Chocolate and the Calcutta Cup at the Horse & Groom

It’s not too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day. It really isn’t. First of all, book your table in the restaurant at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. Or by the fire in the bar. Next, take a look at our menu.

Of course, Valentine’s Day is about more than just a meal. Of course it is. How about a day at the races at the Valentine’s Day Racing meet at Fontwell, followed by dinner at ours? Or catching Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday at the New Park Cinema before a late supper at the Horse & Groom?

Can’t do anything on the day itself? That’s OK, because the Old Dairy at West Dean Gardens is the venue for an evening made for lovers. Chocolate lovers that is. The From bean to bar – the magic of chocolate evening of flavours and tastings takes place on 8 February. Or, you can watch England take on Ireland in the 6 Nations in our bar on 10 February. There’ll be chocolate puddings available. And real ale. And Sunday roasts.

Talking of the rugby, before England travel to Ireland, they must first host Scotland in the Calcutta Cup on 2 February. Despite the injuries, we’re favourites, but experience has taught us that there is nothing more dangerous than a Celtic underdog.

Want to read about six of the best England v Scotland games? Here you go. Want to go back to 2007 and watch Jonny Wilkinson taking the Auld Enemy apart? We do can that, too.

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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