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Trents, Chichester

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Went in here on 15 November - one of the worst bars I've ever been to. Ignored by miserable looking barman for a few minutes, even then he didn't worry about saying please or thanks when he did eventually serve me. A group of loud businessmen were sitting by the bar, groping cackling women dressed as saucy French maids (given the baguette display in front of the bar - maybe there was a promotion on? God only knows what for. I wondered if I'd walked into a sleazy French-themed hostess bar.)

The pinnacle was paying over £4.25 for a pint of Becks. In central London most pubs aren't even at the £3.80 mark for the same product. I left shortly after, along with the two women on the table next to me who were frankly offended by the staff not stopping the offensive behaviour of the screeching businessmen. Their website boasts"Setting new standards in Chichester" - I think that's probably more accurate than Trents think!
andylizard - 16 Nov 2012 10:13
Ordered a pint of Scrumpy Jack and nearly fell off my stool, not the cider but the 4.25 pricetag!! Shame cos apart from that it's a nice comfortable place to unwind, 5/10
fat_beer_badger - 9 Sep 2012 16:03
Not great. Feels like it should be a nice place but there were the usual omnipresent gaggle of loudmouth yobbos when I called in. Neither fish nor foul and a bit pricey. Pointless.
boozerbill - 31 Aug 2012 20:33
Good sized pub right on the main High Street. Its a bit geared towards food with the majority of the tables being laid up for food even on a Sunday evening. Having said that, the food is very good and highly recommended, albeit a bit pricier that your usual pub grub. In fact its got that whole gastropub look to the place.

Staff are on the whole were very friendly and switched on, and theres a large, and popular, covered and heated patio at the rear. The accommodation is good too.

Unfortunately theres only one real ale on offer (Greene King IPA) and even that was off on a recent visit. Also just one cider, Scrumpy Jack.

This is another one thats tricky to mark. What it does, it does quite well and its a pleasant place, but this is BEER in the evening, and on that basis its difficult to award a good score for a place that only does one beer, even when its not off.

Blackthorn - 1 Apr 2010 10:46
bit of a local chain pub gone wrong as it tries to be both starbucks, boozer and restaurant all in one. In fact it is trying to be an 'all bar one' but broadly disappoints. Really too much 1995 brown leather wooden floor chic gone tired and a tad overpriced for slug and lettuce style ambience
parmantom - 4 Jan 2010 18:13
Apologies to all who have tried to reach Trents on the above number, the number posted is in fact incorrect. The correct number is 01243 773714. We look forward to hearing from you.
icyplanet - 6 Dec 2007 23:25
Was ok when it was Hogshead. Now it is not. Its a bit of a dive. No reason to go in durring the week. Weekend nights get busy and loud. better off at the Fountin down the road. 3/10
tommyn11685 - 28 Feb 2007 00:02
I agree with the below comment, its a relief to see a grown up place to enjoy your evening and just relax, rather than have a bunch of idiots out to ruin your day! Great place and very friendly, food is rather overpriced but well worth the money......definitely worth a visit!
chi_newbie - 14 Feb 2007 16:00
This place is great for all the reasons given below. It is no longer a smokey dive of a pub. It is a beautifully designed, stylish eating and drinking venue without the smoke, loud customers and trouble you get in all the other Chichester pubs. If you like smoke and noise you will hate it!
anonymous - 28 Aug 2006 20:10
This was a far better place when it was Hogshead. Still has a decent beer garden, but this is now a place more for eating out than a vibrant Saturday night out. Agree with other comments in that Trents is a trendy and pretentious wine bar/restaurant. We only stayed for 1 drink. Enough said really.
Searching_for_H_Files - 24 Jul 2006 15:45
This pub does not accept incoming phone calls so you are unable to book a table. v helpful!!!
asills27 - 10 Jul 2006 16:01
cannot believe what happened to this pub. it used to be a real hole but with character. you always had a friendly face and the atmosphere at the weekend was fantastic. another good boozer turned into a poncy pretewntious nothing.
anonymous - 3 Jul 2006 14:23
Another decent pub turned into a over-priced so called "trendy" wine bar/restaurant! Been in once and that was enough, The Hogs had character and goods Ales, this is place wants to be like the Slug and Lettuce, accross the road, that's rubbish too!! Where have all the boozers gone?
thedazzla - 29 Mar 2006 21:09
Not good, I'm one of those who wishes for the good old days of the Hogs back! It was a bit grubby but it was also a proper pub and we had years of laughs there but now it's just another boring overpriced trendy wine bar/restaurant with the emphasis firmly on the restaurant. Very sad.
anonymous - 27 Feb 2006 09:10
I like the new look.

It reminds me of the "neutral" ground I agreed to meet my wife in to settle our divorce.
DeanMachine - 4 Feb 2006 10:54
Everyone who, like me, remembers the Hogs fondly as a 6th form haunt, a place were, despite it's slight griminess, less that pleasant toilet facilities and unreliable menu would happily stumble in at the latter half of a Saturday night already fully loaded with drink, BE WARNED...they've moved the door!!
Having negotiated this I swiftly came to the conclusion that it was an obstacle I wouldn't freely choose to negotiate again.
Such a disappointment.
anonymous - 15 Nov 2005 16:48
Another trendy wine bar...sigh.

Characterless, but ideal place for a date if you want to "impress" a gullible young lady into thinking you are "sophisticated"
Phmoo - 25 Sep 2005 17:30
Service:8/10
Beer:7/10
Talent 9/10
Food 5/10
Atmoshpere 9/10
Wine 8/10

gotthewrongman - 22 Sep 2005 14:02
Looks much better these days, and it seems to be run much more efficiently, but the menu is pricey and quite limited. Interesting to read someone had trouble with the door staff as some friends had the same problem here a week ago! Perhaps they could review the door staff and things would improve?
anonymous - 22 Sep 2005 13:47
We had trouble in Trents last weekend with door staff being very aggresive. We were hurried out of the bar at last orders, drinks snatched from our hands and doorstaff were antagonistic and physically abusive- actually pushing 2 young females in our group. How dissapointing as we were looking forward to the opening of Trents but certainly will not be going back!
chichesterlocal - 21 Sep 2005 15:28
Hogshead has now closed and been replaced by Trents, a non-smoking bar and restaurant.
Phmoo - 1 Sep 2005 16:47
A pub that unfortunately has been run down. The decor needs serious attention, the staff need more 'get up and go' and the management are a waste of space. Bring back the days when it was a lively and young place to go!!!
anonymous - 3 Feb 2005 18:35
Shame to see the old place has got a bit run down... but still as lively and friendly as ever...looking forward to the xmas festivities always a good laugh and how fit is the new barman! Well done to all the team still the best pub around x
anonymous - 7 Dec 2004 19:24
the hogshead is a great pub, and in a great location, it's also great for a pub meal as the food is superb and of course not to forget an excellent place for a drink with their friendly efficient staff! highly recommened.
thomas - 21 May 2004 14:14
THE STAFF ARE OFTEN HALF ASLEEP AND UNAWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IF YOU WANT TO BE SERVED WELL THEN YOU NEED TO WORK THERE YOURSELF OR BE FRIENDS WITH STAFF. THE LAND LADY AND HERE OTHER HALF SEEM TO HAVE A UNIQUE MANAGEMENT STYLE WHICH SEEMS TO WORK VERY BADLY ALTHOUGH THE HOTDOGS ARE GREAT
anonymous - 18 Apr 2004 20:39
a cosy traditional version of the hogshead variety town center young and vibrant always a good crowd having a good time probably because they serve damn fine beer!!
wayne - 4 May 2003 19:08

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