At Cantina Rosita

Arepas & Falafels

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+44 7940 771977

At Cantina Rosita

I’m Andrea.

Born in Latin America, I have been living in the UK and The Middle East over the last 25 years.

Here, at Cantina Rosita, I try to recreate some of the distinctive flavours and dishes I have grown to love.

Our mission is to celebrate Latin American and Eastern Mediterranean food. So, please sit down in our beautiful tropical-inspired canteen and enjoy delicious, freshly-made food.

Unwind. Relax.

Expect empanadas, corn arepas, falafel, kibbeh and a variety of salsas. This is informal eating. You’ll need the napkins we provide.

UK seasonal products mingle with ingredients from the tropics and The Mediterranean.

We also try to balance high-quality local products with those from further afield. Our cheeses, dairy products, vegetables and fruits are mostly from Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Our seafood is sustainable. The chicken we serve is free-range and our game is provided by local suppliers.

Cantina Rosita can accommodate 20-24 people comfortably seated inside and, during the summer, about the same number can join us in the patio when the British weather allows.

Sociable dogs on a lead are welcome.

Arepas & Falafel

When I was about 12, I heard that the caretaker’s wife at my secondary school was starting to sell home-made food directly from her kitchen door.

At 11:30am, between maths and biology, I sprinted to get into a long and desperate queue. Socorro cooked just one dish so the stakes were high. She didn’t have a menu; everybody knew she sold arepas, a delicacy made with corn bread and filled with multiple combinations or simply ham and cheese. Each hot arepa was sliced open, coated handsomely with butter and filled. Two or three napkins were used to wrap it all up.

Her arepas were succulent.


Fast forward a decade to working at a newspaper, where I was full-time journalist and part-time editor. Right by the office, a Lebanese family opened a hole in the wall to sell the most divine falafel. Served the traditional way, in a flatbread, with a tahini sauce, pickles and salad.

Years later, I discovered a world of flavours and differences when I tasted falafel from the tiniest kitchens in Cairo, Dubai, Syria and at the legendary Sahyoun, in Beirut.

Cantina Rosita follows that uncomplicated format. We offer a few delicious dishes, all prepared from the heart. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Some of Cantina Rosita’s dishes

Argentinian empanadas, Arepas Venezuelan style, Lebanese Arayes, shredded meat, fried plantain, house salsa, falafel, garlic sauce…

Corn soup with or without meatballs, chicken spiced with cumin, shredded beef with black beans and plenty of salsa...


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Cantina Rosita’s upcoming events

Sunday 24th March: Easter Wreath Making Afternoon

Need a venue or catering for your own event? Contact us now to discuss what we can offer

Catering & private events

Please fill out our enquiry form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We are always happy to negotiate the menu choices if there’s something in particular that you would like.

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Please be aware that the Cantina can only be used for private events outside of our usual hours - Minimum covers for private hire 18. Allergen and dietary information available upon request



5 Folly Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4AU

Telephone: +447940771977

Email: hello@cantinarosita.com

We are 8-minutes walk away from Petersfield train station and a hop from the Central car park by Waitrose.

Opening Times
Cantina Rosita is open: Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 – 16:00

  • Breakfast served 8:30 – 11:30
  • Lunch served from 11:30-15:00
    (Last orders at 14:45)

If you would like to book a table please contact us via phone or email, we are unlicensed but you can bring your own alcohol, corkage charge will be applied.

Our suppliers

Cantina Rosita is working with a lovely group of suppliers and the list is growing daily.

Host coffee. Do check them out. Their house blend is really delicious and so is their decaf.

Teapigs. We think they make brilliant tea and there’s no plastic in their tea bags. Their cartons are recyclable, reusable, biodegradable and the ink they use to print their packaging with is vegetable-based.

Our veggies are supplied by Bryant Bros, a family business based in Liss. No fruit or veg is too exotic for them!

Photography by Cantina Rosita and Jessica Wang
Design by Julia Morlok
Digital by Toby Kay