Archive for May, 2012

The Diamond Jubilee at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

So the big weekend is nearly here. We’ll be doing our own celebrating in East Ashling and there is plenty going on in Chichester, Goodwood, etc. to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The Horse & Groom is the perfect base from which to take it all in.
There is a big Queen’s Jubilee Gala Day procession in Chichester on 2 June, which starts off in town before heading to Priory Park. If you’re there over lunchtime and can’t make it back to the Horse & Groom for one of Mal’s lunches, Little London Food Market is on again in East Street.
If you have booked some Diamond Jubilee weekend accommodation in Chichester in one our rooms, getting up to Goodwood Motor Circuit early on 3 June for a special Rule Britannia Goodwood Breakfast Club, which will include a Pit Lane street party, will be a doddle. The gates are open at 8am and the chequered flag comes down at 12, so that’s perfect timing for lunch in the Horse & Groom garden.
If you want to carry on the Jubilee celebrations, there are more going on at the nearby Cowdray Ruins on 3 June, which include side shows, cream teas, music and stalls. On 4 June, the celebrations continue at Goodwood, with Goodwood Motor Circuit hosting its Planes, Games and Automobiles event.
You might want to put your feet up after these Jubilee weekend celebrations (with a pint or two in our bar) but it’s not long until things get going at Goodwood again. Goodwood Racecourse’s Three Friday Nights season kicks off on 8 June. After an evening of racing, Groove Armada is in charge of the music, and if you need somewhere close by to stay the night, we can provide the bed!
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

Real ale and real art at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

All eyes may be on the extra -long weekend for the Queen’s Jubilee – hopefully we’ll be out in the sunshine in the Horse & Groom garden in East Ashling for that – but there’s plenty worth celebrating before then.
I think the celebrations should begin with the revival of British stout: I read this article the other day and, apparently, this drink is making a comeback as microbreweries go from strength to strength, which is all the reason I need to mention the Horse & Groom bar, its real ales and CAMRA award!
A good time to have a pint of real ale is before or after a day at the races and there is plenty of racing on close to us. Goodwood’s May Festival takes place on 24-26 May, which is the perfect excuse to book accommodation in Chichester in our smart rooms and make a break of it. Before that, Fontwell Racecourse hosts its British Heart Foundation Charity Raceday on 16 May.
Of course, the weather’s not to be counted on much at the moment, so it’s worth having a few indoor activities up your sleeve (apart from frequenting the Horse & Groom, of course). There’s a great Keith Vaughan exhibition at Pallant House Gallery until 10 June – Selsey-born Vaughan was one of the most significant artists of his generation. Also, Canvas starts soon at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester – it’s a comedy based around a camping trip to Wales, so expect rain to feature.
Now, if the heavens decide to shut up shop, there are a couple of good markets on in Chichester. Little London Food Market takes over East Street on 19 and 26 May, and Chichester Farmers’ Market is in town in 18 May.
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

The long weekend at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2nd, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

No sooner had I mentioned getting outside and enjoying the Horse & Groom garden and countryside air, then we are treated to a return to winter: pouring rain and gale-force winds. Needless to say, everyone’s been inside and a few have even been eyeing up the fire in the bar.
Now, I really should focus on indoors events, but where’s the optimism in that? Besides, there is a lot on outdoors in the next couple of weeks that just a stone’s throw from the Horse & Groom. With fingers crossed for better weather, the Goodwood horseracing season kicks off on Saturday (5 May) followed by a second meet on 10 May. We’re only down the road, so we’re perfectly placed for a pre- and post-meet drink and bite to eat.
If you want to make a long weekend of it and book one of our lovely rooms, Goodwood Motor Circuit is hosting the Goodwood Breakfast Club Super Car Sunday on 6 May – it starts early and finishes in time to get back to the pub for one of Mal’s lunches – and on bank holiday Monday, there’s an antique collectors fair at Goodwood House.
If antiques aren’t your thing, the nearby Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is putting on its Food and South Downs Fair on 6-7 May, which always features lots of great local food and drink. Alternatively, Cowdray Ruins has its Pirates and Smugglers Day on 6 May. It also has a Ghost Walk on 11 May.
All in all, there is plenty going on locally over the bank holiday. Let’s just hope the weather plays ball!
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