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The Snowdrop

On 22 Sep 2018 at 3:14pm Rory wrote:
Despite numerous people purporting that the Snowdrop has closed, this is NOT the case.
The Snowdrop has been running reduced hours since 30th July. These are;
Monday to Friday
5pm to 11pm
12pm to 11pm
12pm to 6pm
I was told this forum is a good place to put this up as the people on here are a good source of information.
Please feel free to come down and visit us.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 4:56pm Local wrote:
Seems bizarre to miss out on a lucrative lunchtime trade if you are there anyway?
On 22 Sep 2018 at 5:36pm Eater wrote:
Have you been in there lately Local? If you want some lunchtime trade you generally need to provide some edible food. Sad to see how far itís fallen.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 8:03pm Sid wrote:
Utterly tragic what's happened there. Best to worst in 6 months.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 9:12pm Rory wrote:
Eater; have you been here lately? In the last 3 weeks have yet to encounter someone who has been unhappy with the food. Before that the was a period in which things were not good, but that was before my time. If you have any constructive criticism plead drop by and am happy to hear it!
Same for you Sid, am there most days!
Local; been talking with the owners as to why, the is a combination of factors as to why we are no longer open for lunch during the week.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 10:10pm Eater wrote:
After months of appalling service and poor food Iím afraid that itíll take more than three weeks with no complaints to persuade me to come back. If youíve taken over the management of the pub then I wish you all the best but youíll have a lot of work to do to rebuild any sort of reputation. The reason why the hours have been shortened is because most of the customers have given up and moved on. I hope that Dom and Tony manage to sell up and somebody can come in and get the place back on itís feet.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 10:16pm Rory wrote:
A drop in custom is likely to have played a part but it was not the only factor.
It is a shame your set on your position, perhaps in the future you may try us again and regale me with how the Snowdrop once was and what needs to be done to return us to that standard you remember fondly?
Alas I never saw the Snowdrop in its "prime" so can only ask those who remember it then for their experiences to have a goal to work towards.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 10:37pm Eater wrote:
It depends which ďprimeĒ you want to talk about. This is Lewes so when you talk about prime it could be anywhere between 1950 and last Wednesday, depending on who you ask. Iím sure you know this business much better than me but my guess is that youíll have to get a reputation for exceptionally good food if you want to get back on track.
On 22 Sep 2018 at 10:42pm Rory wrote:
Thank you for your input, well all I can say is I hope to one day help The Snowdrop be a place you look forward to visiting once more.
Thank you for your responses
On 22 Sep 2018 at 11:41pm Castle Gate wrote:
I'm very new to this town, only eight years full time and no family here, but occasionally call in at The Snowdrop. A very recent conversation with a person working there has convinced me that the "wind of change is blowing" through the end of South Street. Concerns are apparently bring acted upon. Time will be the judge.
On 23 Sep 2018 at 12:19am Lester wrote:
Bring back Tim and Sue
On 23 Sep 2018 at 6:27am ThomasJeromeNewton wrote:
Rory. Fair play for engaging like this.
Itís has been a rough few months at snowdrop, no question but it does feel as if the worst is over. Hope thatís true
The menu is still limited compared to previous years but quality is definitely up compared to ďthe frozen pizzaĒ weeks
Genuinely hope everything settles down - if someone like Rory cares enough to engage like this and sticks around, that can only help
On 23 Sep 2018 at 7:38am Red Herring wrote:
Good luck Rory. I'm a long-term Lewes resident and have seen the ups and downs. Most memorable is the time just before Dom & Tony arrived - the pace was completely on its back. A year after that it was packed and flourishing. Just keep the beer prices down to local levels (a regular complaint about the past), introduce a more limited menu of less complicated food (another concern - you couldn't just get a bowl of chips with your pint) and this time next year you'll be back on your feet. Best of luck.
On 23 Sep 2018 at 8:12am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I agree about simplifying the menu. For most people who want a pub meal, a few "standard" choices, done well, and a couple of specials is more than sufficient. Mind you, we had a lovely meal at Tony and Dom's other pub in Laughton last weekend.
Keep the beer in tip-top condition, prices reasonable and make sure the service is good and that's most things covered, I think.
On 23 Sep 2018 at 9:25am rumourmonger wrote:
Is the any truth to the rumour that the reduced hours are to make the place only viable to sell for accommodation. In essence killing a viable pub off for a more profitable non-commercial sale?
On 23 Sep 2018 at 4:11pm Toe knee wrote:
Its an ok pub if you want to pay 8 quid a pint, otherwise don't bother.
On 23 Sep 2018 at 7:36pm Rose tinted wrote:
The best years of the Snowdrop were the early nineties when there was still a hole in the floor upstairs and so long as you behaved yourself they turned a completely blind eye to under age drinking and drug use. The good old days eh?
On 23 Sep 2018 at 10:38pm Rory wrote:
Rumormonger your name suits; the reduced hours are nothing to do with that. It is being sold as a business. Hours reduced due to extra competition from town reducing custom as we are put of the way and a national chef shortage. The are some more factors as well like parking etc.
Toe knee - would love to know which pint is £8, especially as I have been programming the tills and not encountered it recently. All I can think is pricing error. Fruli I think is the most expensive, but is pricey even in the north where I hail from.
On 24 Sep 2018 at 6:58am MisterD wrote:
"the people on here are a good source of information.". Seriously?
On 24 Sep 2018 at 6:46pm Oh dear wrote:
Iím afraid youíre being misled Rory. If anything there has been a reduction in competition as two restaurants and a pub have closed. Unless somebody has moved the pub, being out of the way and parking issues havenít changed for years so it canít be that. I accept that you might have a problem attracting a chef but the reason why you have less customers is entirely down to poor management.
On 4 Oct 2018 at 11:17pm Customer wrote:
@Rory Went into the Snowdrop tonight at 10.25 and was served (just about a) pint of ale. Went to the bar the bar 15 minutes later and was told that the tills were closed and that they'd called time before I arrived. Personally this stinks - why not inform me that they were closing early and why such a surly attitude? Lesson learnt - go somewhere else.

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