Celebrations, carols and Christmas at the Horse & Groom

We said we wouldn’t mention the C word unless England beat the All Blacks and well, by the end of 80 minutes it felt like Christmas had come early in the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. Talking of celebrations, there is plenty of festive cheer to be enjoyed locally.

There’s no better place to indulge in some Christmas spirit than our bar, but because you can’t sit in front of our roaring fire and drink our real ale all day, every day, I had better tell you about life outside the Horse & Groom.

The big fat man in the red suit is making an early appearance at West Dean on 15 and 16 December, as part of its Winter Wonderland season. The weekend will see the glasshouses and walled garden transformed into a magical grotto. There’s also the chance to nab some festive gifts. When you’re done and in need of some refreshment, we’re just down the road!

It’s also the season of Christmas carols and there are plenty of free concerts taking place at Chichester Cathedral, including a BBC Sussex carol service on 15 December. There are also free Christmas carols at Pallant House Gallery on 20 December.

So, that’s Santa and singing covered, which leaves us with eating and drinking. Obviously, I should point you to our Christmas menu (and our delicious usual one) but for those few times you won’t be tempted by our restaurant, Chichester Farmers’ Market on 21 December is a great chance to stock up on goodies.

Anyway, bring on Australia and Wales, and the 2015 World Cup! Oh, and the 6 Nations in February!

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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