The cider house rules: Award-winning Twickenham landlords take over Surbiton pub

This Is Local London: Assistant manager Nick Black and managers Pete Brew and Ash Zorbell will be taking over the Antelope next week Assistant manager Nick Black and managers Pete Brew and Ash Zorbell will be taking over the Antelope next week

A Surbiton pub will reopen next week as an ale and cider house.

The Antelope in Maple Road will open its doors with the same team behind the award-winning Sussex Arms in Twickenham.

The new managers Pete Brew and Ash Zorbell - who scooped the regional pub of the year gong for the Sussex Arms at the 2012 Camra awards - have promised a constantly rotating selection of independently brewed cask and keg beers, handpicked ciders, wines and spirits.

An in-house, six-barrel micro brewery will also launch in the spring.

The new look pub will open on Thursday, February 6, at 5pm.

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12:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Surbotron says...

Excellent news.
Excellent news. Surbotron

12:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

DB says...

Good luck to these guys. The Antelope has been a terrible pub in a great location for many years and it would be great to see it fill it's potential.

If reviews and feedback for the Sussex Arms are to be believed, this tesm really has the ability to do it.
Good luck to these guys. The Antelope has been a terrible pub in a great location for many years and it would be great to see it fill it's potential. If reviews and feedback for the Sussex Arms are to be believed, this tesm really has the ability to do it. DB

1:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

The beauty of the Sussex Arms was that you'd walk in, and be faced with a bar brimming with unfamiliar beer names. For me that's the acid test of a really decent pub. None of the big industrial cr*p beer and lager brands that you can find in any other local boozer. So good luck in Surbiton, keep the faith.
The beauty of the Sussex Arms was that you'd walk in, and be faced with a bar brimming with unfamiliar beer names. For me that's the acid test of a really decent pub. None of the big industrial cr*p beer and lager brands that you can find in any other local boozer. So good luck in Surbiton, keep the faith. kingstonpaul

1:37pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IanGeorge says...

I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting.

However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one.

For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles!
I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting. However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one. For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles! IanGeorge

1:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

berrybabe says...

Good luck to the owners. Considering the posh location this pub was a stinker. Dodgy management and odd regulars as well. They always seemed a bit creepy and it looked like the sort of place Norman Bates in psycho would hang out.
Good luck to the owners. Considering the posh location this pub was a stinker. Dodgy management and odd regulars as well. They always seemed a bit creepy and it looked like the sort of place Norman Bates in psycho would hang out. berrybabe

2:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

DB says...

IanGeorge wrote:
I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting. However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one. For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles!
I doubt that the new owners will stop selling lager altogether! There is a lot of snobbery around the major brands, but some of the small brewery stuff is quite good and would fit in quite well with their offering, like Meantime London Lager.

If you go into the nearest equivalent pubs like The Grove you will always find at least twice as many people drinking lager as ale, so they'd be short-sighted not to serve at least one. I think a lot more people will prefer to try the ales when there are decent ones one that they have not seen before, but there will still be a lot of people who prefer lager.
[quote][p][bold]IanGeorge[/bold] wrote: I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting. However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one. For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles![/p][/quote]I doubt that the new owners will stop selling lager altogether! There is a lot of snobbery around the major brands, but some of the small brewery stuff is quite good and would fit in quite well with their offering, like Meantime London Lager. If you go into the nearest equivalent pubs like The Grove you will always find at least twice as many people drinking lager as ale, so they'd be short-sighted not to serve at least one. I think a lot more people will prefer to try the ales when there are decent ones one that they have not seen before, but there will still be a lot of people who prefer lager. DB

3:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IanGeorge says...

DB wrote:
IanGeorge wrote:
I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting. However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one. For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles!
I doubt that the new owners will stop selling lager altogether! There is a lot of snobbery around the major brands, but some of the small brewery stuff is quite good and would fit in quite well with their offering, like Meantime London Lager.

If you go into the nearest equivalent pubs like The Grove you will always find at least twice as many people drinking lager as ale, so they'd be short-sighted not to serve at least one. I think a lot more people will prefer to try the ales when there are decent ones one that they have not seen before, but there will still be a lot of people who prefer lager.
Apparently they aren't selling 'normal' lager. Just have a feeling I'll not like their fancy Green King stuff. I'll withhold judgement for now and give it a go when it opens.
[quote][p][bold]DB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanGeorge[/bold] wrote: I have been a fan of the Antelope for years. Good luck to the new owners/managers, they seem to know how to run a good pub and are really investing in the pub. The micro-brewery idea is very exciting. However, I do find the snobbery involved when talking about lager rather annoying. I happen to like lager. Indeed, I happen to prefer the mass produced lager over the fancy stuff that this pub are planning to sell. I'm certainly not the only one. For big groups of friends who like to meet for a drink, I suppose that the Antelope will now be out of bounds if just one of the group is like me, a bog-standard lager drinker. I think that's a shame. Surely they could have a pump under the counter for us with limited taste buds and a liking for bubbles![/p][/quote]I doubt that the new owners will stop selling lager altogether! There is a lot of snobbery around the major brands, but some of the small brewery stuff is quite good and would fit in quite well with their offering, like Meantime London Lager. If you go into the nearest equivalent pubs like The Grove you will always find at least twice as many people drinking lager as ale, so they'd be short-sighted not to serve at least one. I think a lot more people will prefer to try the ales when there are decent ones one that they have not seen before, but there will still be a lot of people who prefer lager.[/p][/quote]Apparently they aren't selling 'normal' lager. Just have a feeling I'll not like their fancy Green King stuff. I'll withhold judgement for now and give it a go when it opens. IanGeorge

3:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IanGeorge says...

berrybabe wrote:
Good luck to the owners. Considering the posh location this pub was a stinker. Dodgy management and odd regulars as well. They always seemed a bit creepy and it looked like the sort of place Norman Bates in psycho would hang out.
Haha - thanks berrybabe. Love you too.

An ex-creepy odd regular
[quote][p][bold]berrybabe[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the owners. Considering the posh location this pub was a stinker. Dodgy management and odd regulars as well. They always seemed a bit creepy and it looked like the sort of place Norman Bates in psycho would hang out.[/p][/quote]Haha - thanks berrybabe. Love you too. An ex-creepy odd regular IanGeorge

4:01pm Sat 1 Feb 14

surboSam says...

I think it's completely disgraceful the new owners have told the staff that they cannot work at the new Antelope. Just seems the new owners are very self absorbed and interested on creating a poncy cider house, what's wrong with a normal pub that serves a range if largers and employs local staff that have. History with the pub, they'll just alienate the locals.
I think it's completely disgraceful the new owners have told the staff that they cannot work at the new Antelope. Just seems the new owners are very self absorbed and interested on creating a poncy cider house, what's wrong with a normal pub that serves a range if largers and employs local staff that have. History with the pub, they'll just alienate the locals. surboSam

9:59am Mon 3 Feb 14

OhThisBloodyPC says...

The last manager has all the charm of John Prescott with a hangover and a nail in his foot.

The regulars were even worse. The smallest minds in suburbia. If they're driven away by progress good.
The last manager has all the charm of John Prescott with a hangover and a nail in his foot. The regulars were even worse. The smallest minds in suburbia. If they're driven away by progress good. OhThisBloodyPC

12:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

Let's raise a toast to snobbery! Especially if it helps keep the neanderthals and their prole lagers away!
Let's raise a toast to snobbery! Especially if it helps keep the neanderthals and their prole lagers away! kingstonpaul

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