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The Hole in the Wall, Chichester Central, Chichester

1 St. Martins Street
PO19 1NP
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paulof horsham left this review about The Hole in the Wall

A "free house" operated by the expanding Big Smoke Brewery; sufficiently free in fact to have only one of their own ales on the pumps. 4 others were available, including Harvey's, but there were a few unclipped as well on this Saturday afternoon visit. I failed to take note of the keg offerings. Music was being played from a vinyl selection.

While the service at the bar and table was professional and friendly, I thought that The Hole In The Wall fell some way short of the standards set by their homeground pubs in South West London.

On 14th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Hole In The Wall

Not sure if this is a GK tied house. The pub sign would certainly indicate that and the four hand pumps were dispensing GK IPA and OSH with fortunately Wadworth 6X on another with the fourth pump unclipped.
As the reviewer below mentioned its tucked away location and pleasant exterior initially sets hope racing of a fine traditional back street pub. Sadly what you find is a modern sports bar lurking inside. There is a panel which tells that this is actually an 18th Century building which is believed to be a debtor’s prison and the name comes from a hole in the wall where visitors could pass food to prisoners. But apart from a small section of the original wattle and daub walling encased behind a glass panel, any history has long been swept away under modern décor makeovers.
The front bar area is more set up as a lounge and the back bar area is set up as a sports bar with pool table, dart boards and large flat screen teles for the advertised constantly available two sky channels. I actually counted six flat screens dotted throughout the two room interior, and although the ones in the front bar are smaller and less obtrusive it is very difficult in this pub to find a spot where you are not in full view of a screen.
I guess this place would be perfectly fine if you wanted to watch some sporting occasion whilst having a pint, but there are a lot better places in town for a quiet , relaxing beer.

On 19th June 2014 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Hole In The Wall

Tucked away down a narrow alley just off the pedestrianised shopping precinct, this at first glance looks as though it could be a hidden gem of a quaint old pub. That's not quite what we found though, although there is some exposed brickwork and a couple of old leather sofa's just inside the door.

Essentially it's a sports bar with five plasma's dotted around the place, a pool table and a darts board.

Beers on offer were Timothy Taylor Landlord, Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale. The only cider was Strongbow unfortunately.

On 1st April 2010 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Chichester, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Hole in the Wall, Chichester
14th Jul 2019, 13:53
Review submitted by paulof horsham
4th Jul 2019, 21:10
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  • Darts : Yes last updated 01 April 2010 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 01 April 2010 by hondo .
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 01 April 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 April 2010 by hondo .
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