Popular former pub landlord who introduced the Pelham Pie

Lewes news
Lewes news

Harry Gilmore, a popular Lewes landlord for nearly 20 years, has died at the age of 89.

Together with his wife, Wendy, he ran The Pelham Arms from 1970 to 1989.

He was no stranger to the business – he came to the town from London where he worked for the family firm of Levy and Franks, which had a chain of pubs.

Harry and Wendy opened the Sussex Kitchen at The Pelham Arms at a time when pubs rarely served hot meals – and it proved an instant success, with two sittings an evening.

Harry, extrovert and chatty, excelled in his role behind the bar and ‘Pelham Pies’ are still fondly remembered.

Upon retirement, he spent a decade working with Riding for the Disabled at Chailey Heritage and the couple later moved to Hurstpierpoint.

He died at the Red Oaks nursing home, Henfield, leaving a widow, children Amanda and Rex, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, March 19, at the Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton (11.30am).