Following an extensive facelift, The New Port Arms pub, restaurant and events venue at The Lady Bee Marina in Shoreham Harbour, Southwick opened its doors on 23rd February 2019, with an official launch on 14th March.
The venue, which locals may well remember Pebbles on the Port, has been transformed by the new owner and promises to be an exciting addition to the local pub and restaurant scene.
The venue, arranged over two floors in an extraordinary setting right on the harbourside, boasts a spectacular 1700 sq ft south facing terrace with its own moorings right on the water and unparalleled views of Shoreham’s working port, lock gates and leisure craft marinas. During the summer months, the outside terrace and bandstand will play host to the best in local musical talent offering a unique entertainment experience at sunset.
Inside, the large ground floor bar and restaurant with its contemporary New England vibe will be serving up an impressive range of craft beers, a superb selection of wines and, of course, everyone’s favourite tipple. The kitchen, with experienced local chef, Mat Whitehead, will offer an innovative menu utilising the sensational local ingredients grown and produced in Sussex. Diners can expect seafood from the doorstep, alongside meats, vegetables and cheeses sourced from the very best the region has to offer including coffee and bread by local Brighton artisans Black Rock Coffee Company and the Flour Pot Bakery respectively.
The New Port Arms also boasts a unique first floor function space with its own private bar, stage and balcony and catering for between 20 to 150 guests which is perfect for a range of celebrations and events for those hosts and planners looking for somewhere with a distinct wow factor.
The new owner, Sharon Barr, has a wealth of experience in the sector with over ten years of owning and running a busy bar in central Brighton and a key supplier of outside hospitality services to some of the city’s largest events. Sharon takes her waterside environmental responsibilities very seriously and has already been working with local conservationists. The venue will be constantly looking out for ways to increase its environmental credentials and is committed to using minimum plastics from the outset. Even the new furniture is largely created from reclaimed wood.
Sharon is also keen for the bar and restaurant to become a real part of local Southwick community life and has been overwhelmed by the local reaction to the refurbishment.
“The people of Southwick are among the friendliest I have ever met. Everyone I have had the pleasure of speaking with has made me feel so welcome to the community. The positive response we have had on social media has been incredible with everyone looking forward to seeing what we’ve done with the place. We’ve even had a few parties and events booked in already. I can’t wait to welcome everyone to The New Port Arms.”
In addition to its place in the local community, the venue will be a welcome port of call for the pleasure sailors and harbour visitors as well as becoming something of a destination venue for those seeking a truly unique family and dog-friendly pub and restaurant in a remarkable setting.
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