Very sad news that we are losing one of the best venues in the League.... 3 League teams and 2 Inter League Teams based at the pub, let's hope that they find venues that are as good as this one. :'(
I know it's not really waiting for the grave to go cold, but Elton Ricketts at the Stag Kemp Town was on here a couple of months ago, very keen to host bar billiards. Worth considering ?
A few potential new venues were being discussed at our match last night, also the possibilities of doubling up at existing single team venues although that could create problems with the fixture lists. :-/
I'm sure that there must be pubs around the Brighton area that would welcome some thirsty bar billiard players coming in and giving them extra business on weekday evenings that are often quiet, but a lot of pubs are now aimed more at "food customers" rather than traditional games..... :'(
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I nipped in The Stag yesterday afternoon. I had a word with Elton (The Guv) and he is very keen on getting a table in. He is looking at getting it at the end of august. The two down sides of this are 1. It's going to be a Capital Coin Company table, so watch those knuckles on the coin slot. and 2. He has no players at the moment. As I said, he is really keen on a Bar Billiard team playing out of his pub. I think it might also help to get the locals interested if some of our players nipped in occasionally and had a go. If anybody is interested and wants more info I can PM Elton's phone number.
.......and I don't mind Elton reading this as an honest statement of fact, is the mention of a Capital Coin Company table. As we say on here "It's Bar Billiards, Jim, but not as we know it!" No self-respecting player is going to be interested on playing top-level matches on a non-standard table. However, the thought of accommodating a) a matchplay table owned by England International players and b) three ready-made league teams - as well as c) hosting Inter-League matches - might make the situation 'negotiable'. :-/
Edit - Pub now closed anyway !
This has now been closed and boarded up for quite a while, I do not think it will be reopened. RobinDay - 11 Aug 2013 14:00
Have had a meeting with the manager at the Hanover, who has played the game previously, and last week he was knocked back by the owner, but he is willing to discuss it further and will give a definite answer on Monday.
Sad sad news and another knock for bar billiards, know there is a lot of effort being made to find new venues and this is preferable for the long term future, rather than an existing venue, but Gardeners Portslade has only one team on Wednesdays, as a stop gap. Sure other teams in the league will go out of their way to accomodate changes where possible, if drawn there in comnpetition do the players just arrange another venue??
Always one of my favourite venues in recent years as always a good welcome, good beer and have introduceed some new players to the league who have given enthusiastic support to the leagues events.
Good luck to all teams in their quest for new venues.
The Branch Tavern & The Woerlds End both on London Road Brighton have tables. The Branch table used to be in the Kendal/Hove Park Tav and the Gov is looking for a team or 2. The Worlds End table looks like one of those crap new tables (as supplied by CCC) and has 4 mushrooms. More to follow when know more
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Found mention on t'internet of The Hydrant in Brighton having bar billiards:
"The Hydrant is a vibrant music venue in Brighton, England, covering two floors. Live music is free Thursdays to Mondays downstairs in the 240 capacity bar, with a 180 capacity venue for hire or gigs upstairs. We also have a large sun trap beer garden, pool and bar billiards. The Hydrant, 75 London Road, Preston Circus, Brighton BN1 4JF. (01273) 608313"
Alex or captains can you confirm the following teams have entered
Albion Z (formerly Bib & tucker C) Horse & Groom A Atlas C (Jim Millward's team) New Sussex Hotel (formerly Gardeners B) West Hill A Atlas A (Mick Popes team) Albion A Gardeners A (don't think Brian Bartrums team is entering) Duke of Wellington Montreal Romans Horse & Groom Z (formerly Bib & tucker A) Branch (formerly Bib & Tucker B) West hill B
Also, in view of Regg3y's comment thus:
Hi Tommo, The Duke of Wellington (Brighton) no longer has a table. Reg
.....could it be clarified that said Duke of Wellington Brighton league venue is now back to being the one at Shoreham ?
The Black Horse in Rottingdean has a table that is not in a league. From what I can make out, it has not been in long and they are looking to get a team together at some stage. I would expect they would join the Brighton league but maybe even the Lewes one.
Looks like this has happened, the Albion Z team having moved there. And stand prodly at the top of the Brighton League ! Have asked for reinstatement to the AEBBA Map.
The new table at the Black Horse was the table taken from the Duke of the Wellington (Brighton). As the first team to play there last night , must say lovely venue ,very busy with a quiz night on but no disturbance to the game , and with the spread of food that came out i'm sure the guys are going to well looked after.