Branch/Sussex Pub Of The Year

Our Pub Of The Year and Cider Pub Of The Year for 2018 is the Green Man Ale & Cider House 17 South Street, Tarring, BN14 7PA. Just a minute's walk from West Worthing station there are usually at least four ales available on any given day and almost always a dark ale. There is also plenty of choice from a range of six or more real ciders. Congratulations to Les for winning these awards.

The White Horse in Maplehurst was chosen as Sussex Pub of The Year (PoTY). Our own branch PoTY, The Green Man Ale & Cider House, came a very respectable third.

Great British Beer Festival 2018

The best of real ale including craft beer, cider and perry plus wine, gin, street food, music and entertainment. From 7-11 August at Olympia in London. Note that the (entry restricted) Trade Session takes place from 12 noon to 5 pm on 7 August. Click here to go to the main festival site.

Henty Arms ACV

You have probably seen articles in the press and on Facebook about the successful appeal to have The Henty Arms Ferring listed as an asset of community value. I've delayed posting this news as it was possible up to today for Punch Partnership to go to a higher tribunal on a point of law (only).

We are delighted for the community of Ferring and surrounding areas that they have won and have therefore retained their community pub. Too many pubs are being closed and redeveloped to simply fuel speculators' greed without a care for assets of community value. We hope our success on this case persuades others from embarking on similar community asset stripping. Well done everyone who supported our campaign for real ale!

The branch would particularly like to thank Bruce Webster for all the hard work that he put into the original ACV application and the subsequent appeal defence. Arun District Council, particularly Nat Slade the head of Technical Services and Louisa Green the head of Legal Services, were very helpful and supportive. The branch is very grateful to those members who provided evidence, and to the local pubs who supplied and collected nomination forms: The Henty Arms, the Clockhouse Bar and the British Legion in East Preston, the New Inn and Steam Packet in Littlehampton, and the Georgi Fin, Green Man Ale & Cider House, and Anchored in Worthing in Worthing.

For those who enjoy reading legal documents the decision of the tribunal is here.

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Henty Arms ACV Progress

The branch submitted a request to have the Henty Arms listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). Under the terms of the legislation, registration as an asset of community value covers four aspects:

  • Removal of permitted development rights for change of use and demolition of public houses: owners seeking to change a pub's planning use class or to demolish it must allow its users (for example, a pub's regular drinkers) to comment
  • Material planning consideration: ACV status is a material consideration in a planning application and can be used by the Planning Inspectorate as a factor in refusing planning permission for change of use or demolition
  • Community right to bid: this allows an ACV to be purchased by a group representing its users or the local community
  • Compulsory purchase rights: an ACV-registered building can be compulsorily purchased by the local authority or council "if the asset is under threat of long-term loss to the community"

The request was approved by Arun District Council but Punch Partnerships disagreed with the listing and asked for a review. It was then reviewed by Arun and again approved. Punch Partnerships have appealed and the case has now gone to a tribunal . We are awaiting the decision from the tribunal.

22nd Worthing Beer Festival

The festival Facebook page is up and running and updates will be posted. Also don't forget our dedicated festival web page here. You can also follow the festival on Twitter.

The venue for 2018 is The Assembly Hall, the same as last year, the dates are 26 and 27 October.

New Members Welcome to Arun & Adur CAMRA!

To welcome to our new members we organised a coach trip for to Langham's Brewery on 24 February. As you can see from the photograph above it looks as though everyone enjoyed themselves.

Local Pub News
Sportsman, Amberley

Chris Shanahan, the longtime owner of the Sportsman, has confirmed that he has a new experienced lessee for the pub that will be re-opening on Friday 2nd March. Great news indeed !!

Black Horse, Amberley

Johnnie and Emma Kennedy are extremely excited to have started major refurbishment and look forward to transforming and reopening the pub. Emma describes the plans as follows The Black Horse will offer a traditional bar for the rural community, local residents, walkers and cyclists to enjoy local ale, lager and cider. The function hall … will become an elegant yet informal 80-seat restaurant with the original stunning fire places taking centre stage, and will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy our classic British menu. The pub will also offer a private dining room holding up to 20 people for small meetings, gatherings and celebrations. The garden room will be a new addition, which will be a cosy room with sofas and will be the ideal place for residents and customers to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or work on their laptops while looking out over the South Downs National Park. The eleven bedrooms will be individually designed, offering exceptionally comfortable double or twin beds, quirky furniture sourced from local auction houses, plus luxury bathrooms.

2018 Worthing Beer Festival

The dates for the 2018 festival have been confirmed as the 26th and 27th of October. The venue is the Assembly Hall, the same as previous years.

There will be the usual great selection of local and national beers plus ciders and perrys. This year we have chosen St Barnabas House as our festival charity. St Barnabas House provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, both within the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ homes across West Sussex.

More details will appear on our Beer Festivals page as they are finalised.

Micropub News

A new micropub, The Hornet Alehouse, is to open in Chichester hopefully on 18 April 2018. The address is The Hornet Alehouse, 23 The Hornet, Chichester, PO19 7JL. Their website is here and they are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Planning permission has been requested for a new micropub, The Dog and Duck, at 71 High Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1RZ. You can view the documents and comment on the planning application here.

Worthing Beer Festival raises over £1,000 for Guild Care's Ashdown Centre

Arun and Adur CAMRA’s Worthing Beer Festival had Guild Care as its chosen charity and raised an amazing £1,085 for its Ashdown Centre service which supports children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs.

The event, which was held on 20th and 21st October at Worthing Assembly Hall was a great success, hosting a wide selection of ale, cider and perry, food and cheeses and even had a sing-a- long with the Wurlitzer.

Peter Brereton, Chairman of Arun and Adur CAMRA said, “It has been a privilege to be associated with the Guild Care and we are delighted that we were able to raise funds to support the Ashdown Centre. Arun and Adur CAMRA are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile local cause in providing outdoor play equipment for children with disabilities. The equipment will not only support group play but provide individual development and outdoor exercise opportunities.

The money raised will go directly to Guild Care’s Ashdown Centre to purchase outdoor toys and equipment for which the benefits of outdoor play help the young people to develop team skills, confidence building and a sense of belonging and purpose.

To find out more about the Ashdown Centre, visit:

Anchored In Worthing

Congratulations to Anchored in Worthing. The first Micro-Pub in Sussex, has just added CAMRA Sussex and Surrey pub of the year to their award for Arun And Adur Branch pub of the year. Well done Nigel and Debbie. They now go into the final sixteen for National pub of the year.

Jerry Marchant 11.7.48 - 02.02.16
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jerry Marchant. Jerry died in his sleep after losing his battle against cancer. An active member of CAMRA for many years, this “really good man” will be greatly missed.