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user reviews of the Partridge, Partridge Green

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We cycled here from Shoreham and were made welcome by the staff and the beers from Dark Star were superb. A let down was the food. We ordered a ploughmans to share as encouraged to do so on the menu. I would have been hungry if I'd just ordered it for myself alone. One piece of bread!! However we went there for the beer and that didn't disappoint.
Steamer1 - 3 Oct 2014 18:59
In answer to the (justified) comment about the lack of secure parking for cycles, I would point out that the Landlord has now installed a long section of secure cycle bars.
RichardEnglish - 2 May 2014 09:21
I visited at lunchtime on 8 November. This could be such a good pub, what with its superb Dark Star ales, none of which ever disappoint. It all starts well with a friendly and seemingly efficient landlord/bar manager. Then he disappears, never to be seen again. The sole remaining barmaid is pleasant enough but not on this planet. She leaves people for fifteen minutes waiting to be served in what is not a busy bar and re-emerges from her fun with the chef (judging by the giggling coming from the kitchen area) without so much as an apology. Dark Star does need to consider whether the current set up in The Partridge might damage its brand.
Chief_Chufty - 10 Nov 2013 17:37
Called in to this pub whilst doing the Downs link cycle ride. A very nice pub and as has been mentioned, Dark Star revelation was excellent. Very friendly service and very good food. Lovely interior in the barn section.
One minor negative point,for a pub so close to a major cycle route, there was nowhere to chain up the bikes.
Gandergreen - 11 Jun 2013 17:45
Partridge Green is very lucky! We enjoyed great Dark Star beers (Revelation really hit the spot) and Lilly's Star Gazer cider served by pleasant and efficient staff. Good, honest food from local suppliers (Hutchings is well-known as probably the best butcher's in the Horsham area) served at reasonable prices in a relaxed restaurant area with plenty of space. A friendly atmosphere all round means that we will be back!
Chap - 22 May 2013 14:40
Well worth a visit. Great beers, kept to the highest standards. Good food cooked to order and perfection. Friendly staff. It's clean. Nice garden. What more do you want from a village pub.
workhard - 29 Apr 2013 17:45
Very busy local pub that has made an incredible turnaround since being taken over by the nearby Dark Star brewery.
Busy yet friendly and efficient, cracking choice of excellent Dark Star beers that are well looked after. Absolutely recommended, great stuff!
MarkVP - 26 Sep 2012 08:56
Apologies if "slerpy" actually referring to "perceysledge's" Trolling. The posting is not clear as to whom he or she means by "your".

Sadly there is no edit facility on this board or I'd have changed my posting.
RichardEnglish - 11 Sep 2012 17:27
Another malicious and inaccurate comment by "slerpy". The definition of an internet Troll is: "someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion".

Not only are my messages none of these but I also do not use the anonymity of the interent to hide behind a pseudonym in a cowardly manner - as do both "sperpy" and "percysledge".

Indeed, I would say that the soubriquet "Troll" applies in full measure to both these irritating and cowardly specimens of human pondlife. If they had 0.1% of the bravado they appear to think they have then they, like I, would reveal themselves. They won't of course - since that might mean that someone would take issue with them, and cowards never like that.
RichardEnglish - 11 Sep 2012 17:24
....It might be boring but thats better than your constant trolling you moron.
slerpy - 28 Aug 2012 17:19
Keep going Dicko you sound sooooooooooo interesting!!!!! NOT

Don`t worry be appy.
anonymous - 31 Jul 2012 20:13
Quote:
Another Ad. posted by `The Dick English` PR firm.
Booring !!!

But at least accurate, informative and properly spelt. Sadly "Pervysledge" seem unable to understand these concepts.
RichardEnglish - 31 Jul 2012 16:19
We had lunch here this Saturday and were quite impressed. Good selection of Dark Star beers and our meals were very good. Incidentally after we had finished I noticed another table were having the burgers and they looked pretty good to me. Don't be put off by the rather spartan interior. This is a good village pub.
REVERENDBAZ - 25 Jun 2012 08:56
Firstly I have to say that the food was poor, although the staff were very friendly and helpful but my wife and I ordered a burger (with side salad) and a ploughmans salad.

My burger was nothing special with a very cheap looking bap, I can live with that and even with the very basic side salad. But my wife's ploughman was just awful, it would have been grossly overpriced at 3.99 never mind 7.99 (I think that's how much it was). In 100's of pubs and restaurant visits this is the first time that I have felt strongly enough to review somewhere.

I would add however on the plus side the real ale was quite good so possibily somewhere to drink but not eat.
stevetodd - 27 May 2012 19:48
Another Ad. posted by `The Dick English` PR firm.
Booring !!!
anonymous - 22 Apr 2012 11:06
Now open for breakfast from 1000, weekends and Bank Holidays. First date Good Friday 2012.

Cyclists, what could be better than a full English and a pint after a ride from Horsham or even further?
RichardEnglish - 1 Apr 2012 17:00
Clean & friendly local.
An excellent pub with a good selection of lunchtime snacks including (if you ask) Blackpudding and cheese rolls ;-)
Truely GREAT beers from Dark Star just down the road & always an interesting guest on.
Ideal stop for cyclist (road) and mountain bikers / hikers using the Downs Link from Guildford / Horsham / Shoreham with a path popping out opposite the pub. Also signed from the Downs Link.
beerbiker - 9 Mar 2012 15:06
I went in here between Christmas and New Year. Apa was excellent. Returned last night and Thornbridge Puja was superb. A huge improvement on previous visits.
in1dryboy - 28 Jan 2012 14:35
very good beer range and quality, tasty food,good service,nice clean pub.
THUNFAN007 - 6 Dec 2011 11:46
Dementer, it is my local, I use it just about every day and I will comment about it as much as I wish. I have no connection with the pub other than that of a satisfied customer and, if people find my comments annoying then that is their problem.

I have never spoken other than the truth and - unlike some who post here - I have never been rude about other contributors without their having been rude about me first.

My comments about the pub over the years have not been universally favourable (check for yourself) neither have they been universally unfavourable. Howevere, Quafferman, about whom I commented, has reviewed sixteen pubs since May 2010 - and has found something nasty to say about each and every one of them. Has he ever stopped to think just how much damage his comments could do? Of course, there will be things in just about every pub that might not suit everyone - but if you have criticisms to make then it is only fair that you back them up with facts and suggest what might be done to improve the situation. Your own parting shot "No rating given for this pub" implies that it is not good enough to rate - a quite untrue suggestion. Of course, you have made the comment to try to annoy me - but what you have done is to besmirch the pub. Untrue, unfair and childish.

As "workhard" has written, the ill-mannered and unfair comments that some have made about the Partridge, and about other contributors, have discouraged potential customers; if my positive comments help to offset the ill-informed, ill-constructed and often malicious rubbish that others have posted, then I believe they have done a good job.
RichardEnglish - 29 Nov 2011 10:20
English you do need to move on old son,your constant advertising for this place does not sit well with the regulars on this site if fact i`m sure it puts people off.
No rating given on this pub.
Dementer - 27 Nov 2011 18:32
Since my last comments (in October 2011) there have been a number of changes to the pub, all of them welcome. The food range has been extended and is still using local suppliers; I probably eat there once a week and I'd not do that if the food wasn't good. Indeed, so popular has it now become, that one needs to book a table on popular nights.

I note that "quafferman" in his October comments has been critical of the pub and suggests that "a pub should offer more", but does not suggest what more it should offer. If his idea of a good pub is one with a selection of chemical-fizz lagers, loud music and big-screen football, filled with (male) loud-mouthed ignomaruses who block the bar, then I agree, the Partridge is not the pub for him. But there are plenty of such places in Brighton, if that's what he wants.

The Partridge is a family pub and advertises itself as that. Which is why children and babies are allowed - and a good job too. They cause fewer problems than do crowds of lager-swilling football hooligans. Obviously quafferman never had the problem of having to cope with children back in the days when they weren't allowed in pubs. I did and I can assure him that it is a far better thing for children to be allowed into pubs - yes even with their mothers shock horror - than being forced to sit in the carpark.

RichardEnglish - 27 Nov 2011 12:58
Visited on the afternoon of 17th of October, on the way back from the Dark Star Brewery, as one does, I had a pint of Hophead and also a pint of Partridge, both in first class condition. The bar staff were friendly and if you like your real ale this pub has everything you need i.e. great beer!
almark - 26 Oct 2011 16:27
Unfinished look about the interior; unmatched, inadequate tables and chairs, too many empty spaces, pretty characterless.
Exterior and front steps, characterful, I woulnd't go here regularly, as although the beer is ok, a pub should offer more.
Ababy on carpet, with two female drinkers attendant, just doesn't sit well in a pub.
quafferman - 26 Oct 2011 16:07
Called in at 11:30 on a Saturday morning a last weekend with two mates. We were cycling from London-Brighton-Shoreham-Horsham(home) as you do, and one of us had a slow puncture so we thought... beer garden... beer... fix it...

Was told bar didn't open until 12:00 but the look of crushed disappointment on my face prompted the bar man to ask the landlady if he could serve me. On hearing our tale she was happy for us to rehydrate in her establishment. My two colleagues drink the black stuff and yellow beer so I was the only one luck enough to have two pints of Dark Stars finest 'Original' in tip-top condition. When we left the garden was packed and the kitchen was doing a good trade.

Well worth a trip form Horsham to take a drink here, there is even a Morvelo-Dark Star cycling jersey over the bar, just like the one I own and wear form time-to-time.

No idea what the 'local's' in the rest of the reviews below are on about, I suggest you ignore their comments if thinking of going here for a beer. This is a pub review site not a place to wage war on your neighbours fellas.
workhard - 23 Oct 2011 17:33
"Hallelujah" , my most recent visit to The Partridge with wife and daughter this past Saturday evening, good meal,good staff service, Dark star IPA, WinterMeltdown, Saltaire Blonde, all excellent. Landlady behind bar, different staff from previous visit, 200% improvement. this is what it should be like all of the time.
If the balance needs redressing which after this visit it deservedly does then i will do it. The menu selection is not vast, but that is not an issue for me as long as food is good quality, which it was. Keep up the good work, it pains me to be derogatory of Dark Star.
!! Rating duly upgraded.
oldgazza - 10 Oct 2011 21:22
Ride on Pilgrim my man.
Be appy.
anonymous - 5 Oct 2011 23:27
Another wasted PR job by dickie boy.
ThePilgrim - 4 Oct 2011 17:58
1. In answer to imbiber. Nowhere did I say that the beer was "shit". Indeed, apart from the fact that I dislike foul language, I would never use such a pointless descriptor which says nothing at all about what - exactly - is wrong with the beer. If I want to describe the deficiencies of a beer I have an adequate vocabulary thus to do without using puerile swearwords.

2. It is complete nonsense to suggest that beer is either "shit" or not "shit". Beer can be any quality from excellent to diabolical and any level of quality between those extremes.

3. In answer to fullbelly - the Hophead is now back to its usual high standard and I suspect that my initial interpretation was correct - that the overwhelming smell of wet paint was affecting my palate. Apart from that occasion I have never had a poor pint in the Partridge since Dark Star took it over.

4. At present the latest Dark Star IPA is on draught - a very fruity and easy-drinking beer whose quaffability belies its 6.2%abv
RichardEnglish - 1 Oct 2011 22:10
well Richard has the beer improved?
fullbelly - 26 Sep 2011 22:20
well Richard has the beer improved?
fullbelly - 26 Sep 2011 22:19
if the beer is shit mr english, that means its shit. end of.
tc_imbiber - 11 Sep 2011 17:57
If you have never visted the pub, guildforddrinker, and have never met me, could I suggest that your comments are both impertinent and ill-informed? how would you like it if I were to comment on you and your local in such derogatory terms, whilst having no knowledge of either?

A week or so back I was slightly disappointed with the Hophead, a point that "in1dryboy " has also made. I have never had a sub-standard pint there previously and I put it down to the fact that the pub was redolent with the smell of fresh paint - enough to make any beer taste a bit strange.
RichardEnglish - 4 Sep 2011 16:47
Another visit: Hophead was disappointing. Ought to be better given that this is the brewery tap. A shame as plenty other local pubs keep it far better.
in1dryboy - 4 Sep 2011 16:36
Not visited this pub and with custom like R.English do not intend to change that position,talk about someone up their own backside.
I suspect one has to doff their cap to Mr English if he`s in the pub when one visits.
Guildforddrinker - 31 Aug 2011 19:13
As I wrote earlier, the people who use this site do so to learn about pubs - they do not want to read the childish and semi-literate offerings of the likes of PervySledge. To be fair, the fault is partly mine; when I was at school I used to get quite unreasonably irritated with my contemporaries who were apparently unable to comprehend what was, to me, blindingly obvious. Many was the row I had in a fruitless effort to try to educate them. It was only later in life that I learnt that some people are simply less intelligent than others, and it is pointless to try to engage them in cerebral debate. I now try only to associate those who have a high IQ and the only nerve of mine that stupid people's comments now hit - is the nerve of sympathy.

So, to update my most recent posting about the Partridge, I would tell discerning drinkers that The Partidge has recently undergone a fairly significant redecoration and modification of the bars. It still only has three bars, but they have been made more different one from another.

The large bar nearest to the 'bus stop is now redecorated and is probably equivalent to the saloon bar of older times. The middle bar has been made into a public bar, with bare but varnished boards. The bar nearest to the patio is now primarily a restaurant. The old Bottle and Jug is still just a passage between two of the bars, innocent of any indication of its previous incarnation apart from a (non-working) bell push.

The menu, whilst still laudably using local ingredients, is rather limited in choice but, unless one is eating there two or three times a week, that is not a major problem.


RichardEnglish - 31 Aug 2011 17:51
Very petty R.English a little growing up needed.
stroller - 26 Aug 2011 20:04
Hit a nerve dickie.Read my post on this pub 7/10 is a disservice really get a life old chap.
Be appy init.
anonymous - 26 Aug 2011 19:19
percy sledge is also known as british airways.
atthebar - 26 Aug 2011 14:48
People who use this site, in the main, want to read about pubs. They do not want to read ill-informed, semi-literate and uncalled for comments by the like of percysledge. But since this person (hiding behind his anonymity) has the temerity to snipe at my minor typographical error, let me suggest he learns spelling and grammar. His errors are through his ignorance; they are not typos.

"...Why does he think he know`s best ??" - It's knows, not know's.
"...A legend in he`s own under pants...". - It's his, not he's; underpants, not under pants.
"...it will stand on it`s own two feet..." - It's its, not it's.

And I am trying to be informative about this pub - not run a one-man PR campaign to promote it - although percysledge is clearly running a one-man libel campaign to try to do it a disservice.


RichardEnglish - 26 Aug 2011 13:38
This one pub PR campaign by old Dickie boy is wearing very thin.
Why does he think he know`s best ??
He`s begining to sound like `A legend in he`s own under pants`.
Do shut up old feller if this pub is sooooo good it will stand on it`s own two feet and not need your one man campaign.
Be appy.
ps who is fankly ?
anonymous - 25 Aug 2011 17:23
It is interesting, is it not, that some people find the staff at the Partridge belligerent whereas I find them perfectly fine. I wonder whether the belligerence of the staff is prompted by the attitude of the those who seem habitually to complain about it? Is it a coincidence that they are also the contributors whose posts are typically belligerent?

And, quite fankly, I simply not believe the statement "...the beer garden was full and nearly everyone was drinking lager,..." The Partdieg does sell one tap lager and one bottled - but only rarely have I seen either sold. And how did he know? Did he go and ask the thirty-odd drinkers in the garden? It is difficult to tell from just looking at a pint, especilly if we are speaking of, say, Hophead - a very light beer that could easily be mistaken for a lager from a few feet away.

I visit the Partridge at least once a day and I believe that my knowledge of the way it is run, and its clientele's drinking habits, is pretty damn good. and certainly better than one who goes there once a month or so.


RichardEnglish - 25 Aug 2011 16:03
In reply to Richard English's slag off, i can only speak as i find. I love my ale and particularly Dark Star beers, it gives me no pleasure to moan about the brewery that we owe so much to for the real ale revival in our area. On my visit last Friday evening the beer garden was full and nearly everyone was drinking lager, nothing wrong with that either. Take off your rose tinted spectacles and see things as they really are Mr English,even better visit The Standup or Evening Star and sample a friendly welcome and prompt service, not the disgraceful staff attitude that i have been confronted with on my two most recent visits to The Partridge. My gripe has been about the belligerent attitude of staff at this pub and i notice it has been mentioned in other posts also, perhaps we all imagined that also !
oldgazza - 11 Aug 2011 18:50
Always been a bit of a rough dive, the bar billiards the only cause to enter the portals. None now, sadly.
tommo5 - 8 Aug 2011 22:20
Oh dear dear dear Richard you`ve take Percy to your heart I feel.it`s a bit of harmless ribbing matey.
anonymous - 8 Aug 2011 19:43
It is very sad that a once reliable site such as this countenances the kind of mucky trash that the likes of mukysledge seems to find it amusing to post.

I know from past experience that it is a waste of time to report such junk as the moderators here no longer take any notice of offensive and inaccurate reports.

I now use the more adult sites with the more adult contributors for my information.

Oh, and for mistsiren's benefit - I am aware that I made a typographical error - which is another reason why I don't like this site - it has no facility to edit postings and correct errors. Very poor design.

And for percysledge's benefit, my name is not "dick" or "dickieboy" - it is the name I post under. Unlike people like yourself, I am not afraid to stand by what I post and to stand by it using my own, real name. If I am sanctimonious I am thus without the need to hide behind a non-de-computer.
RichardEnglish - 8 Aug 2011 18:22
Looks like I won't be receiving a membership application any time soon from PercivalSludge, then.
And what is a "cutomer", pray ask?
Hon President
Richard English Fan Club
mistsiren - 8 Aug 2011 13:28
Dickie boy we don`t want to hear from you at all let alone twice,you are sounding like a sanctimonious dick Dick.
And me argot me old feller is South London got it.
Be appy sad git.
This pub is still a 7/10 even with cutomers like Dick.
PercySledge - 7 Aug 2011 19:02
I find the last two comments incomprensible - especially Old Gazza's remark about lager drinkers. In the previous incarnation that was true - but Dark Star have removed all but one of the the lager fonts and most who drink there now are Real Ale drinkers.

Dark Star have all their regular beers on sale, plus guests and specials so I am mystified as to what oldgazza is talking about.

The food selection is limited but is all freshly prepared from local ingredients. If you want a wide and cheap choice, hop on the number 17 and get off at the 'bus station. Wetherspoons is just three minutes walk away from there.

Oh, and percysledge - I fear I cannot understand your argot. I assume it is as offensive as some of your previous rude and semi-literate offerings and I will give it all the credit it deserves, which credit is shown in full below.
RichardEnglish - 7 Aug 2011 15:41
I find the last two comments incomprensible - especially Old Gaxxa's remark about lager drinkers. In the previous incarnation that was true - but Dark Star have remove all but one of the the lager fonts and most who drink there now are Real Ale drinkers.

Dark Star have all their regular beers on sale, plus guests and specials so I am mystified as to what oldgazza is talking about.

The food selection is limited but is all freshly prepared from local ingredients. If you want a wide and cheap choice, hop on the number 17 and get off at the 'bus station. Wetherspoons is just three minutes walk away.

Oh, and percysledge - I fear I cannot understand your argot. I assume it is as offensive as some of your previous rude and semi-literate offerings and I will give it all the credit it deserves, which credit is shown in full below.
RichardEnglish - 7 Aug 2011 15:39
1st visit to this dark star house, hophead good, but one guest ale was vinegar, staff were poor, more intrested in serving locals and making newcomers wait. no menus out, asked for menu, barmaid said they were trying to hide them. selection of food poor. THIS NOT HOW A DARK STAR HOUSE SHOULD BE RUN!!!! i wont be going back.
tc_imbiber - 6 Aug 2011 17:48
Have visited this pub on four occasions now, as i am a great fan of Dark Star beers. Howether the beer is all the pub has going for it.The staff are unnatentive and eventually you may get served after all of their mates are sorted, wherever you may be in in the queue.
Food quality and menu are poor.The beer selection here is also much more limited than other Dark Star pubs as i think most of the regular clientele are lager drinkers. On our most recent visit one pint served was pure vinegar, it was changed without question but still remained on sale ! Visit the other Dark Star pubs and enjoy quality a friendly welcome and superb ales and give this one a miss. Dark Star are sullying their great reputation here, mystifying ???????????
oldgazza - 6 Aug 2011 10:13
Were in the area the other day called in as we really like DarkStar beers we were not disappointed all the ales served while we were here were on top form the food was fine but as other peeps have said a tad on the pricey side.it`s good to see a village pub with local support. 7/10
Dickie boy `Don`t worry be appy ` sad man.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2011 11:44
3rd visit here. Best one so far. Good to see APA on which was in good condition. Food reasonably priced. Stilton ploughmans and ham, egg and chips were both tasty accompaniments to the beer.
in1dryboy - 2 Jul 2011 21:05
Having been away for some while (Canada and then Italy) I haven't been able to keep up with these reviews - although I note with some pleasure that "percysledge" has decided not to post any more unpleasant comments.

It is fair to say that the food in the Partridge is a bit pricey for what it is - but then it is all made with local ingredients, not simply chosen from Brake Brother's list. Frankly, I reckon it's worth paying a bit more to support local suppliers - after all, if we don't use them then they will disappear.

But certainly the beer and the beer choice is beyond reproach and the loss of the half a dozen Foster's drinkers is no loss at all. The pub that has acquired their custom is welcome to it.
RichardEnglish - 26 Jun 2011 13:30
Pack your sunglasses as you enter this Magnolia-washed joint, marooned in rural sussex...always good news to hear the smaller breweries taking control and we were not disappointed with the good-quality Dark Star ales on offer- plus a couple of other guests. We did not eat in here, but the dining room rather reminded me of Westminster Hall, with enough room between tables to park a Brake Brothers Lorry- although that was probably in Worthing at the time- a bit too expansive and sterile for a decent pub experience- but at least it had music of the non-Phil Collins 'Im middle aged and my life is over' type brewery claptrap. OK- the decent beer saves its life...
alezilla - 12 Jun 2011 00:11
Having not visited this place before last Saturday, I have cannot comment on its performance prior to its recent takeover by Dark Star. However, judging by what I and many others with me found, it is a pub on the upward trajectory, and certainly one worthy of repeat visits in future if only transport permits.
A rather typical Victorian corner local - in fact of the kind which one more readily expects to find in an urban area - has been given a light and airy makeover by DS, who certainly don't favour traditional wood-panelled Victoriana, but thankfully steer clear of the stark chromey minimalism that the word 'contemporary' has sadly come to be synonymous with.
DS claim that the locals effectively took ownership of their brewery, and so in return, they have taken ownership of their pub - clearly no hard feelings as it was eminently popular with villagers. Hence a struggle to squeeze in to the main bar area, until of course we realised there was a larger bar at the rear - which also offered a couple of extra ales worth attending to. At either end, we found the service from the staff to be efficient, and the welcome from locals to be jolly, which is always a bonus. Perhaps they could easily perceive that we were the sort of crowd likely to embrace what their pub offers, given that we'd just spilled out from a Dark Star brewery tour.
Ale-wise, a decent range of DS beers are inevitably available - around 4 last week - and an additional 2 from elsewhere. Sampled from both sides and found the ale to be in splendid nick - and served in lined glassware. The less-adventurous non-cask drinker should beware: you'll find selections limited - nothing in the way of factory lager and even nitro-fuelled Irish stout is not served. The brewery reported a handful of previous regulars who bemoaned the passing of their usual tipple - Foster's - but despite their pleas they refuse to reinstate it. And why would they, given that the loss of that handful has been more than compensated for by the many more handfuls of other people who have happily taken their place at the bar to enjoy something a little more engaging.
The Partridge retains a community, family essence, as the rear room proved with a child's birthday party having clearly been in swing shortly before. Temptation to nibble at the yet-unsulled cake were resisted. Continue out to the garden and you'll find plenty of additional (much-needed) space, and on a sunny Spring day such as last Saturday we really were spoiled, for the garden is a complete sun-trap.

Notwithstanding the somewhat unfavourable comparison with the Standup Inn at Lindfield by the previous contributor, this is certainly a pub worth seeking out. I'm not convinced that such a close comparison is relevant anyway, as other than being DS pubs, there's little similarity between these two, and in any case they're a good distance apart. Perhaps if you live closer to Haywards Heath you wouldn't drive out to Partidge Green, but for those nearer the Horsham end, they may well find this is enough and negates the need to travel to the Standup. Both are of course very competitive in their own ways and if you're anything like me, then you'll eventually make time for both in your drinking life.

Keep it up folks.
TWG - 26 May 2011 17:31
Dark Star brewery purchased this pub and opened the doors after redecoration etc.on the 25th February. I had not visited the pub previously, on Saturday after a tour of the Brewery i came here for a buffet, the buffet did not get even close to the one provided by the StandUp Inn the previous year.The ales were reasonably well kept,the service was a little odd as staff vanished and seemed slightly shocked that a customer required serving on there resurfacing, with fifty people there it should not really have been such a surprise. I found the Partridge adequate as a pub but with thew natural comparison to the Stand Up Inn I felt slighty disappointed but I think that progress will be made as it has only been open just under three months.5/10
slerpy - 16 May 2011 19:37
What a nice change from my previous thirst-quencher, dropping in from the Downs link path some years ago - before Dark star took over. It's now bright and welcoming and has a fine range of their ales and others. Tried (Pint) APA, Hop-Head, Partridge, Thornbridge Jaipur, and a cider - all in excellent nick. Friendly service, I'll be back if the legs can carry me there!
thirstybob - 28 Apr 2011 20:56
We were keen to visit The Partridge knowing it had recently been taken over by Dark Star and finally made it last Friday afternoon. What a disappointment. We've tasted far better kept Dark Star beers elsewhere (Chequers, Steyning and The Hawkley). Hophead and Best Bitter were very mediocre. A pity to see no American Pale Ale on as this is our favourite of all. Hope things improve; we'll try again in a few weeks...
in1dryboy - 17 Apr 2011 16:36
Popped in for the second time (1st was opening night) & enjoyed Dark Star Over the Moon & Thornbridge Brother Rabbit both in excellent condition. A large but very friendly pub with a great selection of beers plus bottles.
Very handy for the Dark Star Brewery & the Downs Link path.
Well worth a visit or two or three.
beerterrorist - 2 Apr 2011 21:03
My wife and I visited last Friday lunchtime. We were welcomed cheerfully by the two ladies behind the bar. I had pint of Guinness, not having noticed the barrell of cider lurking on the bar and my wife (driving) had a coffee. Unfortunately, only instant was available. We then bumped into another chap on a day out from our usual local and he was impressed with the quality of the beer (Partridge, I think). My wife and I had some lunch which I thought was a bit on the expensive side although the ingredients were of good quality. I was mentioning my opinion in my own local a couple of days later and another regular mentioned that he had eaten at the Partridge recently and felt that the fish pie and peas consisted more of peas than fish pie! However, with just a few tweaks in the kitchen and a few more ciders available I have every hope that this will turn into a really good pub.
fridge - 24 Mar 2011 09:04
Hit a nerve ay Dickieboy I see your articulate yourself ol son what is `unhelful` pray tell ?????
anonymous - 17 Mar 2011 12:01
I don't know who PercySledge is since he (I assume he - his gender is not shown in his profile) hasn't the courage to tell readers. But having seen some of his other comments I urge readers not to bother with his postings which are, to a one, semi-literate, brief and usually unhelful. Many of them, indeed, are insulting - typical Troll behaviour, I would suggest.

He urges "Dickie boy" by which I assume he means me "to get out more" and I can tell him that I do get out, and have drunk beer in pubs in every continent of the world (apart from Antarctica. That I choose not to post about them is my business; I believe in supporting my local.

Anyway, insofar as The Partridge is concerned, I have now had the pleasuer of eating there and can say that the menu complements the beer - a good range of fresh food, well prepared and using mainly local ingredients (whose source is shown). It is my understanding that they will eventually be running specially themed food events - I will keep you posted.
RichardEnglish - 13 Mar 2011 10:41
Dickie boy you really need to get out more.
anonymous - 5 Mar 2011 16:26
Visited on a Saturday afternoon, a day after it re-opened. It is a Dark Star pub so plenty of Dark Star beers of course plus a couple of other dark beers. Spacious and has a very new feeling to it. Just around the corner from the brewery, it is Dark Star heaven.
Dilgutty - 5 Mar 2011 16:20
I had intended to wait for a while before commenting about the new publicans and the changed pub, now that Dark Star have taken over. However, the changes are so good and so significant that I felt it better not to wait.

Gone are the serried ranks of lager fonts - leaving just one for those whose palates have not yet matured enough to appreciate proper beer. Instead there are eight beer engines, all dispensing good beer. Yesterday there were nine beers on offer, inclduing a brand new Dark Star brew - Hophead Citra, They also had a locally brewed mild and a locally brewed Porter.

From being a very lack-lustre pub it has become one of the finest around insofar as beer is concerned. I can't yet comment about the food as the kitchen has still to be commissioned and staffed.

Watch this space.
RichardEnglish - 26 Feb 2011 21:37
a successful and well attended opening night! I am sure I am not alone in wishing Rob and Vicky and all at Dark Star good fortune in their new venture!
sarabl - 26 Feb 2011 11:47
The present tenants, Clive and Dawn, are leaving on 21 February 2011 and the pub will be closed from then until 25 February. That evening it will reopen as a Dark Star house under the tenancy of Rob and Vicky. Dark Star are brewing a new beer to celebrate the occasion - Hophead Citra.

I will report back once the pub has been running for a while and I am able to give an informed opinion.
RichardEnglish - 17 Feb 2011 14:17
Sadly I have to report that this pub has deteriorated greatly over the past year or so - starting when the present tenants decided to sell. Although the sale is going through, at present they are in the interregnum period, made all that more protracted by the shennanigans of the legal eagles (or should I say, vultures) and are thus very down in the dumps.

Presently the pub has no food, no fire, no atmosphere and few customers (although it still does have decent London Pride).

I will report back as and when things change.
RichardEnglish - 14 Jan 2011 10:54
Ilovemybeer1974's comments have a modicum of truth about them but need expansion and explanation.

Firstly, it is true that the pub is undersupported by locals - but this is only in part due to the pub or its stewardship. The pub has had a bad reputation amongst the locals for many years - long before the present incumbents took it over. Bad reputations take a long time to get rid of and I know from my own observations that many locals have not visited the pub for years to see for themselves what it is now like.

Secondly, the "small group of people who rave about it" is not a true description of the commentators. Most comments are not from locals (although mine, of course, are); most are from visitors, many of whom have travelled many miles specifically to experience what the Partridge can offer.

Thirdly, I suspect that many of those who bad-mouth the pub are the kinds of "lager-louts" who were once welcomed by a previous Landlord and whose absence is certainly not regretted by true beer and pub-lovers.
RichardEnglish - 3 May 2010 09:57
I used to love this pub but now very dissapointed with it. The average customer count is 4 people. I don't understand this small group of people that rave about it when the test of the village won't go in there anymore. Please sort this place out
Ilovemybeer1974 - 6 Apr 2010 23:33
We have recently moved to this village and upon mixed reviews decided to try it out. Both my wife and I are really delighted we did, after meeting the proprietors who took the time to walk us through all of the old photos of the local area on the walls, they were so very welcoming and we ended up ignoring dinner and staying here for food - which was absolutely superb, thank you Dawn, just a shame that a previous revewer critisised them for closing early one night earlier on in the year, there was a death in the landlady's family which they had to attend to. What a shame as it was our first attempt to try the pub. Well worth the wait though. 12/10 and nothing less!
dordoodah - 28 Mar 2010 19:38
A good local which is unfortunately under supported, the food is very good reasonably priced and comes in generous portions. All cooked by the land lady who is the main driving force behind the pub.
There is a good selection of Lagers but only one real ale which is London Pride
but it is kept very well indeed.

ybfab - 25 Mar 2010 07:59
Having recently moved to the village and heard stories about this pub, i decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it, and I have to say I wished i had not bothered.

First couple of experiences not much to report, tried to visit the pub at 8pm on a Saturday and the pub was closed! What I find hard to believe is that the village is circulated around this pub and yet on a Friday night on may last visit there was 6 people in the pub and that included the landlord, landlady and the two of us.

Only two occasions when I met the landlady, i found her to be unapproachable.

On a positive it is nicely decorated.
meandmydog2010 - 1 Feb 2010 13:23
Exellent! Ale is superb and they have a Real Fire. Food... "So Damn Good I Would Sell My Children". Will make the trip again from Brighton.
babssawyer - 16 Jan 2010 19:54
Visited here for the first time in over two years, and WOW, we've had a suprise. Extremely clean and well decorated, and the food (Pork Belly and a Burger) was astounding. Pub dog is really affectionate and friendly, as is the Landlady (friendly, I mean), just a shame the Landlord is a "whinger" and if the Landlady breathes, she's told off in front of customers. Excellent London Pride, so perhaps the Landlord could worry more about that. Landlady 9/10; Dog 10/10; Food 8/10; Landlord 2/10.
paulaskmokie - 16 Jan 2010 18:44
Previous Review RE: London Pride is Absolutely Spot On. Food is Superb too, and last Poster is write, Landlady is Brill., even carries spare tampax. Wot A Star. Luv this pub. So does Mrs Me.
paulaskmokie - 19 Dec 2009 22:50
Poor Landlady gets a lot of Grief considering the Village doesnt even know who she is (do any of them recognise her?). Visited said Pub every couple of days and to be honest, She's amazing. Gets the Blame for everything, Thats her job I think. She smiles and pours, and Beer is Great. Amazing cellar work, wonderful, sober, put-upon Landlady. shame about the landlord but, hey!
BEERfan11 - 19 Dec 2009 21:58
The comment by "stellaman" (even if the name doesn't tell you all you need to know, the style, spelling and grammar surely does) is, I fear, quite inaccurate and smacks of a commentary from one who has been thrown out of the pub! Maybe he didn't like the fact that The Partridge (to its credit) does not serve Stella Artois chemical fizz.
RichardEnglish - 9 Oct 2009 18:34
Excellent freshly prepared food in a friendly refurbished village pub - the homemade closelaw alone is worth the trip!
Wonderfully kept London Pride plus the usual array of lagers.
Outside seating and grassed 'dog free' secure garden with play equipment.
Popular with walkers, cyclists, dog walkers and those who live in the village

d970601h - 17 Jul 2009 16:28
Used to be a lively local pub, overun with a mix of yound, old and familys. Taken over by an alcoholic unstable couple, Vodka Lil is one of their nick names. Says it all!

Ask anyone whos in the village, they have boycotted it for around a year now!

I feel sorry for all locals. Never has a land lord upset so many people, even people resorting to reporting these landlords to the brewery, but as lond as they get their rent they do not care. RIP the Partridge!


stellaman909 - 29 Jun 2009 15:57
Very good food with generous portions. Only Real Ale is Fullers London Pride but the Landlord say he will add others as and when the demand is there.
RichardEnglish - 7 Apr 2009 17:27

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