On 3 Sep 2012 at 5:30pm Not My Real Name wrote:
We're blessed with some great looking pubs in Lewes but I'd like to say 'well done' to the Black Horse Inn, drove past today and it really is a fantastic riot of colour - looks amazing. And no, I don't work there (or water their hanging baskets).
Is it any good now? Might give it a try.
On 3 Sep 2012 at 5:46pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Fairly good as a pub; but a bit pricey on food. Nice outdoor area out the back, but you cannot sit out the front in the sunshine now.
On 3 Sep 2012 at 9:34pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The flowers are really splendid. It's good to see - Vic Newman always made a great effort with the baskets etc when he had the pub, but after he retired, it looked a bit drab.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 5:47am Townie wrote:
Black horse looks superb. A big thumbs up go to the baskets outside the Tally ho too.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 9:02am Wurzle wrote:
I went in a couple of weeks ago. I found it a bit chain like. Could have been anywhere. No Lewes personality that a refurbed pub needs as far as I'm concerned. Doubt I'll bother going back.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 9:35am GhostBike wrote:
Flowers, beer selection - superb
Not so keen on the excessively bright lights and having the staff in shirts and ties. Makes it feel like a Travelodge.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 11:30am Not My Real Name wrote:
... or a Wetherspoons?!
Interesting, will call in for a pint anyway. I'm not keen on brightly lit pubs either; the Lewes Arms for example.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 12:30pm boots wrote:
I tried the black house after the reopen but found i didn't really like it, to gleaming and not much atmosphere.
maybe in a few years when it has its own character i'll try again.
On 4 Sep 2012 at 12:38pm Mr Forks wrote:
I tried the Black Horse and was massively dissapointed I like my pubs all 'traditional' with sh@t on the floor, fixtures ripped out, outside toilets, ladies welcome outside only and horsebrasses everywhere plus men offering me car stereos and a joint of meat. The Black Horse had none of this, damn them!
On 4 Sep 2012 at 7:18pm Ducatipete wrote:
When smoking was ok the newness went in 6 months. But things are better now (non smoker)
On 5 Sep 2012 at 8:49am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The interior design bods haven't caught on to the aesthetic impacts of the smoking ban imo. They need to use colours that look grubby already, so pubs look "worn in" even when new. Brilliant white everywhere is not conducive to a relaxing drink.
Of course, to get the full nicotine effect you'd need to use a yellow ochre and then do something to make it slightly streaky, to mimic the look you get when condensation pours down tobacco-stained walls. Then you'd have to put some kind of lacquer over the top to give it the required patina - the LA ceiling was positively glossy, despite having been painted with emulsion - and get a plug in air freshener that pumped out a mixture of pipe, cigar and cigarette smoke aromas.
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if this happened in a few years time - they've done practically every other fake nostalgia thing to pubs over the years. Those glass warming cabinets that held the pies and pasties that were the only available pub grub could become quite collectable.
On 6 Sep 2012 at 10:05am Not My Real Name wrote:
If there's one pub that needs authentic cigarette smoke pumped in, it's the JHT. It just honks of Dettol.