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Champion Beer of Britain

The Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is the ultimate honour for UK brewers and has helped put many into the national spotlight. It is awarded every year at the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival. Judging for the competition takes around a year, starting with individual nominations from CAMRA members and local and regional competitions.

If you are a member please vote at cbob.camra.org.uk/vote-now. Voting closed on 1 November.

Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers

'Lubrication in Moderation': On the trail of Ye Ancient Order of Frothblowers in West Sussex. Talk by Dr David Muggleton on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 19:00. Tickets: £8.00 (non-refundable) - book in advance by contacting the West Sussex Record Office record.office@westsussex.gov.uk or telephone 01243 753602.

Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers (AOFB) was founded in 1924 as a way of raising funds for deprived and invalid children. Within four years an astounding £100,000 had been secured through membership subscriptions, branded merchandise and from fines levied at convivial meetings where beer was consumed in jovial accordance with the rites, rituals and regalia of a spoof Fraternity Organisation or Masonic Lodge. Yet just seven years later the order was wound up following the deaths of the two men - Mr Bert Temple and Sir Alfred Fripp - responsible for its inception.

This talk examines the presence of the AOFB in West Sussex, arguing that beer drinking during this period was a powerful beacon of national identity, evoking notions of British liberty and the rights of the middle-ranking freeborn Englishman.

Dr David Muggleton is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Sport at the University of Chichester. His research interests lie in the social history of sport and leisure. He has authored a number of local history books on beer and public houses including Brewing in West Sussex, Chichester pubs and Bognor Regis pubs, all published by Amberley of Stroud. He is a member of the West Sussex Archives Society, the British Association for Local History and the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Branch Pub of the Year 2019

Congratulations to our Sussex Pub of the Year, the Hornet Alehouse in Chichester, which has beaten the competition to be declared the Sussex Pub of the Year!

Our branch Pub of the Year for 2019 is The Green Man Ale & Cider House, Tarring. The results were very close, and so we have given a Highly Commended award to The Steam Packet, Littlehampton. The Green Man was also chosen as our Cider Pub of the year.

Here's a photograph of Les and Colin our Pubs Officer with the certificates

The presentation to The Steam Packet was made on Saturday 9th March with branch and Western Sussex members in attendance.

Here's a photograph of the owners and Colin our Pubs Officer presenting the certificates

We've also made the draw for the prizes for those surveying the pubs and the winners have been notified.

Pub and Brewery News

The Fox and Finch the new micropub in the Tarring/Salvington area of Worthing at 8-10 Littlehampton Road opened on 19 July.

A new micropub, The Lantern in Pulborough has opened. Details of opening hours are in WhatPub.

Planning permission for changes to the the Beechwood Hall Hotel has now been granted and we hope that the new owners (Brewhouse and Kitchen) are now able to press on with redevelopment work.

Well out of our area but Mordue Brewery (the winners of the bronze award in the Champion Beer of Britain) went into administration in June. The brewery had put been up for sale, but failed to attract a buyer

Sussex Pub of the Year 2019

The other Sussex Branches have now selected their Pubs (and Cider Pubs) of the Year for 2019. As you will know our Branch Pub (and Cider Pub) of the Year is The Green Man Ale & Cider House, Tarring. Here are the pubs (PotY) and cider pubs (CPotY) that the other branches have chosen:

  • Western Sussex - Hornet, Chichester (PotY)
  • Brighton & SD - Brighton Bierhaus, Brighton (PotY) - Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham (CPotY)
  • North East Sussex - Kings Head, East Hoathly (PotY and CPotY)
  • South East Sussex - Tower, St Leonards (PotY) - George, Hailsham (CPotY) - Albatross Club, Bexhill (CotY)
  • North Sussex - White Horse, Maplehurst (PotY) - Brewery Shades, Crawley (CPotY)
  • PotY = Pub of the Year, CPotY = Cider Pub of the Year, CotY = Club of the Year

The next stage in the process is to chose a PotY and CPotY to represent Sussex at the regional level. To do this you, the branch members, need to score the above pubs using the same method as you did for our branch PotY. You don't have to score every pub, we just need to make sure that at least every pub is score by at least one person (although the more scorers the better the score represents the views of our branch). If we don't do this then The Green Man Ale and Cider House will not be eligible to be selected for Sussex, which will be a great shame. Scoring needs to be complete and the results back to the branch by 17 May at the latest.

Some of the pubs are difficult to reach by public transport and so the branch will be organising a minibus trip to three of them (Kings Head, East Hoathly, George, Hailsham, White Horse, Maplehurst). This trip will take place on 11 May starting at 12:00 from The Green Man Ale and Cider House, Tarring. The cost of the minibus will be paid for out of the branch campaigning funds. If you would like a seat on the minibus then please contact Nigel (social@aaa.camra.org.uk). As the number of seats are limited limited it will be first come, first served.

You can download the scoring sheets here, in Excel and PDF format.

Pub News

Brewhouse & Kitchen are to reopen the Beechwood Hall Hotel (Wykeham Road, Worthing, BN11 4JD) - no firm date yet but sometime in 2019.

Another planning application has been raised for a new micropub The Fox and Finch in the Tarring/Salvington area of Worthing at 8-10 Littlehampton Road (very close to the Thomas A Becket pub).

Beer No Evil - a craft beer shop and taproom at 82 Brighton Road is now open from 2pm to 9pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.

The Old Bike Store at 65 Brighton Road is now open. Hours are 16:00 to 22:30 Tuesday to Thursday, 14:00 to 22:30 Friday, 12:00 to 23:00 Saturday, and 12:00 to 18:00 Sunday.

The Foghorn a new micropub in Portslade is now open at 55 Boundary Road, Hove, BN3 4EF.

Well out of our branch area but a new micropub, Twelve Hundred Postcards, has opened in 80 Queens Road, Hastings.

A planning application has been raised for another new micropub in Worthing. This time on 114 Montague Street, the former Morans Butcher shop.

A map of the Sussex micropubs can be found here.

Beer Festival 2018

We ask the people who come to the Worthing beer festival to nominate their favourite beer and cider. We are pleased to announce that the beer of the festival was Tiramisu Stout produced by Sussex Small Batch and the cider of the festival was Rhubarb Rendezvous produced by South Downs Cider. Here's a photo of Jim Brown with his certificate for Beer of the Festival presented at the South Farm Road Christmas Market and Winter Food Fest. and here's a photo of Giles Reid being presented with his certificate for Cider of the Festival by Nigel of Anchored in Worthing

People leaving the festival can donate their unused beer tokens to the festival charity. This year these amounted to £658 - which will be going to St Barnabas House. Our great thanks go to all who donated their tokens.

Regional Pub and Club of the Year

Pub of the Year – Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, the White Horse, Maplehurst was runner-up.

Club of the Year – United Services Club, Egham, the Albatross RAFA Club, Bexhill was runner-up.

Congratulations to both winners.

Country Pub News

Black Horse, Amberley reopened on 2nd December after major refurbishment and several years of closure. Bar manager Johnny Robinson is keen to welcome drinkers with initially three cask ales - Langham Hip Hop will be the house beer branded as Amberley Bitter, also one or two beers from Arundel, possibly Black Stallion or Castle and Young’s Bitter

White Horse, Sutton reopened on 1st. December again after extensive refurbishment throughout and several years of closure. The pub is locally owned and will welcome drinkers, locals and walkers alike as well as diners and as well having ensuite rooms. Bar Manager Billy Lewis-Bowker was previously at the well known Fisherman’s Joy, Siddlesham

Along and beyond the A24

Red Lion, Ashington has as a guest Purity Goose. Selsey Arms, Coolham has dispensed with Doom Bar and now has Purity Goose, Harvey’s Best and one from Longman all sourced in Pins. White Hart, Stopham: it might appear that their third hand pump has been used during the summer for cider but at present they are having a guest beer from Langham. Rising Sun, Nutbourne on a recent visit only had on Fullers London Pride and Goldmark Liquid Gold. White Horse, Mare Hill, Pulborough is a Fullers house that has rarely seen any of their interesting seasonal beers, so we were pleasantly surprised to find Red Fox rather than Dark Star Hophead that is now widely available in the brewers pubs. Queens Head, West Chiltington currently has on alongside Harvey’s Best, guests Skinners Betty Stogs and one from Robinson’s. White Lion Thakeham a dark beer, recently Daleside Winters Stay, can generally be found with.

Champion Beers of Britain 2018
  • Overall winners: Gold - Siren Craft's Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, Silver - Green Jack's Ripper, Bronze - Mordue's Workie Ticket
  • Mild: Gold - Greene King's XX Mild, Silver - Rhymney's Dark, Bronze - East London Brewery's Orchid
  • Bitter: Gold - Orkney's Red MacGregor, Silver - Mighty Oak's Captain Bob, Joint Bronze - Bank Top's Flat Cap and Acorn's Barnsley Bitter
  • Best Bitter: Gold - Mordue's Workie Ticket, Silver - Bishop Nick's 1555, Joint Bronze - St Austell's Tribute and Salopian's Darwin's Origin
  • Golden Ale: Gold - Salopian's Oracle, Silver - Salopian's Hop Twister, Joint Bronze - Abbeydale's Moonshine and Windsor + Eaton's Knight of the Garter
  • Strong Bitter: Gold - Dark Star's Revelation, Silver - Bay's Devon Dumpling, Bronze - Kinver's Half Centurion
  • Speciality: Gold - Colchester's Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Porter, Silver - Cromarty's Red Rocker, Bronze - Derventio's Cleopatra
  • Porter: Gold - Red Cat's Mr M's Porter
  • Stout: Gold - Siren Craft's Broken Dream Breakfast Stout
  • Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales: Gold - Green Jack's Ripper
  • Old Ales & Strong Milds: Gold - Tintagel's Excalibur
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.

Branch eMails

If you are an Arun & Adur branch member but don't receive emails from us then it is possible that we have an incorrect email address recorded for you. You can check this by logging in to the members site at members.camra.org.uk and then clicking on Edit your membership information. If you are having any problems with this then please email us at info@aaa.camra.org.uk and include your membership number.

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 map of the Sussex micropubs and showing the nearest railway stations can be found here.

The planning application for a new micropub at 65 Brighton Road, this was formerly The Bike Store next to The Cow And Oak (previously the Royal Oak) has been approved.

A planning application has been raised for another new micropub in Worthing. This time on 114 Montague Street, the former Morans Butcher shop.

The Southwick Beer Engine at 2 Southwick Square, Southwick, BN42 4FJ opened on 6 July. The micropub (although they don't consider themselves as a true micro pub due to the size of the premises) serves locally sourced beer and spirits from within a 30-mile area. Opening hours are: closed Monday, Tuesday to Thursday 12 to 22:00, Friday and Saturday 12 to 23:00, Sunday 12 to 20:00.

The Hornet Alehouse in Chichester opened on April 18 at 12 noon. The regular opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon - 9.30 pm, Sunday 5 pm to 9.30 pm, Closed on Mondays.

The Dog and Duck, the new micropub in Bognor opened on 1st June. The regular opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 to 14:30 and 16:30 to 21:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 21:30, Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Ashdown Centre
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: www.guildcare.org

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.