Monday, 15 September 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

On Saturday 4th October the Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery are holding a tour that might interest Sussex Drinker readers. Conducted John Vaughan, the tour tells the story of many of Worthing's publicans, who are buried in the vast cemetery, and the pubs they ran, many of which have long since closed. Meeting at 10.45 for an 11.00am start, the tour includes some of Worthing's more interesting past publicans, outlining their life stories and detailing their eventual demise.

The tour is free of charge, there is no need to book in advance but it is advisable to arrive fifteen minutes before the start time. The tour should last about one and a half hours, refreshments will be available, as well as a tour booklet. Also present will be the lads from, staffing a stall showing photographs of Worthing Pub History, an occasion not to be missed. For something completely different meet at the Cemetery Chapels in South Farm Road, Worthing and find out that cemeteries can be entertaining!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fundraiser Event at Long Man Brewery

The Long Man Brewery of Litlington, East Sussex has teamed up with the Curious Beer Club of Eastbourne to raise money for Eastbourne's fire damaged pier. The Brewery bosses, who grew up in Eastbourne have pledged all profits up to £10K from the sale of their Craft Pier beer to the Benevolent Fund set up to support businesses affected by the blaze.

The beer is a variation on the brewery's flagship Long Blonde beer, adding special ingredients including Phoenix hops. A fundraiser event at the Long Man Brewery, co-organised by the Curious Beer Club, will take place on Saturday 20th September, 2-5pm. 

CraftPierReturn coach from Eastbourne
Craft Pier charity beer*
Hog Roast
Live Music
Brewery Tour
Fundraiser event at
Long Man Brewery
£20 per person

(* 2 pints included. Other drinks and cash bar available – including soft drinks)
All profits from the event to Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund. Tickets only
available from The Dolphin Pub, South Street Eastbourne. After reserving your
tickets you must collect within 24h or they will go back on sale. Numbers
strictly limited.

The Long Man Brewery has pledged to donate up to £10,000 from sales profits of
Craft Pier to the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund. This figure is in addition to
the money raised by this event. Email if you have any

Saturday 20th September (2-5pm)
Reserve tickets now​​
(Strictly limited)

See also

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Portsmouth CAMRA Beerex, 5th-6th September

Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA present...

Portsmouth Beerex 2014

Hosted at the University of Portsmouth, Students' Union Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF. (Google Map)

Ticket includes:, entry, a half pint drink, festival glass and Beerex guide.

Tickets can be purchased on line at the festival website.
There are four sessions available to purchase (choice available via 'Add to Cart' button).
Friday 5th September 11.30am - 4.30pm £5 + booking fee
Friday 5th September 6.00pm - 11.00pm £10 + booking fee
Saturday 6th September 11.30am - 4.30pm £10 + booking fee
Saturday 6th September 6.00pm - 11.00pm £7 + booking fee

The event organisers are not posting out tickets but will have your name and tickets ready for you on arrival at the Beerex. If you have any further questions please send an email to and we will be happy to help.

Beerex is for over 18's only and photo ID may be required for entry.

Please note, this event is not operated by the University of Portsmouth Students' Union (UPSU). UPSU are selling on behalf of an external organisation not linked to the UPSU or the University of Portsmouth. All enquiries should be directed to Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Langham Brewery Open Day - Saturday 23rd August

 Langham Brewery is hosting a fabulous Open Day on Saturday 23rd August as part of the Madhurst festivities. It starts from 1 to 2pm with a CAMRA VIP preview of the mini-beer festival featuring eleven Langham Ales … including a BIG surprise! Doors are then open to the public from 2pm for a music and Morris Dancing extravaganza. Free entry…for charity…reasonable priced food …and excellent bar!!!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Brighton Boozers: Battle of Trafalgar

It’s been four years since I penned something as work-a-day as a simple pub review. I used to turn them out them regularly for my free real ale and pub guide, The Quaffer, a paper-based fanzine that ran from 2004-10. Each issue covered a different area in Sussex, and the whole print run of up to 2000 copies was largely self-delivered by hand, via public transport, to pubs the length and breadth of the county. You might understand why my enthusiasm for pub reviews was pretty much exhausted by that process.

But the urge to do a few more occasional reviews has, for some reason, crept up on me again. When drinking in Brighton last Saturday I found myself making notes on the pubs and beers. And now, with the technology of the Internet, I can introduce the more far-flung followers of this Blog, from China, Turkey, Norway and the Ukraine, to some choice Brighton boozers. What they’ll make of it all, I don’t know. I find the very idea bizarre. But there we go.

I’ll start with the Battle of Trafalgar.

Take a sharp right out of Brighton Rail Station concourse and the pub is a short walk up the right hand side of the hill that is Guildford Road. A beerhouse/public house since at least 1855, it was owned by Tamplin & Sons from 1882 until that local brewery’s acquisition by Watneys. I believe it is now a free house. The 2014 CAMRA Good Beer Guide calls it a “quirky locals’ pub”, a description that I can’t really improve upon. The opened-out interior spacing is most odd and was obviously a number of separate rooms in the past. When entering through the only now usable door, on the left-side, a long, narrow area ahead of you leads down past the bar to a beer garden at the rear. The roomy side of the interior to your right extends well across and beyond the bar but goes behind it only for only a few yards to where there is an old, small, serving counter. Architectural plans for alterations of late 1952/early 1953, which reside in the county record office, might afford some clue to the original layout.

It is a comfortable environment with its naturally aged dark-stained bare boards, dados and counter. There are scrubbed tales, cushioned settles and an eclectic collection of prints, photographs and paintings, some of which reflect the nautical theme of the pub name. The five hand pumps on the bar offer on my visit the two permanent ales Fuller’s London Pride and Harveys Sussex Best Bitter alongside Timothy Taylor Landlord, Jennings Cocker Hoop, and Wye Valley HPA. The Battle of Trafalgar is one of the forty participating pubs of the Brighton & South Downs CAMRA Ale Trail 21. I collect a stamp (my twentieth so far) in my Ale Trail Passport for having a pint of Harveys (which, for those far-flung followers of this Blog, is brewed in nearby Lewes). The pub is LocAle accredited for always serving at least one locally-brewed real-ale in good condition. The beer quality is, in fact, excellent.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, Brighton, BN1 3LW, tel. 01273 327997.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

18th Worthing Beer Festival

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October sees the return of the Worthing Beer Festival to the St Paul’s centre, Chapel Road, a walk of just a few minutes from the town’s central railway station. Under the stewardship of Roy and the late Bruce and Pete, the festival has steadily grown in stature, outgrowing the Richmond Rooms in 2011 and requiring a move to the wonderful St Paul’s. In 2003 there were forty-four beers and two ciders available. This year, the new organisers, Debbi, Ray and Jim, hope to increase the numbers to over seventy-five beers and sixteen ciders and perries, the latter which for the first time will have their own dedicated bar. As the number of breweries in the county has grown, the Sussex bar will be located in the main hall to allow an increased range to be made available. The two other bars will feature the best beers from micro breweries around the country and beyond.

Saturday entertainment will feature jazz from Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five from 2.30-5pm, while from 7.30pm, the record-breaking international singer-songwriter Tensheds and his band will perform ( Session times: Friday 11am-3.30pm (£3.50) & 5.30-11pm (£5); Saturday 11am-4pm (£4) with £3.00 entry from 4-11pm or until the beer runs out. Tickets will be available from mid-August, at the venue, St Paul’s, and from the Selden Arms, Worthing; the Gardeners Arms, Sompting; Henty Arms, Ferring; New Sussex Hotel, Lancing; Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea; and the Evening Star, Brighton. Tickets are subject to availability on the door. Postal applications can be made to: The Treasurer, The Boathouse, Shopsdam Road, Lancing, BN15 8ES; please make cheques payable to “Arun & Adur CAMRA”. Friday evening and Saturday sell out very quickly, so advance booking is advised.

For more details visit

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Ship Sunk by Enterprise.

Despite the best efforts of a group of local residents who formed The Friends of the Ship Inn, Aldwick, this once popular pub is due to meet the same fate as so many others in recent times and be converted into a supermarket convenience store. The pub had been struggling in recent times, often closed for periods between the arrival and departure of a succession of tenants, but it does not help when the owners, Enterprise Inns, sell beer to those tenants at a much higher price than free traders could obtain it, and charge rents that make it difficult to run a profitable pub. All credit then to The Friends, who wanted to keep the Ship open and eventually have it registered by the council as an Asset of Community Value. It is interesting that, at a meeting with The Friends, Enterprise Inns had claimed their current plan was to find a new long-term tenant, then invest in further refurbishment and so keep the pub as a viable business. No further comment is necessary.

The origin of the Ship as an alehouse predates the 1841 census, its earliest recorded reference. It was owned by the South Street Brewery of George Gatehouse, Chichester from some point until 1889 when it was sold to George Henty & Son (later Henty & Constable) of that same city. It was acquired in 1955 by Tamplin & Sons, Brighton, who subsequently sold out to Watneys. The premises of the pub were supposedly once connected to the beach by a smugglers’ tunnel that tended to flood in bad weather. No trace of this passage now remains. There are scores of pubs that have had this tale told of them. A more believable story is that the Ship was used in the Edwardian era as a base by pioneering film maker Cecil Hepworth. The pub was modernised in the 1930s. A small beer garden was in those days secluded behind a row of wooden lock-up garages on what is now the car park. The inn sign of the late 1940s (below) was painted by Arundel artist Ralph Ellis.
The Inn’s distance from Bognor Regis allowed it to retain a village pub atmosphere. The blocked up doorways in the porch entrance show that the left side saloon would have once been divided up into separate sections, probably including a Jug & Bottle. The Ship retained a separate right side bar, used as a games room. The interior was otherwise completely modernised and of no heritage interest. A list of licensees runs thus: Mary Cobden, 1841; John Mant, 1842; Richard Hayden, 1852; George Cooper, 1861; Fredrick Holkham, 1871; Samuel Frost; Caroline Frost; Albert Booker, 1885; Thomas Morris, 1889; Edwin Chas Millar, 1903; Louisa M. Millar, 1927; Ernest E, Millar, 1937; Frederick J. Smith, 1941; Dorothy Smith, 1944; Christian Oberst, 1944; Leonard O. Burgess, 1951; Thomas Eric Bailey, 1954; Alexander Morrison, 1971. The Morrison family, who had the pub for at least ten years from 1970, stocked over 250 brands of Scotch whisky behind the bar.

It is a bitter twist that the pub is to be converted into a branch of … Morrisons.


Butler, Charles (1997) Inns, Taverns and Hotels, Past and Present of BOGNOR REGIS including Pagham & Felpham, Bognor Regis Local History Society.

Gowler, Margaret (2004), ‘Ralph Ellis: Designer and Painter of Inn Signs’, Bognor Regis Local History Society Newsletter, No. 50 (March), pp. 16-22.

The Observer (1980), ‘Spirits of Smugglers no longer Illicit at Ship’, Friday 15th August.