Brighton gets a new JD Wetherspoon pub

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A pub chain famed for its no frills approach has been given permission to take over a former nightspot.

JD Wetherspoon has been granted a licence for the former site of The Gentleman’s Turf in North Street, Brighton.

The decision has proved controversial as the site falls within the Cumulative Impact Zone, an area designated as having enough pubs, clubs and off-licences already.

The licence application had attracted letters of objection from a residents’ association, a councillor, businesses and Sussex Police prior to the meeting.

It was granted after changes were agreed with the police.

The pub will now close at 1.30am on a Friday and Saturday, 12.30am on Sundays and at midnight during the week.

Conservative councillor Denise Cobb, chairwoman of the licensing panel, said: “It was a difficult decision because the premises already had a licence so it was a good opportunity for us to change it for the better.

“The company that have taken over the premises have a good reputation of engaging with the community and we hope they are successful in doing so.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Sussex Police did raise objections to the original application, but those objections have been satisfied by the conditions attached to the granting of the application."

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “We are very pleased that the licence has been approved.

“This is an excellent site in an excellent position and we are looking forward to opening in due course.”

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2:56pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Safeway says...

Where was The Gentleman’s Turf, then?
Where was The Gentleman’s Turf, then? Safeway
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3:05pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Hovesage says...

Next to the gentleman's relish!!
Next to the gentleman's relish!! Hovesage
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3:13pm Thu 8 Jul 10

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

ridiculous fuss over a licence decision that has been granted to at least 5 previous occupants of the site...Why a big established company listed on the stock exchange wasn't waived through on the nod is pathetic..it wasn't a 'difficult decision' at all, it was easy, grant them the licence and create jobs and bring taxes into the coffers

security word No Brainer
ridiculous fuss over a licence decision that has been granted to at least 5 previous occupants of the site...Why a big established company listed on the stock exchange wasn't waived through on the nod is pathetic..it wasn't a 'difficult decision' at all, it was easy, grant them the licence and create jobs and bring taxes into the coffers security word No Brainer ShorehamBeachcomber
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3:43pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Andre Spooner says...

This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint
-for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again!


Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu
s-mine's-a-gin-and-t
onic-please". I wonder what that could mean.
This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint -for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu s-mine's-a-gin-and-t onic-please". I wonder what that could mean. Andre Spooner
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4:28pm Thu 8 Jul 10

The Brighton Bear says...

Complete lunatic.
Complete lunatic. The Brighton Bear
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5:35pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Billyboyarnold says...

Who is that nutter, it wouldn't surprise me if it's that maniac Stuart Ashby from Shoreham who took 10 years to do the Good Beer Guide. He should be put down now. He doesn't tell you half the pubs had closed down, another quarter had no Real Ale for sale which left you with a quarter of naff pubs to enjoy. Brighton Bill in West Yorkshire.
Who is that nutter, it wouldn't surprise me if it's that maniac Stuart Ashby from Shoreham who took 10 years to do the Good Beer Guide. He should be put down now. He doesn't tell you half the pubs had closed down, another quarter had no Real Ale for sale which left you with a quarter of naff pubs to enjoy. Brighton Bill in West Yorkshire. Billyboyarnold
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6:59pm Thu 8 Jul 10

sussexram40 says...

You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money
You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money sussexram40
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7:04pm Thu 8 Jul 10

acoustic says...

Wetherspoons. Oh yes they're the people convicted of selling zebu (a very poor quality breed of African cattle) as 'prime Aberdeen Angus' a couple of years ago. Shan't be eating there then!
Wetherspoons. Oh yes they're the people convicted of selling zebu (a very poor quality breed of African cattle) as 'prime Aberdeen Angus' a couple of years ago. Shan't be eating there then! acoustic
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7:59pm Thu 8 Jul 10

pun master says...

Andre Spooner wrote:
This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint

-for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again!


Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu

s-mine's-a-gin-and-t

onic-please". I wonder what that could mean.
Spooner! Horse! Glad to hear from you again... But let us ignore the No 7....
[quote][p][bold]Andre Spooner[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint -for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu s-mine's-a-gin-and-t onic-please". I wonder what that could mean.[/p][/quote]Spooner! Horse! Glad to hear from you again... But let us ignore the No 7.... pun master
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9:50pm Thu 8 Jul 10

gersuk says...

sussexram40 wrote:
You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money
Have to disagree with you about the food. Mc Donalds beats it hands down. I'm amazed that they have not been awarded Michelin stars! The fine wines at Wetherspoons are far superior though.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money[/p][/quote]Have to disagree with you about the food. Mc Donalds beats it hands down. I'm amazed that they have not been awarded Michelin stars! The fine wines at Wetherspoons are far superior though. gersuk
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10:01pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Peter the Great says...

Overall, perhaps good news, but am ambivalent. I never felt comfortable with those Crawley boys, so Wetherspoon's is a step up - a good range of cheap beers, but bland.
Overall, perhaps good news, but am ambivalent. I never felt comfortable with those Crawley boys, so Wetherspoon's is a step up - a good range of cheap beers, but bland. Peter the Great
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10:04pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Peter the Great says...

Oh, and for people wondering where the place is: it's at the junction of Bond Street and North Street.

Security word: name-road (I'm not making this up!)
Oh, and for people wondering where the place is: it's at the junction of Bond Street and North Street. Security word: name-road (I'm not making this up!) Peter the Great
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10:24pm Thu 8 Jul 10

sussexram40 says...

McDonalds getting michelin stars? I went in McDonalds in Eastbourne about 9pm one evening and there was a drunken tenage girl in there throwing up on the floor. They rushed to get the key to the toilet but alas it was too late. I didn't wait to get served after that. To be fair and to avoid McDonalds suing me, she was sick through alcohol not through the food in there.
McDonalds getting michelin stars? I went in McDonalds in Eastbourne about 9pm one evening and there was a drunken tenage girl in there throwing up on the floor. They rushed to get the key to the toilet but alas it was too late. I didn't wait to get served after that. To be fair and to avoid McDonalds suing me, she was sick through alcohol not through the food in there. sussexram40
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10:29pm Thu 8 Jul 10

RCV says...

Love an all day crawl with my pals......when the kitty is down to £10 then get in the Spoons and you can top yourself up with about 8 bottles for that money. Then all chip in the kitty again and off we go till you get back down to the last £10 again.....and so on.
Love an all day crawl with my pals......when the kitty is down to £10 then get in the Spoons and you can top yourself up with about 8 bottles for that money. Then all chip in the kitty again and off we go till you get back down to the last £10 again.....and so on. RCV
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12:13am Fri 9 Jul 10

bug eye says...

another reason to avoid north street at all times and at costs.
another reason to avoid north street at all times and at costs. bug eye
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9:06am Fri 9 Jul 10

Hazey James says...

Andre Spooner wrote:
This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint

-for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again!


Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu

s-mine's-a-gin-and-t

onic-please". I wonder what that could mean.
Very good!
[quote][p][bold]Andre Spooner[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news! Whenever me and my Mighty Horse are on one of our drinking binges, we stop for a couple of fine ales at Wetherspoons in Hove, and then I leap upon my Mighty Horse and we gallop all the way to West Street, where we enjoy a gin and tonic with a Guinness top in the elegant surroundings of The Bright Helm. What a delight it is there! However, as we then set off to our next stop, The West Quay, to sip at a full-bodied Merlot and eat some of their gourmet "Breaded Mushrooms", we are often overcome by fatigue! What this town needs is a mid-way Wetherspoons, where a weary chap and his Mighty Horse can perhaps gulp down a flagon of cider as we make our way to the Marina. And before all those clever folk on this comments board point out the No. 7 Bus... I ask you! Have you ever tried to get a Mighty Horse on a No. 7 Bus? IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN! Especially if you are clad in full armour and riding on top of the Mighty Horse with the Great Flaming Lance and Burnished Shield of Spooner! Many is the time I have wasted a saver ticket for this very reason! So curse you, No. 7 Bus! Bravo to the brand new Weatherspoons! Here's to a mid journey quench! Hurrah to Breakfast-and-a-pint -for-£3.99! We'll show you, Roger French! Bravo to the Wetherspoons Mighty Horse Crawl! Beware! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Wow! My security word was "We're-not-on-the-bu s-mine's-a-gin-and-t onic-please". I wonder what that could mean.[/p][/quote]Very good! Hazey James
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9:20am Fri 9 Jul 10

Bartram says...

Has Lucus seen this.Another big company offering decent prices.
Has Lucus seen this.Another big company offering decent prices. Bartram
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11:24am Fri 9 Jul 10

Sarahgndr says...

What's the point in a CIZ if more licences are still being granted? When is the local council going to start to listen to residents? Do we really need more drinking venues in the town.
What's the point in a CIZ if more licences are still being granted? When is the local council going to start to listen to residents? Do we really need more drinking venues in the town. Sarahgndr
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2:58pm Fri 9 Jul 10

Dave From Fishersgate says...

sussexram40 wrote:
McDonalds getting michelin stars? I went in McDonalds in Eastbourne about 9pm one evening and there was a drunken tenage girl in there throwing up on the floor. They rushed to get the key to the toilet but alas it was too late. I didn't wait to get served after that. To be fair and to avoid McDonalds suing me, she was sick through alcohol not through the food in there.
Exactly the same thing happened to me in Claridges the other day. Needless to say I went to Spooner's instead
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: McDonalds getting michelin stars? I went in McDonalds in Eastbourne about 9pm one evening and there was a drunken tenage girl in there throwing up on the floor. They rushed to get the key to the toilet but alas it was too late. I didn't wait to get served after that. To be fair and to avoid McDonalds suing me, she was sick through alcohol not through the food in there.[/p][/quote]Exactly the same thing happened to me in Claridges the other day. Needless to say I went to Spooner's instead Dave From Fishersgate
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4:06pm Fri 9 Jul 10

davyboy says...

gersuk wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money
Have to disagree with you about the food. Mc Donalds beats it hands down. I'm amazed that they have not been awarded Michelin stars! The fine wines at Wetherspoons are far superior though.
i agree with sussexram40, the food is, on the whole, very good. as are the beers and wines, and with coffees at 49p, a good deal can be had by all. i would recommend getting in early for the breakfasts, though, before they have time to pre-cook everything. we have 2 in oxford, and both always appear busy.
[quote][p][bold]gersuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: You cant argue with Wetherspoons. The food is good and very well priced. I recommend the breakfast or if you miss that theres always the all day brunch to savour. Well priced drinks too and a selection of fine ales.I cant understand why anyone would go anywhere else. Wetherspoons are always packed when other pubs are half empty. The only downside is that in the daytime they seem to attract some unsavoury looking old men who can put you off your grub. Security word - value-for-money[/p][/quote]Have to disagree with you about the food. Mc Donalds beats it hands down. I'm amazed that they have not been awarded Michelin stars! The fine wines at Wetherspoons are far superior though.[/p][/quote]i agree with sussexram40, the food is, on the whole, very good. as are the beers and wines, and with coffees at 49p, a good deal can be had by all. i would recommend getting in early for the breakfasts, though, before they have time to pre-cook everything. we have 2 in oxford, and both always appear busy. davyboy
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