A new start for the Frog and Nightgown
08 May 2016 by
The Frog and Nightgown in Wimland Road (just off the A264 between Horsham and Faygate) has been closed for three years since the previous landlady sadly died. But, the pub has new owners now and it re-opens on 21st May. Great news!
The older pub
If you don't know, the Frog was a unique pub in its previous guise because it was just like someone's lounge that happened to have a bar in it. There was an old record player with a pile of records in one corner and many frog ornaments dotted around the room. Beers were served out of a hatch and the whole place could only seat about a dozen people. The pub was a throwback to a different era. Many people loved it!
A new start
Since earlier this year, the pub has been completely refurbished and work should be completed in the next couple of weeks before a 'soft' re-launch on 21st May. I was lucky enough to be given an ad hoc preview today by new owner Coral Gatt when I was passing.
The renovations have opened up the bar area and an adjoining room on one side of the bar. There are plans to develop a tea room/coffee shop in that space in a couple of months time. The floor has been relaid with reclaimed parquet flooring and the bar has a new wooden surround. The bathrooms have been completely refitted.
There are new seating areas in the garden. It really is a lovely location on a quiet country lane.
So, the pub has changed and the bar area is bigger than before. It won't be quite the same as the old pub but it will be a great pub, I'm confident of that. The new owners want to keep it quaint and traditional and with a local trade. I wish them every success!
I'll post more about the pub when I have visited again after the re-opening.