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About Us

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.

Download it here...


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


Front of house

Tom Foster


Tom grew up living next door to one of our pubs, so knew what we are all about from a young age, he has a strong enthusiasm for good food and great beers, when he isn’t working Tom can be found tinkering with cars or going out shooting. He lives with his wife and cocker-spaniel and soon to have a new addition to the family.

Elodie Stephens

Deputy Manager

Elodie has worked in several of our southern Brunning and Price pubs over the past five years, starting at The Black Jug in Horsham, then moved onto be part of the opening team at the Fox Revived, before heading to Cheltenham to take up the Assistant Manager role at the Old Courthouse. Elodie's never without a smile on her face and is always around for a chat, no matter what side of the bar she is on! But beware, her guilty pleasure is a cracking GnT.

Phoebe Ploegaerts

Deputy Manager

Phoebe has joined us from one of our sister pub's, The Refectory, after being part of the management team there for the past few years. She enjoys a glass of wine, a good gin & tonic, and well, anything including booze. Keep an eye out for her ever changing hair colour!

Nikki Stepney

Assistant Manager

Nikki joins our management team here at The Highdown with heaps of knowledge as she's worked in the hospitality industry for the past 12 years! She started out cheffing, but found her passion within pub management. In her spare time she can be found keeping busy with her two lovely children. She loves to travel and explore new places and culture's, but says you can't beat her mum's home cooked roast dinner, we're yet to be invited to try it out!

Scarlett Bennett-James


Scarlett feels right at home here at The Highdown, as she got married here many moons ago. She claims she can make at least one person smile everyday. If you can't find her behind our bar, she will without a doubt be gushing over a puppy that she's encountered!

Alexandra Day

Bar/Waiting Staff

Alex is one of the bubbliest bar maids we've ever met, and bubbly in all the senses, she claims she's made up of 99% Prosecco! She get's her year round tan from trips to Marbella, when she's not taking time out to horse-ride and shop!

Joanne Jezard

Bar/Waiting Staff

You won't be able to miss Jo here at the Highdown, she has one of the most infectious smiles we've ever seen. When she's not jumping between the pub and tearoom, she practices Swedish massage and Reiki, believe it or not!

Ella Linfield

Bar/Waiting Staff

Ella's one of our most talkative waitresses, who manages to keep the Chef's in line by running our Food Pass. She has a qualification in hairdressing but hasn't yet offered to practice on any our our team!

Aiden Ward

Bar/Waiting Staff

Aiden's job role here is to keep the kitchen boys in check, he run's the pass for us on our busy shifts. Dean, our Head Chef has nicknames him Sideshow Cecil.


Brian Carter

Senior Sous Chef

After growing up in the pub industry, Brian knows everything there is to know about food and drink - especially beer. We try not to buy in Arundel Sussex Gold too often, because we just can't get rid of him when we do! As an avid Tottenham fan, you can often hear him yelling at the radio on a Saturday afternoon. I suppose nobody's perfect...

Daniel Callis

Sous Chef

Dan come’s with a wealth of knowledge after cheffing for nearly 12 years! He’s a motivated hard worker but loves to play a joke, so always keep an eye on him. In his spare time, he enjoys mounting biking.

Luke Adams

Chef de Partie

Luke’s a local lad and is one of the bubbliest chefs we’ve met, he works harder than ever (when he’s not having a natter) and has a great eye for detail. When he’s not cheffing, he enjoys fixing up bikes.

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.