Archive for September, 2012

Hops, Hitchcock and horses at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

As our CAMRA award suggests, we love our real ale at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling: it is expertly cared for in our underground cellar and raised directly to the glass by a traditional hand pump. So, we were delighted to read that the number of breweries in the UK has topped 1,000, with over 150 new ones opening in the last year. That means lots of great beer!
From one British institution to another: the Alfred Hitchcock season at the Chichester Cinema at New Park starts soon. From The Thirty Nine Steps to North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train, there is plenty to talk about over a pint and something to eat.
Staying on the subject of great Britishness, the Goodwood Breakfast Club returns on Sunday 7 October, following a break for the Goodwood Revival. The theme is Soft Top Sunday, so we’re looking forward to some fantastic cars lining up on the motor circuit. We’re only down the road and our restaurant is the perfect place for a pit stop and a hearty roast after a wander around Goodwood.
The season at Goodwood Racecourse may be nearly over but that doesn’t mean there’s no more local racing to enjoy until next year. Fontwell Park Racecourse hosts a two-day jump racing festival on 5 & 6 October. Also over that weekend, West Sussex Opera is performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester.
The following weekend there is another chance to see some horsepower in action: this time it’s a combination of heavy horses and vintage tractors at the Weald and Downland Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show on 13 & 14 October. After a busy day in the Sussex countryside, we’ll have a drink and a roaring fire waiting.
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.

Beer, cheese and apples at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

If I asked what goes best with a pint of real ale from the Horse & Groom, what would be the answer? One would definitely be a good cheese board and, for those of you who agree, there is the chance to indulge and educate the inner cheese demon up the road at West Dean.
On the evening of 5 October, ex-deli owner and cheese enthusiast Rosemary Moon will take her audience on a journey through British cheeses, with an emphasis on the local, from the soft and mild to the pressed and mould ripened. We’ll have the Horse & Groom cheeseboard ready and waiting for an after-show tasting session!
So, you’ve got your real ale and cheeseboard in front of you in our cosy bar (or even in the garden!) – is there anything missing? Well, how about a good crunchy apple or some apple chutney? You might even want to swap the ale for a cider. Talking of all things apple, West Dean is again the place to be on the weekend of 29-30 September as it hosts its annual Apple Affair. As well as the food and drink, there are food demos, an art exhibition and, rather intriguingly, an apple doctor.
A nice pint and a bite to eat might be just what you want after an afternoon at the races and Goodwood’s penultimate race day of the season takes place on 26 September. On the subject of Goodwood, if you still want more vintage car action after the Revival last weekend, head to Tangmere Aviation Museum on 23 September for its Classic Wheels military vehicle and classic car show. A rare 1973 Montreal Alfa Romeo and a mid-1920s Grand Prix Bugatti are among the highlights.
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.

Cosmopolitans and Cobras at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Now, rarely do we get requests for Cosmopolitans at the Horse & Groom, but Antony & Cleopatra at Chichester Festival Theatre (7-29 September) may change all that, for a short time at least. Why? Because Kim Cattrall, of Sex and the City fame, is playing the Queen of Egypt. So, come and enjoy a pre- or post-theatre cocktail in East Ashling.
Something else red that you might see at the Horse & Groom over the next few weeks is a vintage sports car or two as the Goodwood Revival takes place up the road (14-16 September). This year’s event is celebrating, among other things, 50 years of the AC Cobra, so there should be some very special cars passing by.
Our lovely rooms are ideal for making a weekend of it – our very own Chichester hotel is a converted flint barn. The Revival isn’t the only thing going on over that weekend – the annual Chichester Local Food Fare takes over the city centre for the two days, with a mobile farm coming to town for the kids on the Sunday. There is always a wealth of great local food to try and buy – it’s impossible to leave with empty bags (or an empty stomach!).
Also at Chichester Festival Theatre, and staying with the outdoor theme, Alan Titchmarsh brings his one-man show Trowel and Error to the city for one night on 16 September. Talking of getting in the garden, the Horse & Groom garden is still open and we’ll be enjoying it as long as the evenings and good weather last (but if it does get cooler, the log fire in the bar is ready to go!).
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.