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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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Branch Pub of the Year 2013: the Wilkes Head, Eastergate

The Wilkes Head, Eastergate — winner not only of last year’s branch award, but of the Surrey & Sussex regional award as well — has been voted Pub of the Year for 2013 by an even bigger majority than last year. Congratulations to Trevor and everyone else at the pub for doing the double!

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 date of the award presentation has yet to be confirmed; this post will be updated with details when we have them.

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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Old Barn at Felpham to reopen after all

Looks like we may have been premature in assuming that the Old Barn at Felpham would stay closed following the removal of its licence; the latest information is that it should be reopening within the next month or so.

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Bad news for Bilsham: the Lamb looks doomed

It looks like curtains for the Lamb, Bilsham — Punch Taverns and the property developer have won their appeal against Arun District Council’s refusal of planning permission to demolish the pub and build 14 houses on the site.

It looks likely that the pub will close as soon as the sale has been completed, with demolition following shortly afterwards, leaving Bilsham with no pubs.

It wasn’t that many years ago that the Yapton/Bilsham area had four pubs; coupled with the previous loss of the Shoulder of Mutton & Cucumbers, there will now be just two: the Olive Branch, and the Maypole.

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New LocAle pub: the Shore, East Wittering

The Shore, East Wittering, has been LocAle accredited; the beer range varies, but the LocAles are generally from Dark Star.

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Black Horse in Binsted to reopen

The Black Horse in Binsted will be reopening on Monday November 12, run by Clive and Victoria (formerly of the Spur in Slindon).

The pub has a newly-built dining area, and will be open from 11–3:30 on Mondays, 11–11 Tuesday–Saturday, and 12–6 on Sundays (the hours suggest this isn’t just a restaurant with beer, and that drinkers will be welcome as well). Afternoon tea — with cake — is also available. No word on what beers will be on as yet, though.

Golfers playing the back nine at Avisford Park should remember there’s a gate leading from the 15th tee to the pub’s garden :)

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Wilkes Head Beer Festival List

The beer list for the festival at the Wilkes Head, Eastergate (October 4–7) is now out.

Abbeydale: Deception (4.1%), Black Mass (6.66%), Chocolate Stout (4.5%), Fargate (4.1%)
Bridestones: Pennine Gold (4.3%)
Brown Cow: Thriller In Vanilla (5.1%)
Elland: Beyond The Pale (4.2%)
Empire: Crusader (5.0%)
Goose Eye: Golden Goose (4.5%)
Great Newsome: Frothingham Best (4.3%)
Ilkley: Ilkley Best (4.0%)
Kelham Island: Pride of Sheffield (4.0%)
Leeds: Yorkshire Gold (4.2%)
Old Bear: Yorkshire Ale (4.2%)
Old Mill: Traditional Bitter (3.9%)
Partners: Tabatha the Knackered (6.0%)
Pennine: Real Blonde (4.0%)
Rudgate: Viking Bitter (3.8%)
Salamander: Mudpuppy (4.2%)
Thornbridge: Lord Marples (4.0%), Kipling (5.2%), Jaipur (5.9%)

Plus various ciders, and local beers from Langham, Oakleaf, Bowman and Itchen Valley.

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