The Olympics and other sports at the Horse & Groom

Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you’ll have noticed that it’s Olympics time and there’s non-stop sport on the TV for the next fortnight. But considering that the big yellow thing in the sky has finally made an appearance, I think the Horse & Groom garden is a better arena for your exertions.
But that’s not to say that we’re not sporty. Indeed, with Glorious Goodwood kicking off soon (31 July to 4 August), we’re gearing ourselves up for lots of activity. With the racecourse just up the road, the Horse & Groom is in the perfect place to start and end the day. Whether you’re celebrating your winners or drowning your sorrows, you’ll get a friendly warm at our bar!
If you’re going the distance at Glorious Goodwood, or just looking to stay a night, you can rest easy in our comfortable Chichester accommodation. If you book to stay on 4 August, you can get up and enjoy some horsepower of a different kind on the Sunday. Goodwood Motor Circuit, just round the corner from the racecourse, is hosting the Goodwood Breakfast Club Thoroughbred Sunday event – expect lots of pre-1966 classics, in particular cars celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012, including the Ferrari 250 GTO, AC Cobra and Lotus Elan.
Something else to get you fired up is the Chillies, Curries and Beyond food day at West Dean on 18 August. Some of the locals were disappointed that the Chilli Fiesta was put back (to the August bank holiday), so I reckon this should tide them over. Of course, you don’t have to do a course to enjoy something tasty, there’s always something with some oomph to it on our restaurant and bar menus (although you won’t get any of those nuggets that make Usain Bolt go so quickly!).
For more info on the Horse & Groom or to book a table or a room, contact Mike and Michelle on 01243 575339 or

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