The Tap House is owned and managed by a close group of friends and family, brothers Matt and Tim Taylor along with lifelong friend Darren Gearing, affectionately known as ‘Sid’.

Matt Taylor

Having grown up in Hove, Matt’s love for the hospitality trade blossomed at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Goldstone ground while he was studying for his A Levels. His flair for the industry lasted through university, and Matt racked up an impressive CV in high profile venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, Wimbledon, and Olympia.

Following 13 exciting years in America, Matt embarked on another phase of his career in the UK, first in London, and then later in Brighton, running well known pubs including The 3 Jolly Butchers, and The Paris House.

Matt, his lovely wife Peggy, and their two daughters decided to settle in sunny Worthing, and in 2014, Matt and brother Tim, along with their friend Sid, purchased The Beach House, followed by The Corner House in October 2015, and The Tap House in 2018.

Tim Taylor

Along with 6 brothers, including Matt, Tim grew up in Hove, and after completing his Economics and Politics degree, he spent several years in Manhattan, and in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, where he ran restaurants and ignited a passion for hospitality that he shared with Matt.

Following this, Tim set off for the Alps, where he fell in love with skiing.  He spent the next 10 years working in hospitality in the Alps and Canada, where he qualified as a ski instructor before returning to England.

When he reunited with brother Matt, they ran successful pubs in Brighton together, before a desire for a settled family life drew them to Worthing, where Tim now lives with his equally lovely wife Luisa and their three young boys. He opened The Beach House with brother Matt in 2014, The Corner House in 2015, and The Tap House in 2018.

Darren & Mami Gearing

Darren Gearing and his wife, Mami are directors of the Beach House & Corner House. Up until 2016, Darren was a deluxe hotelier working for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts having most recently developed and opened the Shangri-La at the Shard Hotel, London. Prior to that Darren had executive hotel and F&B roles in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore.

Mami Gearing comes from a family of restaurateurs in Japan, having also worked for Cathay Pacific Airlines in Hong Kong.

Both are keen to develop more hospitality businesses in Sussex, having a passion for good food, local suppliers, and a welcoming atmosphere. Both are active on business associations and volunteer at local schools.

The Beach House, Worthing

Sat proudly on Worthing’s stunning seafront overlooking both the beach and the pier is The Beach House, the first establishment the Tap House team opened together in 2014. Well known locally for the ‘best burgers in town’, The Beach House is the perfect place to relax with friends and a pint on the sunny seafront terrace, and is particularly popular with dog walkers.

The Corner House, Worthing

Opened in 2015, The Corner House was the hotly anticipated sister bar to The Beach House, with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere from the start. The log burner makes the pub feel like home in the winter, and the beautiful garden is the place to be in the summer. The Corner House has a focus on fabulous food, and is famed for it’s succulent Sunday roasts.