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About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

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.

Read on...

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.

The pub is the double-gabled building
on the right

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.

The Hurst Arms

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.

Keeping the city folk fed and watered...

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.

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Patrick Landy

Trainee Assistant Manager

Like a true Irishman, Patrick is always keen to sell you a drop of Irish whiskey, and he is willing to show you on a map all the way to his home town of Tipperary. He could work for the Irish Tourist Board. Strangely his favourite colour is green.

Claire Reed

Bar/Waiting Staff

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 Swift

Bar/Waiting Staff

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 Ryan

Bar/Waiting Staff

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?



Kitchen

Paul Emmett

Head Chef

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 Fitzgerald

Junior Sous Chef

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!

Dalton Cox

Commis Chef

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.



Maintenance

Dominic Molloy

Handyperson

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.


Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.

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