Blog Post Archive

  • A few words about the Dark Star and Fuller's deal

    A few weeks ago, it was announced that Fuller's had taken a 100% stake in Dark Star, one of my favourite, small independent breweries. With a deal like this, it's always best to see how the two companies work together before deciding if it's good or bad. The time to judge this deal is in a year or two when the impact is clear.

  • The Half Moon

    The Half Moon shines brightly

    The Half Moon in Kirdford was bought in the summer by fashion model, racing car driver and TV personality, Jodie Kidd. The Grade II listed pub has been renovated with new bar and interior, new menus, an outdoor patio area, and a host of other improvements. Here's my review of the Press Lunch.

  • Firebird Brewery pump clips

    A tour of Firebird Brewery

    Firebird Brewery tours take place every second Tuesday of the month. My coworking colleagues and I booked a place on this week's tour and loved it.

  • Bottled beers on the bar

    Hats off to Horsham's new brewery!

    There's a new brewery in Horsham! Chapeau Brewing in Redkiln Close opened their doors for a pre-launch party on 1st November. I was lucky enough to be invited to try their beers.

  • Wooden beer jug on the bar

    A Friday Pub Night at Welton's Brewery

    Every first Friday in the month, Welton's host a pub night at their brewery. I visited for October's pub night where Horsham Old Ale was introduced.

  • Chennai IPA

    Beer and Curry Night at Kissingate Brewery

    ‚ÄčAs you may know, Kissingate Brewery is a small brewery in Lower Beeding on the outskirts of Horsham. They hold several events at the brewery throughout the year and yesterday was a Beer and Curry Night.

  • Beer Festival glass and programme

    A lunchtime pint at the Horsham Beer Festival

    I visited Horsham Beer Festival at the weekend. It was a great event as always. The range of beers was fantastic. And the atmosphere was just right. Many thanks to Gareth Jones (The Beer Essentials) and team for making the event happen.

  • A new start for the Frog and Nightgown

    The Frog and Nightgown in Wimland Road (just off the A264 between Horsham and Faygate) has been closed for three years. But, the pub has new owners now and it re-opens on 21st May. Great news!

  • The bar with hand pumps

    A couple of pints at the Anchor Tap

    Horsham's new pub, The Anchor Tap in East Street, opened on February 12th. I missed the opening but visited the pub on Saturday afternoon for a couple of pints.

  • A Saturday pint at The Bedford

    In the first of what I hope will be a regular series of articles, here's my write-up of a recent visit to the Bedford pub near Horsham station.

  • Dark Star to open a pub in Horsham

    It's true! After a few days of rumours, Dark Star Brewery in Partridge Green has announced that they are opening a pub in Horsham in early 2016.

  • The Forester's Arms

    A quick pint at the Forester's Arms

    I went out for a cycle ride yesterday and finished the ride with a pint at the Forester's Arms in Horsham. It's a favourite of mine, particularly during the summer when the pub's garden makes an ideal spot for post-ride relaxation.

  • A pint of Badger beer

    The Dragon awakes!

    The Dragon in Colgate has been redeveloped in recent months. The pub has been extended to give it a bigger restaurant area and inside has been completely refurbished. It's quite a transformation!

  • Volunteers serving at the Festival

    Wonderful beers at the Spring Equinox Beer Festival

    I visited the North Sussex CAMRA Spring Equinox Beer Festival at the weekend. It was a great evening and I tried several beers that I'd not tasted before.

  • Horsham Spring Equinox Beer Festival 2015

    The North Sussex CAMRA Spring Equinox Beer Festival takes place on 28th and 29th March in the Drill Hall in Horsham. Here are the details.

  • Beef and mushroom pie

    Lunch at the Countryman Inn

    Last week I met up with another Horsham-based web developer for lunch. On this occasion, I suggested we visit the Countryman Inn in Shipley

  • The Plough in Rusper

    Updates to Horsham Pub Guide

    I've been updating Horsham Pub Guide and improving images on the site by taking new pub photos. There are other changes underway as well.

  • Welton's Brewery pump clips

    Visit to Welton's Brewery

    I visited Welton's Brewery last week and was given a tour with the opportunity to try some of Welton's ales. And very tasty they were too!

  • The best real ale pubs in Horsham

    Name the best real ale pubs in Horsham. Pubs that sell the most varied range of ales. I can think of a few but what are your favourites?!

  • Improving Horsham Pub Guide

    Over the next few weeks, I'm planning to improve the pub pages on Horsham Pub Guide by moving to a new website system and changing what's included on each page.

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