Sussex Express’s Pub of the Year is revealed

From left: manager Jason with joint owners Mark, Jim and Paul SUS-150912-163810001
From left: manager Jason with joint owners Mark, Jim and Paul SUS-150912-163810001

From slick bar to traditional tavern, country inn to the unsung boozer, you cast your votes for which pub in the Sussex Express area deserved to be crowned Pub of the Year 2015.

Of the ten finalists, The Yew Tree in Chalvington has been named the winner.

The Yew Tree Inn SUS-150912-163744001

The Yew Tree Inn SUS-150912-163744001

The pub was presented with a framed certificate and trophy earlier this week.

Runner-up in the competition was The Wheel Inn, in Burwash Weald, Etchingham, and in third place was The Hope Inn, in West Quay, Newhaven.

The Yew Tree Inn, six miles from Hailsham, has four joint owners – Jim Coomber, Mark Thomas, Paul Farrier and John Handley – with front of house managed by Jason Dallas and

Izzy Holdys.

Mr Coomber took over the pub in 1977 and ran it until 2004. In that year, Mr Thomas, Mr Farrier and Mr Handley each bought a share of the business. The landlords and the pub team were delighted with the news that they had won the competition and would like to thank all the customers who voted.

The inn, which has oak beams and seven acres of gardens, offers traditional English pub food, ranging from Sunday roasts to barbecue pork belly, liver and bacon.

The child-friendly venue is host to the Chalvington & Ripe Cricket Club, which was established in 1754.

It also caters for weddings and large parties.

For further information on any of the pub’s services, or to book a table, call 01323 811326 or visit

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