Winner Pub, Elm Grove (formerly the Downs Café)

Photo, c1950

Photo:Downs Café between 1947 - 1954 (now The Winner pub)

Downs Café between 1947 - 1954 (now The Winner pub)

Sent to website by Barry Fawcett, 02-06-2003
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page

We lived in the Downs Cafe from 1966-1968 and it was extremely haunted-many things happened. We also used to get many naughty "Borstal Boys" in for a breakfast. I was a child at the time and remember being told the cafe was built on a Roman burial ground, can anybody confirm this to be true?

By Julie Slade (nee Allen) (19/02/2012)

In the 50s I would get a number 44 trolley bus from Arundel Road to the top of Elm Grove, wait outside the Down's Cafe to get the number 2 or 2a bus to Fitzherbert school in Woodingdean in the morning, and in the afternoon after school I would wait for the number 44 trolleybus outside the Down's Cafe to take me home. The cafe also sold sweets and sticky buns. Drivers and conductors would get their tea cans filled here and take their tea breaks sitting in the bus.

By Mick Peirson (20/02/2012)

Can we hear more of the strange happenings please? I lived in that area as a child; know it well.

By Jennifer Tonks (20/02/2012)

I used to go to get bottles of lemonade and cakes for the Bookmakers on race-days in the '50s, I think I got paid a tanner each time.

By terry boyle (29/10/2012)

I used to go to the Downs café after working a night shift at the Sunblest bakery in Woodingdean. They used to have a pinball machine in there. would be around 1977-78.

By Jozef Kis (08/01/2015)

Then it must have changed to the Winner Pub soon after 1977-78, I remember it as the pub in 1980 or 81!

By Peter Groves (08/01/2015)