Our series of blogs for #EnglishTourismWeek19 celebrates all that’s great about the Chichester region. In this entry from The Spread Eagle’s General Manager, Sarah Stacey, explains the hotel’s history and what’s at the heart of the hotel’s ethos.
A brief history: The history of The Spread Eagle Hotel is a living history of England. It is a story shaped by the people who have slept beneath our ancient (and uneven) roofs – royalty, the nobility, the famous and the infamous – for nearly six centuries. The Spread Eagle was built in 1430, just before Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and 20 years before Machu Pichu was built And our guests today, have become a part of this story.
In times of war, peace, feast and famine, The Spread Eagle has been a comforting constant – offering the warmest of welcomes in the heart of the Sussex Downs.
Flavours of Sussex: We use quality, locally sourced ingredients from Sussex on our menu. We have great relationships with local suppliers, some of whom we have been working with for many years. They know exactly what we want and they deliver excellent produce to us every time and this ensures that the high standards we set are continuously delivered – it is a team effort, from field (or sea) to fork. Sussex is both beautiful and bountiful, providing us with the finest of ingredients to create mouth-watering menus, mixing innovation and tradition, echoing the ethos of our hotels.
Rooms:There are fascinating stories associated with many of the rooms: a secret passage reputedly used by fleeing smugglers, a wig closet that may be the last one left in a hotel in England and a suite said to have welcomed the Queen.
Spa: In the heart of the South Downs National Park, our rural idyll offers a relaxing place away from the crowd. Float beneath our Scandinavian-style vaulted ceiling in our indoor heated pool, relax in the jacuzzi spa pool, workout in the air-conditioned fitness suite or simply enjoy an indulgent spa treatment or two.
To celebrate #EnglishTourismWeek19, we’re also offering everyone who signs up to our e-newsletter the chance to win prizes from a host of top attractions across the region, including overnight stays, hampers full of goodies, tickets for Chichester Festival Theatre, and much more! To find out more, click here.