The Argus has published its article on the Camra Good Beer Guide 2016 and came to interview our very own Queen Vic who have made it into the guide for the third year running.
You can read the full article here – More than 100 Sussex pubs in Good Beer Guide
Landlords Philip Rees and Ian Wilson took over the lease on the Queen Victoria in Rottingdean in 2012 and have since featured in the guide for three consecutive years.
The pub, in High Street, offers a range of ales, three regionally sourced changing beers, and a well stocked back bar, including more than 30 gins. Food is cooked on the premises using local meat, fish and vegetables wherever possible.
Mr Reese said: “It was a rather sad and unloved pub with minimal ale sales when we took it. In the last three years with a great team of staff and suppliers, we have managed to completely turn the pub around and it is now a lively but traditional pub.
“We want to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to all those of you that brew our ales – without you all making such good ale, we wouldn’t be able to get a great pint in front of our customers and find ourselves yet again in the Good Beer Guide.
“A particular ‘thank you’ to the teams at brewers of our house ales – Harveys Sussex Best Bitter and Long Man Long Blonde as well as all the others we buy and ciders. Those two form the foundation of our success with ales.”
He also thanked customers who were “brave enough” to keep coming back for more and the Brighton and South Downs branch of CAMRA for the support.
He added: “This all compensates for the fact that we are no longer named after the longest reigning monarch now that our present Queen has beaten Queen Victoria.”
On the Queen Victoria, the guide said: “An atmospheric and welcoming pub which greets punters with jazz music and 1930s décor. Chandeliers, big tables, a real fire, a piano and a portrait of Queen Victoria add to the air of grandeur. It serves traditional homemade food and on Saturday afternoons hosts a regular live jazz and brunch event.”
Source – The Argus