The Black Jug sits on the edge of the main town centre, en route to the Railway Station and the park. It is a well established public house run by the Brunning & Price brewery.
The Black Jug is attached to the China Brasserie restaurant and, between 1964 and 1992, both buildings were in the shadow of the multi-storey Royal & Sun Alliance office block known as Stocklund House. The black and white photograph below, scanned from the 1972 official town guide shows this clearly. The office block was demolished in 1992 and replaced by a much improved looking building as is evident in the leading photograph.
The Black Jug was re-named for a while from the late 1800s as the Hurst Arms, almost certainly in respect of the Hurst family who donated the park and adjacent land to the town. Reference is made to the Hurst Arms in Howard Dudley’s History & Antiquities of Horsham.
The current building dates from the 1930s when it replaced its predessor that burnt down. It is in a similar style to the original. The building occupied by the China Brasserie seems to have survived this fire.
The Black Jug is referred to by Henry Burstow in a song that he dates as 1847. Jeremiah Browne, the landlord is fondly recalled as Jerry in the verse:
When our week’s work is o’er, to the “Jug” we repair,
For we always enjoy ourselves when we meet there,
We laugh, talk, and smoke, and sing with such glee,
No party elsewhere half so happy as we.
Though the swells at the “King’s Head” may boast they have got
All the nobs in the town, yet we envy them not,
For no joys are to us like those that are found,
On a Saturday night with our friend Jerry Brown.
When you are thirsty, oh where would you seek,
Such ale and good porter as Jerry Brown keeps;
In our club room for us there’s a bright roaring fire,
And to make us all happy it is his desire.
Our number already is over two score,
And before Xmas comes we shall get many more,
For all those that love to hear music’s sweet sounds,
Must join the “go-a-heads” when they meet at J. Brown’s.
The “King’s Head” swells brag about what they can do,
With their pianoforte and their songs that are new;
But we have a “brick,” the guitar well can play,
Who can beat all their lot let them try what they may.
For drinking too much we are sometimes to blame,
You may go to the “King’s Head” and tell them the same,
There’s many a “cove” there that drinks more I’ll be bound
Than any of us or our friend Jerry Browne
China Brasserie have a sign-written Mini Estate and this features in the Working Vehicles article.