By 1930 Milady sweets were the best sellers across Britain costing 3d a quarter (125g) for ‘weigh-out’ sweets. Some of the most popular sweets in the 1930s-40s included Fizzy Cola Bottles, Parma Violets , Kola Cubes and Polo Mints. The term Pick ’n’ Mix was not used until 1950s.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
We have been in Lewes for 26 years, having moved from Surrey when my parents bought the Brewers in 1994.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Perhaps customers asking when they'll be allowed to sit at the bar again has been the most common refrain. We all miss that more spontaneous human interaction.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
I don't have a favourite single moment, but everyone has been universally welcoming and supportive since we re-opened in August. The affection and goodwill from all our customers have been an enormous boost to us.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Personally, the shop I most miss and would bring back is Bright Ideas. An affordable Aladdin's Cave with wonderful, friendly staff. Oh, for the days when you could browse in a narrow, crowded shop! However, this question was an excellent talking point in the pub - other favourites are Florence's sweet shop, Ransoms, Bunces, Seymours and FE Hall/Catlin's tobacconist.
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?
I'll be delighted when Bonfire can return. Even though I'll be at work; the noise, the smell and the fabulous costumes, as well as the annual reunions as people return to the town for that one night; the Patina Moving On Parade with children from all the primary schools in the area filling the street; Late Night Shopping at Christmas with live music; and just all the events that Lewes does so well, and that bring the community together.
Kathy at The Brewers Arms