Greene King has confirmed that the Black Horse Public House in Rottingdean High Street will re-open soon after a refurbishment.

A Greene King spokesperson said: “The pub will re-open under experienced licensee Steve Haward and his son, with a new focus on promoting a real choice of cask ales, both local and Greene King. The refurbishment comes as part of a concept called ‘Local Hero’ which encourages pubs to focus on provenance and locally-sourced food and beer and allows licensees to make the most of their local expertise.

“Fifty per cent of the ales on tap will come from local breweries and will change weekly, offering a regularly updated range to customers,” the spokesman explained.

A planning application has been submitted for the exterior redecoration of the building and Rottingdean Parish Council is awaiting further planning information regarding details of the inner refurbishment.

Rottingdean Parish Council says the Black Horse is probably the oldest complete building in Rottingdean dating back to the early 1500s. A spokesman said: “It is the view of the Parish Council that it should be kept as a public house.”