This photograph of the Brewers Arms Horndean was taken in August of 2009.
We’d been in on a few occasions before as they’d often had decent beers on tap, but as we had our then (very small) children with us we didn’t drop in for a quick pint. Little did we know that the next time we were to visit Horndean, The Brewers Arms would be no more and I regret that decision.
I have recently been informed by my Horndean School friends that back in the early 1980’s, this was the only pub in Horndean that didn’t mind serving you if you were still in your school uniform. Ah, how things have changed!
The Brewers Arms is no more; the pub closed and has been re-born as the Horndean One Stop.
Fortunately much of the original of the external building has been retained. One casualty was the all-year-round Christmas lights that The Brewers Arms sported even in the height of the British summer.
Something you may not know about One Stop – One Stop is is owned by Tesco.
The other pub that is missing from Horndean is The Anchor which was located on the A3 near to The Yews. The Anchor underwent a few name changes in it’s time, including a temporary re-birth as Campbells bar. When I say the The Anchor is missing; the pub was demolished and affordable housing has been built on the former site. All that remains of The Anchor today is the two bus stops which are named after the pub. I will always remember The Anchor fondly for one thing – I was asked by the barmaid for ID, yet I was 29 …
Within a space of a few of years, Horndean lost two of it’s five public houses. The Red Lion, The Ship & Bell and The Colonial Bar survive to this day – let us hope that Horndean does not lose any more of it’s history any time soon.