Sussex Drinker, Winter 2011 - Western Sussex CAMRA

Sussex Drinker, Winter 2011 - Western Sussex CAMRA

For people who like Real Ale in Sussex

Winter 2011












Contact Information

Sussex Branches of CAMRA

Surrey & Sussex Regional Director:

Chris Stringer, 01403 270505 (Horsham)

Sussex Area Organiser:

Peter Page-Mitchell, 01424 429791

(St. Leonards-on-Sea)

Beer Festival: Hove, 8-10 March 2012

POTY: Evening Star, Brighton

Western Sussex

Max Malkin, 01243 828394

Beer Festival: Yapton, 18-20 May 2012

POTY: Maypole, Yapton

Arun & Adur

Jerry Marchant, 01903 214020

Beer Festival: Worthing, 19-20 October 2012

POTY: Sportsman, Amberley

North Sussex

Debbie Bullen, 07752 476649

Beer Festival: Ardingly Vintage Vehicle

Show, July 2012

POTY: Jolly Tanners, Staplefield

Brighton and South Downs

Pete Coppard, 01273 683322

Beer Festival: Lewes, June 2012

POTY: Evening Star, Brighton

South-East Sussex

Phil Cozens, 01323 460822

Beer Festival: Eastbourne, October 2012

POTY: King’s Head, Hailsham

Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011. No. 68

Circulation 12,000

Published by Sussex Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale


The Quaffer



Neil Richards MBE Email:

Tel: 01536 358670 Mobile: 07710 281381

Next Publication Date:

16 February. Copy by 12 January

Copy Submissions:

The Editor invites submissions that

celebrate the real ale scene in Sussex.

Please keep to a maximum of 700 words.

Please use plain text or Word files.

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Standard Disclaimer:

Views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual

authors and not necessarily

supported by the editor or CAMRA.

Your local Trading Standards Offices are:

East Sussex:

St Mary’s House, 52 St Leonards Road,

Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UU

Telephone: 01323 418200 Fax: 01323 418227



West Sussex:

Centenary House, Durrington Lane,

Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 2QB

Tel: 01903 839749; Fax: 01903 839743



Brighton & Hove:

Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square,

Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1JP

Tel: 01273 292523; Fax: 01273 292524



Campaign for Real Ale Ltd

230 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW

Tel: 01727 867201 Fax: 01727 867670


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Sussex Beer Festival 2012



Following the tremendous success of last

year, this year we will have more beer

than ever to acknowledge the growing

popularity of the Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider

Festival, with almost twice as many people attending

last year than ten years ago. To keep it

an enjoyable as well as busy event for all, we

need more volunteers to help us with the festival.

Staffing forms will be available from our

website or by post from January onwards.

For those who wish to remain punters,

tickets will be available from 16 January to 4

March at all the usual outlets: Evening Star

and Sir Charles Napier, Brighton; Beer Essentials,

Horsham; Gardener’s Arms, Lewes;

Buckingham Arms, Shoreham; Selden Arms,

Worthing. Brighton Centre Box Office

( is selling tickets

again, but please do remember there is a booking

fee when buying tickets through their website

or phone line. No tickets are sold at Hove

Town Hall, other than at the door during the

festival itself. Finally, tickets can be ordered via

mail order from SCBCF Ticket Sales, 13 Rudyard

Road, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6UB.

Please state which session(s) you require and

enclose a 9x4 SAE with your payment.

Cheques or postal orders should be made

payable to ‘Sussex CAMRA Beer Festival’. Refunds

will only be given via mail order and

only until 4 March. (Please get in touch if you

would like to take over this role in 2013 as

Alan is stepping-down after this year. Many

thanks go to him for helping us for the last

five years.)

Altogether we will have 200+ different Real

Ales and 40+ ciders and perries to start off

with. The wine bar is being run by Lurgashall

Winery ( and will offer

a selection of English Wines, Honey Meads,

Fruit Liqueurs & Country Wines from producers

across the South as well as a selection of Spanish

Wines & Cavas. Due to the efforts of a new

member of the organising committee, the

bottled beer bar will feature carefully

selected Real Ales in a Bottle and speciality

beers from all over the world. There will also

be a variety of tasty food, including vegetarian

& vegan options. All bars operate a token

system, where one token has the value of 10p.

Token refunds can be given only for whole £s

and before time is called at the bar. Surplus

tokens as well as other donations go to this

year’s festival charity, Leo House at Home,

which is a local charity funding specialist

nurses who care for life-limited children in

their own homes (

Smart T’s ( also

will be back with some cool new T-shirts, and

Kaz and Camilla from Ace Faces will be painting

faces and temporary tattoos to bring a bit

more colour to the festival during the Friday

and Saturday sessions. Local painter Richard

Stone (

designed again the

eye-catching festival logo. Saturday evening

entertainment is provided by the Brighton

five-piece band The Common Tongues


They were voted in the top five of “best new

acts in Brighton” via the Brighton Music

Awards. Their unique foot-tapping style can be

best described as infectious indie folk. This year

they played well-received shows at both “Bestival”

and “The Secret Garden Party” festivals.


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For opening times

and ticket prices

(both pretty much

the same as last

year), please have

a look at the back

cover of this issue or

check our website. The

ticket price includes a

free souvenir glass and a

programme. Card-carrying CAMRA members

will receive beer tokens worth £2 from the

CAMRA membership stand. Holders of a valid

NUS card get Saturday evening tickets at half

price, when purchasing tickets in person at the

Brighton Box Office or at the door. If you look

as if you could be under 25, please bring a

photo ID to prove your age! Sorry, but no

admission for under 18’s at the evening sessions,

and no access at any time to any of the

bar areas. Bags may be inspected at all times.

There will be also be a Trade Session on

Thursday 3-5pm, where there will be the

opportunity to sample up to ten different products

and speak to producers and purveyors.

Traders that have not received a ticket by 18

February 2012 and wish to attend are asked to

request one.

8 - 10 March


Finally, please bear in mind that at Real Ale

festivals beer runs out. It is impossible to rack

up new beer, as it must settle for a couple of

days before it can be served. The earlier you

get to the festival the greater the choice. I am

already looking forward to it!

All Enquiries:

or 07807 105803

Ingrid Sharp

Sussex Beer Festival 2012



25 - 26 - 27 November

Fri 12-11.30pm| Sat 12-11.30pm |Sun 12-10pm


Club Prices NOT Pub Prices!

Live Beer Drinking Music from

The Contenders ~ Fri 9.00-11.30pm

The Koans + support ~ Sat 8.00 -11.30pm

The Moonshine Band ~ Sun 3-5pm

All-day tickets for non members:

Friday £2 / Saturday £2 / Sunday Free • OPEN TO ALL

139 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XS

Tel: 01273-473076

Info/Reserve online at

Arundel Brewery Ltd, C7 Ford Airfield Ind Est,

Ford, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0HY

Tel: 01903 733111

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Contributions from: Peter Adams, Loz Aslett, Allen Bartram, Bruce Bird, Melita Dennett, Stuart Elms, Richard Foster, Tony Leonard, Keith Milborrow,


While the Sussex Branches of CAMRA are

pleased to acknowledge the following news

items, the Scratchings section does not constitute

an exclusive list of officially recommended pubs,

nor does it consist of critical customer reviews.

News of new developments and updates on the

Sussex pub scene will be gratefully received by

the Editor for consideration in Scratchings. The

standard disclaimer on p. 3 applies to all items.


The village website announces that a local

man has purchased the Lamb from Punch,

whether on a long lease or lock, stock and barrel

is unclear, but free-of-tie anyway, and is

going for a full refit, closing the place down

probably until next spring, eventually going

gastro, but “tap ales” are promised.


The Fountain Inn has received outstanding results

and full accreditation from Cask Marque.

Check out the new website,,

for offers, news, recipes,

bookings for Christmas and details of how to

book the famous Skittle Alley function-room.

You can also join the mailing list and receive

offers direct to your inbox.


Barmen Jeff and Jim at the Albatross (RAFA)

Club are thrilled to have won COTY’s from

South-East Sussex, Sussex Branches and, more

recently, the Region. The locals are treated to a

wide variety of beers, which is an example to

many larger establishments. There is a beer

festival from 19-20 November.


In Aldwick Road, the Ship has reopened after

a short period of closure. Fuller’s London Pride

and Sharp’s Doom Bar were initially reported

with the latter being replaced by Andwell Resolute



After a long period of closure, the White

Swan has reopened. There has been a major

refurbishment and four cask ales are to be on

sale, including two from Langham.


Tony and Dominic of the Snowdrop Inn,

Lewes, have negotiated a free-of-tie deal with

Greene King over the Hop Poles. The pub

reopened under its previous name, the

Spotted Dog, on Monday 5 September.

The seven hand pumps include local beers

from Harveys and Dark Star. Emma Cole has

left the renowned Jolly Butchers, Stoke

Newington, to run the pub, intending to bring

with her some of London’s best craft beers.

The Royal Oak, St James Street, is now run by

the team from the Basketmakers Arms.

Alongside Harveys Best and Timothy Taylor

Landlord on the eight hand pumps were beers

from Fuller’s, Otter, Hop Back, Black Sheep

and Butcombe. From 22-25 September, the

Hampton Arms showcased the current range

of WJ King at promotional prices. Ian Burgess

hosted a ‘Meet the Brewer’ event on the Friday

evening. Many congratulations to Matt and

Karen at the Evening Star who have won

through to the sixteen CAMRA Regional Pub

of the Year winners that will compete to be

crowned National Pub of the Year.


A place well worth a visit is the Quench Bar

with good quality Dark Star Hophead and APA

plus Harveys Best. Hartleys off-licence is

stocking bottled beers from Harveys, Hepworth

and Welton’s.


Having had a new lessee from February, the

Happy Medium held a beer festival at the end

of July with real ales from Devon to Scotland.

The current range at the Globe Inn is Sharp’s


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Peter Mitchell, Peter Page-Mitchell, Allan Moores, David Preece, Peter Spooner, Spud Tate, Steve Tremlett, Philip Wildsmith and the Ed.

Doom Bar, Brakspear Bitter, Wychwood

Hobgoblin, and Marston’s Pedigree but

another beer engine is to be installed to have

five real ales running at once. The pub is to

hold its second beer festival at the start of

December and has recently won the title of

‘Best Sports Pub’ in the 2011 Great British

Pub of the Year awards, the annual contest

organized by trade publication The Morning

Advertiser. Congratulations!


A variety of ales from independent brewers

can now be sampled at the Brewery Shades.

During a September evening visit beers from

Cheddar, Dark Star, Saxon City and Wyre Piddle

were all available.


The Coopers Arms at the back of the town

occasionally has beers from Black Cat brewery.

It is still possible to find unusual-for-the-area

brews on hand pump, such as beers from both

Raw and Titanic.


The Crown and Anchor held a ‘Cask Ale Festival

Week’ from 19 September, featuring

breweries and beers such as Hook Norton and

Sharp’s Doom Bar.


Not mentioned for sometime in these pages,

the former GBG regular and branch POTY the

White Horse was recently found to have excellent

Timothy Taylor’s Golden Best (£3.10 a

pint), Dark Star Hophead, Harveys Best and a

beer from the Cottage brewery.


In the Old Town the Crown now keeps five

ales on and has achieved LocAle status.


Tucked away off the High Street, the Sportsman

continues to sell excellent Harveys Best

straight from the cask.


Colin at the Clock House has built up his real

ale trade quickly since taking over; a third

pump has been installed, with more support

for LocAle. The line-up is Hammerpot Shooting

Star, Skinner’s Betty Stogs and a Sussex

guest beer.


The John Henry held a spring festival, a two

day affair in their open courtyard, showcasing

a dozen all-Sussex beers.


The Foresters Arms is under new ownership.

It has been refurbished throughout and the big

TV screen has gone. Initially two beers are on

offer – Harveys Best and Sharp’s Doom Bar –

but there are plans to increase the range.


A new J D Wetherspoon at the South Terminal

(landside) opened in August as a replacement

for the original outlet which closed last

November as part of the restructuring of the

terminal. It is called the Beehive after the old

British Caledonian Airways club on the

perimeter road. An initial visit found two

banks of three hand pumps selling three beers:

GK Abbot Ale, Fuller’s London Pride and a

3.9% house beer called Beehive, brewed by

Loddon. A pint of the Pride was £3.65, a not

atypical price for airport bars.


The Swallows Return has held two beer

festivals: the first at the end of May had about

twenty beers; the second from 16-18 September

was a smaller one indoors with ten beers

including Ilkley Lotus IPA, Acorn Scorachi Ace

IPA and Orkney Dark Island.


Savannah Cafe Bar, The Broadway, is selling

Dark Star Hophead.


The Malt Shovel is closed. We understand

continued overleaf >

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Pub Scratchings continued

that this is due to the high costs of running the

pub. It has been withdrawn from the 2012

GBG. New licensees are being sought.


As part of Lewes OctoberFeast there was a

beer festival at the Snowdrop Inn from 7-9

October. Mark Tranter, Head Brewer at Dark

Star was invited to curate the interesting and

eclectic mix of the beers that have inspired

him (his Desert Island Beer List all under

canvas in the garden). There were also tastings

with beer-writers Pete Brown and Melissa

Cole, a pro-am Scotch Egg Tournament and a

BBQ with live jazz. The Black Horse is now stocking

three well-kept Dark Star beers after Greene

King relaxed the tie. Good, cheap food too.


The Cob and Pen has reverted to its original

name of the White Hart. To complement the

Anchor Springs ales more local beers are now

available at the Crown; Hepworth and Hammerpot

ales have been included in the line-up.

A September visit found Hepworth English

Summer Ale, Hammerpot Martlet and Madgwick

Gold plus Anchor Springs LA Gold, Mild

and Riptide.


The Crabtree reopened on 8 Sept after considerable

refurbishment by Hall & Woodhouse.


The Royal Oak continues to attract real ale

drinkers; with a varied menu from sandwiches

to gourmet meals this is fast establishing itself

as a pub not to be missed. The very busy Two

Sawyers, further up the village, remains excellent

for real ales and its very popular restaurant.


Some updates from a town that hasn’t featured

for some time on these pages. A pleasant

atmosphere at the Fuller’s house, the Star,

with Gale’s Seafarers and HSB plus Fuller’s

London Pride, and the seasonal Red Fox.

The Stonemasons offered Langham Best

Bitter plus changing guests, such as Hook

Norton Old Hooky, Andwell Gold Muddler and

Skinner’s Betty Stogs, plus a beer festival from

14-16 October with around a dozen beers.

On the southern outskirts, the stone-built

Grove Inn, now more of a country restaurant,

has the one real ale, King Horsham Best Bitter.

After a few years of closure, the Grade II

listed former coaching inn, the Angel,

re-opened after a tasteful refurbishment that

has left the front entrance area unchanged.

The rear has been opened up and extended

with a central bar servery with three hand

pumps, as has the side bar but there is also

cooled stillage for six casks waiting final

commissioning. A large suntrap patio garden

has also been refurbished. Initial visits found

excellent Langham Best (£3.20) plus Hammerpot

HPA and Arundel Castle, with Langham

Sundowner to follow. An up-market menu had

some reasonably priced starters and light bites

but the sandwiches proved to be excellent value,

with superb crusty bread and very well filled.


The continued sunshine has enabled the

extremely popular Wednesday ‘pizzas from the

outside oven’ to continue at the Halt. Beers

from Thornbridge, Dark Star, Harveys and the

local Old Dairy Brewery are ever-changing.


The Farmers is now apparently trading as the

Inn on the Green.


Following a short closure of the Silverhill Tavern,

when the previous owner failed to find the

right formula for this real ale pub, Wayne and

Nickki have refurbished it and, with four beers

on, real ale drinkers are tempted again. Comfortable

chairs and a pool table have also been

introduced. The Dripping Spring remains

open! After many weeks of uncertainty it can

be reported that the pub continues to offer a

wide range of beers. Similarly the North Star

now has five ever-changing real ales.

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The historic Bell Inn is due to reopen in



The Ship is recently reopened and fully

refurbished together with ample seating

outside, especially in the spectacular themed

rear garden. Whilst trade develops two beers

are on. Skinner’s Betty Stogs was very good on

a recent visit.


The August Bank Holiday beer festival at the

Old Courthouse was a huge success and well

attended. Beer of the Festival was won by

Acorn Gorlovka. The pub remains very good

with an ever-changing beer range.


During the summer the Charles Dickens was

reported as selling a good pint of Harveys Best

plus Exmoor Stallion, Sharp’s Doom Bar and a

BrewDog beer, all at reasonable prices. The

Swan has discontinued Greene King Abbot

Ale, which was just not selling, and is using

the spare pump to dispense cider - currently

Westons Old Rosie. Regular beers are now

Harveys Best, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Shepherd

Neame Spitfire, with Harveys Old Ale (excellent

as ever) as current guest.

Alan’s policy of continually-changing Sussex

beers has been so successful at The Farmhouse,

Durrington, that a third pump has

been added; when he took over only one

pump was needed. Kissingate, Hammerpot

and Arundel beers have been the most popular

with Dark Star and Edge appearing recently.

Parsonage Bar & Restaurant, 6-10 High

Street, Tarring, is a recent refurbishment of

what was the reception area in a Grade IIlisted

former museum, into a stylish and contemporary

bar serviced from a cooled cellar

room commissioned from Harveys. It is already

gaining a reputation for the consistent

excellence of the Harveys Best Bitter (£2.80)

and the range of Tapas snacks. A second beer,

Young’s Bitter is now available.

Duke of Wellington

368 Brighton Road, Shoreham-By-Sea

West Sussex BN43 6RE Tel: 01273 389818

Offering award winning real ales

from Dark Star Brewery plus a

selection of guests.

Large Pub Garden with BBQ facilities,

Bar Billiards, Darts, Live music

and special events.

The Stand Up Inn

47 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HN

01444 482995 web:

Friendly, award winning country real ale pub

serving a range of our own ales and guest ales

from around the UK. Also a selection of real

ciders and perrys and bottled Belgian & German

beers, with Fine Wines from around the world.

Brighton & South Downs CAMRA

Village Pub of the Year 2009

Sussex and Surrey CAMRA

Cider & Perry Pub of the Year

We serve homemade pasties and a range of teas and

fairtrade coffee all day every day.

Traditional bar games, i.e shove ha penny, bar

billiards and a range of board games available.

Email for more details and to

join our mailing list of forthcoming events

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Bus to the Pub

Support our Pubs & Country

Bus Routes with ‘Bus to the

Pub’ around Sussex

If you would enjoy visiting different pubs with fine ales in friendly convivial company without

the constraints of the car, then our varied programme of regular daytime ‘Bus to the Pub’

(BttP) socials may just appeal! With so many good pubs struggling to survive in the current

economic climate and County Council budget cuts threatening the subsidised bus services that

serve their local communities, it is now very much ‘use them or lose them’ time.

Friday 25 November: West Sussex Explorer

‘BttP’ to Warnham & Mannings Heath;

either 10.00 Stagecoach 17 from Brighton,

Churchill Square or 10.28 Metrobus 23 from

Worthing Pier to Horsham Bus Stn. for 11.49

Metrobus 93 to Sussex Oak (GBG) then return

via Dun Horse and poss. Partridge

Tuesday 6 December: Mid Sussex Explorer

‘BttP’ to Lindfield; either 11.08 Countryliner

40x from Brighton, Old Steine (stop D) to PRH

for 12.05 Metrobus 270 (12.12 from Perrymount

Road adj. Hay. Heath station) to Stand

Up (GBG) and others

from Churchill Square to Bus Stn. for High

Street pubs then Swan (GBG)

Tuesday 10 January: Mid Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to Five Ash Down, Uckfield & East

Hoathly; 10.45 B&H 29 from Churchill Square

to Pig & Butcher then Alma, Uckfield (GBG) &

Kings Head, East Hoathly (GBG)

Friday 27 January: West Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to Shoreham and Worthing: meet noon

at Wellington (GBG), Shoreham then Lazy

Toad then onto Selden Arms (GBG) Beer Festival

from 15.00

Friday 16 December: ‘BttP’ Exploring Lewes

to savour Harveys Christmas Ale; 10.45

B&H 29 from Churchill Square to Lewes High

Street or meet at Brewers Arms (GBG) from

11.15, then noon at Snowdrop (GBG) etc.

Wednesday 21 December: West Sussex

Explorer ‘BttP’ to Royal Oak, Friday Street

(GBG); either 10.00 Stagecoach 17 from

Churchill Square or 10.28 Metrobus 23 from

Worthing Pier to Horsham Bus Stn. for 11.49

Metrobus 93 to Kingsfold then pleasant, 35

min. approx, footpath-walk to pub

Friday 30 December: West Sussex Explorer

‘BttP’ to Eastergate & Arundel; 12.30 Compass

84 from Worthing Pier to Wilkes Head

(GBG) then return to Swan & White Hart

Wednesday 4 January: West Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to Crawley; either 10.28 Metrobus 23

from Worthing Pier or 10.45 Metrobus 273

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Tuesday 7 February: Mid Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to Whitemans Green & Staplefield;

10.35 Countryliner 40 from Churchill Square

to Ship then Jolly Tanners (GBG)

Friday 17 February: Mid Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to West Hoathly; either 11.08 Countryliner

40x from Old Steine Brighton (Stop D) to

PRH for the 12.17 Metrobus 81 to West

Hoathly or meet at Perrymount Road stop adj.

Hay. Heath Stn. for the 81 at 12.24 to the Intrepid

Fox & the Cat

Wednesday 22 February: West Sussex Explorer

'BttP' to Broadwater & Sompting;

11.15 Stagecoach 7 from South Street to

Cricketers (GBG) then Gardener’s Arms (GBG)

For more info or to join our mailing list: email or ring Stuart on

07817 058 928

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Contact: Peter Hussey

Mob: 07779 245810 Tel/Fax: 01306-631884

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My kind of pub...

My kind of pub...

The Dolphin Inn,


Having left Sheffield early this year, a

city where I was spoilt by a glut of

genuine free houses and brew-pubs,

I was a bit apprehensive moving to Hastings,

apparently in the land of Harveys and Shepherd

Neame. However, I shouldn’t have

worried, because there are many local brewers

and Hastings also provides for real ale lovers

who like variety, not least at my new ‘local’,

the Dolphin, which sells up to six real ales,

including three guests.

But why, when there are other excellent pubs

in the area, have I taken to the Dolphin so

I suppose the first reason has to be the ale,

always in excellent condition [The Dolphin is

in the 2012 GBG – Ed.] and Mark, the landlord,

likes to include three pale and three

darker ales on the bar, taking into account the

three regulars. The Dolphin is a genuine

friendly family-run business too, with wife and

husband, landlady and landlord, and two

daughters working here, which rubs off on the

regular bar staff members, who aren’t family,

yet you wouldn’t know it by the friendly and

professional reception you receive by all at the


The regular ales include local beers Harveys

Sussex Best and Dark Star Hophead, plus

Wells and Young’s Courage Directors, a

favourite of many of the local fishermen who

frequent the Dolphin. Guest ales can include

those locally brewed and from further afield,

such as Robinson’s Young Tom from up north

or Wooden Hand Pirates Gold from the West

Country. Included in the guest ales is usually a

semi-regular from a local brewer kept on for a

few months, for example, Dark Star APA or

Harveys 1859 Porter, and for the autumn and

winter Harveys Sussex Old Ale.

Then there is the good value food served

every day at lunchtime, with fish and chips a

speciality, all fish coming from either across

the road, or from another local market.

Another reason for supporting the Dolphin is

its insistence on finding local producers and

supporting local merchants. The only evening

that food is on sale is on Monday, with a

special fish and chips deal, a substantial meal

of fish and hand cut chips, with trimmings,

and a pint of beer, glass of wine or a soft

drink, included in the price - excellent value.

The location obviously helps, across the road

from the local fishing industry and working

beach of the ‘Old Town’. At the front there is

an area to sit and watch the world go by, or

smoke, if that is your pleasure. So comfort and

aesthetic factors are further reasons for

coming here. Inside is what I can only describe

as warm, with evidence of the fishing industry

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around you on shelves, walls and hanging

from the ceiling.

Finally, there is a diverse regular and visiting

clientele, fishermen and tourists, professionals

and artisans, young and old, male and female;

this really is somewhere you can meet virtually

anyone, and where you feel comfortable to

either chat at the bar or find a seat inside or

outside. Oh yes, and there are live music

evenings, a weekly quiz Thursday nights and

other regular events, if evening entertainment

is what you seek, virtually something for

everyone at the Dolphin.

The Dolphin Inn, 11-12 Rock-a-Nore Road,

Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW, tel. 01424

431197; Opening hours: 11am-11pm every

day, except Saturdays, 11am-12midnight.

Food is served 12noon-4pm every day and

‘Fish and Chip night’ is Monday 6-9pm.

Steve Colwell

Rob and


welcome you

to the...

Arun and Adur Branch


Pub of the Year

2010 AND 2011!

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Bru News

Bru News

The Sussex Breweries Pages

Information here is mostly from

Sussex Branches’ Liaison Meeting

on 8 Oct, by Brewery Liaison

Officers named at the end. The

Brewery Liaison Coordinator for

Sussex, Kent and Surrey is Peter



at The Kings Head, East Hoathly,

01825 840830.

It’s that dark and spicy time of the

year again. Back by demand are

these highly successful ales: Ruby

Mild, 3.6% and ruby by nature;

Ginger No. 1, 4.2%, spicy and

warming with fresh root ginger;

Smoked Ale, 4.7%, rich ruby red

with deep smoky flavour; Winter

Warrant, a 4.8% dark-porter with

coffee and chocolate. All are available

in cask and bottles. The Ginger

No. 1, not to be confused with the

alcopop ginger beer currently

around, has been chosen for the

National Winter Ales Festival,

Manchester, January 2012.

Phil Cozens


Steyning, 01903 867614.

Great news! The first test brew is

now fermenting and will be available

for consumption by the time

you read this. Velocity (4.4%) and

the award-winning Black William

Stout (5.2%) will be the first two

brews; but it is hoped that most of

the favourites - Ropetackle Gold

(3.4%), Hoptoken Amarillo

(4.0%), Merry Andrew (6.2%),

Hoppily Ever After (5.2%), Coffee

Stout (9.0%) and Very Merry

Andrew (9.2%) - will be available

in bottle-conditioned form. All will

follow former brewer Andy

Dwelly’s superb recipes and he

has been most helpful with his

advice and support.

Adrian Towler (Provisional BLO)

anchor springs

Littlehampton, 01903 715111.

New to the regular range is Mild

(3.8%), a fruity, full-bodied version

of the style with chocolate notes

and a hint of liquorice in a lingering

finish. Debuting at the Worthing

Beer Festival was Black Pearl, a

dark, powerful (5.2%) old English

porter with cinnamon sticks added

to the copper during the boil.

The as-yet-unnamed Christmas

ale will be strong and spicy with

added orange zest, cinnamon and

cloves, and a red hue from the

use of carared malt. Full tasting

notes will appear at

The Quaffer


Ford, nr Arundel, 01903 733111.

Despite the gloomy economic

situation, the brewery continues

to trade well. In financial terms,

performance is significantly ahead

of the company’s budget and, in

sales volume terms, 2011 is

already the company’s best year

ever. The premises now look

extremely business-like and

professional: the new stainless

steel brewing plant dominates one

half of them, while the even

newer cool store (complete with

two 20-barrel stainless steel

conditioning tanks) dominates the

other half. The new cool store is

three times bigger than its predecessor,

which also remains in use.

While this extra space provides

capacity for future expansion,

already there have been occasions

when it has been crammed with

casks ready for dispatch, e.g.

when servicing large orders from

Wetherspoon. The brewery is

coping well with demand and,

compared with a year ago, now

has no trouble in producing its full

range of seasonal beers.

With the capacity issue resolved

for a few years, attention has

turned to the badging of the

beers. Sussex Mild has been renamed

Black Stallion and given a

stylish new pump clip (which has

actually helped to increase sales),

while the May to September seasonal

brew Summer Daze has also

received a new pump clip based

on an attractive seashore design,


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featuring blue sky, white surf, deck

chair and parasol. (It looks great,

but I would advise that this depicts

our aspiration for the English summer

rather than what we actually

get.) New versions of the pump

clips for both Castle Bitter and

Sussex Gold have also been

developed. The changes to these

are evolutionary rather than

revolutionary: the basics of the

designs have been retained, but

the colours have been fine tuned

in order to make the clips stand

out more effectively on the bar. In

all four cases, the results look very


Jeff Vinter


Nyewood, 01730 821362.

The brewery is working flat out to

keep up with demand. The annual

Ballard’s walk will begin at the brewery

on Sunday 4 December.

Barry Woodward

beachy head

East Dean, 01323 733603.

Production continues to increase

due mainly to the brewery

becoming a member of SIBA and

some local Greene King pubs

serving Beachy Head ales. Brewing

now takes place three times a

week with the employment of

more staff; another fermenter

may be installed in the near future.

Christmas Jumper will be released

to the trade at the end of October

but only in bottles this year.

Tony Harman

Black cat

Groombridge, 07948 387718.

All is going very well. Marcus is still

brewing Original and when gets

time he fits in a brew of Hopsmack.

Marcus is going part-time

with his flying job next year so he

can dedicate more hours to the

brewery. He is also thinking of a

small expansion next year: perhaps

another fermentation vessel and

more casks to meet extra demand.

After that, who knows, he might

be looking for bigger premises!

David Moore

dark star

Partridge Green, 01403 713085. and


With additional new fermenters

and conditioning tanks in place,

capacity is up to eight brews per

week. Emphasis is now on training

of new staff in order to move to

shift-work. In addition to the

brewery’s reputation for taking

ideas from a wide range of beer

styles it also continues to take on

staff from breweries that it

admires: the latest recruits are

Jenn from York Brewery and Nigel

from Thornbridge Brewery. With

an Australian, American and Italian

now in the brewing team, Dark

Star may be stretching their

LocAle credentials! On the pub

side, all at Dark Star were

delighted with the news that Matt

& Karen Wickham at the Evening

Star have won through to the last

sixteen in CAMRA’s National

POTY competition.

With the start of the football season,

Dark Star is delighted to

share with Harveys the supply of

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ale into Brighton & Hove Albion’s

new Amex stadium. Being the

only football fan amongst the Dark

Star team, Rob Jones has championed

this project and he is currently

working on the introduction of

small mobile bars that will enable

Hophead to be taken to the fans in

the stadium rather than bustling

through long queues at half time.

During a recent Saturday morning

invasion of the brewery by the

regulars of Herne Bay’s micro pub

the Butchers Arms, the prototype

of the mobile bar was tried out …

unfortunately, though, the one

cask of Hophead was insufficient to

last long.

As aficionados eagerly await news

of what wondrous delights the

2012 Beer List will bring, this

November and December will

see the respective return of the

6.2% Green Hopped IPA and the

4.2% Winter Solstice, plus, of

course, the potent 7.8% Critical

Mass for Christmas. In a similar

vein to the previous novelties of

Hophead Citra and Hophead

Amarillo, there will be a special

hop version of American Pale Ale.

This APA, Harvest Hop, will be

available in December, dry

hopped and packed full of new

season Chinook and Centennial

hops. These hops have been

air-freighted in from America (at

no small cost) as soon as they

were picked and packed to give us

the freshest hops possible. This is

something that can only be

achieved once a year and will give

APA lovers a taste of its even hoppier


Stuart Elms

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Bexhill, 01424 731066.

No report.

Mac McCutcheon

fallen angel

East Hoathly, 01825 841307.

No report.

Bill Layton


Hastings, 01424 425079.


Now located in their new premises

at Torfield Cottage (approximately

two minutes walk from its former

location at the FILO pub), the

brewery can now utilise the additional

capacity to expand the

off-sales side of the business.

Supporting the regular range a

new beer, Church Pale, was

introduced in the summer and has

been well received by locals and

visitors alike. A donation from the

sales of this beer goes towards the

upkeep of local churches. For updates

and news check the website.

Bill Turner

full moon

Catsfield, 07832 220745.

No new news.



at the Gribble Inn, Oving, nr

Chichester, 01243 786893.

No report.

Chris Wright

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Poling, nr Arundel, 01903


Shooting Star is now established

as the most popular beer Hammerpot

has ever produced in

terms of demand and is now available

bottled. Also to be available

bottled from next year is HPA.

Conversely, production of Martlet

has now ceased. Northbrook

Harvest Ale is now available in a

few local outlets, while a 5.2%

APA has been produced as a

special for the Worthing Beer

Festival and a small number of

other outlets. Bottle Wreck

Porter is back in production and

Shepherd’s Warmer will be out

shortly for the pre-Christmas

period. A link with Sussex Drinker

has been established via Facebook

that facilitates information sharing

and feedback on the beers and

where they are being offered.

The re-fitting of the brewery with

more modern equipment of a

greater capacity has commenced

and the process will be completed

in the New Year.

Tim Walker


Lewes, 01273 480209.

Harveys have received yet more

awards: From the British Bottlers’

Institute: Gold Medal Class D –

Star of Eastbourne; Silver Medal

Class D – Royal Nuptial Ale; Gold

Medal Class E – Christmas Ale.

At the International Beer Challenge

2011, Blue Label, Tom

Paine and Christmas Ale won

Bronze, Lewes Castle Brown and

Royal Nuptial Ale won Silver and

Imperial Extra Double Stout aka

Imperial Russian Stout won

Gold. Happily all twelve stouts

which took part in the Great Baltic

Adventure arrived in St. Petersburg

in good condition. Harveys

Imperial Russian Stout won an

award for being the most authentic.

Staying with the Russian connection,

a party from the Russian

embassy recently visited the brewery.

Following this the Imperial Russian

Stout is being supplied to the

embassy. The temporary manager

who took over from John Blackman

at the Swan, Southover has

moved to the Blackboys. Lisa

from the John Harvey Tavern will

manage both the JHT and the

Swan. I was told that for a recent

Brighton and Hove FC game at

the Amex stadium one hundred

18s of Harveys Best Bitter were

supplied. That is 14,400 pints!

STOP PRESS: News received at

noon on 27 October is that Harveys

have achieved something very

special at the World Beer Awards –

see the ‘Spotlight on Breweries’

section for the full details!

Jack Wilkinson



St Leonards-on-Sea, 07708

259342; 01424 205437.

The new brewery has been

distributing Hastings Best, Hastings

Blonde and a new 4.7% beer

HPA (Hastings Pirate Ale / Hastings

Pale Ale), a 5-hop IPA that

uses European and American

hops. Following the setting up of

the new brewery equipment

more than 60 barrels have been

sold to local pubs and several trial

brews have been carried out on

the old brewery.

Peter Page-Mitchell

hepworth & Co

Horsham, 01403 269696.

Following its very successful debut

at the Great British Beer Festival,

cask-conditioned Conqueror Stout

will later this year be given a place

in Hepworth’s regular portfolio of

ales. Meanwhile, the Brightonbased

Indigo pub company has

agreed to sell the product under

their promotional name of Molly

Malone Stout. Harvest Ale was

launched in September as the

autumn seasonal and will be available

for the Sutton and Croydon

Beer Festival. This year all the

hops used have come from one

farm and are in magnificent condition.

A special version of Old Ale,

spiced, like mulled ale, will be

available through December.

Hepworth bottled beer sales have

continued to climb - up more than

20% over this time last year.

The new labels introduced earlier

this year have certainly helped.

To mark its tenth anniversary

Hepworth have brewed Ten, a

limited edition bottled beer: three

thousand six hundred and fifty two

have been produced, the number

of days in ten years. It can be purchased

from the brewery and at

Real The Beer Essentials,

Horsham also sells bottled Ten,

together with a cask of the

draught version, currently available

to customers of the real ale


John Keller


at The Hand in Hand, Brighton,

01273 699595.

No report.

Jim Hawkins

w j king & co

Horsham, 01403 272102.

Production continues at virtually

full capacity, and there are exciting

expansion plans. Luke Brunt has

joined the team as Commercial

Manager. Both Wheat Mash and

Cascade were a big success over

the summer and are likely to

return next year. Brighton Best

has now been added to the extensive

range of bottled beers.

Old Ale will be available from early

October until spring, along with

the return in October of Market

Porter, which obtained excellent

reviews when it was launched in

March. The next new beer will be

a Smoky Old for November, while

Ian also promises for Christmas an

amended version of Merry Ale

alongside Winter’s T’Ale.

Mike Head


Lower Beeding, 07909 975664.

Output has expanded throughout

the year. Gary and Bunny have

been especially surprised that sales

of Black Cherry Mild have been

higher than ever during the summer

months. Gary explained that

the Mild in May event at the

Swan, Crawley was a major

springboard for revitalizing this

once ailing beer style. Another

major mild achievement was winning

first place for the second year

running for Mary’s Ruby Mild at

Bru News - continued

the Sussex Festival of Tipples,

Burgess Hill, where the new

5.0% Chennai IPA took second

place. Kissingate beers have also

been in various beer festivals

outside the county and reaped

awards. Next on the horizon is

Six Crows, while a beer has been

brewed specially for the Pub du

Vin, Brighton.

The Kissingate will see many

changes over the coming months

with the building of their new

premises on the Church Lane

Farm Estate. The Estate owners

have been extremely supportive

of the brewery by offering the

Kissingate one of their new barn

conversions. Gary, who has been

involved with the planning from

the start, said that it has been a

great opportunity to get involved

with the new building from the

‘ground up’. There will be more

space, which will be good for

manufacturing efficiency, future

brewery tours and events. A new

custom-made 6bbi system has

been ordered and, if all goes to

plan, will be installed by the New

Year to be in full production by

late January 2012.

Roy Bray


Lodsworth, Petworth, 01798 860861.

The brewery has been very busy.

Autumn-ale (the autumn season-ale,

brewed with hops from Northiam

and fermented with honey) is

going down well. All hands to the

deck on the 9 October when the

brewery held its 4th annual

Conker Competition. Over 70

competitors, juniors and seniors

took part and the senior winner

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Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011 17

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polished off a champion’s cupful of

Halfway to Heaven. The brewery

is now working on recipe for


Peter Luff


Streat, 01273 890570.

The second brew of the Mild

Pilgrimage Ale was available from

the end of September through

until November; this meant unfortunately

the second brew was not

available for the Ale Trail period.

Available throughout the August to

September period were Summer

Ale (4.5%) and Rector’s Revenge

(5.0%). This second beer together

with Harvest Ale (4.7%) had an

appearance at the Plumpton Beer

and Blues Festival, while a superb

cask of Best Bitter (4.5%) was on

sale at the Festival of Sussex

Tipples, Burgess Hill. The November

Bonfire Special will be Bonfire

Toffee Ale (4.9%).

Paul Free

rother valley

Northiam, 01797 252922.

This year’s first batch of Blues will

be ready for the end of October.

Available for November will be a

new seasonal beer, Chocolate

Porter (4.5%). Sales at the

brewery remain steady.

Dawn Lincoln


Horsham, 01403 242901.

Welton’s had success with a range

of beers for the Rugby World

Cup, which included a 6.0%

Samurai rice beer in honour of

Japan! Jamaican Stout will be a

dry-hopped version of the popular

Export Stout. There will again be

twelve beers of Christmas. Why

not try them all Some beer is so

popular it is being sold in 18-gallon

casks. Bottled sales are going well.

Look out for Santa’s Six Pack in gift

bags, which will be available from

both the brewery and Beer Essentials,

Horsham. More exciting

news is that there will be a Rock

and Ale Festival at the brewery on

Saturday 3 December (tickets

from Beer Essentials) to promote

local bands and good beer. Ever

popular, this may become a more

regular feature.

Nigel Bullen

Seasons Greetings!

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For all your Christmas needs - from a firkin to a pint

to put in your Christmas pudding and festive beer

boxes with 3 of your favourite ales in bottles.

The perfect Christmas gift.

Visit the brewery now to buy or choose from

our full range of popular traditional ales in

2, 4, 9, 18 and 36 pint containers.

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The Old Sawmill, Nyewood

Nr Petersfield, Hants GU31 5HA

Tel: 01730 821362

Church Lane, Eastergate, West Sussex PO20 3UT

Tel: 01243 543380

• Historic 17th century Inn •

20 minute walk (1.3 miles) from Barnham mainline station

Five Ales always on tap • In the Good Beer Guide

Cask Marque Approved

Secluded beer garden

Extensive seasonal menu with many home made specials

SIBA Local ales from Bowmans, Oakleaf and

Langham plus guest ales from further afield

Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011 19

History and Heritage

The Murrell Arms, Barnham

This classic village pub was built c.1750

as a farmhouse by William Murrell, who

owned much of Barnham. Its Georgian

brick frontage is covered in Victorian stucco

and has recently been given freshly-painted

traditional signage. The Murrell Arms became

a pub in 1866 after the arrival of the railway

two years previously caused village trade to

prosper. The full licence was granted not without

opposition from the Railway Inn, the Vicar

and Churchwardens. The interior is little

altered in the 47 years since the previous,

long-serving licensees Mervyn and Daphne

Cutten took over.

The public bar on the right was two small

rooms in the distant past and retains very old

half panelling with some wall benches and a

circa century-old curved counter at the rear.

The fireplace, front counter and two small bar

backs are at least forty years old. The middle

area was originally a Jug and Bottle where a

20 Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011

partition has been lost. Behind the servery is

the cellar with casks on stillage. At one time

this area was the living quarters. The Stable

Bar on the left, entered through a vestibule,

has very old half panelling and two old fireplaces.

Originally a stable, it was converted

c.1910 to a wooden Club Room with a glass

covered walkway to the public bar. There is

evidence of where a partition once divided the

room in two and the barrel-counter replaced a

hatch. Note the ceramic buttons with numbers

on the doors.

The Murrell Arms, Barnham

The walls are covered in all manner of curios

and artefacts collected by Mervyn Cutten

(who died in 2006) and these were purchased

from Daphne at her retirement earlier this year

by the incoming, present licensees Ryan and

Heather Mayo. In the public bar is the rare

pub game of Ringing the Bull. Beers are from

the Fuller’s range with weekend guests.

The Murrell Arms, Yapton Road, Barnham,

West Sussex, PO22 0AS, tel. 01243 553320.

Opening hours: 11am-11pm every day,

except Sunday, 12noon-10.30pm. Food is

served 12noon-3pm and 6-9pm weekdays,

12noon-9pm Saturday and 12noon-5pm Sunday.

The Quaffer with thanks to Mick Slaughter

Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011 21

Diary Dates


CAMRA FESTIVALS IN BOLD. For FREE inclusion in these diary dates, contact the Editor; for

PAID advertisements contact Neil Richards. Copy-by date and contact details on p. 3.

Nov 25-27 Constitutional Club Beer Festival,

139 High Street, Lewes, 01273 473076,

Dec 1-4 Globe Inn Winter Beer Festival, South

Street, Chichester, 01243 782035,

Dec 3 Rock and Ale Festival, Welton’s Brewery,

Horsham (Tickets from Beer Essentials, East

Street, Horsham, 01403 218890)

Dec 4 Ballard’s Walk. A coach to the brewery,

followed by the launch of this year’s “winter

warmer” then a stagger around some of the

muddiest parts of the South Downs, visiting as

many of the half-dozen participating pubs as

you can manage. And all for charity!

Jan 7 Train to London Pubs (TTLP) 3: Possibly

Greenwich (SE10) and Docklands (E1); outing

organised by Pete Brown of Western Sussex

branch; for details email:

Jan 14 Sussex Branches Liaison Meeting,

Brewery Shades, 85 High Street, Crawley,

01293 514105

Jan 27-29 Selden Arms Winter Beer Festival,

41 Lyndhurst Road, Worthing

Feb 10-12 Stanley Arms Winter Beer Festival,

47 Wolseley Road, Portslade, 01273 430234,



Norton Road, Hove. See back page advert and

p. 4-5 feature.

Superb Alehouse Wins Regional POTY

In our last issue we featured the Evening

Star, Brighton, as winner of both the

Brighton and South Downs branch of

CAMRA and overall Sussex Branches Pub of

the Year awards for 2011. This superb Dark

Star alehouse, at 55-56 Surrey Street just a

short walk from Brighton train station, has

since won the Surrey & Sussex Regional POTY

award, which places the pub as one of the

sixteen regional winners that will compete to

be crowned National Pub of the Year. Congratulations!

Photograph shows Karen Wickham (left)

receiving the Sussex POTY certificate from the

Area Organizer, Peter Page-Mitchell, while

Matt Wickham (right) accepts the Regional

POTY certificate from the Regional Director,

Chris Stringer. At the centre-rear is Bob

Gordon (North Sussex Branch) and Roger

Coton, Brighton and South Downs Branch


The Quaffer

Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011 23



The new venue of St. Paul’s

proved to be a resounding

success and large numbers

of drinkers were kind enough to

comment how much they appreciated the

atmosphere of the historic building. Not only

that, but the beers increased from 47 to 60.

Customers were certainly thirsty - 1900 pints

consumed on Friday and 1700 on Saturday

plus 300 pints of cider! The first beer to sell

out was Hawkshead Windermere Pale, closely

followed by Thornbridge Sequoia, Marble

Chocolate Marble (Runner-up Champion Beer

of Britain), Salopian Oracle, and Redemption

Trinity, a light 3.0% mild with so much character

and our winner of the ‘Beer of the Festival’.

Selling fast on the Welsh bar were VOG

Wheat’s Occurin, Waen Blackberry Stout,

Monty’s Sunshine, Llangollen Welsh Black and

Dark Side of the Moose.

The most popular Sussex beers were FILO Ginger

Tom, Dark Star Hylder Blonde, Kissingate

Six Crows, which was our ‘Beer of the Festival

Runner-Up’, and another of our late ‘scoops’

the superb Anchor Springs Black Pearl Porter -

we were in fact the very first venue to sell this

beer. I would like to thank Dark Star Brewery

for once again generously sponsoring the

event and also the pubs and other local businesses

who kindly advertised in the programme.

Thanks to all our drinkers who

contributed £750 to The Oak Grove College

for young students with learning disabilities.

A big thank you also goes to the organising

committee and all the CAMRA volunteers who

helped at the Festival. We have booked the

venue again for 19-20 October of next year, so

we look forward to seeing you there!

Bruce Bird

Arun & Adur Branch Chairman

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The festival at the superb venue of the

Winter Garden, Compton Street,

attracted 4532 customers this year to its

four sessions from 27-29 October, 120 short of

last year’s record, but still 370 up on the 2009

attendance. 13707 pints of beer, 2064 pints of

cider and 864 pints of perry were consumed.

157 different beers were available, 30 ciders

and 12 perries. As usual, a London and South

East Region Champion Beer of Britain heat

was held at the festival. This year the eightperson

panel (pictured) judged beers of the

porter style. In addition to seven CAMRA

members, including the mayor, we were

pleased to welcome Brett Ross, brewer at the

one-year old Hastings Brewery. Hammerpot

Bottle Wreck Porter, from West Sussex, was a

clear winner with 302 points with Larkins

Porter, from Kent, on 257 points in second


from Newton Heath, North Manchester. Two

awards were given to beers previously

honoured at Eastbourne festivals: Sussex

Microbrewery Beer of the Festival went to

Beachy Head Legless Rambler, from up the

road in East Dean; while the Beer of the Festival

(Sussex Exemption) went to Moorhouse’s

Pendle Witches Brew from Burnley, Lancashire.

The presentation to Beachy Head was

made at the festival, as brewer Roger Green

(pictured) was present,

working as a CAMRA

member. As has become a

custom, Branch Members

hope to send a delegation

to the north-west to make

brewery visits and presentations

in Newton Heath

and Burnley. The Cider of

the Festival award went to

South Hayne Farm near

Tiverton, Devon, while

Perry of the Festival was Newton Organic,

from Newton, near Leominster, Herefordshire.

Grateful thanks go as always to a core of

branch members who give generously of their

time and effort; without them there would be

no festival. Thanks also to visiting CAMRA

members, a number of whom we welcome each

year; and also to our partners at Eastbourne

Borough Council’s Events Team, who enable a

CAMRA festival of this size to be held.

Five festival awards were made. Beer of the

Festival was Boggart Hole Clough Rum Porter,

Peter Adams

South-East Sussex Branch Chairman

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Cider and Perry


the season of mists and mellow

fruitfulness … and indeed ‘tis very


fruitful at the moment, with plenty of

fruit in the orchards and a good presence in

the press of articles on cider and perry. The

Guardian of 24 September had an article on

American resurgence of real cider in its Travel

section; Morning Advertiser had an article on

bottled ciders in September; and even the

Saga Magazine, October edition, had a sixpage

article on the Cider Dynasties in Somerset

(yes, I’m a Saga Lout!).

And there are plenty of real cider

pubs on CAMRA’s real cider sticker

database now (over 1,000 nationally,

with over 90 in Surrey and Sussex

alone), with new cidermakers in

our area, too – Wobblegate Fruit

and Cider, in Bolney, and Uncle Stoat’s Hand

Crafted Sussex Cider in Hassocks. There are

two more over the border in Surrey – Peter

Pollock’s, and The Garden Cider Company. The

latter of these actually asks for donations of

people’s garden apples and then produces

cider from them, which is more akin to a Community

Orchard or Apple Society than a regular

cidermaker. This is what both ORCS (Old

Rudgwick Cider Society) and Brook Street

Apple Society does. ORCS had their Apple

Day, when the locally produced cider can be

sampled, on 9 October, and Brook Street Apple

Society had their Cider Party back on Sunday

26 June.

I normally make it to the latter event, for I

love their locally produced Tita’s Tipple and

Brook Street Belter, as they are dry and

refreshing and suit my tastebuds, but

unfortunately I couldn’t make it; Graham

(Spud) Tate took my place, and reported that

the Cider Party was very enjoyable and

entertaining, but he couldn’t drink much as he

had to drive himself to and from the event –

sorry, Spud! I normally have a driver….

As most of you know by now, October is

CAMRA’s Cider and Perry month, but by the

time you read this that will have passed, and

loads of quaffing, apple and pear picking and

pressing, and other cider and perry related

events will already have happened, such as my

Lewes Cider Crawl, which promises to be wellattended;

fifteen at the last count have already

expressed an interest. Watch out, Lewes! And

remember to put Cider and Perry month in

your diary for next year.

Another event which took place since the last

Sussex Drinker was a very successful and enjoyable

Cider of the Festival coach trip. One

stop was at Middle Farm, Firle to present a certificate

for Cider of the Festival, South Downs,

to Matthew and Carol

Wilson of Oakwood

Organic Cider & Perry

(pictured). Any excuse

to sample the cider

and perry at Middle

Farm … in fact we

have some rather

special news about the

place which appears

on p. 27. The other

coach trip stop was at

JB Cider, Maplehurst

to present the Cider of Festival, Sussex

Branches (pictured in the orchard).

One last thing: CAMRA is already asking for

nominations for next year’s Cider Pub of the

Year, which can be either a pub or club, so get

your thinking caps on and drinking glasses in

hand, and vote for your favourite cider venue!


Jackie Johnson

Surrey and Sussex Regional Cider Coordinator


Sussex Drinker: Autumn 2011

Cider and Perry



“This formidable collection was a stand‐out

winner this year, as nowhere else in Britain offers

such a selection of real cider and perry in

such a variety of styles. For the first-time

drinker or the cider enthusiast, the National

Collection of Cider & Perry is the definitive

place to visit, to sample and buy the best produce

from around Britain and learn more

about Britain’s historic cider and perry making

industry, thanks to the knowledge of the staff

who work at Middle Farm.”

The National Collection of Cider & Perry

at Middle Farm, undoubtedly Britain’s

biggest permanent showcase of real

cider and perry under one roof has won the

prestigious CAMRA Pomona Award 2011 for

its outstanding contribution to the promotion

of real cider and perry. Presented on Saturday

8 October, during CAMRA’s National Cider and

Perry Month, the Pomona Award is named

after the Roman Goddess of apples, and is

awarded annually to the individual or organisation

which has done the most to promote real

cider and perry over the previous twelve months,

or for ongoing work championing the industry.

In judging the Award this year, CAMRA’s

Cider and Perry Committee received many

entries from across Britain via CAMRA members

and the general public, but it was Middle

Farm’s National Collection that stood out as

the undisputed winner. Also producing its own

cider, Pookhill, the outlet supplies many pubs

and beer festivals on a wholesale basis. Andrea

Briers, CAMRA Cider and Perry Committee

Chair, said:

Rod Marsh, a Company Director at Middle

Farm, on accepting the award said that

“people’s perceptions of cider are altering and

there’s now a wider audience for the drink. We

started selling cider back in 1981 and have

since strived to showcase it as a drink of real

quality. With the input of the people who work

here at Middle Farm we feel we are really

getting somewhere and, at present, we are

showcasing more cider-makers than ever in

our collection.”

The Sussex Branches are very proud and

privileged to have this national treasure and

resource in our own county, and wish Rod and

Helen Marsh and their staff all the best for the

future. Photo features Rod Marsh and Andrea

Briers holding the certificate, with Helen

Marsh (extreme left) and their co-workers.

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28 Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011

Dea Latis



The following pubs are additional confirmations

to the lists published in previous issues:

BRIGHTON: Battle of Trafalgar; Evening Star;

Greys; Pump House; Royal Oak; Victory Inn;


EAST PRESTON: Clock House;

LEWES: Brewers Arms; Constitutional Club;

Gardener’s Arms: John Harvey Tavern;

Snowdrop Inn;

SHOREHAM-BY-SEA: Duke of Wellington;





amed after the Celtic

goddess of beer and

water, Dea Latis is an

industry forum that aims to

encourage more women to

taste, appreciate and enjoy

our national drink.

Horsham-based beer

writer Ros Shiel is a founder

member. Dea Latis met on 29 June at Due

South restaurant, Brighton, for an evening of

food and beer pairing (pictured), including

beers from the Sussex breweries Hammerpot,

Hepworth and W J King.

New members are welcome to the group:

please contact or visit their

Facebook site


LocAle - the local branch initiative that

became a national campaign - has its own

symbol in the GBG 2012. Ask your local

publican to source any of the superb range of

beers available within 30 miles of their pub

from the Sussex breweries listed in Bru News.

Pubs closer to the Sussex border will naturally

be able to source beers from any of the

qualifying breweries in east Hants, south

Surrey or west Kent as appropriate to gain

LocAle accreditation.




Pictured behind the

bar of the Ship Inn,

Whitemans Green,

Cuckfield is long-serving

landlord and our star of this issue, Bill

Parke, who is proud to be LocAle. Bill’s pub

was the first in the Brighton and South Downs

Branch to be awarded LocAle accreditation in

this year’s round of activity.

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3 Real Ales always available

Rotating guest ale and LocAle accredited.

Snacks and nibbles

available 12 – 8pm.

Wide selection of locally

brewed bottled ales from our

Deli next door.

The Clockhouse Deli

7 The Parade, Willowhayne Crescent

East Preston, West Sussex BN16 1NS

Tel: 01903 774000

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Protz Opens Amberley

Ale at Amberley

generally agreed to be excellent, combining

extremely interesting flavours of honey, toffee

and sourness. It could almost be thought to be

more akin to a sherry. The huge amounts of

hops added to the ale when it was brewed,

had all dissipated and very little hop taste was


Ale at Amberley 6, from Thursday 1

September to Sunday 4 September, was

the most successful yet and sold out of

71 real ales and 16 ciders and perries. It was

opened by Roger Protz, famed beer writer and

esteemed editor of the CAMRA Good Beer

Guide. Roger was first taken on a conducted

tour of the De Witt kilns by Amberley

Museum’s curator, Dr. Claire Seymour. The

kilns have been recently restored with the help

of a lottery grant. They are built into the chalk

hills at Amberley and it was decided that the

cool temperatures inside would be ideal for

cellaring ale. Cellaring is the process where

strong, highly hopped ales mature over time to

a complex subtlety, just like ales sent on the

long sea journey to India that became known

as India Pale Ales.

Roger then officially opened the festival by

drawing the first pint of the De Witt kilncellared

A over T from the Hogs Back brewery.

Despite other obvious possibilities the name of

this strong (9.0%) award-winning ale actually

stands for Aromas over Tongham – the Surrey

town where the brewery is based. It was

Entertainment at the beer festival included

Morris men, steam engines and vintage buses.

Blues group Cardinal Sin & the Preachers provided

a good musical accompaniment to the

Saturday night. There were crafts and food

stalls during Saturday and Sunday and many

people decided to make the most of the warm,

sunny Saturday evening to stay on for the beer

festival. Helen Marbach who helped with the

voucher sales said “we think over 2000 people

Amberley cellering ale

came to the Beer Festival and the Ale, Craft &

Food show, including those who came during

the Saturday daytime and stayed on for the

evening ale festival. Judging by the many

favourable comments, all seem to have enjoyed


Jim Hawkins

Co-organiser Ale at Amberley

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Spotlight on Breweries

World First For WJ King

WJ King has become the first brewery in the

world to put their head brewer in every pub!

Seeing the opportunity with new technologies

that are being adopted by our customers, WJ

King has added a unique QR code to the pump

clip and bottle label of each of its beer. Customers

can now scan these codes with their

camera enabled smart phones, to play a video

of Head Brewer Ian Burgess talking about that

specific beer and the ingredients that it is

made from. Said Ian, “we wanted to ensure

that the customer really understands what

they are drinking and allow them to make an

informed choice of what styles and flavours

they like most. Being able to see me in the

brewery talking about each beer will hopefully

help them to develop their palate and understand

a little bit about the art of the brewer.”

Nigel Lambe, Chief Executive of the

Horsham-based micro explained that the Real

Ale sector is the fastest growing sector in the

pub trade and new style microbreweries like

WJ King are attracting a passionate new

generation of beer drinkers who have a real

thirst for knowledge about the provenance,

ingredients and manufacturing process of

what they are drinking. Marketing Director

Orla Lambe commented “this is such a

fantastic and obvious way to communicate

with our customers at the point they are

deciding which beer to choose, that we are

sure other brewers will follow our example.

This will be great for the consumer and we

will be very proud of being the first brewery in

the world to put our brewer in every pub”.

World Awards for Harveys

Harveys have just won two prestigious prizes

at the World Beer Awards 2011 with their

bottled Imperial Extra Double Stout and Tom

Paine. The global awards select the very best

internationally recognised beer styles from

around the world. Blind-judging in regional

heats are held in Europe, the USA and Asia.

The selected style winner in each region is

then tasted against the other regional winners

to select the World’s Best Style. From these

world winners is selected the World’s Best Ale,

Lager, Stout & Porter and Wheat Beer. See

Tom Paine won the Europe’s Best Seasonal

Pale Ale style, while Imperial Extra Double

Stout not only won the World’s Best Stout -

Strong Stout & Porter Style - but came top in

the overall stout and porter category making it

officially the World’s Best Stout & Porter and

one of the top five beers in the world! I am

sure we will all join together in congratulating

Miles Jenner and Harveys on yet another

magnificent achievement.

Adrian at Adur

Here is an update from Adrian Towler on developments

at the Adur Brewery. The Adur

Valley Co-operative Ltd is now registered with

The Financial Services Authority, has keys for


Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011

the brewery and there are enough materials on

site for several brews. The first, Velocity, with

Andy Dwelly supervising, was brewed on 3

October. There is a Management Committee of

six: Graham Timmins (Shoreham-by-Sea),

Colin Bates (Haywards Heath), Russ Spencer

(Worthing), Nigel Bullen (Crawley), Roger

Chidlow (Brighton) and Adrian Towler (Shoreham).

Graham is managing the project, interviewing


brewers and setting

the pace. He has

abandoned a

‘launch’ meeting in

favour of personal interviews with potential

members. Minimum investment is to be

£1,000 and a minimum number of 12 hours

work per month, but the rules permit people

to pay smaller amounts to start with. Although

Graham does not have access to the Adur

Brewery website he has registered both

and Neither yet have any

content, but you can e-mail him via them

should you want to be involved. We are all

looking forward to tasting Graham’s First


Spotlight on Breweries

Ruskin’s Ram

The SouthDowns Brewery will be

based in Small Dole and is a 10-

barrel joint venture between

widdi, former brewer at Adur

Brewery, and Geoff, owner of the

Shepherd and Dog, Fulking. Their

first beer is Ruskin’s Ram (4.0%), contract

brewed at Kent Brewery until the new South-

Downs venture is set up. The Gothic fountain

at Fulking was raised and dedicated to the honour

of John Ruskin, writer, art critic and

historian, who applied his knowledge of

hydraulics to harness the power of the spring

water and provide the village with a proper

supply. The beer has been on sale in the Eight

Bells, Bolney; Evening Star, Brighton; Buckingham

Arms and the Red Lion, Shoreham-by-

Sea; Selden Arms, Worthing and, of course,

the Shepherd and Dog, Fulking. Geoff and

widdi have just invested in another 100 casks,

their second gyle of Ruskin’s Ram is imminent

and they have recipes in place for their next

two beers. Email:;

website under construction:

And Yet More to Come!

Specialising in smallbatch

high-quality bottle

conditioned ales with no

unnatural additives the

Kitchen Garden Brewery

is a newly established artisan micro brewery in

mid-Sussex. Their website carries information

on four beers: Traditional Ale (3.2%) their

flagship beer, light and refreshing ale with

floral notes, delicious malt undertones and a

delicately hopped finish; Stout (3.8%) dark,

delectable and full bodied with the finest

roasted malt and British Target hops; Ginger

Beer (2.5%) fresh and lemony to refresh and

revive, containing only ginger, sultanas,

lemon, sugar, water and yeast; Spring Beer

(5.1%) a refreshing golden ale with added

wheat, tasting light, smooth and hoppy with

citrus undertones. The Kitchen Garden Brewery,

Old Walled Garden, Sheffield Park, East

Sussex, TN22 3QX, tel. 01825 790775;

Finally, a test web site

has opened for the Bedlam

Brewery, Albourne

Farm, Shaveswood Lane,

Albourne, West Sussex,

BN6 9DX, email:; No other

details as yet.

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Crabtree and The White Swan

Pub Re-Openings

The Crabtree, Lower Beeding, famously

featured in Hillare Belloc’s farrago, The Four

Men, re-opened 8 September.

The new licensees are Simon,

Catherine, Daisy and Hamish

Adamson-Hope. The pub has

been very tastefully refurnished

by Hall & Woodhouse

with a clear

separation between bar and

restaurant facilities.

The White Swan, by the A259 / Station Road

roundabout in North Bosham, has finally

re-opened, to local acclaim, after a major

internal and external refurbishment. It became

run down and finally closed in February 2009

after the previous owners had not only sold

part of the car park for housing but had sold

off part of the actual building as a separate


The aim is to maintain a bar area for drinkers

with a choice of food from a bar menu and a

restaurant for those customers wishing to

dine. The garden has been greatly improved

and the car park extended. Mark Woodhouse

attended and conducted a beer tasting session.

Several members of North Sussex and

Brighton & South Downs Branches attended.

Allen Bartram

North Sussex Branch Chairman

New owners Nick and Tina Irish have had a

considerable struggle on their hands to overcome

some objections against their new

licence but they have been to great lengths to

inform local residents of their plans via

meetings and a website, and to invite observations

and suggestions. The progress of the

refurbishment has been eagerly followed by all.

On the opening night on 23 September a huge

crowd attended, and beer sales were such that

extra supplies had to be urgently found over

the weekend. Four cask ales are to be on sale

including two from Langham, and Dark Star

Hophead has also proved popular.

Pete Brown

Western Sussex Branch Secretary

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Sweet win for Harveys

On 24 September

some thirty CAMRA

members who had

worked at the South

Downs Beer & Cider

Festival in June were

welcomed at Harveys

brewery to attend the presentation to Head

Brewer Miles Jenner of the certificate for Beer

of The Festival as voted by the customers. The

winner was a draught version of Sweet Sussex

Stout, which at 2.8% proved that a beer does

not have to be strong to be tasty.

In presenting the award organiser Pete

Coppard thanked all at the brewery for their

valuable support of the festival during his

seven year spell as organiser. In addition to this

certificate five others were handed over for

silver and bronze awards won at regional

Champion Beer of Britain Finals. Needless to

say Miles was the perfect host giving a short

tour and informative chat to those who had not

visited previously and a splendid variety of ales

were available for us to sample.

Pete Coppard

Langham does the double

On 27 August a contingent

from Western Sussex

CAMRA travelled the

short distance to Langham

Brewery, Lodsworth, near

Petworth to present two

certificates relating to the Yapton Beerex in

May: one for the Beer of the Festival, won by

the Langham spring seasonal ale, Flor-Ale, the

other for being the Brewery of the Festival.

Well done to all at Langham for this double

award. Photo shows the branch and brewery

team together with the certificates at the front

of the brewery.

The Quaffer

38 Sussex Drinker: Winter 2011

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