|CISSBURY TAP - FINDON VALLEY|
Opened by Ray Dumbleton,
then licensee of the Fletchers Arms opposite Angmering Station.
Originally the Cissbury Tap, it was purchased by Tony Hempson in 2003 and renamed the Caledonian Bar reflecting his time as an ex Flight Engineer with Caledonian Airways.
Since 2009, it has been under the new management of Dan Grispino and renamed the Valley Bar, with a definite sporting theme.
"For years, Findon Valley had a pub - well, a hotel actually.
The Cissbury Hotel was a big brick between-the-wars affair
on the west side of Findon Road, similar to many other
structures all over the south. The brewer was Charrington -
in fact it may have been built by them. Jimmy Hastell's
Worthing Pubs site
has a picture of the place when it was
open. A recent reprint of a Freddie Feest article in the
Herald blames a fifth columnist drinker in the Cissbury
for blowing the gaffe on the Dieppe Raid (1942) to the Nazis
- the pub was full of billeted Canadians awaiting that
wasn't quite like that in my day.
But close it did, and long before
the current epidemic of pub closures. This
bar opened not long afterwards. As the Caledonian Bar, it
had an aviation theme reflecting the previous career of the
landlord at the time with the former airline British
Back in the days when the Valley was a real autonomous shopping centre and its mostly rather aged denizens could literally buy almost anything in the King's Parade, this was a shoe shop. The Valley Bar isn't a pub, but it's a lot better than nothing".
By Johnny Rooke (aka Simon Edney)
Rate Beer web site claim that this pub was the first Tapco (over 10 years ago). The idea was, at the time, that a small retail outlet in a shopping parade becomes a local bar. Was this the forerunner of the Micropub we're seeing today?