News about local pubs, local breweries, cider and anything beer related

  • Half Moon Balcombe re-Opens Saturday 26th August 2017

    The Half Moon in Balcombe re-opened its doors on Friday 18th August, under the management of Nick Madgett, formerly of the Open Arms in EG, and his Wife. NSX CAMRA wishes them well.

  • Dark Star “General Store” not going ahead Friday 14th July 2017

    Dark Star Brewery have decided not to proceed with “The General Store” in Crawley, due to various issues with the planning application and the time it is taking. They are still looking for premises in the area but have decided that the location was not the right one.

  • Kissingate to expand Friday 14th July 2017

    An application has been submitted by Kissingate Brewery for an extension to the premises which will include a larger shop and visitor centre. An accessible toilet will also be added.

  • New Landlord at the Half Moon, Balcombe Friday 14th July 2017

    Nick Madgett, formerly one of the owners of the Open Arms in East Grinstead is taking over the Half Moon at Balcombe on behalf of the management committee that represent the village buyout of the pub from Enterprise. The pub will be closed for a couple of weeks for some refurbishments.

    Watch out for an announcement of teh reopening!

  • Village Green Cider Update Wednesday 12th July 2017

    Village Green Cider will be bottling their cider later this month, see their Facebook page for a chance to win some samples. Also watch out for their new branding which is coming soon.

  • Hall & Woodhouse Pubs for Sale Sunday 2nd July 2017

    Hall & Woodhouse have put the Rising Sun and The Queens Head pub in Horsham up for sale: Rising Sun and Queens Head Sale

  • Anchor Tap named POTY Monday 24th April 2017

    CAMRA North Sussex branch have chosen the Anchor Tap in Horsham as their Pub of the Year. Dark Star opened the pub in Feb 2016, and it immediately gained a great reputation for the quality and range of beers, both cask and keg, and for its lively atmosphere. Horsham already was a great place to visit for real ale, and the Anchor Tap has undoubtedly made it even better.

    In the photo above is Duncan Tarrel, manager of the Anchor Tap, being presented with the shield by branch Chair, Paul Sanders.

    Runners up this year were three more excellent pubs; the Brewery Shades on Crawley High Street, last year’s winner the Malt Shovel in Horsham, and perennial finalist the White Horse at Maplehurst.

  • New Sussex Brewery Thursday 6th April 2017

    New Sussex Brewery coming this space.

    Hint: "A casual rain protector"

  • High Weald Brewery moves to Hartfield Saturday 25th March 2017

    The High Weald Brewery has moved from Combe Hill road in East Grinstead to Hartfield: Unit 24, Bassetts Manor Butcherfield Lane Hartfield Sussex TN7 4LA

  • More ales at the Shades Tuesday 7th March 2017

    The Brewery Shades now has 10 sticks

  • New site for Dark Star in Crawley Tuesday 28th February 2017

    Dark Star are opening it fifth site by creating a Bottle Shop and Tasting Room in Crawley

    Situated in Crawley’s High Street, the site will operate under the name ‘The General Store’ and will offer a wide selection of drinks to enjoy on and off site, along with a range of cheese and charcuterie. This is less of a bar and more of a hybrid between a great off licence and a place people can explore a great range of beer and wines with a little something to eat.

    The General Store will also offer a wide selection of beer related merchandise, home brewing kits and other beer related items. There will also be a local delivery service, bringing craft beer and wines direct to homes in the area.

  • Equinox Winners Sunday 26th February 2017

    Light Beer

    Top Notch


    Dark Beer


    Black Eyed Susan