The Good Beer Guide 2016 has been published and we have made it into the Guide for the third year running … In fact that makes it 3 out of 3 as we have only been here 3 years.
Ian and I took on the lease of the Queen Vic in 2012 – it was a rather sad and unloved pub with minimal ale sales. 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 that sells a great selection of ales and also has an extremely well stocked back bar including over 30 gins! And, we also have a growing reputation for our food which is all freesh cooked on the premises using local meat, fish and vegetables wherever possible.
So … an enormous thankyou 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 Goood Beer Guide.
A particular thankyou to the brewers of our “house ales” – Harveys Sussex Best Bitter (Miles, Edward, Simon and all the team there) and Long Man Long Blonde (Steve, Jamie and all the team there). Those two ales form the foundation of our success with ales.
But also a massive thankyou to all the other brewers whose ale we buy and who these days are far too numerous to name. Some of our more frequent and popular visitors include ales from: Adnams, Caledonian, St Austell, Goddards and Jennings … Not forgetting the cider makers either, particularly our friends at Lilleys Cider.
Last, but decidedly not least – our customers who drink the ale and seem to be brave enough to keep coming back for more. We should perhaps single out Camra and our local Brighton & South Downs Branch from whom we get such great support throughout the year.
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!
Thankyou one and all …
Philip & Ian
Philip Rees & Ian Wilson
54 High Street
East Sussex, BN2 7HF