The end of one era - and the start of another!
Update - November 30th 2020
For the second time this year the Coronavirus epidemic forced us to close our doors on
November 4th. Landlords since 2001, Linda and Andy Brooks are finally retiring! The decision to retire has nothing to do with Covid-19, but was made way back in August 2019, since when the search for the right people to take over this iconic community pub has been ongoing.
We are delighted to report that new tenants - people with extensive pub experience who appreciate the importance of the Laughing Fish to its community - have reached agreement with Greene King and are now at the stage of confirming a change date. This could be any time within the next few weeks. Until that happens, however, the pub will remain CLOSED. Please keep checking back for details of re-opening.
On our last night, Wednesday 4th November, we were treated to a fantastic
send-off and overwhelmed with the gifts and good wishes we received. Not quite the big bash leaving party we would have liked, of course - that wouldn't have been legal! - but still a memorable night. Our thanks to everybody who contributed.
Thank you, again, to everyone for your support and friendship over the last twenty years - it has been a hoot.
The present landlords, Andy and Linda Brooks, have been at the pub since 2001 and, despite huge changes in the industry since then, have remained true to their principles of retaining it as an individual village pub, know much for its good quality home-made food.
The pub has undergone a few physical changes under their stewardship - in 2002 a children's play area was part of improvements to the garden. In 2007 the interior was extended, disabled access and a new toilet block were provided, and in 2013 there was a further interior and exterior makeover, providing improved seating and lighting.
We now sell six real ales - three of them from local independent brewers such as Burning Sky (Firle), Long Man (Wilmington) and Gun Brewery (Gun Hill), and three of them are nationally available ales.
We also now have two real ciders on tap, in addition to craft lagers and fine keg ciders such as Aspall.
We are well known for our no-nonsense home-made food such as proper shortcrust pastry pies, locally sourced seasonal meat, fish and produce, and a selection of regularly changing meals alongside sandwiches and burgers.
We have a menu that changes on a daily basis that is served lunchtimes and evenings from Monday to Friday, all day on a Saturday, and lunchtime on a Sunday. Our food service times can be found below.