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Kings Arms, Horsham

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Under new Management since late 2015. Well known local character is now Landlord. Pub now restored to its former pre 'Sports Bar' self. Sofas and lounge type chairs at one end of the bar and plenty of bar stools and tables at other end. Big open fire on colder days. Now described by locals as a 'proper pub'.....friendly place.....makes a change from the usual foodie type places cropping up everywhere....

ardnas55 - 17 Jan 2016 12:05
Popped in again recently, seems to have gone downhill. It was really cold, fire not lit or no heating and it's winter! Doesn't make for a warm welcome.
TQT2 - 2 Mar 2014 08:54
I have to dispute the previous post. My friend and I started to go there recently and we have been made very welcome. Friendly staff and regulars. There are not many traditional pubs like this left where you can enjoy a drink without staff more concern with food (they don't do food) I recommend this pub to all.
TQT2 - 22 Feb 2011 18:27
i didn't like this pub...very sports bar, with some real idiots as regulars.
neil10 - 20 Oct 2010 12:03
I have visited this pub on a number of occassions and I have been made to feel very uncomfortable each time. Every occasion I've been there (3 times) I have been with a female friend and each time I have had some very nasty comments directed at me and my friend generally about being gay. It's not like I wear a badge or anything (like they made gays do in Nazi Germany) and I don't consider myself particularly lesbian looking, but to go to a pub for a quiet drink and to be made to feel very uncomfortable is not a nice experience. Shame on the men (old enough to be my dad) for behaving in this manner and shame on the bar staff/licensee for not rebuking the homophobic customers.
anon01234 - 9 Jul 2010 15:15
lovely pint, shame all the tradition seems lost with sky sports emblazoned everywhere. i suppose they have to do it now....
liam21271 - 12 May 2010 19:09
very friendly staff. not too busy and a great jukebox :)
msdoom - 20 Jun 2009 23:22
I'd not been in for a few years; the place has changed, been brightened up inside, seemingly opened-up a bit too as far as I can recall it how it was. It was quite busy on Friday night, clearly with locals up at the bar, but all friendly enough. For Hall & Woodhouse (not my favourite ales), the Badger was okay.
Ordinary - 17 Aug 2008 18:27
Cute little pub!!! 7/10
plonker250 - 18 Oct 2007 13:53
Get Badger beer in a glass with the title 'Land of hops and glory', amusing play on words there. They show football here (albeit TV-in-the-corner rather than big-screen football) but you are not expected to be passionate about it. This even applies to The Football Quiz, maybe people are too absorbed in the silliness of it to get excited about it. They do get passionate about what they talk about here though. Slightly older clientele on the whole but younger people welcome, unlike some pubs in the area. Think people get to know each other a bit in here, as it seems like that kind of pub, but would need to go more often to be certain.

Will2 - 13 Sep 2005 01:30
Over the busy main road, a few hundred yards further down The Bishopric and next to the site of what used to be the King and Barnes Brewery, we find this traditional and unspoilt black-beamed pub. It is claimed in the Sussex Good Pub Guide 2004 (Southern Promotions publications) to be at least 600 years old, although its GBG entries during the early 1980s and mid 1990s variously date it to the 16th and 18th centuries. Unlike less fortunate places that have been subject to ‘improvements’ by knocking out dividing walls, it retains its two bar layout. To the right is a cosy and compact ‘public bar’ with a real fire and comfy chair, wall seats, gaming machines, and TV tuned to the live coverage of the Sheffield United versus Aston Villa third round FA Cup tie. On the left is a smaller, more sedate ‘saloon’ with dark wood tables and chairs, another real fire, and a mini TV showing the racing. Three regular customers sit consulting the racing pages of their papers. There is also a dartboard, comfy wall seats and old photos on the walls taken about a hundred years ago depicting local pubs The Swan, The Castle, The Beehive, and The Dog and Bacon (all but the latter now demolished), plus another of the Kings Arms itself around the 1970s. Another ex-King and Barnes pub, the complete Hall and Woodhouse range is now offered – Badger Best Bitter, King and Barnes Sussex Bitter, Tanglefoot and Festive Pheasant. I have a half of the Pheasant, and on my second visit a Badger Best. As with the Green Dragon, there is a current Cask Marque certificate and the beer here is very nice, with the bonus that it costs 10p less than I paid in that previous place.
thequaffer - 14 Apr 2005 14:48
Very nice pub, good beer, good food, lovely fire, only down point very small, 5 people in there and it looks packed.
mitch65 - 14 Jan 2005 12:40
Small but very friendly pub just on the out skirts of the main shopping area, plenty of good beer from a well stocked cellar, but beware only touch the piano if you can actually play it, otherwise it could be a very expensive round !!
Fluff - 6 Feb 2004 21:23

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