OUR HEATED OUTDOOR DINING AREA IS OPEN...

...and we are NOW taking bookings for rooms and indoor dining from the 17th May onwards!

News and Events

At the Horse & Groom.

Here at the Horse & Groom we are constantly looking for new and fun ways to interact with our customers, and keep them entertained throughout the year. All the latest news and upcoming events will be posted here, so you can stay informed about what’s going on.

We’re quick to recognise that we have an important role to play within the wider community – that is why we pledge to continue supporting a range of initiatives in the surrounding area.


Pub In The Park
July 2021
Pub In The Park

This summer we are delighted to join Tom Kerridge’s Pub In The Park!
 
Coming to Chichester on the 24th and 25th July, with some incredible chefs, musicians, artisanal producers and most of all, you! Pretty much everything you’ve been hankering for during lockdown is back.

Keep an eye out for our special PITP menu!
 
Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th March, but you can access the pre-sale tomorrow on Thursday 18th March by signing up to the Pub In The Park newsletter.
 
See you there!

Roll on glorious Goodwood...
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Roll on glorious Goodwood...

Just a mere seven miles from Goodwood, the Horse & Groom is perfectly placed to rest your head after enjoying the buzz of one of Goodwood’s renowned motorsport and horse racing events this Summer.
 
We are very excited to see the following events return this year…
 
Festival of Speed  |  8th - 11th July
Qatar Goodwood Festival  |  27th - 31st July
Goodwood Revival  |  17th - 19th September
Members’ Meeting  |  16th - 17th October

Call us directly on 01243 575339 for the best rates.

A staycation to savour
Wednesday 17th March 2021
A staycation to savour

With summer holidays abroad looking uncertain for the year ahead, we are making plans to welcome staying guests at the Horse & Groom to enjoy the abundant beauty West Sussex has to offer.
 
The Horse & Groom is ideally located between the Roman city of Chichester to the south with the coast just a stone’s throw away and on the edge of the South Downs National Park to the north.

Guest rooms are now available to book for the 17th May onwards.

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All profits are donated to charity!
Tuesday 2nd February 2021
All profits are donated to charity!

After such a wonderful response to our charity bakery throughout January, we have raised over £6500 for the Mental Health Foundation! Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

Due to this success we have decided to keep the bakery going throughout the month of February. Have a peek at the sample menu.

This months charity is in much need of everyone's support. All profits will be donated to Stonepillow, supporting homeless and vulnerable people.

Let us all make a difference!

Fresh loaf anyone?
Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Fresh loaf anyone?

In these times of lockdown we all need the comfort of a bakery...

With the pub closed for business, we have turned our kitchen into a charity bakery! Come along for a fresh loaf of bread, delicious pastries, a selection of sweet and savoury treats or a much-needed chat! Have a look at our sample menu here.

The charity bakery is manned by volunteers with all profits donated to local charity, Stonepillow.

Open Thursday till Saturday, 10am till 1pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Our First Ever Christmas Day Lunch
Christmas Day 2020
Our First Ever Christmas Day Lunch

For the first time, we will be open throughout Christmas! 

From Christmas trees and sparkling lights, to a very special turkey and espresso martini’s, we can’t wait to celebrate it with you in the warm and festive surroundings of the Horse & Groom.

View our Christmas Day menu here.

Please remember to book a table, call us on 01243 575339.

Christmas Opening Hours
Christmas 2020
Christmas Opening Hours

For the first time, we will be open throughout Christmas! 

Christmas Eve
Bar – 12pm till 10pm
Restaurant – 12pm till 3pm and 5pm till 9pm
 
Christmas Day
Bar – 12pm till 2pm
Restaurant – lunch will be served from 3pm
 
Boxing Day
Bar – 12pm till 10pm
Restaurant – 12pm till 8pm

Book yourself a merry little Christmas
Saturday 24th October 2020
Book yourself a merry little Christmas

Enjoy a Christmas staycation with a two-night stay in one of our 10 new guest rooms. From Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day, you’ll have somewhere close to rest your head after supping a festive tipple.

Rooms start from £295 for a minimum two-night stay over Christmas, including breakfast.
 
Get in touch to find out more and book your Christmas stay.

Book now for New Years’ Eve
New Year's Eve 2020
Book now for New Years’ Eve

We are also putting plans in place for a fantastic New Years’ dining experience for tables of up to six. Whilst current regulations will mean a 10pm curfew we are hoping that these may be relaxed for New Year’s Eve.

Whatever the rules, we are planning a memorable evening to celebrate the end of 2020 with delicious food and wine!
 
Get in touch to find out more and to book your table.

Funtington Village Hall Project
Saturday 24th October 2020
Funtington Village Hall Project

With your help we have raised over £3,000 over the last twelve months in support of the Funtington Village Hall Project!

Less than a mile from the Horse & Groom, this village hall has embarked on a mission to raise £350,000 for an extensive refurbishment. The proposal includes a new gas-fired heating and hot water system, a new kitchen, a resurfaced car park, and upgraded toilets. All electrics and lighting will be updated, as well as improving the facilities for disabled visitors, and giving the interior a full redecoration. 

Thank you for your support.

The Brilliant Breakfast
Thursday 15th October 2020
The Brilliant Breakfast

We were also very proud to support The Brilliant Breakfast, a fundraising initiative for The Princes Trust, by hosting a fundraising breakfast (all socially distanced and ordered) on 15th October raising another £3,000.

You can find out more about The Brilliant Breakfast here.

Our restaurant is now open on Mondays!
Friday 17th July 2020
Our restaurant is now open on Mondays!

From this Monday we will be opening the restaurant again!

Book now and take advantage of our new market menu, available only on Mondays for lunch and dinner.

Two courses £19
Three courses £22

Booking is essential, call us on 01243 575339.

Our opening times are...
Restaurant: 12pm till 3pm & 6pm till 9pm 
Bar: 12pm till 11pm 

We are reopening!
Saturday 4th July 2020
We are reopening!

We are delighted to announce that the Horse & Groom will be opening its doors from Saturday 4th July!
 
We’re busy making lots of preparations to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our customers and our team. Please continue to read to find out what our new normal (but hopefully not forever) will be along with our temporary opening hours.
 
We look forward to raising a glass with all our guests, old and new, very soon.
 

Stay safe,
Claudia and Gary

Our garden is spruced, the outdoor bar is ready!
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Our garden is spruced, the outdoor bar is ready!

Our garden has had a spruce up since you've been away... 

All our outdoor work has been completed and is ready for you all. We will also have an outdoor bar area under cover to allow for social distancing. We hope it will be a safe and social area for all to enjoy.

Bar bites will be available Monday to Wednesday between 2pm and 6pm and Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm till 9pm.

We are taking bookings!
Wednesday 24th June 2020
We are taking bookings!

Our restaurant will be reopening on Thursday 9th July... we are now taking bookings for lunch and dinner!

Whilst we will be adhering to current restrictions, we will be offering a smaller menu than usual. It will still include our Horse & Groom classics and will change weekly using freshly prepared dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Click here to view our sample menu.

The restaurant will be open with reduced days and hours of service, Thursday - Sunday, 12pm till  3pm and 6pm till 9pm.

Call 01243 575339 to book your table.

Want to rest your head where no one else has been? 
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Want to rest your head where no one else has been? 

Don’t forget we have 10 beautiful brand new guest rooms, which due to Covid-19 have never had the joy of staying guests. It’s the perfect place to rest your head where no other has for a well needed staycation.

We are taking bookings from Saturday 4th July onwards. Rooms are priced from £105 for two people B&B. Book your summer staycation directly via our website for the best rates and 10% off.
 
Offer is for July and August bookings. Book directly to receive 10% off your booking.

Take part in a soufflé Bake-Off!
23rd May 2020
Take part in a soufflé Bake-Off!

Can you make us the perfect twice-baked cheddar cheese soufflé?!

Sadly we won't be able to sample your soufflé, but we will be judging them... on appearance, presentation and texture! You will find the recipe here... start baking!

To enter, simply email photos of your twice-baked cheddar cheese soufflé by 28th June to manager@thehorseandgroom.pub. The winner, judged by Chef, will win a night's stay at the Horse & Groom. Preferred dates are subject to availability, excluding Fridays and Saturdays.

In need of a post COVID-19 stay-cation?
23rd May 2020
In need of a post COVID-19 stay-cation?

With many getaways being cancelled this summer and the uncertainty of travel, we hope to welcome you when times are safe and well again for a little getaway at the Horse & Groom. With plenty of delicious food sourced from fresh local ingredients, alongside beautiful countryside, market towns and plenty of hidden gems to explore, it’s a part of the country not to be missed. 

Rooms start at £105 per night

Be sure to book a room here, or call us on 01243 575339

Rediscovering nature and the garden tools!
23rd May 2020
Rediscovering nature and the garden tools!

We’ve been making the most of our daily permitted exercise rediscovering some of the beautiful walks and cycle routes we have on our doorstep and a little further afield too. Our favourite by far, and fortunately it’s on our doorstep, is Kingley Vale. Known for its amazing chalk grasslands and ancient twisted yew trees, some of which are among the oldest living things in Britain. 

As well as stretching our legs, we’ve also been making the most of the Horse & Groom’s great outdoors, by giving the garden a little spruce up! We hope you like it when you next visit us!

Helping our community one day at a time
23rd May 2020
Helping our community one day at a time

As many of you know we like to keep ourselves busy, and all this extra time doesn’t suit! So whilst we sadly had to close the pub and deli, we are still still busy behind closed doors, volunteering our time and caring for our local community.

Three days a week we get out our pots and pans to deliver free meals for the vulnerable members of our local community. The menu has included hearty soups to humble pies, stews, frittatas and homemade sausage rolls!

We are pleased to be able to offer this help where it is needed and that these free meals are bringing a little relief.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
22nd March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The health and wellbeing of our guests and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and so sadly the Horse & Groom has had to close for the immediate future in support of the efforts to fight the spread of Coronavirus.
 
We have also taken the decision to close the Deli shop. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we must consider the health of our customers and staff.
 
We would like to thank our customers and locals for all your support and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Please keep well.

Spring is arriving...
12th March 2020
Spring is arriving...

Well, at the Horse & Groom at least, with the arrival of our new Spring menu!

Launching on Thursday 12th March, its full of all the Spring flavours you would expect alongside our favourites including freshly made pies of the day and our locally caught fresh fish. 
 
Be sure to book a table and taste our new menu

Welcoming our new Winter menu
28th January 2020
Welcoming our new Winter menu

Make sure you find time to join us and taste our new Winter menu launching Wednesday 29th January.

You'll find delicious new dishes alongside our much-loved classics, all freshly prepared using locally sourced produce where possible.

We look forward to welcoming you soon...

Funtington Village Hall project
Ongoing
Funtington Village Hall project

Less than a mile from the Horse & Groom, this village hall has embarked on a mission to raise £350,000 for an extensive refurbishment. The proposal includes a new gas-fired heating and hot water system, a new kitchen, a resurfaced car park, and upgraded toilets. All electrics and lighting will be updated, as well as improving the facilities for disabled visitors, and giving the interior a full redecoration. We are adding a £1 donation to each restaurant and accommodation bill in support of the appeal. Every donation will be matched by the Horse & Groom to benefit this much-needed local project.

The Horse & Groom’s re-launch
November 2019
The Horse & Groom’s re-launch

Following a major overhaul, the Horse & Groom unveiled a brand new look at a launch party held on 8th November. The pub and four of its rooms have been refurbished (the remaining six will be completed in February), creating a warm and homely feel throughout this former forge. A whole host of historic and decorative features have been added, creating a special and characterful place to visit. Shortly after reopening, our new website went live, including a beautiful selection of photography to showcase the new surroundings, and a directory of recommended places to visit in the local area.

Fundraising event in aid of Stonepillow
26th August 2019
Fundraising event in aid of Stonepillow

Established in 1989, Stonepillow is a local charity that acts as a lifeline for Chichester’s homeless people. The provide a range of services including day centres, hostels, a recovery service, supported housing and two charity shops. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the Horse & Groom organised a Bank Holiday barbecue featuring live music from the Lucky Jacks – a popular local band. The event also included a Led Zeppelin original memorabilia auction, tombola and games. Renowned rock and blues vocalist, Debbie Bonham, even performed on the stage for the packed audience, and a fantastic £1,900 was raised for Stonepillow.