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Chocolate and the Calcutta Cup at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2013 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

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

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

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

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

Swinging Low at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17th, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

The Horse & Groom has been in good voice over the last couple of weekends as the Six Nations has got off to a flier, especially for England. We’re bound to be packed on Saturday 26th as England take on France and Italy host Wales.

It is a mighty hard game for Johnno’s boys, but France weren’t all that against Ireland, so I think they’re there for the taking. And what money for an Italian victory in Rome against Wales?  Scotland against Ireland should be a cracker on the Sunday as well. There’s plenty of good beer and food to keep us going through all the action, including Mal’s sumptuous roast on Sunday. If the last game weekends are anything to go by, it should be great.

If rugby’s not your thing, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Horse & Groom in East Ashling. What better than a meal and a drink with us before heading out to either of these shows? Brighton Rock, filmed not too far east of Chichester, is showing at the New Park cinema, while there’s still time to take in the Cezanne to Picasso: European Masters exhibition at Pallant House Gallery before it finishes. There’s free admission to the gallery on 19 February if you can make it.

If you like you culture a bit faster, the Goodwood Breakfast Club reopens for 2011 with Tax-Free Sunday on March 6. Pre-73 tax free classics and modern eco-friendly vehicles will be on show on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit from 8am to noon. It’s free to get in. I recommend getting there early, grabbing a famous Goodwood bacon roll before heading back to the Horse & Groom for Sunday lunch!

For more info on the Horse & Groom or to book a table or a room, contact Mike and Michelle on 01243 575339 or

Love and other fun at the Horse & Groom

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1st, 2011 by Horse and Groom – Be the first to comment

February and it’s most definitely still winter: everyone’s well wrapped up when they come through the door, but the fire normally warms them up pretty sharpish. That and a pint or two!

Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, so it’s a good time to point you towards our cosy restaurant and our tasty menu (and away from the chip shop and petrol station flowers!). Whether you fancy venturing out for dinner on the big day itself or over the preceding weekend, Mal will be serving up delicious food that is bound to win you Valentine’s brownie points. And, you can make a night or weekend of it and take a room in our converted barn.

But, if you’re not expecting company, I’m sure there will be some room and conversation at the bar. The fire (and the beer) is guaranteed to warm your cockles. We’ve got Harvey’s Sussex Best and Summer Lightning on tap at the moment.

If you’re really out to impress (having already booked dinner and room at the Horse & Groom of course!), there’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the New Park Cinema in Chichester on February 14. If your romantic fairytale comprises something more edible, there’s the Chocolate: The Ultimate Romance food course up the road at West Dean College on February 12.

There are some good gigs in February, too. Folk-rock legends Fairport Convention hit Chichester Festival Theatre on February 8, while the theatre also hosts a trio of Celtic shows from the Celtic Footprint, the Fron Male Voice Choir and Capercaille (February 11, 12 & 13).

I quite fancy getting tickets for the Welsh choir. I had the good fortune to catch the winners of an eisteddfod in a pub in Cardiff last year – they were celebrating their victory with a few beers and a sing-song. They were absolutely phenomenal. Perhaps I should get in touch with the Fron choir…

We’re also showing all the Six Nations rugby, starting with Wales v England at the Millennium Stadium this Friday night.

For more info on the Horse & Groom or to book a table or a room, contact Mike and Michelle on 01243 575339 or