About Us

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

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.

Download it here

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


Front of house

Tom Foster

Manager

Tom grew up living next door to one of our pubs, so knew what we were all about from a young age. He has a strong enthusiasm for good food and great beers. When he isn't working (which is very rare) Tom can be found tinkering with cars or going out shooting. He lives with his wife, daughter and cocker-spaniel Angus.

Phoebe Ploegaerts

Deputy Manager

Phoebe started off her time at her local (and our sister pub), the Refectory when she was just 17. Eight years later she has worked up the ranks and has found herself her perfect match at the Highdown. She loves organising Christmas Markets and Dog Walks (especially if it involves having a beer at the same time!). Keep an eye out for her ever changing hair colour!

Kirk Poole

Assistant Manager

Kirk absolutely loves his son, Clark, and they spend every moment of their free time together. He has a keen sweet tooth so I wouldn't leave any donuts lying around near him.

Hannah Spencer-Smith

Assistant Manager

This one is madder than a box of frogs. Having worked in pubs for most of her life, she has recently joined the B&P crew and taken it in her stride. Cheeky and cheerful on the outside, it's her crazy cackle that you can hear throughout the downs that you need to watch out for!

Tom

Trainee Assistant Manager

Tom started off behind the bar fully bearded and as a teacher. He then shaved it off completely for Movember and joined our team full-time, and it's no surprise why! You will normally find him behind the bar or if you can see a trail of mud left on the floor, you can assume it's from his boots...

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!

Sandra Gingell

Bar/Waiting Staff

Sandy is our resident Twinkle of sunshine! Whether she is there to get us out of trouble on a busy Sunday breakfast shift or hand decorating some baubles to sell at our Christmas Market - Sandy is a woman of so many talents we couldn't even begin to start counting.

Saffron Maltby

Bar/Waiting Staff

Oh Saffers. She may seem cute and innocent but she is undoubtedly the only girl under our roof who can put the chefs in their place. Having been with us since we opened our doors, Saffron can always be relied upon to bring your food to your table without fail.

Maria

Bar/Waiting Staff

Maria is our feisty, Spanish Señorita. When she isn't at the Highdown, she works as a teacher - where does she get the energy?!

Jasmine Rendall

Bar/Waiting Staff

Jas joins our team after previously working here before the refurbishment. You can count on Jas to help out whenever and wherever needed. She's a pleasure to work with and always has a smile on her face.

Alice Snow

Bar/Waiting Staff

Alice is our resident red head (although she would never let you believe it). She is a fantastic laugh and will always be there when a G&T is being poured. She always pops in during her holidays from uni, and we honestly couldn't run a busy shift without her. Although, make sure you put her in the right section!

Caprice Orton

Bar/Waiting Staff

Caprice is our fantastic, leggy brunette! She might be seen behind the bar, on the floor or running food. She is covered in all manner of beautiful tattoos and we wouldn't have her any other way.

Neisha Rendell

Bar/Waiting Staff

Neisha is one of the coolest girls you've ever met. Will her hair be blue or won't it? Who knows, but we know we'll love it. Unfortunately she only comes back for holidays as she is at uni, but if you have ever seen a ray of sunshine personified - this is she.

Emily Smart

Bar/Waiting Staff

Emily is our recently engaged (yay!) Tea Room waitress. In her spare time she can be found taking beautiful photos which anyone would be proud to have in their homes.

Stephanie Martyn-Smith

Bar/Waiting Staff

Steph has been with us for a while now and is definitely an integral part of the team. Although don't get her Whisky Sour wrong or it might be the end of you...

Lorraine Ploegaerts

Bar/Waiting Staff

As the Mother of the Author, I have nothing but fantastic things to say about this lady. Lorraine (mum) loved it at the Highdown so much, she drives from Godalming once or twice a week to give us a hand. Always with a smile on her face, it takes a lot to pull her away from her two spaniels - but we're glad to have her.

Sadie Simmons

Bar/Waiting Staff

Sadie is one of our newer members of staff and what a great addition she is! In her spare time she dances and so who knows where she finds the energy to run up and down our stairs at the pace she does - but we couldn't do it without her!

Amaya Murphy

Bar/Waiting Staff

Amaya is one of our students who work part-time with us. When she isn't at work, she is busy progressing in her studies. She is even working at Tulley's this year!

Nicole Placide

Bar/Waiting Staff

Nicole is a Welsh Diamond and Mum to two of the most gorgeous children. Nicole has got to be one of our hardest workers and can always be seen running around our Oak room on a Sunday.

Sam Butler

Bar/Waiting Staff

Sam has got more nicknames than we do gins on the bar. His bellowing voice can be heard reciting stories and anecdotes no matter what time of day it is. I mean...we would agree that about 20% of then are worth listening to! No matter what though, this one always has a grin on his face and is a pleasure to have behind the bar.

Ji Ji Brown

Bar/Waiting Staff

Ji Ji is our beautiful waitress who joined us from the world of cabin crew. Having just moved to Worthing, we are so glad she is now a part of our team.

Adam Thomas-Green

Bar/Waiting Staff

Oh how we love our Adam! He is the happiest, most chipper person we have ever met and another one of our Cabin Crew chaps!

George McMillan

Bar/Waiting Staff

George is one of our super speedy barman who can always be seen running around giving everyone a hand. He has a little one of the way and we can't wait to meet her!


Kitchen

Dan Lee

Head Chef

Dan has had over 20 years of experience as a chef working all over the country. When you meet him, immediately his love of his home town, Birmingham, is apparent. After that, his cat Mr Blue Sky takes up all of his time and devotion. If he isn't in the kitchen, you can probably find Dan at the bar with a pint.

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.

James Schofield

Junior Sous Chef

James has joined us from The Bolney stage after spending four years working his way up the ranks. He started as a kitchen porter and quickly decided that he wanted a slice of the fast and furious kitchen action. James is now firing on all cylinders and we're proud to count him as an integral part of our kitchen crew.

Luke Adams

Junior Sous Chef

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

Tom Chisnall

Junior Sous Chef

Tom Chisnall has been with us since day one and we've watched him climb up the ranks as he has become quite an impressive young chef. If Tom isn't at work he is probably eating oysters or up the Shard or something casual...

Heather Weller

Chef de Partie

You can find Heather behind the scenes in the Tea Room as she is our chief sandwich technician. Here from the start, her passion shines through, and she is always there whenever, wherever you need her.

Lewis McKelvie

Chef de Partie

Lewis is one of our younger chefs but that does not mean that he plates anything other than delicious food! Labeled in the kitchen as the "Best scallop cooker", Lewis spends his free time playing darts with a pint. He is also a huge UFC fan, so watch out!

Oscar Gaze

Chef de Partie

Oscar came and worked with us a few years ago over the Christmas period and had so much fun he decided to come back and join us full time! Oscar is a keen carp fisher, pool player and the most reliable taxi driver in Worthing.

Kai Dove

Commis Chef

Kai is one of the newest kitchen members, brought in by his girlfriend and our very own Alice! He is about 100ft tall and can throw out Afternoon Teas quick-time, probably because he can actually reach the top tier!

Matthew Gavaghan

Kitchen Porter

Matt is another one of our original members of staff. Although he is a great KP, he has an even better hand (and eye) for darts.


Maintenance

Hope Foster

Gardener/Maintenance Person

"Mrs Boss Lady". Hope is our General Manager's wife, but more than that - she's everyone's best friend. Part-time tea room, part-time gardener and full time mum. How she finds the time is beyond us, not to mention she is always bringing incredible treats for us to feast on too !