The Greys pub in Brighton saved thanks to new management

Pub saved thanks to new management

Pub saved thanks to new management

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A popular pub known for its live music has reopened under new management.

The Greys in Southover Street, Brighton, reopened on Thursday under the management of Sharon Barr.

The pub has suffered a turbulent 18 months since long-serving landlords Chris Beaumont and Gill Perkins left in 2012 followed by the most recent owner Marc Tozer leaving earlier this month citing financial problems.

Ms Barr, who owns The Zone Bar in St James’s Street and also ran the Gay Village Party at Brighton Pride in 2012, is hoping to bring in some much needed stability.

She said she planned to continue the traditional Monday music night and look to expand it while £10,000 worth of new sound equipment had been installed in time for the next Monday night event.

Chef Mohammed Azaduzzaman is returning to offer Indian, Bangladeshi and Goanese food from the pub’s kitchen.

Ms Barr said: “If you speak to a lot of people, they have great love and affection for The Greys and there was a lot of sadness that it had shut down.

“I think it needs to settle down and get some sort of routine to it again after all the changes.

“If people support the pub it won’t have to close down again, sometimes people mourn a pub when it is gone but don’t use when it is there.”

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9:14am Sat 22 Mar 14

Max Ripple says...

Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space....
Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space.... Max Ripple
  • Score: 5

10:45am Sat 22 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket
s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going.
We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going. clubrob6
  • Score: 6

10:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space....
i love the drinkers that would say all that ,i invited some of them to spend a day in the life of a landlord ,now made it to the end of the day ,but still a calling i loved
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space....[/p][/quote]i love the drinkers that would say all that ,i invited some of them to spend a day in the life of a landlord ,now made it to the end of the day ,but still a calling i loved whatevernext2013
  • Score: 3

11:42am Sat 22 Mar 14

Brightonian63 says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space....
Sounds like someone is a little peeved that their venture died...
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Not easy running a pub, is it? All those of you out there who think " I could do that. Easy innit? Just sell beer. Put on a cheap band". Third licensee in just over a year since the last decent owners had to leave. We watch this space....[/p][/quote]Sounds like someone is a little peeved that their venture died... Brightonian63
  • Score: 1

12:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

My mate ran a pub here for almost two decades and he said the trade died when clubs started opening 24 hours as it moved the "youth" night time economy (those with disposable income and time and stamina to booze) to the hours of 11pm to 7am so the pubs were by-passed by young people going out.
Years ago, when I was younger, I remember heading to a pub at 7pm on a Friday and Saturday night when they opened and drinking to last orders at 11pm and then going to a club until 2am when they shut.
My young relatives in their 20s now leave home at 11pm and midnight to start a night out, having pre loaded at home returning home as dawn breaks. They completely miss out going to a pub as there is no need.
I was in a Hanover pub at 10pm a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was almost empty when a decade ago it was rammed with students socialising before heading on to a club. It was a sad sight really and unsustainable and not surprising to see some of these vast buildings becoming converted to flats and student accommodation.
My mate ran a pub here for almost two decades and he said the trade died when clubs started opening 24 hours as it moved the "youth" night time economy (those with disposable income and time and stamina to booze) to the hours of 11pm to 7am so the pubs were by-passed by young people going out. Years ago, when I was younger, I remember heading to a pub at 7pm on a Friday and Saturday night when they opened and drinking to last orders at 11pm and then going to a club until 2am when they shut. My young relatives in their 20s now leave home at 11pm and midnight to start a night out, having pre loaded at home returning home as dawn breaks. They completely miss out going to a pub as there is no need. I was in a Hanover pub at 10pm a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was almost empty when a decade ago it was rammed with students socialising before heading on to a club. It was a sad sight really and unsustainable and not surprising to see some of these vast buildings becoming converted to flats and student accommodation. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 15

12:54pm Sat 22 Mar 14

beano mcbean says...

Good luck, live music needs venues.
Good luck, live music needs venues. beano mcbean
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

hey mongo says...

The blue house and spread eagle were the best pubs in hanover, drugs freely available, cheap clothes and food off the shoplifters ya man manny marks doing the djing birds on tap a late drink couldnt beat it...now you can sit in soulless dumps like the hanover or dover castle sitting on a table with candles to keep you company surrounded by wannabe middle class green voting creeps living off there flexible friends...
The blue house and spread eagle were the best pubs in hanover, drugs freely available, cheap clothes and food off the shoplifters ya man manny marks doing the djing birds on tap a late drink couldnt beat it...now you can sit in soulless dumps like the hanover or dover castle sitting on a table with candles to keep you company surrounded by wannabe middle class green voting creeps living off there flexible friends... hey mongo
  • Score: 11

2:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
My mate ran a pub here for almost two decades and he said the trade died when clubs started opening 24 hours as it moved the "youth" night time economy (those with disposable income and time and stamina to booze) to the hours of 11pm to 7am so the pubs were by-passed by young people going out.
Years ago, when I was younger, I remember heading to a pub at 7pm on a Friday and Saturday night when they opened and drinking to last orders at 11pm and then going to a club until 2am when they shut.
My young relatives in their 20s now leave home at 11pm and midnight to start a night out, having pre loaded at home returning home as dawn breaks. They completely miss out going to a pub as there is no need.
I was in a Hanover pub at 10pm a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was almost empty when a decade ago it was rammed with students socialising before heading on to a club. It was a sad sight really and unsustainable and not surprising to see some of these vast buildings becoming converted to flats and student accommodation.
the pub trade started to die ,when all day drinking came in followed by the smoking ban ,and also with the help of cheep drink in the supermarkets ,add in to the mix pubs on tied supplies ,and what you get now is thousands empty or closed down
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: My mate ran a pub here for almost two decades and he said the trade died when clubs started opening 24 hours as it moved the "youth" night time economy (those with disposable income and time and stamina to booze) to the hours of 11pm to 7am so the pubs were by-passed by young people going out. Years ago, when I was younger, I remember heading to a pub at 7pm on a Friday and Saturday night when they opened and drinking to last orders at 11pm and then going to a club until 2am when they shut. My young relatives in their 20s now leave home at 11pm and midnight to start a night out, having pre loaded at home returning home as dawn breaks. They completely miss out going to a pub as there is no need. I was in a Hanover pub at 10pm a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was almost empty when a decade ago it was rammed with students socialising before heading on to a club. It was a sad sight really and unsustainable and not surprising to see some of these vast buildings becoming converted to flats and student accommodation.[/p][/quote]the pub trade started to die ,when all day drinking came in followed by the smoking ban ,and also with the help of cheep drink in the supermarkets ,add in to the mix pubs on tied supplies ,and what you get now is thousands empty or closed down whatevernext2013
  • Score: 9

2:48pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

The problem is they don't know what they want to be...pubs Resteraunts live music venues or sports bars, I went in one pubs to see mid week man united game, but volume turned down on sky sports after spending £10k? a year... So I just went down town...good bye Hanover.
The problem is they don't know what they want to be...pubs Resteraunts live music venues or sports bars, I went in one pubs to see mid week man united game, but volume turned down on sky sports after spending £10k? a year... So I just went down town...good bye Hanover. rogerthefish
  • Score: 3

9:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

taz4242 says...

Well done Sharon Barr all ways a success were ever she go's
Well done Sharon Barr all ways a success were ever she go's taz4242
  • Score: 8

10:19am Sun 23 Mar 14

pebble counter says...

It's very sad that pubs are dying out. Thank God we were all here to see them at their best. We used to get in the Belvedere, anyone remember that? Full of characters, all *issed by 2PM in the afternoon. Now you'd need fifty quid to achieve the same result and as some others point out, the pubs are full of *ossers. Good luck to the new owner at the Greys though, hope you can survive.
It's very sad that pubs are dying out. Thank God we were all here to see them at their best. We used to get in the Belvedere, anyone remember that? Full of characters, all *issed by 2PM in the afternoon. Now you'd need fifty quid to achieve the same result and as some others point out, the pubs are full of *ossers. Good luck to the new owner at the Greys though, hope you can survive. pebble counter
  • Score: 2

8:07pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Levent says...

Phew...pub saved..Brighton doesn't have enough pubs and boozers..great news!!!
Phew...pub saved..Brighton doesn't have enough pubs and boozers..great news!!! Levent
  • Score: 1

5:45am Mon 24 Mar 14

Dr Pork says...

Good luck to you Sharon. You already have the ideal name for a publican.
Good luck to you Sharon. You already have the ideal name for a publican. Dr Pork
  • Score: 2

8:49am Mon 24 Mar 14

BURIRAM says...

Good traditional pub food with some entertainment suited to the pubs customers, fair priced drinks and nice staff. That's what's needed to run a good pub.
Good traditional pub food with some entertainment suited to the pubs customers, fair priced drinks and nice staff. That's what's needed to run a good pub. BURIRAM
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

MoronSpotter says...

clubrob6 wrote:
We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket

s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going.
Why the apostrophe in ' pub's '?

Why why why..? 'Pub's' means of the 'of the pubs'. As in 'the pub's defenders', for example, meaning 'the defenders OF the pubs.'

Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going.[/p][/quote]Why the apostrophe in ' pub's '? Why why why..? 'Pub's' means of the 'of the pubs'. As in 'the pub's defenders', for example, meaning 'the defenders OF the pubs.' Thank you. MoronSpotter
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Mon 24 Mar 14

MoronSpotter says...

MoronSpotter wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket


s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going.
Why the apostrophe in ' pub's '?

Why why why..? 'Pub's' means of the 'of the pubs'. As in 'the pub's defenders', for example, meaning 'the defenders OF the pubs.'

Thank you.
Sorry about going off on one there. I know it's a lost cause.

Re pubs. We'll never see a return to the old days of characters, raucous noise, great clouds of cigarette smoke, the threat of violence and the promise of sex just around the corner, sticky floors, the dodgy lavs, the nicotine-stained walls, the sweetly rancid smell of the beer and spirits, the battered piano and out-of-date lists of darts leagues, the random chat, the warm, all-enveloping fuzziness of it all. No, it's all gone now. Life keeps changing, moving on, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

In this case for the worse, I believe, and I feel sorry for those young people who will never experience it.
[quote][p][bold]MoronSpotter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: We have now lost so many pub's they should now be classed as a listed building,supermarket s are buying them up and landlords for convering them into rabbit hutches they call studio flats.In southwick for example we have lost several pubs,the Pilot,the Windmill ETC ETC all used to be busy.Recent laws like the smoking ban,and supermarkets selling cheap booze have all added to making pubs very hard to be viable.The millionaire cabinet gave the working class 1p of a pint as they enjoy that sort of thing,but only recently the breweries put up the price anyway.I think the first step to keep pubs open is to make people born and bred in a area should get priority for housing as locals are being forced out of communities the very people that used to keep local business going.[/p][/quote]Why the apostrophe in ' pub's '? Why why why..? 'Pub's' means of the 'of the pubs'. As in 'the pub's defenders', for example, meaning 'the defenders OF the pubs.' Thank you.[/p][/quote]Sorry about going off on one there. I know it's a lost cause. Re pubs. We'll never see a return to the old days of characters, raucous noise, great clouds of cigarette smoke, the threat of violence and the promise of sex just around the corner, sticky floors, the dodgy lavs, the nicotine-stained walls, the sweetly rancid smell of the beer and spirits, the battered piano and out-of-date lists of darts leagues, the random chat, the warm, all-enveloping fuzziness of it all. No, it's all gone now. Life keeps changing, moving on, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. In this case for the worse, I believe, and I feel sorry for those young people who will never experience it. MoronSpotter
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

FC says...

"£10,000 worth of new sound equipment had been installed"

This is not accurate. It was about £400 worth. £10000 is like a full sound system.
"£10,000 worth of new sound equipment had been installed" This is not accurate. It was about £400 worth. £10000 is like a full sound system. FC
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

What happened to the massive sound systen installed by a previous publican?
I stopped going to the place when I saw ans heard that.
What happened to the massive sound systen installed by a previous publican? I stopped going to the place when I saw ans heard that. Man of steel
  • Score: 0

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