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A tale of two pubs


JD Wetherspoon will be opening The Crowborough Cross tomorrow (Tuesday 27th) with the creation of 70 new jobs.

The company has spent £2 million redeveloping and extending the Grade II listed building at the busy crossroads, in the middle of Crowborough.  The two storey property, with an attic, two dormers and a tiled roof, is described in the listing text as ‘late 18th or early 19th century’.

Between Friday and Sunday, hundreds of local people had been invited to sample free food and drinks whilst staff underwent the final stages of training.  Wetherspoon announced where people could get tickets on their Facebook page.


The new pub will be open from 8am until 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday.  Food will be served throughout the day, from opening until 11pm, every day.

Historical photos, details of local history, information relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area, as well as artwork by local artists including a wooden sculpture of the ‘Ashdown Horse’, are all displayed in the pub.

Manager Michal Fryca said:

Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Crowborough community.

The White Hart

However as one pub opens in Crowborough another one closes.  The White Hart at the top of Crowborough Hill have said on Facebook it will shut on Friday.

Taurie Linstead who runs the pub is staying tight-lipped about the pubs future, saying until she hands back the tenancy she is bound by a confidentiality clause.

At the time it was announced Wetherspoon’s were taking over The Cross she predicted a grim future.  She told The Courier newspaper at the time:

It is the worst thing that could happen in Crowborough. They open from 7am, sell cheap drink and cheap food and tea and coffee and people will go there.

However it seems The White Hart have not told everybody with bookings at the pub about the imminent closure. Emma Keogh and her fiancé found out via Facebook:

FUMING!!! so its true my reception venue is closing down and the worst thing about it…they weren’t even going to bloody tell me!!!

There are rumours the pub might be demolished for flats.  It is also understood Tesco carried-out a site survey last year to see if it might make a good location for an Express store.  A Conservation Area is being proposed for Chapel Green which would prevent buildings with architectural or historical significance, such as The White Hart, from being demolished.

A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns, which owns the White Hart, said:

We are currently reviewing options for the White Hart following the Publican’s decision to give us notice to terminate their lease.

More about The Crowborough Cross

The Crowborough Cross will specialise in real ales and craft beer, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome in the pub until 9pm throughout the week. As a condition on the licence, both the adult and child (babies and toddlers excepted) must order a meal by 8pm, if the adult wishes to consume alcohol.

The pub will be wheelchair accessible and have a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities. There is also disabled parking.

The new-look pub, which is on three floors, will feature one bar, three fireplaces, as well as a large beer garden is to the rear of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.

Historical photos, details of local history, information relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area, as well as artwork by local artists including a wooden sculpture of the ‘Ashdown Horse’, are all displayed in the pub.


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  1. I always had good memories of the White Hart and had many birthday celebrations there, however I am now happy to see it go or rather the current owners – the fact that I found out via social media that the pub was closing and then to have all correspondence ignored by the owner to not be told personally that the wedding reception I had booked with them in May would not be going ahead is a disgrace and I have never been treated with such a lack of respect and decency.

  2. The Crowborough Cross, Wetherspoons pub, had a large police presence on their Friday night opening. I had to call the police, at 1 am, to deal with unruly youths in the New Road car park. The previous public house caused regular disturbance with drunken people, obscenities and anti social behaviour. This is not a good start for the new Crowborough Cross as anti social behaviour has occurred on three occasions in a week!

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