Well, this was good.

The Cricketers in Worthing’s Broadwater suburb, which sounds very edgy but turns out to be as edgy as Petts Green or Heaton Chapel.

On the 25 minute stretch from the Brewhouse & Kitchen I pass prep schools, a cemetery, a Domino’s, and have to waiting about 4 hours for trains to cross those interminable Worthing rail crossings that don’t have footbridges.

Some pleasant greenery and desirable housing, and a rare absence of micropub.

I’m grateful to Robert Luff for his excellent summary of the history of Broadwater (here), including the fact that Worthing used to be a small suburb of Broadwater.

The Cricketers looks like a landmark pub, with its own Parade and bus stop.

I enter to the sound of Beyonce urging “Put a ring on it“, but I always colour the whole town in the GBG, not just ring it.

There’s a real early evening buzz about the place, and I almost forget that five (5) handpumps is four too many.

Lovely layout, hard to choose wear to sit to get the best view of The Pub Experience.

So I pick the seat by the fire where I can hear the Old Boys at the bar doing their crossword and mouth the answers, except I don’t know them.

My Old Man is tasty and warming, the smell of the fire probably adds 0.5 to my original NBSS 3.5, and a charming landlady copes womanfully with the absence of the requested Courvoisier.

Not requested by me, I hasten to add; I’ve never had Courvoisier, thought he was an impressionist.

12 thoughts on “OLD MAN

  1. Those South-East Old Ales are one of my favourite beer styles. A pity you never see them in the free trade up here.

    Simon Everitt thought Heaton Chapel was edgy 😮

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      1. Oh dear, sad, bitter old rocker doesn’t like free speech.

        Anyway, it seems that he’s cut off his nose to spite his face and his content has been removed from Spotify.


      2. Rogan has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most consumed media products on the planet”. His podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, is Spotify’s most popular. In 2020, Rogan signed a $100m deal that gave the streaming giant exclusive rights to his show.

        But this week, Young posted an open letter to his manager and record label that was later taken down in which he said: “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, [The Joe Rogan Experience], which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

        The musician added: “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform … They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

        He knew what would happen.


  2. The interior, especially around the bar, reminds me a bit of of the Unicorn in Manchester.

    This is me drinking a pint of Old Man in the Bakers Vaults on Stockport marketplace in 2018.

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