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On 30 Aug 2017 at 8:23pm Toper wrote:
With the likely arrival of Wetherspoons, which pubs if any do you think may face closure? My feeling is that the Royal Oak could struggle to keep trading.
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On 30 Aug 2017 at 8:39pm Lewes man wrote:
Well theres pubs in mine
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On 30 Aug 2017 at 8:42pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
I've got one thing to say to you lot bleeting on about spoons all the bloody time. Support your local....use it or lose it. Toper you are pessimistic and voyeuristic, a loathsome combination. Go to the Crown and buy a pint to rebalance your negativity.
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On 30 Aug 2017 at 9:00pm Drinker wrote:
I expect Fuego Lounge will take some pub trade too.
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On 30 Aug 2017 at 10:18pm Toper wrote:
@We'vehadourfun
Have a day off you sanctimonious tool.
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On 30 Aug 2017 at 10:59pm Toper wrote:
Ooooooooooooooooooh get you
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:37am Tin can man wrote:
All the pubs in lewes are sh*te just the usual faces of sad old men propping the bar there all close eventually lewes is dead
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 8:01am Tin can lady wrote:
It's true. Went in Lewes arms Monday. Inside were 5 blokes drooling over the barmaid and upstairs outdoor tables were completely covered in dirty plates and glasses. Had to move dirty dinner plates to sit down. Really off putting. I agree with we'vehadourfun, they will shut if not used but the pubs need to try
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:29am Observer wrote:
I've lived all over the country - Lewes is very lucky in having so many great and lively pubs.
The good ones are sure to survive. There are a few that I would be more concerned about, but they wouldn't be a great loss.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 2:22pm Occasional drinker wrote:
Kings head always seems to be empty too.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 4:59pm Herb Shark wrote:
Lewes Arms has really gone downhill lately. It is often staffed by children who don't know what a Bloody Mary is, plus a barmaid who seems to neglect to put on adequate clothing.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 5:07pm Lurker wrote:
Thanks for telling me about the Lewes Arms barmaid Herb Shark. I'll get down there tonight.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 6:51pm Local wrote:
Spoons, will affect every pub, you can try to support your local pub, but when you can get a pint and a meal for under a tenner. Where are you going to go?
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:06pm Thirsty wrote:
Think I'll pop in the Lewes arms tonight.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:16pm Sussex Drinker wrote:
Proper traditional pubs like the Brewers (Kathy may have to adjust her prices slightly) and the no-nonsense basic watering holes like the Gardeners should survive. As will the central Volunteer, and the outlying pubs. One of Wetherspoons failings is that they are not welcoming to the lone casual drinker. Everyone has to go and sit at a table, and if you do not arrive with a social group you have to sit alone.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:20pm Cider drinker wrote:
Not sure that's entirely true Sussex Drinker. There always seem to be a few lone drinkers in Wetherspoons - usually drawn by the cheap beer. Depends whether you're more interested in the alcohol or the company.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:24pm Sol wrote:
@Herb Shark unless you are of the female gender you will probaly be the first punter to prefer a overly dressed middle aged man serving you a pint rather than a young 'inadequately' dressed female! Just saying
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On 1 Sep 2017 at 10:24am Observer wrote:
I actually don't think 'spoons will affect that many pubs, if it arrives. It will probably bring out people who don't currently eat out. I can't imagine the Lewes Arms/Swan/Snowdrop crowd moving there; the Brewers/Gardeners probably more vulnerable as 'spoons do keep their beer very well. Plus they may have less sensitivity to the general god's waiting room / solo alcoholics feel of most 'spoons.
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On 1 Sep 2017 at 5:54pm MG wrote:
My observation is that over the nearly 40 years I've lived in Lewes is that pubs that serve Harveys beer survive, while those that don't, change hands very often and are most likely to close. In my time I remember the Windmill, Pewter Port/Meridian, Fruiterer's Arms, Prince of Wales, all gone, and there may be others. The Gardener's Arms and the Landsdowne had all sorts of problems before theri revamps. Post the Greed King buy-out of the former Beards pubs, the King's Head changed managers about every 6 weeks, the Black Horse had a huge turn-over, and as for the Lamb (other than when Alec ran it)....
Pubco accountants expect pubs to provide the same return on capital they would get if the value were invested elsewhere, and the effect of rising property prices over the years has forced landlords to charge prices many people cannot afford.
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On 3 Sep 2017 at 8:20am Observer wrote:
That would explain why the Pelham Arms is empty every night but the Dorset is a buzzing hive of activity.
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On 3 Sep 2017 at 11:57am @MG wrote:
If the Gardeners has had a revamp it has certainly not been noticed by anyone who has the displeasure of using their toilets
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On 31 Oct 2018 at 5:29am Chris wells wrote:
Was dart captain of the Dorset arms 1970 before moving to Australia . Threw my first dart at the wheatsheaf donít ever knock the pubs in lewes until you try the ones in Australia. Cheers


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