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The Cure for Everything – Except Hangovers!

With our Gin and jazz night coming up at the end of next week, I thought you might like to know a little more about the history of what for a long time was the nations favourite tipple.

A Sussex Country Pub Favourite

Sussex Country PubsYou might be surprised to learn that starting from humble beginnings, the old G&T has a long and really quite complicated history, filled with a level of intrigue, that belies its simple ingredients.

It’s thought that Gin was invented in the 16th century in Leiden, Holland by one Dr. Sylvius de Bouve.  It was originally prescribed as medical treatment said to aid circulation. It made its way to the UK, where, due largely to being cheap, it became the beverage of choice.  By 1750, over 11 million gallons were being downed by Londoners every year.  Eventually, the level of drinking became such a problem that a series of laws had to be introduced to  curb the general populations’ reliance on the spirit, and by the mid-19th century gin came to be considered a gentleman’s drink.

In 1857 the British Crown formally took over the government of India, and as Empire spread more Brits began to make their way to the subcontinent and other warm postings. They struggled with the ravages of malaria and boredom in tropical climates when some smart (and sweaty) colonial  figured out the cure for both of these evils – The Gin and Tonic.

http://qtonic.com/history.html

Purely Medicinal My Dear

At that time tonic water was infused heavily with quinine, which was an extract from the South American cinchona tree.  Known to locals as the “fever tree” because its bark was able to stop chills, cinchona bark was first brought to Europe in the 1640s when it was shown to both cure and prevent malaria.  So tonic water  became an essential part of Britain’s colonial expansion, even though its taste was bitter and harsh. Brits soon found that the addition of gin, sugar, ice, and citrus was the perfect way to temper the bitterness and make the cure palatable.   And as a bonus, the inclusion of limes prevented scurvy, which was always a problem during the long sea voyages to the postings.

 

The Modern Pub Version

Nowadays tonic water is much more palatable, with much smaller doses of quinine and more sweetening agents, making the G&T as popular as ever.  Quibble ass we may over the details (how much ice to use, lemon versus lime or cucumber, proper ratios etc.), we can all agree: the timeless gin and tonic really does seem to cure all ills.

Except hangovers, that is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin_and_tonic

 

The Hills Are Alive – With Sussex Walkers

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Hope you read that title with the tune going on in your head!

Now we finally seem to be enjoying something like a summer, we’re really seeing more of you heading off up the hill to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery we’re blessed with around the pub.

While there are some really nice walks starting from the car park, we have the advantage of also being in easy reach of Devils Dyke (well, easy if you’ve got the legs for the climb up the hill).  So you’re not limited to just the dog walks or hikes around us here, there’s plenty of scope for roaming further afield and you can just use us as a base or a pit stop.

If you’re feeling energetic just head South out of the beer garden, climb up to the top of the Downs and you’re only half a mile from the Devils Dyke.   For the hardy souls walking along the South Downs Way (which runs along the escarpment just behind us) we’re an ideal place to drop down for a spot of lunch or a well earned pint.

Dog Friendly – Walker Friendly – And Just Plain Friendly

sussex country pub, dog friendly and walkers pubIf you do decide to stay,  the garden is coming into it’s own again in the fine weather.  It’s the ideal place to take a load off once you’ve clocked a few miles and dog Walkers and Hikers all get to appreciate the outdoor bar.  So whatever your plans for the day, its well worth stopping by.

For some walking ideas try:  http://shepherdanddogpub.co.uk/local-walks

or:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/walkingholidays/8120709/Devils-Dyke-South-Downs-walk-of-the-week.html

 

Spring Weddings at Your Favourite Sussex Country Pub

It’s that time of year, the weather is warming up and couples start to think of tying the knot.  As a Sussex Country pub we’re very lucky to have a fabulous location for wedding receptions – nestled at the foot of the Downs just below Devils Dyke.  The garden, with the outdoor bar and easy access to the main pub is an idyllic setting, and if you get lucky with the weather makes for a perfect day.

Love Is In The Air

wedding at sussex country pub

Last year we hosted several receptions, and each one was a pleasure for us here at the pub.  Everyone’s happy, it’s always a great occasion, and it makes coming to work worthwhile – really doesn’t get much better than getting to share in such a special day for the couple and their families.

Hope to see more of you joining us this year.

 

 

 

http://shepherdanddogpub.co.uk

 

Spring Is On The Way

It’s the first day of spring and time to look forward to the lighter evenings, warmer weather and the call of the great outdoors – as in out of the back door and in to the beer garden!

dog friendly pubs sussexAfter the success of the re-vamped garden and bar last summer, we’re planing even more events to make the most of the stunning surroundings and family atmosphere of the garden.  Music nights, weddings and good old relaxing with the family and friends – can’t wait.

 

Remember the Summer?

Despite having just had the warmest December on record, winter finally seems to be arriving, so I thought it might be nice to just remind you of the lovely summer we had (no it’s ok – no need to thank me).  That way you can while away the soggy afternoons remembering those lazy afternoons in the beer garden in your favourite Sussex country pub.

Enjoy…………..

 

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Making Sure the Dog Can Still Walk

We are, of course, committed to promoting responsible drinking habits.  We encourage dog walkers to join us in the bar and garden, but only on the basis of selling alcoholic beverages to humans. We in no way condone what follows…….

 

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