Yesterday took a number 17 bus to Horsham to visit the Dark Star’s newest bar, the Anchor Tap in East Street, Horsham. East Street is in the centre of Horsham, only yards from teh Carfax (whatever one of those is) which IS the centre of town. About a third of the shops are charity shops which struck me as odd for one of the wealthiest towns in West Sussex, but my friend and Horsham resident suggested its because fewer and fewer people shop in shops now, preferring to do it virtually. I guess that’s why most of the other shops are eateries or bars – much harder to do online.
One building was the not-so-much-restored-as-completely-rebuilt medieval timber-framed house, now a gateway to more retail opportunities that demand your presence (nail parlours, hairdressers and picture-framers).
This little wander led me to a bit of public art. A 19th century headmaster and property developer called William Pirie, sat in his donkey cart.
The Anchor Tap offered several cask ales, but many were rather traditional malty ones, so I even ventured into the keg selection. Sampled three casks (Bristol Beer Factory’s Seven Bitter, Saltaire’s Triple Choc Stout and DS’s Hophead) and two kegs, being Tiny Rebel’s Cali US Pale and Wild Beer’s Fresh Pale – both excellent quality but not really worth more than £5.50 a pint. Maybe its throw-away kegs that cost a lot? Or maybe its what the market will bear?