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Nags Head, Chichester

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I love this pub! We go here regularly for just drinks or to eat. The food is to die for especially the carvery and the service is always good even when they're busy. We have our Christmas do here every year and even with our table which is about 50 they do a really good job.
JuneChichester - 23 Jun 2013 18:00
Pricey and massively variable service. A curious combination of carvery-crazed diners in one room, rowdy footy boys in the next and the local deadbeats at the bar.
boozerbill - 2 Sep 2012 20:14
Following a disappointing visit in May, we returned. My daughter is local and said she'd had a nice meal there.
The change in the staff was exceptional! Service was excellent and the food was good.
We did think it was a bit pricey, 6 for a desert but the place was full and it's an affluent area. The football crowd watching the widescreen stopped us going to the bar. Had a pint of Summer Lightning and it was good.
Well done for the improvement to service!
Zumo - 26 Aug 2012 10:42
Passing through Chichester,stopped at random for a drink and food. Barman was indifferent when I asked if we could sit anywhere. "Wait and a young lady will show you a table" Stood at the bar for 5 minutes and no came. We then saw a sign saying "Wait here to be seated" Two minutes later we were still there and the place only had about 8 diners in. A chap who seemed to be the Chef came up and was friendly,saying that we could sit anywhere. Sitting at the table for 5 minutes, no one came to us so we upped and left.
Had an excellent meal at the India Gate next door. Thoroughly professional staff in there and a good meal but alas, no ales.
Very poor, the Nags Head.
Zumo - 2 May 2012 13:39
The pub looks to be in basically original condition with stained and frosted glass in the screens and windows. Reasonably comfortable in main lounge. A good choice of real ales but no unusual ones. The restaurant had a carvery which was good value and the turkey was excellent. However it was very noisy and reminded of a medival banquet! As soon as we finished the food we left, to give our ears a rest.
boozers_knows - 21 Jun 2008 16:22
Often packed with yoofs - hard to get a seat. Beer generally iffy, possibly partially explaining the vomit-caked bogs on more than one visit...
waveydavey - 8 Jan 2008 13:52
Not so much a pub, more a ruthless money-making machine.

The staff are keen to let you know what a favour they are doing you by giving you food. Any problems and they are not interested.

I just spotted the metal staple in my food before it entered my mouth. I pointed this out to a man who appeared to be the landlord (judging by the way he was playing the alpha male role at and behind the bar). He said:

"Oh, it must have fallen off one of the notices in the kitchen."

And with that he was gone, on to the next mug.

Expensive too. Avoid.
boozerbill - 18 Dec 2007 11:12
On visit from Australia we took a party of 12 relatives for a meal. The pub was very busy at the time. We had to wait for approx 10 mins to be asked for a order. I ordered drinks and a couple of bottles of wine. The drinks arrived in about 15 mins and no glasses for wine. Meals were obtained from the carvery and we asked again for glasses for the wine. Along came some long drinks glasses with the response that wine glasses were not available!
Poor service and when complained we were told what did we expect when the pub was packed!
Not our problem,was it? Not even offered some reduction to the bill. Very poor standard all round, is this typical of Chichester?
cqoz - 30 Oct 2007 11:40
Average B & B accommodation here, made up for by a superior restaurant. Food very good (after a longish wait), the number of local customers confirming its high quality for us. A good choice of beers, well kept and served with a smile and a joke.
Regis - 28 Jul 2007 16:02
Love is in the air! I came here Valentines night with my girlfriend and another couple around 8ish. Food was superb. The others enjoyed the famous carvery, while I had duck salad for my starter and to the amusement of my girlfriend, duck again for my main course, this time a breast coated with delightfully delicious raspberry sauce.

A romantic setting was modestly attempted with solely candles for lighting in the nondescript eating area. The atmosphere was tranquil and the eating area at least was not too packed with other smug couples. Service was friendly and efficient. Not too sure about the prices, as everything came to just over 81, including our drinks.

We relaxed in the stylish sofa area afterwards and watched the end of the Bolton, Arsenal FA Cup replay on the large plasma, much to my mate's wife annoyance! The place appeared to fill with students later on in the night. A quality night overall. I would certainly come here again for the food now as well as to watch football when next in Chi.

Searching_for_H_Files - 19 Feb 2007 15:35
I came here with a friend to watch the Newcastle, Everton game Sunday afternoon (24 Sept), given my previous post about watching football in this boozer. With the Ryder Cup reaching its climax, the newer part of the pub with the plasma screens was showing this, so we watched the game on the screen nearest to the bar. We were served fairly quickly, though the floor was really sticky. There were a number of files buzzing around the screen as well in this part of the pub which was off putting. In spite of this, there was a bit of atmosphere created by one vociferous Everton fan and drinks are relatively cheap. I would come here again to watch football at least when in Chi, but sit in the newer part of the bar!
Searching_for_H_Files - 25 Sep 2006 15:43
Since I last visited, it has turned into a scary chav paradise, with a very rowdy clientele.
Okay if you like that sort of thing, but the last two times I tried to go, there was an overspill onto the road outside, and a lot of stupid behaviour from people literally throwing themselves in front of cars for a "joke."

Police were also outside last time.
I can't comment on the food or drink as I wanted to get out alive!
Phmoo - 11 Aug 2006 20:00
Came here for the famous carvery on a Sunday lunch time with my girlfriend. We enjoyed the food, though as we had not booked a table, had to rush our meal so the table could be ready for the people who booked it at 1. I found the eating area a bit cramped and agree with the post about the place needing air-conditioning. I imagine, however, that this would be a decent place to watch football with the plasmas in the other part of the pub. Not sure how good it would be on a Friday or Saturday night though. I'd probably stick to Lloyds and at a push, the Slug and Lettuce, either with my girlfriend or searching for H-Files!! Ha ha!

Searching_for_H_Files - 13 Jul 2006 13:17
Food was excellent. In particular steak and kidney pie was fantastic, as was the puds. wasnot over-priced for the quality. Found staff polite and attentive. Carvery was good, but not as good as our local Toby Inn. Room was clean, spacious and nicely decorated. However, traffic was loud and room got very stuffy. Could do with double-glazing and air-conditioning!
anonymous - 26 Apr 2006 20:03
I love The Nags! I've eaten there many times and never had a bad meal, The Carvery is legendary in this area and a must on a Sunday for soaking up the Saturday night booze. Bar is a little small but staff are fast and polite and it has a great atmosphere. New sofa area is great for having a drink and letting that carvery go down!
thedazzla - 29 Mar 2006 21:51
I went to The Nag's Head after a positice review from a freind. The bar area is well designed, comfortable and friendly. However, I think the food is overpriced and overrated. The carvery food was only luke warm, the potatoes tasted like they were cooked the day before. The beef was fatty.

I found the bar staff snooty which is hilarious as The Nag's Head is essentially just a pub.

I'd go again for drinks but not for food.
anonymous - 10 Mar 2006 14:47
This pub impressed me today.
railtracksurvivor - 28 Jan 2006 19:35
Recently been refurbished - again!
Very good food.
Front bar is a little downmarket, but the newer seating areas are fine.
Carvery is monster sized and of good quality.
Phmoo - 1 Sep 2005 16:52
Lovely large traditional pub with cosey nooks, friendly staff and delicious beer, with a non smoking restaurant renowned for its excellent carvery.
anonymous - 28 Apr 2003 16:43

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