WHISPERING SMITH: New ventures from old and a blast from the past

Chris Adam Smith
Chris Adam Smith

From the desert sands of the old Silk Road Restaurant in Arcade Road has risen a new blue gastronomic delight called Panama Joe’s, specialising in South American food.

Joe’s is the brainchild of proprietor and chef Joe Davis, who has over 35 years of experience in the food industry.

A nicely set-out and colourful interior, the layout much the same as before but freshly themed in tune with the food on offer.

This is Joe’s dream and according to those who have already dined there, a delightful experience.

Keep in mind that South American food is not necessarily spicy or hot and Joe prepares all his own sauces to order – all you have to say is what you want and that’s what you will get.

I wish his venture success in this little corner of town so beloved of the creative folk. Give Panama Joe’s a try and support a new business venture.

There are far too few of them in Littlehampton and this is a delightful addition. Sip a Margarita, listen to the Bamboo Band and enjoy. Bon appetite.


I am often stopped in the street and regaled with a tale or two about Littlehampton, most of them interesting and many unprintable – last week was no exception.

I was walking along Surrey Street when a car pulled over to the kerb and the driver asked me if I was Whispering Smith.

As always, with some caution, I said that I was indeed he, half expecting a few colourful comments regarding my love of Brer Fox.

Instead the driver asked me if my father’s name was Neville.

Seems he had read my column on Southern Rail and was curious.

Turns out he was my dad’s engine driver and was himself another ‘lifer’ on British Rail.

Super to meet and chat with you, Mister Hall, and thanks for stopping by, you brought back some happy memories and you certainly knew my old dad only too well...


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