Especially for our American readers, this is Trump-inspired global warming in Sussex.  20 degrees Centigrade and still February, gentlefolk in short sleeves, tickers in meltdown..

New walkway

It didn’t last long, but our early summer brought folk to the coast, staring aimlessly at the sea, debating that cup of tea and a scone, popping in Boots for sunscreen…


I can never tell Shoreham-on-Sea apart from Littlehampton or Seaford, but I think Shoreham is posher due to boats.

Future micros (all of them)

Though the Prince doll has me a bit confused.

No idea about the other two

Some really good pubs here lately, though I must have walked past the Marlipin without noticing its unusual beauty.

Odd name, Proper Pub

11.30am and already half a dozen hardened drinkers, all over  60. And a dozen dogs, all keen to lick me or each other.  London overspill at its best/worst.

None of them join me on the Harvey’s (NBSS 3), sticking to dry white and lager (not the same glass).

Key bants;

“I have the authenticated signature of Oliver Cromwell””

“It is from that famous beauty spot of Malham Village”

Bit pointless without context, but somehow beautiful. A very rare unspoilt Sussex High Street local.

Decent enough

Shoreham combines cream tea and panini tourism with hard drinking, a rare feat.

Proper windows
Church + church ruin

I crossed the new walkbridge to the sea, where I actually saw a bare-chested bloke.  In February.


On the shingle, a pashmina, possibly Pauline’s, was rested on the branch Or perhaps even the branches have pashminas here.




  1. It’s interesting to me that though I’d imagine pub names are generally very “English sounding,” there is this tradition of pub names like ‘The Marlipin’ and ‘The Posada’ that sound a bit more exotic. I suppose over time you have found that there are actually a huge variety of pub names out there, many that defy easy categorization.


    1. Mark,
      The Spanish ‘Posada’ might be a bit more exotic than the English ‘Tavern’ – not that there’s much need for exoticism in Wolverhampton or Newcastle – but I always though Marlipins was a proper English word for a board game similar to nine men’s morris and it’s use here was equivalent to all those Chequers pubs across in Kent

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  2. I reckon that I’ve been in The Marlipins – about 10 – 15 years ago (and yes it does have an ‘s’ at the end…before your resident pedant spots it!). I was a franchisee of a company whose head office was in Shoreham and we had get-togethers every 6 months or so and it’s a name that, once heard, you can’t forget it.

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  3. That nice old United Ales window is probably from the Portsmouth and Brighton United Breweries of Southsea that was formed in 1928 and taken over with 270 pubs by Brickwoods in 1953

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  4. You should get VisitEngland to sponsor you. After all, you manage to present Shoreham as such an attractive place to visit. To the rest of us, it is best known for its incinerator.


    1. But you strike me as the sensible sort of woman who’d call them a scarf.
      Which is really what they are.

      You see,this is what giving up drink for seven weeks does to a man.Reduced to giving a toss about a scarf.


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