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    Much as it might be sad to see a local business close down, the Downview has always been a poor quality pub across the board (in the time I've known it since the mid-90's anyway). Was more saddened to see The Wheatsheaf is all boarded up now.
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      Quote Originally Posted by brakespear View Post
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      Much as it might be sad to see a local business close down, the Downview has always been a poor quality pub across the board (in the time I've known it since the mid-90's anyway). Was more saddened to see The Wheatsheaf is all boarded up now.
      I oftern drive past the Royal Oak all boarded up what a shame I can remember when it was a busy pub.north of Ditchling common.
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      I think that the Royal Oak suffered as it had to be a destination pub with good food that people went to specifically to eat but had very little parking, only on the opposite side of a busy road. I think that perhaps they should have explored a way of losing some of the massive garden to make car parking. Again entering and leaving may have been a problem.
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      When we moved to B Hill often went to the Royal Oak as their food was good. IIRC they specialised in homemade pies of many sorts cooked while you wait.
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      Always a rather melancholy feeling watching a big old boozer like this one close down as a little part of the town's history dies with it. Having said that it was bit of a dive (since at least the early 70s) and the not only is there the Green Man (a great pint) a few yards the other side of the railway line but there's also another similar place opening up within spitting distance. However West Worthing is exceptionally grim these days.
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      I'm struggling to think of any genuinely decent neighbourhood pubs in Worthing.

      I was in the John Selden recently with @Papa Lazarou and @Insider and it's OK, but let itself down badly on the cider front.

      Are there any others?
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      It's been dead in there for ages, Mrs V and I stopped off there for a drink on New Years Eve and at 9,30 in the evening on what should be the busiest night if the year there were about 8 people drinking. Sad, but times change. The Green Man just over the crossing is usually rammed despite its poor decor.
      Could it be that if you sell crap beer you get no punters?

      The big brewers need to dump their boring mass marketed piss and allow them to buy and sell decent beer or more will go. Trouble is, the owners would rather flog them off for flats.
      was recently back in worthing and must admit was served up some pretty poor beverages.......the worst culprit was the old george at goring....now a carvery.....terrible beer , the new micro pub just along the strand was rammed...... spent a lot of time in the Downview , always ended up there after sterns , got away with murder in there....
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      I'm struggling to think of any genuinely decent neighbourhood pubs in Worthing.

      I was in the John Selden recently with @Papa Lazarou and @Insider and it's OK, but let itself down badly on the cider front.

      Are there any others?
      The Lamb, Durrington used to be a decent local pub, with a 'lively' but good clientele but it's pretty shabby nowadays, despite many attempts to revive it.
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      The Lamb, Durrington used to be a decent local pub, with a 'lively' but good clientele but it's pretty shabby nowadays, despite many attempts to revive it.
      For me a decent pub either has to have good beer or good food, but ideally both.

      As best I can recall, The Lamb had neither, although I fully concede it served a purpose!
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      I think the problem is peoples expectations of pubs has changed, had a quick look online and the Downview looks very dated
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