Great British Pub Award winner takes on second Sussex site

By Jo Bruce contact

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Winning ways: Rogers is opening a second Sussex site
Winning ways: Rogers is opening a second Sussex site
A licensee who won Best Turnaround Pub 2013 in the Great British Pub Awards has taken on a second site.

Zoe Rogers, who has run Enterprise Inns' lease the George Payne in Hove, East Sussex, since 2012, will operate Punch Taverns's site Whistlestop at Portslade train station as it stands until 1 January.

It will then be closed for “a couple of months” for a full refurbishment before opening again under its historic name of the Railway Inn.

Rogers said: “I felt that I had got the George Payne to where I wanted it to be and now was the time to move on to a fresh challenge. I approached Punch about the Whistlestop because I fell in love with it in exactly the same way as the George Payne."

She added: “There is so much potential there – there is a big kitchen that is under-used and the customer base is already there for a good pub selling decent food.

"There is also a big function room and with the location next to the train station and not many neighbours it is a perfect location for live music and comedy."

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Brilliant news

Posted by Jamie Thomas,

This is the best news we've heard in a long time. We have lived in the area for 3 years and have often said how it lacks a decent 'family friendly' pub. The George Payne is great and I'm sure the Railway Inn will be too. Good luck Zoe, we're all behind you and have told all our friends.

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So excited!

Posted by Local Resident,

We live just around the corner from the pub and are so happy to hear this news! We've told all our friends - everyone is so excited to have a decent pub opening up in the area. Good luck Zoe, everyone is behind you!!

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No Idea

Posted by Objective Observer,

Zoe has had the pub for 2 years and all the reviews cover that period.

Nothing else in the history I can find to say one way or another.

As for the Whistlestop, nothing on that since the long standing license died in 2012.

In any event I don't see your point, Zoe has made the pub a success with 95% of reviews good, very good, or excellent.

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