Why Christmas is best at the Horse & Groom

I know it’s only November but the Christmas bookings are mounting up at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling, so now’s the time to make your reservation. Our Christmas menu is up on the website, the fire is aglow on a daily basis and the beer tastes great, so what’s not to look forward to?
And, we’re not the only ones getting festive in November. After all the humbug and the national dressing down last year, the powers that be have got their act together and Chichester will have Christmas lights this year! The big turning on is taking place on 24 November in the city centre, along with fireworks sponsored by John Lewis (whose Christmas ad is a corker). There’s the prospect of some late night shopping on the Saturday, too.
Other Christmas goings on over the next couple of weeks include a Christmas market at the Weald and Downland Museum on 17 and 18 November and a Winter Warmer Creative Weekend at West Dean from 23 to 25 November, where you can try your hand at everything from curry making and metalworking to ballroom dancing and yoga.
Of course, not everyone is quite ready to embrace the festive spirit and there are plenty of non-Christmas events to enjoy. There’s late-season racing at Fontwell Racecourse on 18 and 28 November and the cold weather always has us longing for the cinema: the New Park Cinema down the road has some great films on, including North by Northwest and Lawrence of Arabia.
It’s also showing Skyfall for anyone who hasn’t already seen it or who wants a second helping of Bond and his famous Aston Martin. Talking of Astons, you don’t have to go far from the Horse & Groom to get behind the wheel of one. More details next time.
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.

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