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Lewes Pub landlords/ladies

On 27 Mar 2012 at 5:41pm Woody wrote:
Lewes has a great pub tradition - does anyone have any fond (or otherwise?) memories of landlords/ladies from the last 20 odd years?
I'm typing, grinning and thinking of John Saunders from The Lamb in the 90's onwards - now that was how to run an establishment!
On 27 Mar 2012 at 6:00pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Vic Newman, formerly of the Black Horse. If ever there has been a better-kept cellar in town, I've yet to hear of it. His Harveys was always excellent, often sublime.
Also notable for the wide range of reference books he kept for the crossword puzzlers.
On 27 Mar 2012 at 6:01pm Always inthe lamb! wrote:
To true he was a legend and still is!!!! He was like Adam to us all!
On 27 Mar 2012 at 6:03pm Always inthe lamb! wrote:
That should of said a dad to us all!!! John Saunders that is! Vic was great then there was dick Bennett,always happy to help in a smiley way!
On 27 Mar 2012 at 6:12pm Woody wrote:
'Bush-whacker' Saunders; he really was a sketch. 'Time' had no meaning once you'd entered the pub doors - you never knew what was going to happen. God we had some laughs.
Always in the Lamb - do you know if he's still a landlord somewhere?! I hope he's in good health...all that gin must have preserved him well if he is.
On 27 Mar 2012 at 6:23pm Woody wrote:
ACT - I remember Vic as well - the Black Horse beer was always good. A toss-up between there and The Brewers when run by the ex-copper Alan and his good wife Pam.
On 27 Mar 2012 at 7:42pm bastian wrote:
the Mays when they ran the snowy, my fist meeting was when Tim was dressed as herman munster with blocks of wood on his shoes. Tony Burns of the fruiterers arms...Marge cooked the best egg and chips in the town.
On 27 Mar 2012 at 9:13pm Woody wrote:
Yes good old Tony and Marge ran a proper backstreet pub with sandwiches, darts and cribbage.
The Snowy was never a regular haunt for me; sounds like I missed out there!
On 27 Mar 2012 at 9:18pm Alwaysinthelamb wrote:
John is roofing and is fit as a fiddle! It was the best time of my early years in the lamb!
On 27 Mar 2012 at 9:28pm KENDO CASTER wrote:
A couple of memories, the voly, , there were an old couple, i dont know the names of the people there, but they used to let the dogs sh1t every where in the pub.
And the Royal Oak when Irish Dick ran it, many a good new year party there,
He used to get so drunk he would dance the irish jig. Chris was behind the bar, Dick used to go to bed and he said, help yourself to beer, the money went into a pot on the bar, and he would say lock the door when you leave. No pubs like this anymore.
On 27 Mar 2012 at 9:42pm Woody wrote:
That is brilliant news Alwaysinthelamb; Woody is not my Lamb days name but pass on an old regular's very best wishes. Pool matches extrordinaire, snooker, scalextric, bottle walking, best tapas ever, quizzes, 'spoof', dodgy betting slips, numerous lock-ins, hiding motor-bikes, go-carting after Sunday lunch, card-schools of epic proportions, pinball wizardry, horse tipster syndicates and the 'Battle of the Gypsies'. What more could you want from your local?
On 27 Mar 2012 at 11:44pm For Goodness Sake wrote:
I was always fond of Matt Dargan at the Lewes Arms. For a young chap, he had an incredibly grown-up head on his shoulders.
Believe he now runs the Green Man at Ringmer
On 28 Mar 2012 at 8:49am pope wrote:
Kendo Caster, A pub where they let the dogs crap anywhere in the pub Yuk! If I had gone in there I am afraid the filthy Mutt would have felt my hob nail boot and I certainly would not go in there again. Cant think of a worst combo, a pint a pie and dog poo. If it was the Voly was it when Vera and her husband ran it?
On 28 Mar 2012 at 11:59am Cliffite wrote:
Tim & Sue from The Snowdrop, many many good times had there as a well behaved under-aged and adult drinker. Loving what Tony has done with the place now as well.
On 28 Mar 2012 at 2:06pm supporter wrote:
why just 20 years,I rember Jack lamper prince of wales and Norman brummel of the pewter pot.
The real good old days of Lewes
On 28 Mar 2012 at 4:51pm Woody wrote:
Indeed supporter - Jim Urry in the Lamb sold me my first pint. Must have been 1983; Carlsberg at 68p a pint.
I remember The Prince of Wales but not the landlord.
On 28 Mar 2012 at 5:58pm bastian wrote:
Andy Fitzgerald of the gardeners arms, he owne dthe evening star in Brighton at one time as well, lives in the highlands now. He always had a good selection of beers on tap.
On 28 Mar 2012 at 6:01pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I was a big Matt Dargan fan too, FGS. He was a great one for putting on bonkers events and always up for a sing song and a bit of silliness.
He and Ray, the then barman, had a tremendous line in insults. I believe they barred people for being ugly, or boring, and I once heard a customer come in with a dog, and ask "is the dog ok?" and get the reply "I don't know mate, I'm not a f***ing vet".
My other favourite was to a bloke who asked if there was anywhere they could drink outside. "Yes mate." said Matt. "Outside."
On 28 Mar 2012 at 6:19pm Alwaysinthelamb wrote:
Stormin Norman up the pewter pot with the sofa! The lamb regulars were made very welcome in the brewers !!!not! The lamb footie team conquered the Sunday league
On 28 Mar 2012 at 6:24pm Woody wrote:
Alan in The Brewers Arms used to sit on his stool behind the bar. From there he could reach the beer pumps, ashtray, optics, till and glasses and was able to serve most customers without moving from his perch. The crisps - salt and vinegar, cheese and onion and ready salted were in three different boxes under the bar. Only two were within reach. If anyone asked for ready salted - the box out of reach, he'd say -
'Sorry, we haven't got any.'
On 28 Mar 2012 at 8:22pm back bar fan wrote:
ah the days when there was a back bar at the ranbow , and martin at the pelham under harrys keen eyes , mad sunday nights with jez ,
On 28 Mar 2012 at 8:33pm Screaming J wrote:
Bastian thank you for naming checking Andy Fitz. Good bloke, used to play footy with him on Sunday mornings. First knew him in the 80s where - long before he had the Gardeners - he worked behind the Bar at the Lord Nelson in Brighton and then the Brewers in Lewes. Thought he might have gone back to Swindon, not the Highlands!
On 28 Mar 2012 at 9:02pm Woody wrote:
Andy Fitz - did he have long wispy brownish hair, a thin beard and was always smiling? If so, I remember him as an excellent barman.
On 28 Mar 2012 at 11:11pm Buggles wrote:
Andy Fitz - top bloke - think he now lives in Berwick Upon Tweed
On 29 Mar 2012 at 7:21am Guido wrote:
How about Mark and Sam who ran the volly early 90's I think.. great people.
But best of all had to be the Fruitterers.......
On 29 Mar 2012 at 11:25am Penguin wrote:
I saw Andy Fitz in Lewes a couple of days ago - unless it was Bill Bailey (although he said hello and Bill Bailey doesn't know me, so it must have been Andy!)
I am surprised nobody has mentioned John the Swan.
On 29 Mar 2012 at 4:40pm bastian wrote:
Andy still owns a house in Lewes he comes back quite often.It is the Fruiterers I remember fondly, I had a pot hung in there for years.
On 29 Mar 2012 at 5:28pm Woody wrote:
Bastian - I know Tony Burns died a few years ago, but do you know whether his son Mark is still in Lewes?
On 30 Mar 2012 at 12:46am leweslad wrote:
Whoever owns the kings head should sort their act out. The pub is dirty and the food sucks and the staff are completly incompetent.
On 30 Mar 2012 at 7:35pm bastian wrote:
yes I think he might or perhaps he visits because I have seen him around on several occasions.Tony and Marge moved out of Lewes after the fruiterers shut but I think their son stayed on.
On 4 Apr 2012 at 2:41pm Hyacinth Bouquet wrote:
I remember the Pewter Pot very fondly. norman was a nice bloke. I think he had a pub cat called 'Nimmy Noo'. she was there to catch mice. and the prince of Wales used to have a large labrador called 'Bianca' who was ery fond of crisps.
On 12 Apr 2012 at 11:23am moved away wrote:
derek and maureen in the rainbow and their son gary, had many happy times in there !

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