Posts Tagged ‘Chichester Festival Theatre’

Razzamatazz and rugby at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

I finished the last blog talking about James Bond and the fact that you don’t have to go far from the Horse & Groom in East Ashling to get behind the wheel of his famous Aston Martin DB4.

Well, there’s no Goodwood Breakfast Club this month but the motor circuit and a very special track day is only a short spin away. Not a bad Christmas present or festive party? We can have Christmas dinner waiting for you after a hard day behind the wheel (check out our Christmas menu).

Talking of special Christmas events, Chichester Festival Theatre presents the Rat Pack at Christmas – Vegas Spectacular on 1 December. As the theatre is undergoing a major refurbishment, The Venue is playing host to this night of famous songs. You might be tempted to raise a small glass of something festive at our bar before or afterwards.

Another way of getting into the Christmas swing is a tree dressing afternoon at the Weald & Downland Museum on 2 December, or if you’re not quite ready to decorate your own tree, you can get creative and add your own special ornament to the tree at the Novium Museum throughout the month.

For a gentler introduction to Christmas, Christmas Thursdays start at Pallant House Gallery on 6 December. Entrance to the gallery is free and there will be carols in the house. This Thursday also marks the first of three evenings of late night shopping. For more festive shopping, the Chichester Christmas market takes place on 13 December.

Of course, you might just want to escape it all (and the weather!) and there’s no better place than the Horse & Groom. Come and join us as we cheer on England against the All Blacks this Saturday – there will be no mention of Christmas, unless of course we win!

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.

Horsepower and horticulture at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

I finished last time by mentioning the upcoming show of horsepower at the Weald and Downland Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show on 13 & 14 October. Well, there is lots more horsepower to be enjoyed on the Sunday – Goodwood Racecourse is signing off the season with a Spitfire display.

A few of the regulars will be interested in this and even those who don’t make it up the road will still be able to enjoy the flying finale from the pub over a beer. The display is scheduled to take place at 1pm, an hour before the racing starts. It should be a great day, with Goodwood offering a special Olympic price of £20.12 for the Gordon Enclosure!

On the same day, horsepower of a very different kind will take place over Goodwood Motor Circuit. The circuit is hosting the Greenpower National Finals, which feature young drivers racing their electric cars. This is an IET Formula 24 event and there will be plenty of very special race cars on display.

The hottest ticket of the month is for Noel Coward’s Private Lives at Chichester Festival Theatre. If you can’t see the play, which runs until 27 October, there are plenty of other interesting events in Chichester in the coming weeks. For the green fingered, there’s the Art and Nature talk on planting design on 20 October at West Dean College, while for big band fans, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines is playing at Chichester Cathedral on the same day.

Whatever you get up to, there will always be a warm welcome at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. The real ale, open fire and our hearty menu are waiting!

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.

Cosmopolitans and Cobras at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Now, rarely do we get requests for Cosmopolitans at the Horse & Groom, but Antony & Cleopatra at Chichester Festival Theatre (7-29 September) may change all that, for a short time at least. Why? Because Kim Cattrall, of Sex and the City fame, is playing the Queen of Egypt. So, come and enjoy a pre- or post-theatre cocktail in East Ashling.
Something else red that you might see at the Horse & Groom over the next few weeks is a vintage sports car or two as the Goodwood Revival takes place up the road (14-16 September). This year’s event is celebrating, among other things, 50 years of the AC Cobra, so there should be some very special cars passing by.
Our lovely rooms are ideal for making a weekend of it – our very own Chichester hotel is a converted flint barn. The Revival isn’t the only thing going on over that weekend – the annual Chichester Local Food Fare takes over the city centre for the two days, with a mobile farm coming to town for the kids on the Sunday. There is always a wealth of great local food to try and buy – it’s impossible to leave with empty bags (or an empty stomach!).
Also at Chichester Festival Theatre, and staying with the outdoor theme, Alan Titchmarsh brings his one-man show Trowel and Error to the city for one night on 16 September. Talking of getting in the garden, the Horse & Groom garden is still open and we’ll be enjoying it as long as the evenings and good weather last (but if it does get cooler, the log fire in the bar is ready to go!).
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.

Sunshine and Easter at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Spring has definitely arrived – the garden has been busy and some of the regulars have been eyeing up the water. I hope the sunshine stays around for the Easter weekend: it would be the perfect excuse to book accommodation in Chichester at the Horse & Groom for an Easter break.
But before then, there are a couple of special events only a stone’s throw from the pub that are well worth catching. Goodwood Breakfast Club is holding its second meet of the year, Everything but the Car, from 8am at Goodwood Motor Circuit on 1 April (it’s free!). Once you’ve refuelled with one of Mal’s lunches, Chichester’s very own best-selling author Kate Mosse is in audience with Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, (there are still tickets available) at West Dean College from 2pm.
Getting back to the Easter week, book a stay in our converted barn and there are some hearty walks to enjoy, including up the Trundle and around Kingly Vale. If you’re bringing the kids or just out and about locally with them, the Weald and Downland Museum, Pallant House Gallery and Chichester Festival Theatre are all putting on children’s activities during the school break.
If the weather doesn’t play ball, there’s an Antique and Collectors’ Fair at Goodwood Racecourse on Easter Monday. The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre exhibition continues at Pallant House Gallery, and you’ll find The Iron Lady and George Clooney’s latest The Descendants on at the New Park Cinema in Chichester.
And, of course, there’s a bar stocked with some great real ales (and plenty other drinks!) and a lovely restaurant just waiting to be enjoyed at the Horse & Groom!
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

Culture, classics and more Charlie at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Rugby and romance at the Horse & Groom – well, it all turned out lovely for England in the end, but only just (and thanks largely to comeback king Charlie Hodgson). Next up is Wales and that game will be a lot harder without doubt – more edge-of-the-seat stuff at the Horse & Groom I think.

The Wales game takes place at Twickenham, where I’m sure we’ll hear a few renditions of Swing Low and Jerusalem. The latter might also crop up on the play list at the Chichester Festival Theatre on 24 February as it hosts the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night programme. Expect show tunes, film scores and more.

I would recommend some great British food courtesy of Mal before such a performance and I think it would also go down a treat after a morning at the first Goodwood Breakfast Club meet of the year. The theme to kick it all off is Tax-Free Sunday, which means lots of pre-73 classics to enjoy.

From one type of classic to another – as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery is showing the Art of Chichester Festival Theatre exhibition from 3 March. It will show how sets and plays have been designed around the famous stage.

For a double bill of culture, book a night in one of our rooms and get a ticket to a West Sussex Opera production of Dido and Aeneas at Chichester University on 7 March. Mal can be relied on for a fine pre-show dinner too!

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.

Rugby and romance at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2nd, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

From politics and beer to rugby and romance – we take it all in our stride at the Horse & Groom. I mention rugby because we’re gearing up for the start of the 2012 6 Nations. It all gets going with back-to-back weekends of bruising ball chasing, all of which you can watch in our bar.

England against Scotland is the big match here and it looks set to be an enthralling game, not least because England will field a host of new caps. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the Auld Enemy are bristling for revenge after their defeat at the World Cup. After that, we’ll see how the new boys take the sunshine of Rome.

February means romance as well as egg chasing and the Horse & Groom is still the place to come! We’re taking bookings for Valentine’s (Mal is a man of many culinary talents and a fine Valentine’s menu is among them). Our cosy restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner.

If you want to make a night of it, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are longing for each other in An Affair to Remember at the New Park Cinema in Chichester and, at Chichester Festival Theatre, there’s the choice of The Sound of Music or Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. And, if you want an extra-special night, you can follow a show and dinner with a stay in one of our charming rooms.

A few days earlier, just down the road, the Kennels in Goodwood is hosting a Valentine’s Opera Gala. The Night at the Opera evening on 10 February features operatic duo Jon Grave and mezzo-soprano Susan Legg.

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

Politics and beer at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

You can get politics and beer at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling almost any night of the week, but occasionally I like to broaden my horizons and there are a few good reasons to do so in Chichester over the next couple of weeks.

It may be only the older regulars that remember this on television, but Yes, Prime Minister is coming to the Chichester Festival Theatre on 26 January for a short run (and the original writers are in charge)– well worth making a mini-break for and booking one of our cosy rooms.

Talking of cosy rooms, the seating at the Chichester Cinema is a lot more comfortable these days, and for a completely different slice of UK politics, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy starts there on 10 February (nicely timed for the awards season).

Staying with cosy rooms, rarely is there reason to venture outside of the Horse & Groom bar, beautifully warmed by our open fire, in search of decent beer, but West Dean College is hosting a day course on beers for gastronomes and guzzlers on 4 February. Highlights include matching beers to food and a visit to a local brewery – I recommend once school has finished putting the theory into practice in a lovely pub just down the road! There’s also another food course  – spicing up your winter (28 January) – that looks good: something spicy and a few beers sounds like a perfect recipe for winter!

Keep warm and see you soon at the Horse & Groom!

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

Blustery beginnings for 2012 at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Well, the hatches are truly battened down at the Horse & Groom at the moment. Any cobwebs from a busy Christmas and New Year have certainly been blown away, which is all the more reason to get comfortable in our cosy bar with a plate of food!

But despite the wind, it’s not too cold out, which is a good excuse to stretch your legs. There are plenty of good walks around here, such as at Kingly Vale or Goodwood, and I think the views are particularly refreshing at this time of year (particularly if followed by a pint and something warming to eat from Mal!).

Another way to burn off some of that festive indulgence (and prepare a bountiful harvest for later in the year!) is a no-dig gardening course on 23 January at West Dean College. If you want your hard work and creativity to produce more immediate results, a marmalade masterclass on 20 January might be a better bet.

The first local race meeting of the year takes place at Fontwell Park on 12 January for anyone who wants a bit more action from a day out. If staying in the warm is more your thing, Swallows and Amazons comes to Chichester Festival Theatre for a short run from 17 January, while the Edward Burra and Bloomsbury and Beyond exhibitions continue at Pallant House Gallery throughout the month. There’s also a free tour of the gallery buildings on 12 January.

Everybody says that January is a quiet month but it seems pretty busy to me – country walks, racing, gardening and cookery classes, shows and exhibitions: well worth booking one of our lovely rooms in Chichester and making a break of it!

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

Carols, Lipman and Shakespeare at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6th, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

So, Christmas has arrived in Chichester! The tree is up and the lights are on, a local triumph that was marked with a celebrity, the mayor and, best of all, fireworks and lots of people. All of which has helped stir the festive spirit (literally and figuratively) at the Horse & Groom.
There are plenty of Christmas carol services taking place in Chichester to get us in the mood. Chichester Cathedral is hosting its usual wealth of concerts, including carols from Seaford College (9 December), the University of Chichester (12 December) and Bishop Luffa School (14 December). All of these concerts are free and our cosy bar with its open fire is a good place for a pre- or post- performance get together.
An alternative venue for Christmas carols is Pallant House Gallery, which is hosting its own free concerts on 8 and 15 December. Put the latter date in the diary and it could be the start of a great long weekend. Staying in one of our lovely rooms, once the carols have been ticked off, there’s the chance to catch the opening night of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Chichester Festival Theatre on 17 December. In between, you can stock up on treats at the Chichester Farmers’ Market on 15 December.
Talk of eating and drinking, Mal’s Christmas menu (or his normal menu!) is a great excuse to take a pause between all the festive activity.
If you’re not quite ready to be immersed in all things Christmas just yet, the Chichester Festivities autumn programme comes to an end on 11 December with an audience with the enigmatic Maureen Lipman, who will talk about her new book, among other things. Also, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at the Minerva Theatre until 10 December.
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

Christmas cheer and festive beer at the H&G

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Christmas is coming (if you can see it through the fog!) and this Saturday the switch will be flicked on Chichester’s festive lights by actor Simon Callow, who has been at Chichester Festival Theatre in Dr Marigold and Mr Chops. It reminds me that we should dust off the Horse & Groom decorations soon.
In the meantime, the roaring fire in the bar will provide us with a hearty glow (that and maybe a pint of real ale or two). Talking of wintery warmth, I’m sure plenty will be radiating from Sir Terry Wogan as he talks us through his recent exploits and shares a few tales on 1 December at the Venue as part of the Chichester Festivities autumn programme.
If you fancy packing your bags and making a long weekend of it in one of our lovely rooms at the Horse & Groom, once you enjoyed some bonhomie with Wogan, you can head off to the Chichester Farmers’ Market on 2 December and pick up plenty of delicious things for Christmas. After one of Mal’s lunches back in East Ashling, you could visit Pallant House Gallery for the Edward Burra exhibition, which is full of iconic images of everyday people.
As for the rest of the weekend, the last Goodwood Breakfast Club meet of the year is due to take place on 4 December, which will require an early start. Best to head up there before the masses and get back to the Horse & Groom for lunch, before going off to the Tree Dressing Celebration at the nearby Weald & Downland Museum in the afternoon.
Talking of Mal’s meals, the Horse & Groom Christmas menu is up on our website. Our diary is already filling up for December so get in touch soon if you want to book a table.
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