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

  • 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




  • Cock Inn, Southwater, Closed Friday 13th January 2017

    The Cock Inn in Southwater has been closed by the publican. See report from the West Sussex County Time: Closure of The Cock Inn

  • Balcombe is Buying The Half Moon!!! Thursday 5th January 2017

    Balcombe Community Pub have issues the following press release:

    After careful consideration tonight, the BCPL Committee voted unanimously to proceed with

    the purchase of the pub. The village response has been tremendous. Over 300 people have

    invested and we’ve reached 90% of our goal. The money raised is £13,000 short of our target but

    that amount lies within the contingency budget and we are confident we can raise or borrow the

    remainder. We will exchange on Monday. Hooray! Stay tuned for future developments.

  • Dun Horse to re-open Thursday 3rd November 2016

    The West Sussex County Times has reported plans to re-open the Dun Horse in Manning Heath. It's not clear at this stage if the intention is for it to remain a pub, at least in part.

    Dun Horse to re-open

  • New Brewery for Hepworth Tuesday 1st November 2016

    The Hepworth Brewery has moved to a new site in Pulborough

    Hepworth, New Brewery

  • Three Crowns re-opens Tuesday 1st November 2016

    The Three Crowns in Ashurst Wood has been through some ups and downs over recent months, but it appears that it is re-opening again this week.

    Three Crowns re-opens

  • Half Moon, Balcombe saved Tuesday 25th October 2016

    Balcombe locals have saved their local...

    Half Moon, Balcombe saved

  • Crooked Brook Brewery for Sale Friday 21st October 2016

    The Crooked Brook Brewery went on the market in September

    Crooked Brook