Archive for January, 2012

Politics and beer at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

You can get politics and beer at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling almost any night of the week, but occasionally I like to broaden my horizons and there are a few good reasons to do so in Chichester over the next couple of weeks.

It may be only the older regulars that remember this on television, but Yes, Prime Minister is coming to the Chichester Festival Theatre on 26 January for a short run (and the original writers are in charge)– well worth making a mini-break for and booking one of our cosy rooms.

Talking of cosy rooms, the seating at the Chichester Cinema is a lot more comfortable these days, and for a completely different slice of UK politics, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy starts there on 10 February (nicely timed for the awards season).

Staying with cosy rooms, rarely is there reason to venture outside of the Horse & Groom bar, beautifully warmed by our open fire, in search of decent beer, but West Dean College is hosting a day course on beers for gastronomes and guzzlers on 4 February. Highlights include matching beers to food and a visit to a local brewery – I recommend once school has finished putting the theory into practice in a lovely pub just down the road! There’s also another food course  – spicing up your winter (28 January) – that looks good: something spicy and a few beers sounds like a perfect recipe for winter!

Keep warm and see you soon at the Horse & Groom!

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

Blustery beginnings for 2012 at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Well, the hatches are truly battened down at the Horse & Groom at the moment. Any cobwebs from a busy Christmas and New Year have certainly been blown away, which is all the more reason to get comfortable in our cosy bar with a plate of food!

But despite the wind, it’s not too cold out, which is a good excuse to stretch your legs. There are plenty of good walks around here, such as at Kingly Vale or Goodwood, and I think the views are particularly refreshing at this time of year (particularly if followed by a pint and something warming to eat from Mal!).

Another way to burn off some of that festive indulgence (and prepare a bountiful harvest for later in the year!) is a no-dig gardening course on 23 January at West Dean College. If you want your hard work and creativity to produce more immediate results, a marmalade masterclass on 20 January might be a better bet.

The first local race meeting of the year takes place at Fontwell Park on 12 January for anyone who wants a bit more action from a day out. If staying in the warm is more your thing, Swallows and Amazons comes to Chichester Festival Theatre for a short run from 17 January, while the Edward Burra and Bloomsbury and Beyond exhibitions continue at Pallant House Gallery throughout the month. There’s also a free tour of the gallery buildings on 12 January.

Everybody says that January is a quiet month but it seems pretty busy to me – country walks, racing, gardening and cookery classes, shows and exhibitions: well worth booking one of our lovely rooms in Chichester and making a break of it!

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