On 3 Feb 2018 at 3:27pm Pavement Artist wrote:
The Kings Head pub was open at lunchtime today with a board offering food 12-3pm. It's been closed all week for "cellar restorations". Before that it had reduced its hours. This pub seems to have very few customers these days, even if it is a bonfire boy HQ. Does anyone know what's going on? At the moment it looks like a slow slide into extinction and its the only watering hole between The Swan (often crowded) and the town centre.
On 3 Feb 2018 at 3:57pm P*ss Artist wrote:
Seems alright to me
On 3 Feb 2018 at 6:06pm Inthegutter wrote:
The lighting needs changing at the very least. Harsh cold LED lights do not make a welcoming atmosphere
On 3 Feb 2018 at 7:34pm Local drinker wrote:
Have no idea how it keeps going. Never more than 5 or six people in the evening and sometimes no one at lunch time. How do they pay the rent or does the landlord own it? Anyone know??
On 4 Feb 2018 at 12:00am Bathams Boy wrote:
Completely agree with the bright lightning, itís absolutely appalling.
Lighting in a pub is almost as important as the beer, if you get it right, youíre most of the way to a good ambiance. Another shocker is the bloody telly!
Itís a real shame, it could and should be a cracking pub, it would be a shame if it closed.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 7:55am Jennifer wrote:
There's a company I know who'd love to convert it into five flats suitable for young professional commuters or weekenders looking for a getaway. Let's face it, pub so-called culture is a waste of space in a modern well-connected little town like Lewes. The Crown? Shut for good. The Lamb? Can't turn a profit. North Street? Gated high-value community on the way (all agree the existing plans for other types of construction are broken, and flood protection money has now been made available through friendly contacts). The Royal Oak is conveniently placed for everything: no parking needed because the railway station is so close. Sell in no time at all to hard-working professionals desperate to move out of London. Really worthwhile project to undertake. Planning permission for change of use won't be refused.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 1:08pm Mario wrote:
Crikey, we are an unsociable and introverted lot that we refuse to go to pubs or social clubs anymore.
What do people do - just flop in front of the TV in the evenings.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 1:23pm Boozer wrote:
We stopped going because we were fed up with bumping into extravert 'sociable' bores like you Mario.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 4:45pm Jude wrote:
No @mario they p1ss off to fuego. Hip and happening place. If you don't like taking children to a pub this place is the next best thing. Plus they can stay there till very late run around like hooligans. Packed like cattle at a market and reminisce the times of a descent breakfast at leportes but hay this is progress.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 5:09pm dictionary corner wrote:
Do you go down to a descent breakfast ?
On 5 Feb 2018 at 9:55am Andreas wrote:
I agree about the brekky. Lewes needs somewhere independent where they do a really good fry up.
On 5 Feb 2018 at 11:31am Theresa's Philip wrote:
Worst pub in town - yet it could be great; the garden is stunning but ruined by a `"shed" blocking the superb view. Really badly run - decor forbidding, poor choice of beers.
Amazing how some people just can't get it right - it isn't rocket science. Doesn't deserve to stay open.
On 5 Feb 2018 at 4:58pm Beheaded wrote:
As of this afternoon, seems to be shut, pending new management.
On 5 Feb 2018 at 7:19pm Sussex Drinker wrote:
My two favourite pubs in Lewes are the Brewers and the Gardeners. Like chalk and cheese; but both good. Of course, they are both independent free houses, not part of a chain.
On 6 Feb 2018 at 5:18pm Custard wrote:
Spoke to landlord today as its closed again. The couple are holding it on behalf of a company who acquired the lease a few years back however that company is in financial constraint and the couple have recently had little control in the pubs future. It now looks like it's resolved with the company returning the lease and a new lease offered to the couple by the brewery. However it's is unknown how long this process will take especially as the 5 letting rooms upstairs need rebuilding before a new lease can be issued. Cellar works, change in lights and a change in decor/layout planned after lease granted.
It's a shame as regulars for a year or so we have had some great nights. It is a pub that gets people at different times from other pubs - walkers off the downs Saturday - good football crowd match days Lewes and Brighton - wedding receptions from refurbished Southover grange. Some may know, some won't care, it's been visited by rag n bone man twice last year!!
The couple have hooked up with an experienced chef so it should be a good team when it reopens. I only hope it's not a long drawn out process for them.
On 7 Feb 2018 at 8:51pm Customs wrote:
You must be joking?!?
The Manager has no clue, his partner has left him and all I now see is him and his drug dealing young friend getting pissed in all the other pubs. What they did to that place is a disgrace to our local.
Hope they never return
On 7 Feb 2018 at 11:52pm Local drinker wrote:
Customs and Custard. . One of you may be right and the other wrong. Interesting to see which is the real answer to what's happened to the Kings Head.
On 9 Feb 2018 at 3:19pm just say no wrote:
I'm wondering custom how do you know his young friend is a drug dealer? Have you been using his services?