The Horse & Groom has again been included in the Michelin Guide for its delicious food, served in the dining room which has a backdrop of mid 20th century paintings, a handcrafted oak floor, and interesting collections of Italian sardine pots and vintage gardening books. This centuries-old former blacksmith’s shop turned pub was restored by jeweller Annoushka Ducas and her businessman husband John Ayton. There are ten cosy rooms, all with traditional oak furniture, exposed wooden beams and a palette of soft, calming hues and original artwork from the owners’ collection. Guests can polish off dishes such as local Selsey crab or a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. The locals’ bar feels like a proper boozer with stone floors, pine tables and a welcoming fire. Beers on tap in the bar include Hophead, a golden pale ale from Dark Star brewers in Partridge Green. Located four miles west of Chichester, on the edge of the South Downs National Park and only two miles from the harbour, it’s very popular with walkers and those attending events such as Qatar Goodwood Festival and the Festival of Speed.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1243 575339; thehorseandgroom.pub