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The Dorset

On 30 Jan 2013 at 12:59pm FaBP2012 wrote:
Hello - we've taken over the Dorset Pub we opened on Monday and we hope you'll come in and see what we've done to the place. We're serving good home cooked food 12 - 8 and on Sundays traditional roasts with all the trimmings.
Rob & Paul
On 30 Jan 2013 at 1:15pm Dave wrote:
Any chance of a free first pint?
On 30 Jan 2013 at 1:32pm Matt Kent wrote:
Good luck Rob & Paul!
On 30 Jan 2013 at 1:52pm Old Cynic wrote:
Do you run any other establishments in town?
On 30 Jan 2013 at 2:41pm FaBP2012 wrote:
Old Cynic - no, not in Lewes but we do run a pub in Brighton called the Lectern on Lewes Road.
Dave - Well ...
On 30 Jan 2013 at 3:21pm my town wrote:
good luck will get down there at some point soon
On 30 Jan 2013 at 3:49pm Merlin Milner wrote:
Good luck hope that you have some vegan options too.
On 30 Jan 2013 at 4:20pm Old Cynic wrote:
Just looked on the Lectern website - its full of boozed up kids! Hope that isn't going to be the ethos for the Dorset?
On 30 Jan 2013 at 5:29pm tobnac wrote:
That's because it's a student pub, right next door to Brighton Uni. Always has been.
On 30 Jan 2013 at 6:44pm Streeter wrote:
Well, I popped in The Dorset earlier and it's done out just like they're expecting hoards of students to pile in any minute. Snug gone, dining area gone, loud music on and totally empty, menu prices well above the excellent Snowdrop. I think it's going to be a very empty pub like it was immediately before the last landlords.
Very good luck to FaBP2012 but I think you've got a mountain to climb before you get anyone wanting to go out of their way to get to your pub.
On 30 Jan 2013 at 8:16pm Roy Hunnisett wrote:
But isn't that where the money is?? ( Unfortunately )
On 30 Jan 2013 at 8:17pm whoops !! wrote:
But isn't that where the money is?? ( Unfortunately )
On 30 Jan 2013 at 8:59pm Streeter wrote:
Roy Hunnisett and whoops !! No, look at The Snowdrop, for the most part middle aged, middle class, money to spare and a great pub too. There are no local students living next door to The Dorset.
On 30 Jan 2013 at 9:17pm Deelite wrote:
Ah, the ever young Roy.. did you forget your online moniker then? :-)
On 30 Jan 2013 at 9:53pm whoops !! wrote:
Still all of a flutter from the previous thread, or perhaps the red stuff!!!
On 30 Jan 2013 at 10:15pm Blip wrote:
Talk of "the red stuff" made me think of our old friend Peter Byron. Where He?!
On 30 Jan 2013 at 11:45pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Lewes doesn't have much of a drinking population like it used to, the pubs are all quiet these days and certainly coaxing the younger crowd away from the Lansdown, Volly, Lamb and Elly will take some doing. That leaves competeing with food but the Dorset is bang next to the Snowy which although it's not as good as it was a year or so ago, still serves decent grub at a not unreasonable price.
On 31 Jan 2013 at 9:18am matilda wrote:
Do you guys have nothing better to do. I really wish the new landlords luck. Starting a business at any time is risky and obviously these guys feel that the residents of Lewes are worth the risk. I have had a quick look and the pub looks a nice cosy place to have an evening out with good food at a fair price
On 31 Jan 2013 at 10:03am Cliffe Hanger wrote:
Spot on Matilda. Too many people whinge about the wrong kind of shop, or the wrong kind of pub coming to Lewes. If you are not happy with the retail outlets in our fine town, then why not get off your collective a*se and do something about it? Anyone entering into business in the current economic climate is taking a risk, and deserves support IMO.
On 31 Jan 2013 at 12:03pm old cynic wrote:
I was asking what the pubs ethos was going to be - if its aimed at boozed up kids I will avoid it - if it is aimed at grown ups I might pop in. I wish them well but if they are aiming at a youth market there are other places to go
On 31 Jan 2013 at 12:40pm Horseman7 wrote:
From one business owner to another - Rob and Paul, the best of luck in your new venture. Providing you'd be happy to serve me a properly made pot of tea, I'll pop in and see you soon.
On 1 Feb 2013 at 8:26am FaBP2012 wrote:
@horseman7 - we'll happily serve you a proper cup of tea - looking forward to seeing you!
@oldcynic - Our other pub is a student pub but that's not who the Dorset is aimed at, we want everyone to feel welcome at the Dorset.
On 1 Feb 2013 at 11:47am Old Cynic wrote:
That's good to know and Ill pop in and have a gander......
On 4 Feb 2013 at 12:31pm king cnut wrote:
Please tell me you've thrown out the previous landlord's 6 cd collection, the unused fruit machines and done something about the disinfectant smell from the loos.
If so I'll be back!
Best of luck anyway!!
On 4 Feb 2013 at 2:24pm Horseman7 wrote:
I'll pop in after walking tomorrow (Tuesday). I may be a little muddy but will happily remove my boots. Kettle ahoy for my tea please gentlemen. PS. The seventh man of horse is in fact female.
On 5 Feb 2013 at 10:39am Realist wrote:
I returned to The Dorset last week - great improvement! It is now a good honest pub, not part empty restaurant, and mercifully without the vast crew of underemployed young staff, wandering about chatting to each other. I have yet to sample the food, but look forward to trying. Dog friendly now, as well, and I understand that they may also eventually allow the odd well behaved child in - as long as it is securely boxed!
On 5 Feb 2013 at 4:37pm Horseman7 wrote:
I went in there this afternoon and enjoyed an excellent pot of tea, with proper milk, served on a tray by a very pleasant member of staff. I thought £1.75 for 3.5 big cups was very reasonable. Everywhere looked lovely and clean. The music wasn't really to my taste but I stopped noticing it after a few minutes.
On 6 Feb 2013 at 10:48am Dave wrote:
I was in there last night and the improvements are great, Once people latch on

There's bags of space and comfy sofas and they've got rid of the pokey bar that always looked a bit like a store room. All it needs now is a pool table
I'm sure it will do well but why not put on some sort of 'free first pint' offer to get people to check it out?
On 6 Feb 2013 at 11:50am Old Cynic wrote:
Ive been in too - great improvement - nice decor (they have finally got the lighting right), feels like a proper pub again!

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