“WARNING: This is a Proper Pub”

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Well, we’ll be the judge of that, won’t we ?

First stop in Sussex (West) is that intriguing breed, the community-owned pub.

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Balcombe’s Half Moon could be one of those all-out gastros that guarantee gentkefolk a supply of £7.95 sandwiches, or one of the drinking clubs where middle-class pashmina wearers block the bar and the front door to keep strangers out on Sunday afternoon (somewhere near Cheltenham springs to mind).

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Solid looking

Pleasingly, it covers both camps, showing the poshos to the restaurant at the door and keeping some sense of a boozer in the main bar.

Mind, it’s not Staines. Here boozing means those goldfish bowls, not pints. And you’ll know from the furniture you’ve left Bootle behind.

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A mix of seating
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A civilised boozer

The Guvnor was welcoming and chatty, arguing about the pronunciation of Carabao.

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Trustworthy selection

An enjoyable Harvey’s (NBSS 3), albeit a bit sweet and chilled, and better than I find it in the many GBG gastropubs round the M23.

It soon warmed up as temperatures pushed towards 20 degrees outside, where all the action was. My table wobbled a bit, though not as badly as in the Scottish Stores.

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Harvey’s improves by a 0.25 by leaving pub

Children ran around with giant twigs, Helly Hansen ladies compared house extensions, and the banter improved as a gigantic bee landed in the artisan gin, prompting a rush indoors.

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“OMG a gigantic bee”

If you think I hated it, you’d be wrong. It felt an entirely suitable pub for the residents of Balcombe, and a group of pretend walkers with their pre-creased OS maps in plastic pouches.

They’d come to admire the views to the Weald, and some half-timbered loveliness.

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Future micro

And to get their Ugg boots cleaned.

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18 thoughts on ““WARNING: This is a Proper Pub”

  1. I think this is a point all too often forgotten: “It felt an entirely suitable pub for the residents of…” Just because it isn’t our type of pub doesn’t mean it doesn’t serve the purpose. Great line.

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  2. Always seems to be a danger with community owned pubs that they are run for the benefit of the locals only. Often seem far from my definition of a community pub. I can think of a community owned pub on my old stamping grounds where locals blocked ‘their’ bar and where they were always served first.

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      1. What, even when you’re nowhere near one of the pubs?

        Are they doing a doorstep campaign?

        How much do they get paid?

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      2. Etu,
        Yes, Tim did a doorstep campaign with a 48 page version of his ‘Wetherspoon News’ delivered to every house five weeks ago.

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