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Waterside Inn, Shoreham by Sea

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New management and been refurbed throughout. Lovely lady running it currently called Sarah. It seems like a pub again well be going back again for sure.
Ashley1988 - 6 Nov 2013 18:17
Not a pub, no real ale. The only thing I could drink was a Crabbies Ginger Beer, which was exorbitantly expensive. Will definitely give it a miss.
kenbishop - 21 Sep 2011 13:29
I have been a regular at the Waterside Inn for a number of years.
I have never seen it so poorly run.
The staff are fine, but there is just not enough of them. During busy periods there are usually two bar staff on duty, sometimes three.
As the bar staff are also responsible for taking food orders you can appreciate that at least one member of staff is usually tied up with this process for a large pecentage of their shift, then of course there is actually taking the food to the tables, collecting dirty glasses (from outside as well now that the warmer weather has arrived) washing the glasses, restocking the bar, changing the barrels and trying to serve customers.
On Sunday, after waiting ages at a bar absolutely full of dirty glasses and not even getting looked at by the obviously stressed out staff, we decided enough was enough and strolled over the bridge to the town centre pubs, what a pleasant afternoon we had. It will be long time before we return to the Waterside.

During all of this time the Landlord was nowhere to be seen, as usual. He has perfected the art of arriving behind the bar just as the 'rush' has subsided.... wonderful thing this CCTV

Greene King...have you not worked it out yet..I know you are interested in profits and staff costs money, but unless this pub gets more (experienced) staff soon, more and more regulars will be doing the same as we did this weekend - disappearing for good.
What a shame, because it could be a really nice pub, if only it were run correctly
MrsLeeds - 11 Apr 2011 20:01
I have previously posted negative comments about this pub. Recently I have questioned myself with regard to the fact that my opinions may have been reactionary. My previous comments followed an incident which left me feeling as if I had been completely mis-interpreted by the pubs staff. I have since attempted to remove these comments from this site.

However, I now must insist that not only do my previous comments reflect exactly how I felt then, but that I now have an overwhelming desire to do whatever it takes to get the waterside inn's horrific landlady removed from her post. She has no interpersonal skills. She judges her clients based on her own warped and booze soaked outlook on life. She is convinced that her opinion is the benchmark for all that is important in life, and she is very quick to treat you like s**t if you don't conform.

I can remember the days when a pub's landlord and landlady were pillars of society. I am a public servant and have worked for this community for most of my professional life. I have a sense of humour and enjoy a bit of banter with bar staff. If the landlady of the waterside inn feels you are getting the better of her in any way, even in light hearted joking, she behaves like a cornered wild animal. She is venomous and spiteful and will not think twice about letting her evil side take over. I once heard her speak of my previous comments on this site. Her exact response was her intention to 'knock on his door and set her staffordshire bull terrier on him to rip his balls off'. I rest my case. How would my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son respond to gangland style violence on their doorstep? Is this woman fit for purpose? Is this woman fit for anything? The knackers yard?

Greene King I implore you to see sense.

My regular attendance of this pub ended tonight.
themnort - 22 Mar 2011 00:27
The new lanlady of the Waterside is severely lacking in self awareness. She is inappropriately over tactile with her male customers and doesn't understand when her over familiarity is met with indifference. I have been a waterside regular for 15 years. Tonight I found myself spending time negotiating with dimwitted employees and their managers when I would usually have been enjoying a pint with my friends. Our juke box entries were rejected with a switch behind the bar. The landlady then put on her own taste in music and sang along loudly right behind us. Does this sound like a welcoming attitude? Any attempt to enjoy our night was made impossible by intrusive judgements and finger pointing. I'd rather spend my hard earned cash elsewhere.
themnort - 27 Apr 2010 00:08
Under New management as of March 2010. A couple of great bands already, so hopefully off to a good start!
odgeuk - 26 Mar 2010 12:46
Avoid at all costs the landlord is an aggressive arse and a drunk one at that
ando774 - 1 Sep 2009 00:08
This pub is terrible. It's such a shame because the outside area is nice, and the pub inside is a decent size. However, the bar staff here are constantly aggressive and rude.

At 11pm last night, we were finishing off a game of pool. The barman shouted angrily at us to put all the balls down the pockets immediately or he'd do it for us. So seeing as we still had 20 mins drink up time, we carried on finishing the game. The barman then proceeded to bound over tous in an aggressive manner and began to sink all the balls into the pockets. He was clearly on some power trip at being left in charge of the worst pub in Shoreham for the night.

People were allowed to then drink up their drinks until 11,30pm, so why on Earth could we not have finished our expensive game of pool? We had also purchased drinks that night, so had given them a lot of money.

Another time, about a year ago, a similar situation happened with the golf game in the pub. We were told to finish the game, even though we had 4 mins left to play. We were told this at 11pm. Again, we carried on playing whilst the full pub drank up, but then the barman rched round and switched the power off. What is up with the staff at this pub?

All in all, unfriendly, crap atmosphere, not worth going to.

ian816 - 31 May 2009 11:36
Visited yesterday, during the Cup Final. I would agree with the earlier comments - good setting with excellent views, to the north especially.
My missus didn't care greatly for the Ruddles - possibly the beer was OK - just not particularly to her taste. My cider was fine.

Solid six.
railtracksurvivor - 14 May 2006 12:17
A fairly ordinary pub in a good location. The only point of interest is that one of the regulars owns a dalek.
Uncle_Dunkel - 24 Feb 2006 14:59

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