Fish and chips at the Brickmakers Arms, Ridgewood.

Great fish and chips at the Brickmakers, Ridgewood

With fish and chips as good as the Brickmakers Arms why wait until Friday night? Beautiful crisp homemade batter on a very large fresh piece of cod nicely presented, not greasy, with an ample portion of chips and peas.

What an excellent way to start any weekend.  Eat in for £7.50 or take away for £6.50 every Friday between 6-9pm. The fresh fish is ordered in every Thursday evening so it would be advisable to book to avoid disappointment.  It was certainly popular the night we called in, writes Uckfield News Fabulous Food blogger Beverley Butler.

Helen has worked very hard in the three years she has been at the pub, in New Road, Ridgewood, and it has been completely transformed.  The gardens, back and front, are looking fantastic thanks to James Dell of JD Services.  With a safe fenced off children’s play area beyond the garden the pub caters for all ages.

The regulars are an important part of the atmosphere within the pub and they certainly make newcomers welcome.  Whilst enjoying our meal we chatted to a couple sat at the table beside us and they told me that they eat there every Friday night and I can see why.

Very much the ‘community centre’ of Ridgewood, always willing to help out, Helen even took delivery of a neighbours’ shed for them on one occasion, and she orders in extra milk and bread in the winter for those unable to travel into town.  It really does have a lovely, comfortable feel and the clientele are of a mixed age group, which is always nice to see.

I can understand why this is an award winning pub.  Community Pub Award in November 2011, Hall and Wodehouse Best Beer June 2012 and Best in Bloom for Restaurant and Pub Garden in July 2012.

The Brickmakers Arms website is excellent.  All the information you could possibly want with some great photographs to show off the hard work that has gone into making this a delightful cosy pub.

A large range of Hall and Woodhouse Real Ales are listed, together with their menu, details of the fund raising events by the regulars for worthy charities such as Help the Heroes and Marie Curie are detailed together with Live Music Events and dart and pool teams.

Food is served Monday-Sunday from 12-2.30 and Tuesday-Saturday 6-8.30pm with Friday being the traditional fish and chip night. Apparently their 6oz burgers for £5.00 are ‘ the best in town’.

Locally-sourced ingredients are used and the all female staff certainly provide a warm, welcoming environment in which to enjoy a really good night out in what feels like a village pub but on the edge of town.

Thank you Helen, James and the team for your hospitality, you deserve to win many more awards between you.

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