We ended up here when stranded by weather at a nearby airfield, thanks to the local knowledge of a friend who eats here fairly frequently. At no notice, our group booked four rooms and descended en masse for a convivial meal and overnight stay.
Four stars hinted at rather more luxurious accommodation than actually exists, but checking later I found that AA stars do not work quite as some of us might have thought. The official definition, from the AA for 4 stars:
"Attentive, more personalised service. At least half of the bedrooms are en suite or have private bathrooms. Very good beds and high quality furniture. Breakfast offers a greater choice, and fresh ingredients are cooked and presented with a high level of care."
The room was clean, comfortable and perfectly adequate, if a little bland, but lacking the extras that other 4 star systems might offer & that one might anticipate without knowledge of the above. You can make a drink but there's no hairdryer, for example. However, I suspect a request wouldn't have met with a negative response, as we were treated well throughout.
I am possibly out of touch with the going rate for B&B, but £90 rooms (twins/doubles) were at the upper end of my scale so I had no problem requesting additional teabags and fresh milk. Presumably these rates are typical of the area, reflecting property prices as much as the visitor demographic, which has particular peaks related to Goodwood. Accommodation on the ground floor, somewhat unusual for many traditional inns, is worth noting for those with limited mobility (with or without beer).
We enjoyed our evening meals, which were good value in current pub grub tradition. The blackboard menu offered nothing too fancy, but nothing too bland: just right. Real ales keep the balance between 'restaurant' and 'pub'. Service was pleasant, friendly and helpful. The food was toothsome.
In the morning it was serve-yourself orange juice and cereals before a traditional cooked breakfast, accompanied by tea and coffee pots to suit. All plates were licked clean so full marks again for the food offering.
The staff we met were pleasant and helpful throughout. I don't know if the service deteriorates at busier times or those who found otherwise were unlucky, but during our visit there were no problems at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listed in The Good Beer Guide, the Horse and Groom is a friendly and welcoming country pub located in East Ashling, a picturesque village at the foot of the South Downs just a short journey from the charming city of Chichester.With its traditional bar, oak-beamed restaurant and 17th-century flint barn accommodation, the Horse and Groom is a great local meeting place with a comfortable atmosphere that is nurtured by the landlord and landlady, Mike and Michelle Martell. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Horse And Groom
- The Horse & Groom Hotel Chichester
- The Horse & Groom Chichester, West Sussex