Pubs are shutting down at a rate of two every day across England and Wales.

The number of closures surged by 50 per cent in three months, stark new figures show from the Altus Group.

A total of 30 pubs closed for good in the South East in the first six months of this year.

This is just a fraction of the more than 383 pubs which were demolished or converted for other uses such as homes, offices or even day nurseries during the first half of this year – close to the total of 386 closures seen in the entirety of 2022.

Just this summer, Brighton’s only community owned pub The Bevy in Moulsecoomb revealed that it was at risk of closure due to the cost of living crisis and inflation. Locals have rallied round to help it.

The Argus asked readers to name their favourite long lost pubs and we hope this will encourage you to get out and support your local this weekend, before it is too late.

The Snipe, which was on the site of the Sainsbury’s Local in Carden Avenue, Brighton, was a popular choice, with dozens of readers saying it was their favourite.

Hayley Storrie said The Snipe is the long lost pub she missed the most.

“Fun times,” she added.

Donna Parks and Lisa Clifton gave their vote to The Frock And Jacket in Prince Albert Street, Brighton.

Donna said: “The Frock and Jacket was a great pre club place to go.”

The Argus: Revellers at The Frock And JacketRevellers at The Frock And Jacket (Image: Submitted)

The Frock was a popular boozer until 1995, when the owners sold it to the Café Rouge chain.

The White Admiral in Taunton Road, Brighton, also got a few mentions.

The Argus: The White AdmiralThe White Admiral (Image: BBC)

Sandra Jane Middleton, from Brighton, said it was a “lovely” pub.

The Lower Bevendean pub was demolished in 2005 and made into flats.

The Argus: The Dolphin in Worthing is now a Tesco ExpressThe Dolphin in Worthing is now a Tesco Express (Image: Google Maps)

The Dolphin in Dominion Road, Worthing, also bagged a few votes.

It was once a cosy pub with a jukebox and regular live music but was turned into a Tesco Express in 2014.

The Windmill Inn in Old Shoreham Road, Southwick, was another favourite.

Several readers reflected on the old pub, which was demolished in September 2010 to make way for flats.

The Argus: The Mill House in Portslade was knocked down and houses were built on the siteThe Mill House in Portslade was knocked down and houses were built on the site (Image: Hassocks5489)

Chris Elliott, from Brighton, gave his vote to The Mill House, in Mill Lane, Portslade.

“Sundays there were legendary,” said Chris.

The pub closed in 2013 and was demolished in 2016 to make way for flats.

Other favourites included The Ship in Lewes Road, The Green Jacket in Shoreham and The May Tree in Hove.