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The best pubs in Chichester for any occasion

The charming cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex is a wonderful place to spend a weekend.

Close to the popular coastal resorts of Bognor Regis and Brighton, and just a 90-minute train ride from central London, it's the ideal place for a spot of R & R. And what better way to relax than with a pint or two in any of the pubs in Chichester?

But with so many pubs in Chichester to choose from, we thought we'd give you a heads up on some of the best ones. 

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The best pub with a beer garden 

Is it even a pub if it doesn't have a beer garden? There's no better way to spend a balmy weekend, and some of the best pubs in and near Chichester have that all-important outdoor space. Our favourite, though, has got to be The Fox Goes Free. Situated near Goodwood, this beautiful 400-year-old stone pub boasts a beer garden with unparalleled views of the South Downs. 

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The best pub for grub 

Whether you're a fan of traditional pub grub or you prefer your fare with more flair, pubs in Chichester are renowned for their menus. A favourite among locals and tourists, however, is The Partridge Inn

Serving fresh seasonal food throughout the week, the inn specialises in the traditional Sunday lunch – perfect after a morning exploring the countryside. 

The best pub for sports fans

Pubs are made for watching sports, whether it's the Six Nations, Premier League, cricket or golf. If you're an avid sports fan, you'll want to choose a pub in Chichester that not only shows the sports but has the best atmosphere for spectators too. The Hole In The Wall is just what you're looking for. 

This ale and cider house often tops the list as one of the best pubs in Chichester thanks to its friendly atmosphere, array of real ales, beers and ciders, and its sports offering. 

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The best pub for dog lovers 

Don't leave your four-legged friend behind when you visit the picturesque West Sussex. Many of the pubs in Chichester are dog-friendly, but The Park Tavern, a short stroll from Chichester's Cathedral, has got to be one of the best. 

A cosy and traditional pub, you're guaranteed a warm welcome if you venture in with a canine companion. Cosy up in the rustic interior and enjoy mouth-watering meals washed down with a pint of real ale. 

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The best pub for date night 

Who says romance is dead? Treat your loved one to a romantic night out in one of the traditional pubs near Chichester. Snuggle up together in a mood-lit corner or relax by a roaring fire in an 18th-century inn.

Whether it's a first date or you're celebrating a big anniversary, there's no shortage of places to choose from. Our favourite has got to be the Crate and Apple. There's a hidden garden at the back for supping under the stars and a relaxed and informal dining area where you can enjoy a great meal. Plus it's only a few minutes' stroll from the town centre, so it's the perfect spot to start – or end – the night. 

The best pub for quiz nights

If you're looking for a pub near Chichester that puts on a good quiz, you won't be disappointed. The Bell Inn is the place to play if you fancy your chances. Although, a word of caution, some of the locals have beaten the Eggheads. The Bell Inn is a traditional pub serving homemade food throughout the week. 

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The best pub with accommodation  

Want to enjoy a weekend away? Why not book your train tickets with Southern today and check in to the best pub in Chichester with accommodation?

The charming Royal Oak is the quintessential village inn. Over 200 years old, the rooms are middle England kitsch with delicate, pretty wallpaper and beamed ceilings. The only thing missing is a ghost story!  

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