Festival mania at the Horse & Groom

What a weekend! Booked out and busy thanks to the Festival of Speed. Lots of people, lots of incredible cars and, thankfully, lots of sunshine. Our garden has been great – lots of alfresco wining and dining in East Ashling.
I managed to get up to Goodwood. I didn’t pick up that Aston Martin but I did get the chance to get up close and personal with a brand new Porsche 911, spend some time with an amazing 1961 Jaguar E-type FHC and get covered in dust by some rally cars.
Another festival got into its swing at the weekend – the Real Ale and Jazz Festival. It carries on next weekend and a Last Night at the Proms event brings down the curtain on Saturday night. Should be fun – I might be tempted to swap our real ales for theirs for the evening.
Still on the festival theme – West Dean has just announced that it will hold its first ever festival over the August bank holiday. Music, performance, film, cooking and creative making, so the flyer says. We’re just down the road, so for those who aren’t keen on camping, we’ve got lovely comfortable beds and hot showers in our rooms. In the meantime at West Dean, the new Med Fest event takes place 9 and 10 July.
The Chichester Festivities are also under way. I’m eyeing up an evening with John Simpson on 10 July. It would be great to get him back to the pub for a pint and one of Mal’s dinners, but I think I’ll have to settle for a seat in the audience.
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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