Chichester pub’s charity bakery raises £10k for charity during third lockdown
An East Ashling pub which transformed itself into a bakery during the third lockdown has raised nearly £10,000 for charity.
The Horse and Groom offered the East and West Ashling community freshly-baked goods, including bread, sweet treats, and pastries, in a Covid-safe environment.
The pub has donated 100 per cent of its profits to three charities – Chichester homelessness charity Stonepillow, Dementia Support in Tangmere, and the Mental Health Foundation.
Gary McDermott, head chef and manager of the Horse & Groom, said: “We’re very grateful for the team who volunteered their own time and brought the community together during these tough times.”
Gary met Natalie Burchett from Dementia Support and Stonepillow chief executive Hilary Bartle to present them with their share of the £9,944 raised through the bakery.
The team at the Horse and Groom is ready to welcome guests back inside from Monday (May 17) and offer them an opportunity to try out the new menu, which includes: local Selsey crab with compressed watermelon, champagne pickled cucumber, soya and toasted sesame; chargrilled asparagus with crispy hens’ egg, white asparagus, basil, pine nuts, nasturtium leaves and parmesan; local herb crust lamb loin with barbecued aubergine, garden pea, garlic gnocchi, braised lamb shoulder and suet crust; and cured cod loin, brown shrimp, chive fish cream, poached leeks, charred leek and buttered Jersey Royal potatoes.
There’s also a selection of new bar bites – crispy mozzarella balls, spiced tomato chutney, mini pie and peas – as well as cocktails, including a frozen peach sorbet bellini and a toffee apple cocktail made with apples from owner Annoushka Ducas’ garden.
The pub also finished refurbishing its ten bedrooms during lockdown, which are now ready for guests to stay.
A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
Stay safe, and best wishes.