • zippy

        I’m off there tomorrow as it happens…… in view of the fact that Midhurst’s Coffe Pot isn’t open on a sunday we were directed to the Bricklayers Arms last week… Very nice breakfast, good ingreients.. you might like to check it out… very old pub but we were the only ones eating…. not that it mattered. good value too.. about £13 for 2 breakfasts and 4 coffee’s… 2 eggs, 2 sausage, bacon, fried bread, tomatoes (grilled) and mushrooms.. very filling. Going back to the Chalet…. it was OK, but personally I thought the quality of the food left something to be desired. Each to his own I guess!

  • Mr NoEggs

    We’ll make sure to try out that pub Zippy. The Wheatsheaf in Midhurst,, is somewhere where we had our eye on to go. Their breakfast menu uses a lot of locally sourced ingredients. So it looks like we’ll be spending a lot of time in Midhurst in 2012!

  • paul

    Sitting here eating brekfast right now. They even do a healthy option with poached eggs, crispy bacon and brown toast. Fantastic and highly recommended.

  • andy prime

    should try terminus road café Chichester had great breakfast at unbelievable price cant wait to go back there

  • Gary Warner

    We come there in winter for breakfast runs with the classic minis very nice cafe great breakfast variety…. We are there 2mrow lsmoc

  • ricky

    do you have motor bike meets

  • Paul

    Stopped off on the way to the Brighton Burn Up, not too busy so ordered up a couple of breakfasts, told it would be about 20 mins. so ok. some people got up and said they had been waiting for one and a half hours, got their money back and went. After we had ben waiting about half an hour some police bikers had sat down and within 10 mins. had their food served. They seem to have a different book of tickets for them! I went back into the café and asked for my money back and noticed that my place in the queue was still way down the list. Shame, nice spot but I don’t do double standards. If you can put up with that shit and like a good wait then drop in.

  • Jo & Ja

    We went there this morning, of which we have done on several occasions, after a bike ride and a hearty breakfast, we have been to many cafes and have found one quite as good. there was a bit of await this morning, of which they advise us when we ordered, but was well worth it. To be honest I haven’t had a bad breakfast there, fully recommended….

  • Iain parks

    Been going there for quite a few years and never had a bad meal

  • Steve Merrow-Smith

    my birthday treat today..bootiful!