Historic Isfield local gets makeover

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An historic village pub re-opens today following an extensive refurbishment with a new focus on local food and drink.

The popular Laughing Fish pub at Station Road in Isfield has increased its range of real cask ales and will now serve beer from local brewers when it re-opens.

Licensee Andy Brooks explained: “We have always taken a lot of pride in using local suppliers in our kitchen and we are now able to extend this approach behind the bar. We will be offering cask ales from local breweries such as Dark Star and Isfield brewery alongside our already popular Greene King beers.”

To give customers opportunity to sample the cask ales, the pub will sell beer in third of a pint tasting glasses.

The pub closed for 12 days to complete refurbishment works. There will be an opening party and free buffet for customers tomorrow.

Near the pub is ‘Fordham’s Field,’ a space used for numerous village and community events, including the village fete.

When the field went on the market recently, the village formed a co-operative and is in the process of purchasing it.

At Saturday’s party at the pub, a draw will be held to help raise additional funds for Isfield Community Enterprise, with the winner receiving a share worth £1,000.

The Laughing Fish has a rich history throughout this century and the last, from tales of serving Canadian troops stationed nearby during the Second World War to the ‘Tommy Trot’ beer race through the village, named after a former landlord.

For more visit www.laughingfishonline.co.uk.