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Celebrations, carols and Christmas at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

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.

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.

Why Christmas is best at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

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.

Pumpkins and pyrotechnics at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Now, if you want tales of things that go bump in the night this Halloween, you could do worse than have a chat to some of the regulars at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. You could also pay a visit to the Novium Museum, where you can listen to some Chilling Tales of Chichester on 28 October.
Hopefully there won’t be any stories of stiffs stumbling around the cathedral grounds the previous night (it’s the Stonepillow Big Sleep Out on 27 October and everyone taking part should be tucked up in their tents), but if spooky stumbling is your thing, Cowdray is hosting a ghost walk on Halloween night.
Of course, after Halloween comes Bonfire Night, and fireworks have been known to go off at the Horse & Groom. But for a more organised display of pyrotechnics, there are the usual nights out locally, including a Firework Spectacular at Fontwell. I’m sure there will be something at Goodwood as well. Whether you get up to, we’ll have the fire going and the beer flowing to keep you toasty.
After a hard evening of scaring or at the bonfire, you may just want to watch a film. If there’s nothing good on your TV, The Shining is on at Cineworld Chichester on 31 October and the Page Turners into Screen season at the New Park Cinema continues with Rebecca on 2 November and The 39 Steps on 9 November. Or, you might just want to come to the pub! We have plenty on offer to warm you up – you can check out our menus online (this year’s Christmas menu is up now, 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.

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.

Hops, Hitchcock and horses at the Horse & Groom

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

As our CAMRA award suggests, we love our real ale at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling: it is expertly cared for in our underground cellar and raised directly to the glass by a traditional hand pump. So, we were delighted to read that the number of breweries in the UK has topped 1,000, with over 150 new ones opening in the last year. That means lots of great beer!
From one British institution to another: the Alfred Hitchcock season at the Chichester Cinema at New Park starts soon. From The Thirty Nine Steps to North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train, there is plenty to talk about over a pint and something to eat.
Staying on the subject of great Britishness, the Goodwood Breakfast Club returns on Sunday 7 October, following a break for the Goodwood Revival. The theme is Soft Top Sunday, so we’re looking forward to some fantastic cars lining up on the motor circuit. We’re only down the road and our restaurant is the perfect place for a pit stop and a hearty roast after a wander around Goodwood.
The season at Goodwood Racecourse may be nearly over but that doesn’t mean there’s no more local racing to enjoy until next year. Fontwell Park Racecourse hosts a two-day jump racing festival on 5 & 6 October. Also over that weekend, West Sussex Opera is performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester.
The following weekend there is another chance to see some horsepower in action: this time it’s a combination of heavy horses and vintage tractors at the Weald and Downland Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show on 13 & 14 October. After a busy day in the Sussex countryside, we’ll have a drink and a roaring fire 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.

Ruins, relics and rockets at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

We know a thing or two about relics at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling – and that’s just some of the regulars! – but there is another type of relic worth mentioning: the enormous Roman bathhouse that is the centrepiece of the newly opened Novium museum in Chichester.
I haven’t visited it yet but from what I hear, it’s very impressive. Talking of things Roman, Fishbourne Roman Palace is holding its Festival of British Archaelogy between 27 July and 2 August, during which you can have a go at being an archaeologist. All that digging is bound to make you thirsty and the Horse & Groom bar is the perfect place to quench that thirst.
Keeping the ruins theme going, Cowdray Ruins is hosting another of its picnic theatres on 17 July: this time it’s Sleeping Beauty. Fingers crossed for good weather! If it does rain, West Dean is putting on two classical concerts by the Chilingirian quartet in its Old Library on 14 and 17 July. We’re ideally placed for a pre- or post-show drink and bite to eat.
But we want it to be hot and West Dean also does heat, with its famous Chilli Fiesta taking place on 27-29 July. The stalls brimming with chilli-inspired foods are a real treat! Before that, if you like things with a bit of bang, the Chichester Festivities closes with its usual fireworks display on 14 July, which is a great excuse to head to the Trundle with a picnic (and pop in on us on the way back).
Also, talking of bangs (the bat on ball type), Priory Park in Chichester is hosting a celebrity cricket match on 22 July. It’s free to take in all the action and our garden makes a great venue for a post match debrief!
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

Real ale and real art at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15th, 2012 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

All eyes may be on the extra -long weekend for the Queen’s Jubilee – hopefully we’ll be out in the sunshine in the Horse & Groom garden in East Ashling for that – but there’s plenty worth celebrating before then.
I think the celebrations should begin with the revival of British stout: I read this article the other day and, apparently, this drink is making a comeback as microbreweries go from strength to strength, which is all the reason I need to mention the Horse & Groom bar, its real ales and CAMRA award!
A good time to have a pint of real ale is before or after a day at the races and there is plenty of racing on close to us. Goodwood’s May Festival takes place on 24-26 May, which is the perfect excuse to book accommodation in Chichester in our smart rooms and make a break of it. Before that, Fontwell Racecourse hosts its British Heart Foundation Charity Raceday on 16 May.
Of course, the weather’s not to be counted on much at the moment, so it’s worth having a few indoor activities up your sleeve (apart from frequenting the Horse & Groom, of course). There’s a great Keith Vaughan exhibition at Pallant House Gallery until 10 June – Selsey-born Vaughan was one of the most significant artists of his generation. Also, Canvas starts soon at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester – it’s a comedy based around a camping trip to Wales, so expect rain to feature.
Now, if the heavens decide to shut up shop, there are a couple of good markets on in Chichester. Little London Food Market takes over East Street on 19 and 26 May, and Chichester Farmers’ Market is in town in 18 May.
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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the H&G

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20th, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

Only a few days left to Christmas. We haven’t had the snow we did last year but the fire in the Horse & Groom bar is still roaring away regardless.

As usual, we’re open till late on Christmas Eve, 12-2pm on Christmas Day and 12-6pm on Boxing Day, the 27th and the 28th. It’s normal hours between the 29th and 31st, and then on New Year’s Day it’s 12-6pm. There’s always plenty of Christmas cheer, so pop in whenever you fancy.

Talking of being festive, there are still a few local Christmas carol concerts to enjoy. Chichester Cathedral has free concerts on the 22nd and 24th, and Pallant House Gallery has its own free sing-a-long on the 22nd.

If the vocal chords need a little encouragement, a real ale or two should do the trick, although you may not want to leave our cosy bar. Either way, add in a hearty meal and you’ve got the ingredients for a very festive evening.

As the weather is likely to be a bit milder, there will be plenty of regulars getting out and about. If you fancy a little bit more than a stroll to make room for some more fodder, the nearby Weald and Downland Museum is holding its Sussex Christmas until 1 January and Fontwell Park has its Boxing Day Racing.

We’re all looking forward to a festive couple of weeks and hope to see you. If you can’t make it in, merry Christmas and happy new year from everyone 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