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Spring 2011 - Arun & Adur CAMRA

Spring 2011 - Arun & Adur CAMRA

NewsBadger the

NewsBadger the BulldozerThis is what Badger has done to theGrapes, Pease Pottage. The Grapes wasa lovely traditional country pub with abeer garden and two bars for locals to enjoy apint in a relaxing atmosphere. Hall & WoodhouseBadger Brewery, who bought the pubfrom King & Barnes in 2000, applied to turnthe pub into houses. Locals objected and theapplication was dismissed. Badger’s appealagainst this dismissal of their application wasthen turned down on the grounds that theydid not prove that the pub was unviable and2011 sees two more in the series of beer tastingsrun by John & Jeannette Simpson. Once againthey will take place at the Red Lion, Old ShorehamRoad, Shoreham-by-Sea, an ideal venuewith great atmosphere and an excellent reputationfor food and real ales. This enables each tastingto start with lunch (included) while those wholike to prolong the session after the tastingofficially finishes could not wish for a better location.With costs increasing all-round, it has beennecessary to change the price slightly to £35.This still, though, represents extremely goodvalue as it includes all the beer samples in theprogramme (at least 15) as well as lunch andmid-afternoon snack. The latter was originallyintended to be just nibbles but, as those whocame to the previous tastings will know, landladyNatalie tends to be very generous in her interpretationof ‘nibbles’!10 Sussex Drinker: Spring 2011also because the Grapes was regarded as animportant asset in the community. So withcomplete disregard for local feelings, the brewerydemolished the pub, still complete withfittings. This action amounts to a despicableand outrageous disrespect for the local peoplein the Crawley area, who had been hopingthat the pub would be sold on as a going concernand be enjoyed for years to come. Breweriessuch as Hall & Woodhouse need toconsult before taking such diabolical actionand I sincerely hope that we can do more tostop beautiful pubs such as the Grapes becomingtheir latest demolition project.[Ed’s note – hopefully, the North Sussex branchagreement with Mark Woodhouse (see p. 27)represents a significant step forward in this direction.Correspondence to the Sussex Drinkeron this issue has now run its full course.]Nigel BullenCrawley CAMRA memberJohn Simpson’s New Beer TastingsEach event will run from 12.00-16.00-ish andthe themes are GERMAN BEERS on 26 February2011 and BELGIAN BEERS on 26 March.The first tasting will be an opportunity to discoversome of the less well-known breweries andbeer styles of Germany. Belgian tastings arealways very popular and even if you haveattended one before, the pace of developments inBelgium will ensure that this session featuresnew beers and breweries. Tickets for the eventswill be available from early January and you canreserve your place by emailingcheers@simpson.uk.com. Further details willappear on the website www.simpson.uk.comwhere you can also sign up for a free e-newsletterwith beer reviews and news.John Simpson

9 ever changing Real Ales2 Real Ciders, a Perry and afull wine listWe’ve had a great first Christmas andNew Year at the pub - thanks to all ourloyal customers!Close to 300 differentales tried since Jan2010DATE FOR YOUR DIARYBeer Festival19th - 22nd August20 + real ales on sale and also adedicated Sussex LocAle bar.34 Tower Rd, ST LEONARDS ON SEA,East Sussex TN37 6JE

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