HELP ME RAISE £25,000 TO REOPEN THE DYKE

by Will Farmer in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th April 2019 we successfully raised £24,020 with 288 supporters in 28 days

Help me reopen The Dyke, the community hub, much missed. I will be donating 10% of my profits back into local community projects.

by Will Farmer in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I'd like to thank everyone for their pledges. We have reached £20,000 which is the minimum needed for me to receive the money from Crowdfunder once I have taken control of the property. There is a stretched target of an extra £5,000 for a couple of extra bits that aren't essential but would add extra value to the pub; one of which is opening up the old exit, which will provide easy access to the outside seating area and allow fresh air in the summer months.

All rewards last for 12 months from opening and can be used over several visits so don't be afraid to purchase more- you'll have plenty of time to use them. £100 bar tabs come with two drinks on the house as a special thank you.

Thank you for your continued support,

Will


Since the Dyke Tavern suddenly shut its doors in September 2016 it has been very much missed by the local community.  I now have the opportunity to reopen this historic site and make it into a community hub once again.  


Towards the end of 2018 I contacted the new owner about reopening the pub and I agreed a deal in March 2019 to reopen the North West corner and kitchen. 

My plans are ambitious and will need investment. I need to raise extra capital to give The Dyke the makeover  it deserves when it reopens.  That means complete refurbishment,  as it is now an empty shell.

About me and the site

I was born and raised in Brighton and left at the age of 17 to join the Army. I served for six years in the Infantry and travelled the world. I worked on the Olympics  in London before leaving and returning to Brighton at the end of 2012. I currently own and run a small brewing business called Veterans Brewing. We have a huge community focus, something I want to extend to The Dyke when it reopens.

The Dyke Tavern has been on that site for over 125 years and it was a huge blow to the community when it shut its doors in 2016. The site has been stripped completely. Although many of its original features remain, it has been transformed into a retail unit. 

Looking at it now from the outside it's hard to imagine that it used to be a very  popular pub with a huge amount  of history, The only parts of the building that haven't been completely stripped  are the toilets. The only remaining equipment in the kitchen are the extraction system and the walk in fridge. I am unsure of the condition of these, but I do know that the building and its contents have not been been maintained and will require some work. 

My Vision

I plan to reopen the pub keeping its historic look but with a modern feel.  We will offer a wide selection of local lager, ale, ciders, wine and spirits. There will be an experienced local manager running the place to give it the friendly and welcoming service everyone deserves.  

From Monday to Saturday we will offer a simple and delicious menu, which will be traditional pub food with a modern twist.  Brunch will be available at the weekends and a mouth watering roast on a Sunday. There will also be guest kitchens running at least once a month. There will be Vegan and Vegetarian options available. it will be transformed back into a community hub hosting quiz nights and events on a regular basis. The original name will remain but it will be slightly altered and rebranded, the new name will be The Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen.

The Deal 

I don't expect to fund this whole venture through crowdfunding, but I do need some help in turning it back into a pub once again. I estimated the total renovations costs to be in the region of £50,000, however a recent survey have indicated it could be up to £70,000; we will be unsure of the exact cost until we take over the premises. There are some major works involved, including a rewire, extensive plumbing work, a new boiler and heating system. We also need a fully functioning bar, kitchen and cellar installed. The reason for Crowdfunding is so I can do the renovations to a higher standard and prevent shutting in the future.

I've worked with the community on the pledges and the rewards and I am confident that we will be able to offer something for everyone. I will be donating 10% of the annual profits for the first five years of trading to community projects.  Any  individual pledging more than £50 will have a vote as to where this money is spent.

After five years I will continue to support local causes, together with the local community, we will choose a local charity to support through . We will change charities yearly.

All pledges that do not specify a time limit must be used within the first 12 months of The Dyke reopening.

The money raised will be held securely by Crowdfunder's payment provider Stripe until I have taken full control of the property. If the deal falls through, which is incredibly unlikely, the money will be refunded back onto the individuals cards they used to pledge.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you all when we open which will hopefully be around June depending on how long planning and license applications take. I will continue to update everyone via our Facebook page.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

£100 Bar Tab

This offer includes a £100 bar tab and two drinks on the house. Includes x1 signature on Ambassadors' wall.

£20 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Your signature on the Ambassadors' Wall

You will be invited to the Pub prior opening to sign the Ambassadors' Wall. You will be given a voucher for a pint of our house ale or a glass of house wine.

£35 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Brunch for 2 Guests

This includes two breakfasts of your choice from our menu with either coffee or a soft drink. Includes x2 signatures on Ambassadors' wall.Available on Saturday and Sunday.

£50 or more

£50 Bar Tab

This offer includes a £50 bar tab and one drink on the house. Includes x1 signature on ambassadors wall.

£50 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Meal for Two

This includes Two main courses with sides of your choice from our main menu and a bottle of house wine. Includes x2 signatures on Ambassadors' wall. A bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. Cannot be used on guest kitchens.

£50 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Meal for Two

This includes Two main courses with sides of your choice from our main menu and a bottle of house wine. Includes x2 signatures on Ambassadors' wall. A bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. Cannot be used on guest kitchens.

£50 or more

15 of 25 claimed

Meal for Two

This includes Two main courses with sides of your choice from our main menu and a bottle of house wine. Includes x2 signatures on Ambassadors' wall. A bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. Cannot be used on guest kitchens.

£50 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Meal for Two

This includes Two main courses with sides of your choice from our main menu and a bottle of house wine. Includes x2 signatures on Ambassadors' wall. A bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. Cannot be used on guest kitchens.

£50 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£50 Bar Tab

This offer includes a £50 bar tab and one drink on the house. Includes x1 signature on ambassadors wall.

£60 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Barstool Named After You

Have your own barstool, your name will be engraved in chrome on the back. You'll receive a drink on us the first time you sit on it. Includes x1 signature on Ambassadors' wall.

£65 or more

4 of 20 claimed

Roast Dinner for Two People

This includes two main courses (single meat selection), pigs in blankets and stuffing balls served as sides. A bottle of wine or two pints of house ale. Includes x2 sigitures on Ambassadors' wall.

£100 or more

23 of 25 claimed

Meal for Four People

This Includes four main courses with sides of your choice from our main menu. Two bottles of house wine, a bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. x4 signatures on the Ambassadors' Wall.

£100 or more

30 of 30 claimed

£100 Bar Tab

This offer includes a £100 bar tab and two drinks on the house. Includes x1 signature on Ambassadors' wall.

£125 or more

9 of 25 claimed

Roast Dinner for Four People

This includes four main courses (single meat selection), two sides of pigs in blankets and two sides of stuffing balls. Two bottles of house wine, a bottle of wine can be exchanged for two pints of house ale. x4 signatures on the Ambassadors' Wall.

£200 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Craft Beer Club

A pint of Ale from 20 different Sussex brewers and once you've finished, you'll receive a t-shirt showing your achievement and a special dinner. includes x1 signature on Ambassadors' wall.

£300 or more

0 of 20 claimed

10% Food and Drink for 6 Months

This includes 10% off your individual Food and Drink for 6 months. and a special meal for yourself and a guest. Food discounts will not apply for guest kitchens. Includes x1 signature on Ambassadors’ wall.

£500 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Birthday or Business Meal

This includes a meal for up to 12 guests, food of your choice to the amount of £250 and a £350 bar tab to spend on drinks. Monday to Saturday Only.

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1200 Bar Tab For Your Party

This is perfect for a large group or a business outing. We will give you £1200 to spend on Food and Drink for the price of £1000. This is limited to 25 guests. You can reserve tables or a section of the Pub. Available Monday to Saturday.

£2,500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Have The Place to Yourself

You can use the Alehouse privately for as many guests as we're legally allowed. This offer includes one cask of ale, £2000 behind the bar and £750 for food of your choice. Available Monday to Thursday and will run from 1900 to closing.

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