One of the arguments for the closure of the Black Horse in Amberley being put forward by the new owner’s planning consultants is that the parish has a population of only 422.
Even smaller populations in Houghton, Burpham, Nutbourne, Ashurst and Dial Post do not appear to have hampered the success of pubs in those villages.
The suggestion there is limited passing traffic highlights a lack of knowledge about Amberley, which attracts an ever growing number of visitors, whether they are walkers on the South Downs Way, ramblers, cyclists, mountain bikers or simply those out for a drive, looking for somewhere nice to stop for lunch or dinner.
Both the Sportsman, in Amberley, and the Bridge Inn, at Houghton Bridge, are good examples of how rural pubs can flourish and another thriving enterprise will attract more business to the area to the advantage of all.
East Street, Amberley