Chichester East-West 1/2

Chichester is a Cathedral city with a population of only 24,000. Chichester is on the south coast of England in West Sussex.
It is easily accessed by train, bus and road via the A27. In the centre of the town is Chichester Cross, built as a covered butter cross is now a two stories. From the cross four roads (East, South, West and North) go of at right angles. At the intersection of South and West Streets stands Chichester Cathedral (11th century) with the shrine of Saint Richard.
Places to visit include The Pallant House Gallery containing modern British art and The Chichester Festival Theatre
Close by are Brighton and Portsmouth

Drink and Music

Billy Joel
Piano man


Chichester pubs are not dominated by any particular brewery. There is a fair share of free houses.

Almost all pubs offer food at lunch and most also do evening meals. There are a couple who are probably more restaurant than bar.

Several also offer city centre accommodation from Bed and Breakfast to actual Hotel.

Which city has the largest taxi fleet?

There are two trails described for Chichester. The city has a distinct centre and four roads leading from it – North St, South St, West St and East St. The pubs are mainly grouped at the end of these four streets. Thus crawl one will take in the North axis while trail 2 will be the East-West route. The trails will each be designed to start at the train or bus station and visit pubs going from and coming back to the station.

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.

  Frank Sinatra

TRAIL 2 East-West 10 pubs

On the corner beside the railway station is The Globe Inn –leave this till last because it has a screen showing up to date train departures!
Walk up towards the town centre. Once across the traffic lights you are on South St. Unfortunately you walk by some pubs from trail 1 before you reach Chichester Cross and turn left into West St. Opposite the Cathedral you will see The Dolphin and Anchor. Come out the back door of this pub onto a lane, Chapel St. opposite you will see the entrance to The Belle Isle.
Now return to West St and the cathedral and walk all the way to the roundabout where just before it on the left is the Chichester Inn. Across the roundabout is The Vintage. Return and go back up West St and just as the cathedral starts there is on old church on the other side – this is Wests.
Go back to the Cross and straight across to East St. Walk a little of the way down looking out for a lane called St Martins on the right hand side. Go up this lane and find the Hole In The Wall. Return to the pedestrian area and walk all the way down East St to the junction. On the left junction is The Nags Head and then on the straight ahead road is Eastgate.
Come back across the junction and go down to the right to find The Bull. Continue down this road a few minutes, heading back to the railway station. As you get close you should see The Fountain pub which is part of trail 1 but I would be tempted anyway. Or continue round and see The Globe Inn next to the station.

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Dolphin and Anchor is a JD Wotherspoons’ pub. It is a large open plan drinking/dining area which narrows at the bar. Beyond is some more seating and small outdoor area.
The unusual name comes from the combining two adjacent pubs in 1910.
Have one here
Real ale : Netwood Gold; Midhurst Mild; Wild Ale (all Ballards); Jaipur; Saison (Langholm); Lost Kingdom (Kings Heritage); Ruddles; Doombar; Anchor Ale
Bitter : John Smith
Lager :Heineken; Carling; Fosters; Carlsberg; Stella Black; 1664
Cider :Strongbow Guinness

The Belle Isle is a very large spacious modern cafe/bar/restaurant/bistro. The large bar, along the left hand side wall at the entrance serves a large expanse of different styles of seating and tables with a restaurant beyond. The long right hand wall is mainly windows looking out on a quiet narrow street. Just beside the bar is a small wall made of old suitcases. The bar offers at least 7 Craft bottled beers. There is also a courtyard out back.
Smokers blocking door were a pain.
The bar man is willing to talk beers.
Have a pint here

Real ale :Teeporter; Rouge Red; Oregon (all Summer Wine Brewery); Belle Isle Pacific Ale
lager: Esterella; Sharps Pilsner; Coors Light
Cider: Stowford Press; Magners Golden

Wests is a converted large church. Unlike many church conversions the roof has not been lowered so the church vaulted ceiling is still in full view. The bar has been placed in the centre with seating on three sides. Booth like seating down to the left as separate sections to back and right of ‘church’ . These can be hired. Kitchen and salad bar take up a corner of the room. Lunch available and Fri/Sat evening meals.
Have one here as it is a spectacular setting.
Real ale :Pedigree Old World Pale Ale
Lager :1664; Fosters; Carsberg; Becks; Peroni; Heinekin
Cider :Strongbow; Guinness



Chichester Inn has two distinct rooms. Main entrance takes you to the old bar which now has rustic lounge feel – bar stools, tables and sofas. The second room has tables and chairs and a performance area making it a small function room. There are regular music performances or it can be hired for private parties. Beyond this is an extensive beer garden.
Good Beer guide (CAMRA) 2013
Have two pints here.

Real ale :Saison (Langham); Le IPA (Dark Star); Harvey’s Best bitter
Lager :1664; Fosters; San Miguel
Cider :Stowpress Rosie’s Pig Cider; Country Perry Guinness

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