Archive for the “Pubs” Category

Pub of the Year 2018: the Crab Pot, Selsey

Congratulations to the Crab Pot in Selsey on being voted our Pub of the Year for 2018.

The Crab Pot, a micropub opened in 2017, serves real ale and cider sourced from within a 45-mile radius, and has a rear garden (which is currently home to a temporary TV shack for the rugby fans!)

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Branch Pub of the Year, 2017

Congratulations to the Inglenook, Nyetimber, on being voted Pub of the Year for 2017. That’s three years in a row!

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Pub of the Year 2015: the Inglenook, Nyetimber

Congratulations to the Inglenook, Nyetimber, on being voted Pub of the Year for 2015.

As well as the regular London Pride and Young’s Special, the pub has several guest beers, including some strong ones that are unusual for the area. (If you overindulge, accommodation is also available!)

They also have a pub cat, who is on the mend after a recent car accident, and a pub parrot — an unusual feature!

Congratulations to Tony, Edna, Garry and their staff.

UPDATE: The award will be presented at 2pm on Saturday, March 14.

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Gribble Inn update

Restoration work has finally started at the Gribble Inn in Oving after a great deal of hassle for Simon and Nikki. The estimated completion date is the end of February 2015.

In the meantime, the Gribble Brewery Tap will be open in the old skittle alley on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Opening time is 12:00 on all three days, with Friday closing at 22:30 and Saturday and Sunday closing at 18:00.

The beer list will necessarily be a bit more restricted than it was in the pub, but at least you’ll be able to drink it!

Please do pop in if you can.

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Three in a row for the Wilkes Head

As you already know, the Wilkes Head, Eastergate, is branch Pub of the Year for the third time running — but it’s now been confirmed that it has won the Sussex Pub of the Year for the third time running as well!

Congratulations to Trevor, Sonia, and the staff.

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Old Barn, Felpham closed down [UPDATED: since reopened under new management]

UPDATE: The Old Barn reopened under new management in mid-2013, and is no longer a “problem pub”. We’ve visited on various occasions and found a friendly pub with good beer.

The text below dates from January 2013, and is out of date. It is included here for reference.

The Old Barn, Felpham, has had its licence revoked at a licensing committee hearing on January 18, following evidence of drug activity, serving alcohol to minors, and other crime and disorder.

Anyone wanting to reopen the Old Barn as a pub would need to apply for a new licence; given there are other pubs in the area, it seems unlikely that the council will grant one.

Of course, this will also stop Tesco and the like from marching in and turning it into Yet Another Supermarket™, unless they don’t want to sell alcohol. So a change of use to residential seems a likely outcome here, much as we’d like to see the pub reopened.

UPDATE: The Old Barn may be reopening after all.

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Pub of the Year 2014: the Wilkes Head, Eastergate

Apr 5, 2014
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The Wilkes Head, Eastergate, has won the Branch Pub of the Year award for the third year running. Congratulations — again! — to Trevor, Sonia, and the staff.

The LocAle-accredited, two-bar Wilkes Head sells Adnams Bitter as its regular beer, with up to three guests. Food is available in a separate dining area, and there’s a large beer garden.

The award presentation will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, April 5. All are welcome!

Stagecoach bus route 66 stops at the end of Church Road (get off near the petrol station/Elmtree Stores) or it’s about a 20 minute walk from Barnham station: turn left out of the station, then turn left into Church Road.

Map to the Wilkes Head
The Wilkes Head
The Wilkes Head
Western Sussex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012
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The Wilkes Head does it again

The Wilkes Head, Eastergate, has once again beaten the competition to be named Sussex Pub of the Year — a clear winner, with all four branches that voted placing it first.

It goes on to face the Surrey Pub of the Year, the Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, in the regional championship.

Congratulations (again!) to Trevor, Nina, and their staff.

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Upcoming beer festivals

We’ve had notice of several beer festivals coming up in the near future:

The Chichester Inn has a beer festival on now — all beers £3.50/pint, and six beers on the stillage plus a changing range on the existing bar handpumps.

The Three Moles at Selham has a festival running from June 21–23 with ten beers, including Arapaho, Langham’s new American Pale Ale. The Stagecoach service 1 between Worthing and Midhurst stops at the Halfway Bridge, from where the pub is a 25 minute walk to the south. Alternatively, the Compass 99 should be bookable (01903 264776) to run direct to the pub on Friday night from West Street, Chichester, returning at 22:25.

Finally, the branch pub of the year, the Wilkes Head, Eastergate, is having a beer festival from July 5–7. No further details as yet, but expect about 15 beers on the stillage plus a changing range on the bar.

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Two pub beer festivals next weekend

Next Friday (April 26) there are two pub beer festivals for you to choose from.

The George at Eartham will be running their festival until Sunday, April 28, while the Fox & Hounds at Funtington will be running theirs until the following Sunday, May 5.

We don’t have any details on what beers will be on, but the normal range in both pubs is worth the trip, so this should be even better.

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