The first stop on our hunt for a place better to live than Worthing has to be..erm…Worthing. We can’t judge places against TMW (The Mighty Worthing) until we’ve rated the place itself.
I’ve lived in Worthing (with my hot young wife) for 3 and half years and I love it, but it’s points that count – how does Worthing measure up against our strict criteria?
1. Is the weather better than Brighton?
It’s a well-documented fact that Worthing has better weather than Brighton. I work in Brighton and I always have to take an extra layer to put on between the station and the office, which I inevitably peel off on the way home when I get off the train at TMW.
Yes. Better than Brighton in many ways, not just the weather – 10 points
2. Proximity and quality of the seaside (a pier must be present for full points here)
Worthing has one of the cleanest beaches in the country, and unlike Brighton it’s not full of cockneys just off the train looking for weak lager and sunburn.
Worthing pier is a beautiful thing too. Check it out:
An understated art deco gem, chosen Pier of the Year in 2006. Houses the Pavilion theatre, Denton lounge restaurant, a small amusement arcade and a night club. The landing stage still welcomes the occasional paddlesteamer.
3. Local delicacies and quality of food
Being a seaside town in England, Worthing tends to concentrate on 99’s and fish & chips. In terms of local delicacies, we don’t really have any which is going to cost TMW some pointage.
No local delicacy or speciality, but a decent choice of places to get some pretty good food – 6 points
4. Friendliness and attractiveness of the locals
Worthing has a bit of a reputation locally for chavs and old people but it’s not true. Well, it is a bit true. Let’s take each accusation in turn. Chavs – we have some, but so do you. You know you do. They’re everywhere. Fortunately Worthing recently got a Poundland, so as long as you avoid that and Argos you’re mostly safe.
The old people thing is more true – my brother-in-law says that if there’s a shop in the town centre selling mobility scooters then it’s an old person town. There is, but our old people on scooters are proper zippy. There’s even one guy who has converted his scooter so it’s like a scooter from Quadrophenia which makes me think while we do have old people, they’re cool ones.
I digress. We’re here to rate the friendliness and attractiveness of the locals. Worthing people are pretty nice and friendly. I was going to say they’re really friendly, but then I tried to think of an example and I couldn’t, so I think that means they’re just normal friendly. Attractiveness-wise, the hottest young lady in the world lives here which scores some big points.
Quite friendly, mostly attractive locals – 7 points
5. Availability and quality of real ale
This is where Worthing comes into it’s own. Worthing Pub Reviews shows you how many quality pubs there are, and it also tells you a bit about my favourites. The Hare and Hounds, The Charles Dickens, The Wheatsheaf and The George and Dragon will be sorely missed when we’re away, as will Harvey’s best and Timothy Taylor Landlord.