Emsworth still conjures up a taste of old rural England, with a wide variety of specialist shops, ranging from fine antiques and interior design, to independent butchers, bakers and chandlers. - and you can of course buy locally caught fresh fish.
If you want it you can normally find it in Emsworth which enjoys the highest shopper approval rating of all the Borough's centres. in a national survey of towns and cities carried out in by The New Economics Foundation in 2006, Emsworth came 6th in the list of independent and distinctive towns in the UK
Pubs and Restaurants
Emsworth's many public houses are either in, or within easy reach of The Square. The town has nine pubs, many several back to the early 18th Century. The town's six restaurants offering a wide variety of buisines to suit all tastes and pockets. Additionally, five cafés provide a range of inexpensive meals and beverages.
The harbour is a good reason for visiting Emsworth throughout the year, but especially in spring and summer when the sheltered, almost landlocked, Chichester Harbour provides an ideal summer base for sailors and windsurfers of all levels. The views from the foreshore to the Downs and to Hayling Island and Thorney Island are a superb backdrop to the activity on the water.