A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PUB

The Prince Albert Copthorne has been around since the 1860s and has been extended in the meantime. We have been running our beloved family pub since 2011 and boast a beer garden with a children’s play area as well as a smoking shelter and outside seating so you can take advantage of the nice weather. Located in the quaint village of Copthorne in West Sussex, the whole family are able to enjoy spending time in our reputable pub.

Copthorne’s History

Copthorne was mentioned in the first Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Copedorne'. This is translated into modern English as the pollarded, cropped, or coppiced thorn tree. Straddling the boundaries of Surrey and Sussex, there are also links with a number of clandestine activities. For much of its early history, it was a suitable place for smugglers (or ‘free traders’ or ‘owlers’) to use as a stopover between the Sussex coast and London with the trees of the Ashdown Forest for cover. By being on the county boundary, this made it hard for the local constabularies to make pursuit.

Times Gone By

There was also prize-fighting throughout the early 19th century, which was often billed as World Championships. These included Tom Cribb fighting Tom Molineaux in December 1810 in Copthorne. The old villagers are known as the Copthorne Yellowbellies, and the derivation is a little unclear. It may, however, be connected with another trade of past years, which was charcoal burning. Stripped to the waist, the skin of the workers turned yellow from the smoke.


The Population

At the end of the 1800s, the population was just over 2,000 people. This then grew over the next 100 years to nearer 8,000. There are now more than 200 local firms based in the village, mainly employing small numbers of people.

Wide-Ranging Facilities

Whether you want to watch the football, host a party, or simply sit in the garden and have a drink, The Prince Albert Copthorne is able to cater to all of
your needs. We have a large, family-friendly garden with a playhouse, swings, slide and bouncy castle that is used seasonally. Undergoing a project for
eight new rooms, accommodation will be available in the near future. When you fancy a night in the pub listening to your favourite tunes, our jukebox has every top 40 hit from 1962 to the present day and every top 10 hit from 1952 to 1962. Our facilities include:


Large Car Park with Ample Parking Space – Free Wi-Fi™ - Large Screen TVs – Smoking Shelter with TV (Showing Sky Sports™ and BT Sport™) – Comprehensive Menus – Soon-to-Be Outside Bar

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