Cheers! MP Toasts Worthing Pub's Revival

Park View

Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, visited The Park View on Salvington Road in Worthing to toast the success of a £240,000 refurbishment, which broke ground in March last year and has transformed the pub into a hub of the community.

 

The work, by Star Pubs & Bars and licensee Steve Pease, gave the pub a completely new look and a warm, welcoming feel and revamped the garden by replanting as well as adding furniture and an awning and heating to enable year-round use. The project included introducing good food and all-day coffee, making cask ale  - accredited by Cask Marque – into a feature and installing screens to up grade the pub’s popular separate sports bar.

 

The changes have put The Park View on the map with people in the area. Formerly little used, the pub is now family-friendly and attracts the whole community. 

 

Says licensee Steve Pease: “The support from the community has been fantastic. There was clearly a need for a quality local in the area and we’ve got residents using the pub who had never crossed the threshold before the investment. There’s a real mix of customers now  – families, retirees, ladies on a night out, those wanting to watch sports or play pool – and the pub’s new direction seems to appeal to them all. The garden has been a hit – we regularly had over 100 people enjoying it in the summer.”

 

Comments Sir Peter Bottomley MP: “Good pubs play an important social role as gathering places for the communities they serve. I have previously pledged my support for the Long Live The Local Campaign to help pubs in Worthing West keep their doors open and continue to support the campaign to keep our local pubs thriving. Brewing and pubs in Worthing West supports 1013 jobs and contributes £23m to the local economy, with many further unquantifiable values and benefits to our communities. It was a pleasure to visit The Park View and see a local pub that has received a substantial investment and been given a new lease of life as a result.”

 

Adds Sarah Bramley, Star Pubs & Bars area manager: “We’re delighted that The Park View has been so well received. We’re investing in pubs like The Park View throughout the South East to ensure they meet people’s expectations and changing needs and provide the great food and drink they want.”