We wanted to save this pub
as it is a significant part of the local community, bringing people together for nearly thirty decades or so. It has always been a friendly place to have a drink and eat great food. We will do our best to ensure it continues to beat at the heart of this outstandingly beautiful corner of West Sussex.
Original Chairman of the Burpham & Warningcamp Pub Company Ltd
The pub is now Corporate Vice President of the local Cricket Club and we have put together a 'pub 11' - and we are proud to be involved with the Arundel Festival and other local festivals each year.
We asked villagers to propose charities for us to support and are pleased to be fundraising for The Chestnut Tree Hospice as our first nominated charity. An optional 50p per table is added to each bill as a donation. In our first year we raised over £2000 for Chestnut Tree House; last year our target was to raise over £5000 for four local charities - see more details on our 'Home' page.
his historic and beautiful pub was on the brink of closing, hit by a
recession that had seen 22,700 pubs call time on their operations by May 2013, sadly 675 of them in Sussex. The pub, built opposite the Saxon village church, is thought to have originally opened in 1736 and has served locals over the centuries. To see it lost would have destroyed a vital part of the local village communities of Burpham, Wepham and Warningcamp.
Three local villagers and businessmen - David King, Bill Tustin and Simon Lay
(all pub regulars) raised the funds needed to buy the freehold. Shares were offered to the wider local village communities with an amazingly supportive response and a further twelve local families becoming involved.
OUR LOOS . . .
Since refurbishment, the pub has reopened with a new look, new opening hours, free wifi, a great new menu and incredible local support - plus a new name.
Maintaining a connection with the
past is key. However the competition
is fierce and it makes total sense to include the name of the village as part of our new name for a new future.
As investors and locals we want to maintain the heritage of being a fantastic country pub, serving great British produce for locals and those visiting this stunning area.
Real ales, good wine, great food -
and a friendly welcome to everyone. We hope you will come and visit us soon and enjoy what we are doing here, together.