Popular Tarring pub make-over plan

The Thomas A' Becket public house''W07329H11
The Thomas A' Becket public house''W07329H11

A centenary make-over is planned for Tarring’s Thomas A’Becket pub.

The “best of the old and new” is promised for this well-known pub, at the corner of Rectory Road and Poulter’s Lane, if Worthing planners approve proposals for the £½million plans to restore the building to its early 20th-century ambience.

Brewers Fuller Smith and Turner want to demolish two single-storey extensions, built since the Thomas A’Becket was granted its first pub licence in 1911.

Their aim is to replace them with a single, 1½-storey structure with a pitched-roof, restoring some of the building’s original character. But the new look will be far more than just skin-deep.

Rupert Burnell, the brewery’s southern area manager, said instead of just one long bar-room, the completely refurbished interior would boast a separate restaurant, lounge bar, snug, and a saloon bar.

Outside, the garden would be restored, and there would also be a children’s play area.

“We will be restoring the pub to what it was 100 years ago,” said Mr Burnell.

“It will be a fantastic, traditional pub – including darts and real ales – and it will be family-friendly with a great community atmosphere.”

A planning application has just been lodged with Worthing Borough Council.

If approved, it will mean the pub closing for about three weeks while the work takes place, with an anticipated re-opening in time for Easter.

The Thomas A’Becket will continue under the managership of Ryan and Heather Mayo.