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Ye Old Six Bells is back, and you are going to love the changes!

After a major renovation the historic Horley pub is about to reopen its doors.



Six months ago the community were left shocked as images of fire streaming through one of the areas of the pub filtered their way through the news and social media.

The 700-year-old pub in Horley looked to have taken significant damage and questions were asked about when the classic pub would be able to reopen.

Well now that question can now be answered…this Friday 6th December!

Work started on the renovation back in October with work done on both the inside and the outside of the pub in a style that the owners say will ‘pay homage to the pub’s traditional roots and picturesque location’.

But it’s not just the look of the pub that has changed.

A brand new food menu has been brought in along with a much more extensive offering of wines, gins and craft beers.

We went along for a tasting of their new brunch menu and after choosing the pancakes, this journalist can say hand on heart that they were the best he had ‘ever’ had (and this is no advertorial!!!).

Wayne Thompson, landlord at Ye Olde Six Bells, said:

“We’re working hard to create a truly unique and enjoyable experience for our guests and are so excited to unveil the new Ye Olde Six Bells to the local area.

“The work that is currently underway is centred around creating an original country pub with a real difference. The new Six Bells will provide both our regulars and first-time guests with an exciting location to enjoy high-quality dining in beautiful surroundings.

“Both myself and the whole team are incredibly excited to reopen the doors and welcome guests to experience the new Six Bells for themselves. We hope that they’re pleased to have us back and love the transformation”.  

It can be all too easy to put a lick of paint on a wall or throw some bright cushions on a chair and call it a renovation in the same way that it can be easy to add a few new dishes and call it a new menu. But what this classic pub has done is much more than that.

Ye Old Six Bells has thought very carefully about what they wanted to achieve and what they wanted to give to their guests and that comes through immediately when you arrive.

But there is also something special that you cannot just ‘create’ that the pub has brought with it. The staff, most of whom have returned from before the fire.

Friendly, welcoming and genuinely caring, this is not just another pub visit, this is a visit to a friends or a family member and one that is no longer a lost relative, but one that has returned from a much missed absence.

Welcome back Ye Old Six Bells!

Ye Old Six Bells reopens its doors this Friday 6th December.


Crawley Council want your views on helping tackle traffic and transport issues

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a public consultation on New Directions for Crawley, the draft Crawley Transport Strategy, on Wednesday 15 January.



Crawley Borough Council is committed to enabling healthier and more sustainable transport options, working with West Sussex County Council and other partners to help to tackle traffic congestion and make our streets safer and more attractive.

Crawley Borough Council is developing a strategy to improve how we travel around the town and the choice of transport options for residents and visitors.

You can share your views on New Directions for Crawley, the new draft transport and access strategy.

The strategy proposes a vision of a walkable town along with improved sustainable public transport, car clubs and safecycling, using a mix of innovative and integrated transportfacilities to serve everyone’s needs.

It has been drafted as part of the local response to the climate emergency, which Crawley Borough Council declared at its Full Council meeting in July 2019.  

The council is asking residents to share their thoughts and ideas on the draft document, with the goal of ensuring proposals meet the needs of residents and visitors.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“It is really important for the council to hear your views on this draft strategy. “Transport is now recognised as the biggest single contributor to carbon emissions, which in turn causes climate heating.  It can also cause poor air quality and biodiversity loss. 

“We are all aware of the urgency for action on the climate crisis. This is a chance for residents to find what’s possible and to give us their thoughts on ways to improve access for everyone, to reduce congestion and pollution and improve health in our town.”

Residents can provide feedback to the draft Transport Strategy from 20 January to 9am on 17 February 2020 online at or directly by email to

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