Archive for February, 2011

Swinging Low at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17th, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

The Horse & Groom has been in good voice over the last couple of weekends as the Six Nations has got off to a flier, especially for England. We’re bound to be packed on Saturday 26th as England take on France and Italy host Wales.

It is a mighty hard game for Johnno’s boys, but France weren’t all that against Ireland, so I think they’re there for the taking. And what money for an Italian victory in Rome against Wales?  Scotland against Ireland should be a cracker on the Sunday as well. There’s plenty of good beer and food to keep us going through all the action, including Mal’s sumptuous roast on Sunday. If the last game weekends are anything to go by, it should be great.

If rugby’s not your thing, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. What better than a meal and a drink with us before heading out to either of these shows? Brighton Rock, filmed not too far east of Chichester, is showing at the New Park cinema, while there’s still time to take in the Cezanne to Picasso: European Masters exhibition at Pallant House Gallery before it finishes. There’s free admission to the gallery on 19 February if you can make it.

If you like you culture a bit faster, the Goodwood Breakfast Club reopens for 2011 with Tax-Free Sunday on March 6. Pre-73 tax free classics and modern eco-friendly vehicles will be on show on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit from 8am to noon. It’s free to get in. I recommend getting there early, grabbing a famous Goodwood bacon roll before heading back to the Horse & Groom for Sunday lunch!

For more info on the Horse & Groom or to book a table or a room, contact Mike and Michelle on 01243 575339 or

Love and other fun at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1st, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

February and it’s most definitely still winter: everyone’s well wrapped up when they come through the door, but the fire normally warms them up pretty sharpish. That and a pint or two!

Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, so it’s a good time to point you towards our cosy restaurant and our tasty menu (and away from the chip shop and petrol station flowers!). Whether you fancy venturing out for dinner on the big day itself or over the preceding weekend, Mal will be serving up delicious food that is bound to win you Valentine’s brownie points. And, you can make a night or weekend of it and take a room in our converted barn.

But, if you’re not expecting company, I’m sure there will be some room and conversation at the bar. The fire (and the beer) is guaranteed to warm your cockles. We’ve got Harvey’s Sussex Best and Summer Lightning on tap at the moment.

If you’re really out to impress (having already booked dinner and room at the Horse & Groom of course!), there’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the New Park Cinema in Chichester on February 14. If your romantic fairytale comprises something more edible, there’s the Chocolate: The Ultimate Romance food course up the road at West Dean College on February 12.

There are some good gigs in February, too. Folk-rock legends Fairport Convention hit Chichester Festival Theatre on February 8, while the theatre also hosts a trio of Celtic shows from the Celtic Footprint, the Fron Male Voice Choir and Capercaille (February 11, 12 & 13).

I quite fancy getting tickets for the Welsh choir. I had the good fortune to catch the winners of an eisteddfod in a pub in Cardiff last year – they were celebrating their victory with a few beers and a sing-song. They were absolutely phenomenal. Perhaps I should get in touch with the Fron choir…

We’re also showing all the Six Nations rugby, starting with Wales v England at the Millennium Stadium this Friday night.

For more info on the Horse & Groom or to book a table or a room, contact Mike and Michelle on 01243 575339 or