Archive for June, 2012

Festival and Festivities at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

It has been a bruising few days for English sport – we drew the last test against South Africa and fluffed our penalties again in the football. What with all the rain around East Ashling and Chichester, I think it’s about time we had something to cheer us up.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is as good a place to start as any and this weekend will be busy with drivers, cars and fans alike. We’re in a prime spot for a pre- or post-festival drink and bite to eat and we get to see quite a few special cars go past too.
It’s not all about Goodwood and cars though. The Chichester Festivities have kicked off and there are some great events on this year. You can always count on a journalist to entertain and, this year, filling the John Simpson spot, Peter Sissons is talking about his life as a news reporter and presenter on 8 July.
Cerys Matthews is playing on 12 July in Chichester and then there’s the finale fireworks on 14 July, which are a great excuse to pack a picnic, pop into the Horse & Groom for one and then head up to the Trundle.
Talking about alfresco entertainment, Shakespeare is doing the rounds over the next couple of weeks. The Taming of the Shrew is being put on in the beautiful setting of West Dean Gardens on 28 and 30 June and 2, 4, and 6 July, while Romeo and Juliet will play out their star-crossed story at Cowdray Ruins on 4 July.
If the rain does return, the Derek Boshier: David Bowie and The Clash exhibition is well worth catching at Pallant House Gallery, as is the Peter Blake & Pop Music show. Alternatively, you could come and get your culture at the Horse & Groom bar!
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

Flood fighting and Father’s Day at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Plenty of our locals like to get out on the water but recently I’ve been expecting to see their boats moored up in the car park, or at least pretty close by. Needless to say, they haven’t been put off by a drop or two of rain, although the garden has been pretty quiet for this time of year!
It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so once they’ve opened their presents of canoes, oars and assorted wet weather gear, we’re looking forward to seeing plenty of dads (and the rest of the family!) for lunch and a few drinks.
If none of those gifts will hit the mark, a night at the races probably will – Goodwood Racecourse’s Three Friday Nights season continues on Friday with Dermot O’Leary providing the DJ set and we’re perfectly placed for a warm-up drink (or a post-flutter one if the power cuts out again!). There’s another one on 22 June as well.
If horseracing isn’t your dad’s thing, this might be: an exhibition on record cover art begins at Pallant House Gallery on 19 June. Rather intriguingly, it’s called Prints of Darkness. Alternatively, you can get him tickets to the Blues on the Farm for the following weekend (21-24 June). What’s not to like about a wealth of great music and beer? If you don’t fancy camping or don’t want to take a chance with the great British weather, our lovely Chichester accommodation is available.
But who’s to say that we won’t be bathed in glorious sunshine? If we are, then this will be great too: Cowdray Ruins is hosting some picnic theatre on 21 June: the play is Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
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