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Anchored in Sussex Retail

The natural offspring

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Anchored in Sussex can be found in the food hall of 15:17 in South Street, Worthing (we hope to add Eastbourne and Waterlooville in the future).

Anchored in Sussex Retail is the natural offspring of the Anchored in Worthing micropub. Often people walk into the pub asking us if we sell, or have, Sussex wines or beers available. We do keep a small selection but it’s a very limited supply due to space and its primary function of being a pub.

With the growing demand for locally sourced products we decided to branch out and open our “pop up shop” in the heart of Worthing. When you visit us you will find a large range of award-winning bottled and canned beer, cider, gin, wine, fruit juice and tonics, all made right here in Sussex. We’ve made it all available in one place for you to peruse, choose and purchase. And our prices compare favourably with online ordering and of course are available immediately, no minimum order values or waiting around for the courier company to deliver.

As well as holding a substantial range of products at the shop, we can always order larger quantities for you when required and normally get them within one working day of your order being placed. Want a mix of wine, beer, gin and cider from the Sussex region? Get the perfect beverage for each of your guests in one shop. And if you don’t know what you are looking for, our brilliant team are on hand to advise.

Who are we?

Meet the Anchored in Sussex team

Nigel Watson

Nigel Watson


Nigel Watson, the founder of Anchored in Sussex, has had a varied career in the Music Industry, as a development worker in Uganda and as a professional yachtsman in Spain and the Caribbean.

10 years ago Nigel returned to the UK full time and took on the management of a pub in Surrey before striking out on his own with the later award-winning Micropub, Anchored in Worthing – the first micropub in Sussex.

Nigel sees Anchored in Sussex and the selling of local produce as the natural progression to the micropub concept.

Martin Murtagh​


This is Martin Murtagh, well known bon vivant on the Worthing scene. Martin has had an interesting and varied career, including being a trainee pilot with the RAF, a men’s outfitters window dresser, working in casino management and as a professional backgammon player winning tournaments in England and Europe.

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in retail, sales and marketing across insurance, finance, media and artwork. In 2010 he became a published poet and followed this up a few years later with a selfpublished poetry anthology entitled 3 Loader. His other interests include countryside walks and 20th century classical music.

All of these things have led to him joining Anchored in Sussex, bringing his wealth of experience with him.

Martin Murtagh pic
Donna for website

Donna Ritchie

Shop manager

Shop manager, Donna Ritchie, has over twenty years of experience in the retail arena with some of the top names in the high street including Cath Kidston, Kurt Geiger and Monsoon. She has recently been attending wine and beer tastings with some of the industry’s leading lights to increase her knowledge of the local nuances of the drinks on offer at Anchored in Sussex.

Donna is also a volunteer at the local magistrates and crown courts has being doing this for about three years now. There, she supports witnesses throughout their whole court experience on the day they give evidence. Her interests are criminology, history and of course ale and wine. She believes in living for now, enjoying the present and appreciating everything that we have when we have it.

Nikki Holmes


Having begun her working life in hairdressing, Nikki then went into retail and has over 20 years experience in the industry.  She also worked with Donna previously, for a high street brand.  Sussex born and bred, she loves living in Worthing with her child and cats.  Her favourite alcoholic drinks are pink gin and negroni.  

Nikki loves collecting Barbie dolls in her spare time and has close to 100 dolls; to her, Barbie is the ultimate symbol of female glamour.  

Providing an excellent customer experience is really important to Nikki and we’re glad she’s on our team!