Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Christmas and New Year is normally the busiest time of year in the pub trade; not so for the Lewes Arms. Thanks to a largely spontaneous boycott spread by word of mouth, most sessions have seen the pub almost empty. It closed on Christmas Day for the first time in years, and opened very late on Boxing Day. New Year’s Eve looked a very sad replicant of happier times.

The boycott has been supplemented by vigils at times that were previously busy; as a result many visitors to the town have taken their custom elsewhere, particularly as many were coming to the pub specifically to drink Harveys.

The Friends of the Lewes Arms issued a press release (see below) at the end of the holiday season.

The latest development (January 8th) is that the Lewes Arms Dramatic Society has decided to take its panto on tour this year - see their press release below.

The LADS will be performing Babes in the Hood at the Constitutional Club March 5th to 10th inclusive.

This was a difficult decision for the LADS, whose 30th anniversary this is, and it would be good if everyone could work together to make this their most successful year yet for fund-raising. They have a special charity this year, as you will see from their release. They may also need practical help with moving, erecting or storing sets.

Boycott Greene King and Lewes Arms badges have nearly sold out their first pressing, with more than 800 being sported round the town. Car window stickers with the same message will be available shortly.


Blogger Oliver said...

I have written an article about the Lewes Arms Boycott on my blog Oliver's Poetry Garret at:

Please feel free to tell people and put in a link if you would like.

All the (Harveys) best! Oliver

8:36 AM  
Blogger General Hangover said...

So, it this week emerged Greene King Has signed a big deal with the RFU. Apparently, from the World Cup, which starts in september, IPA will be the shirt sponsor...let's see how many of you hardy fellows goes to Twickenham to set up a picket...

GH x

5:46 PM  
Blogger Oliver said...

The direct address of my Lewes Arms Boycott piece is:


1:29 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

have just heard that restaurant spy have picked up the story

10:45 AM  

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