Award-winning Worthing micropub expanding into Rustington

An award-winning Worthing micropub which has had a positive impact on the community is expanding into Rustington.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 3:48 pm
Updated Monday, 9th December 2019, 3:55 pm

Craig Stocker quit his office job to open The Georgi Fin in Goring Road, Worthing, in 2017, named after his two children.

Just two years later, he is opening his second one, The Georgi Fin Rustington, following the success of his old-fashioned pub, which has won five awards and came second in Herald and Gazette Pub of the Year competition this year.

Craig said: “I can’t wait. It has had such a positive impact here in Worthing. I can’t wait to change another place for the better.

Craig Stocker with partner Helene Quignot

“I never expected it to go as well as it has here – and in two years I never expected to be opening another one!”

The micropub will replace Owen Electrical and Lighting Ltd in The Street, Rustington, and Craig will be doing all the renovations.

He said he felt excited and nervous by the new challenge but confident he can make the same model work in the village.

“It is about taking a concept that works really well and to take that and replicate it again without losing that human touch,” he commented.

The micropub will replace Owen Electrical and Lighting Ltd in Rustington

“It has to have a personal touch. I always make sure I know the person’s name when they come in.”

Craig said the reaction to the news had been ‘huge’.

“I posted it on Facebook and it had hundreds of likes and comments,” he said.

“It feels amazing. I don’t feel like I have a job because it is so much fun.”

The Georgi Fin in Worthing

Craig said he hopes to open the micropub by Easter. There will be a grand opening, he said, and he will be taking on more staff.

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Where it all began - Craig in The Georgi Fin in Worthing
Craig (right) and customers outside The Georgi Fin in Worthing
Craig and Helene with staff at The Georgi Fin in Worthing