Charles Henry Fowler's Temperance Hotel succeeded The George and Dragon Coffee Tavern, which had failed to attract customers. The temperance group "The United Kingdom Alliance" lectured on "prohibition" and in 1890 they claimed the town contained 80 licenced houses where locals spent £37,000 p.a. In Lewes the Temperance Movement failed to attract many members.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Yes, a big increase in demand for properties with good outside space.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
The moment the Government eased lockdown restrictions to enable us to visit people’s properties.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Elphicks because it was everything you would expect from a lovely old traditional market town shop.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Harvey’s Brewery’s horse drawn delivery passing up the High Street once again.
Freddie and Katie at Strutt & Parker