Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.
The first reference we have to the Black Jug is from early Victorian times. The photograph here on the left is from the turn of the century.
In the late 1800’s, The Black Jug was renamed The Hurst Arms. This was probably due to Robert Hurst MP buying what is now known as Park House, which was adjoining the pub. This was the perfect place to display the Hurst family coat of arms, as was their wont in those times, but the building was burnt down and rebuilt in the 1930's.
Thankfully, this horrific monolith of an office block next to the pub has since been demolished - not even Corbusier could have admired it, surely?
The pub sits in a commercial district of Horsham close to the extensive UK headquarters of Royal Sun Alliance, with various other offices scattered around, which lend the pub a very pleasing sort of professional city feel, if you like that sort of thing.
The building sports the classic wooden panelling and plain wooden floors of the Edwardian period, and we have added our hallmark bookcases and old furniture. When we first visited the Jug it had no less than eight gaming machines - and very little else. The customers were a particularly attractive crowd of mostly ageing Hell’s Angels, but at least lots of their bikes could get into the bijou car park.
We made some major changes, dropping the windows so that people could see in and out, and moving the kitchen from upstairs, downstairs.
We also covered part of the rear courtyard to create a sort of conservatory, but the remainder of the courtyard is still open to the sky and makes a good place to sit out on the beautiful sunny day we have during the year.
Although the pub does have a car park, it’s so small it’s next to useless, but there’s plenty of parking around and about so it doesn’t seem to matter.
Ally has spent most of his life living and growing up around Mold, where he first joined the company at Glasfryn. He studied up in Scotland (his ancestral birthplace) at St. Andrews University, where he managed to get an honours degree in Applied Chemistry and Bagpipes as well as a decent score on the 'Old Course'. He is a ski fanatic and spent some time as a chalet host in Austria as well as working as a snow board instructor. Though beings down south is turning him into somewhat of a softie.
Kelley has been with us here at The Black Jug for some 12 years now and we wouldn’t know what to do with out her! She has seen the times change, mangers come and go and now truly is the maternal glue that holds the place together. She is always on the move and looking to help out the staff and customers alike. Making everyone feel warm and welcome whenever you enter the building.
James is something of a lifer here at the Jug, this being his first ever job and some 4 and half years later not only he is still here, but he is as passionate as ever. Having started with us in the kitchen as a K.P. then working his way up onto the bar and waiting team and now starting his supervisor training with us, there really isn’t a job he hasn’t tried to turn his hand to. He has an infectious laugh that carries throughout the pub, so you always know when he’s on duty.
Neil is our Mr. Due Diligent, if ever is there a job that requires detail and dedication he is there, although I do feel he may get annoyed with the amount and volume of different whisky’s we keep ordering , as he is one in charge of maintaining the whisky menu and keeping it up to date! It almost seems as soon as he gets it up to date - we order in more (oops!) He is also always on hand to chat away the hours with you and regale you in his many traveling and life stories and boy does he have a few!
Claire has been here for what seems like for ever, but it is only about four years. After spending many an hour the right side of the bar decided to get behind the jump and earn some money whilst socialising with our guests. Not only is she one of hardest working members of the team, she is also one of the hardest out of work, spending her spare time looking after her two beautiful daughters. Ever the optimist Claire can always been found with a pair of sunglasses on her head, and if the season permits a glass of Gluhwein in her hand.
Foster hails from Africa, she has and eclectic personality and a passion to learn new things and meet new people. She only works the evenings with us as she has two young boys to look after back at home, so not only does she come here for work, but also a bit of adult conversation. You can also tell when Foster is working as she stands out from the crowd with her wild dress sense, having been a model when she was younger, her flair for fashion has shown no sign of vanishing.
Katie is the jet setter of the team, hailing from sunny Manchester originally and now working with BA as an air stewardess on the long haul flights. She also comes with a top pedigree bar history, both in front of and behind. She fits in the odd shift here at the Jug in and around her travels along with a tipple or two. As you would expect being an air stewardess she always has a smile and more than happy to attend to your every need. Then being from the north loves nothing more than a good knees up too! Meaning she fits in perfectly with the rest of the team. Oh, and did I say she really likes a drink?
Rachel has to be one of the best dressed female members of the team always turning up to work in beautiful dresses with a very 1940's – 1960's feel about them. Other than being impeccably dressed she is a real animal lover, having worked for the RSPCA. If you ask her what her favourite animal is she would say all of them, but we know she has a real soft spot for bunnies. Along side her work here she is also studying to work in the social welfare sector.
Matthew has only just recently joined the team here and we are sure glad he has. Taking to life at The Black Jug extremely well. Floating around the floor taking time to make sure all of our guests feel welcomed. Matthew is also a massive movie buff, having studied it at university and is also always on hand to talk all things film.
Paul joined the team here in April 2014 and we've not looked back since. Oddly for a chef he is super approachable, cool under fire and will even have a chat with the locals, so he's definitely a keeper. When he is not tending to his kitchen, he is never far away from his new love, his allotment.
Hugh joined us from one of our sister pub's The Refectory, having worked there for two and half years and now with us for one and half years. Hugh lives and breathes hospitality, having now spent most of his working life in the industry. Working his way around various different roles with many different companies. Not content to be just a chef, you will often see him trying his wares pulling pints and even chatting to customers, not bad for a chef!
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Dan is the newest member of our kitchen and has come in full of enthusiasm and keen to learn the skills of the trade. He has recently bought a new toy, a brand new car and sometimes, its hard to get him out of it as he is always wanting to go for long drives. Dan also entered our company food competition this year and got to the finals with his dessert.
We do not think that the Black Jug would be the same without Dalton. He is definitley 'part of the furniture' now. When not working at the pub he will never be far from his computer, playing on it, listening to it or learning all about CAD. A font of knowledge, and a perfect person to have on your pub quiz team and a huge lover of cocktails.
Jonathon is our football mad kitchen porter and loves nothing more than talking about his beloved Manchester United. As well as his love for football he has a second love.... Red Bull. Fuelled by that, he flies his way though the washing up and prep, before running home shouting whoop whoop whoop
Dom came to the Black Jug back in 2008 for two weeks work to help a friend, and seven years later he is still here, working hard and keeping the pub looking great. He is like gold dust, and worth every penny. Never short of a smile and a laugh, he will brighten anyone's day, or should I say everyone's day, and that is an order.