Did you know there is 1 pub for every 250 residents in Brighton?
Wondering where to go for a drink in Brighton? We have put together a list of our favourite pubs in the city. With so many pubs on our doorstep it can be hard to find the perfect place to visit with friends. It’s fair to say that each person is unique; we all want something different out of our time out in the pub. For some, it’s great beer and a nice atmosphere; whereas for others it’s good music and full of friendly people.
Some prefer a cheap session pint down their local, while others are happy forking out for quality craft beer from around the world, Mad About Brighton (madaboutbrighton.co.uk). Whether you like to get involved with the locals or enjoy your own company, we have found the perfect selection. The history of Brighton, down its many pubs and bars, is often overlooked or forgotten about in favour for the more modern aspects of this city by the sea. Maybe it’s due to people getting 'afloat'on a particularly good pint that cloud their judgement but both are equally enjoyable.
For those unfortunate souls who haven’t enjoyed a night out in one of these boozers we are going to share our top twenty pubs in Brighton and Hove. Have you ever visited Brighton and wondered where you should go for a drink? Well look no further, this list will provide you with the answer. There are so many pubs in Brighton that it can be difficult to know where to visit when looking for a pint.
This list has been put together based on a mix of personal preference and the opinions of other residents, ensuring that you find the best pubs to visit in Brighton. Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a smart Alec and thought you could do better than our pick of the Brighton pubs? then by all means don't just sit there with two thumbs up your bottom why not test yourself at our Brighton pub quiz.
If you are looking for the perfect destination to enjoy a few jars with friends then there is no better place than Brighton. There are lots of excellent pubs in Brighton, which makes choosing just twenty very difficult! There are over 300 pubs across the city, and each pub has it’s own unique character. It’s not easy to choose which pubs are the ‘best’, but I am going to do just that. Did you know there is 1 pub for every 250 residents in Brighton? With so many superb places to enjoy a jar or two we thought we should give you our top twenty Brighton pubs.
The Walrus Pub
If you haven’t been to The Walrus and the Carpenter yet (where have you been?), then you should head down there as soon as you can. As you walk in, you’ll be greeted with some lunch friendly prices, but don’t be fooled into making any hasty decisions. Turn around, walk upstairs and grab a seat in the bar area and listen to the hype that comes with being one of the most talked about new restaurants in London right now.
As soon as we’d sat down we were offered a choice of craft beers from London breweries such as Pressure Drop, Fourpure and Weird Beard Brew Co. , which will certainly be pleasing to those who support independent local beer. When I heard about The Walrus and the Carpenter, I thought I wasn’t your typical fan of this style of dining. However, it really was a delightful experience for a Saturday night in a city where it’s difficult to find a place you haven’t been to before.
It has only been open two months, but it’s already being featured in top 10 lists around the city. Clocking in at a whopping 2,200 square feet, The Walrus Pub is a quintessential Vancouver gastropub. It’s the ideal place to relax with friends or family over some great pub food and craft beers. After all, if you are going to eat like a local in Vancouver — targeting the best restaurants and bars — then you need to start with The Walrus.
What makes The Walrus truly a unique experience are the details, from the black and white portrait of a gentlemen in hunting attire on the wall to the restaurant’s signature scotch egg. To make your dining experience just that much more unforgettable, here are some of the details you should be sure to notice:. We are always looking for new restaurants to try out in the city, especially when we have a feature to do on them.
The Better Half
The menu here is full of tasty treats and there is a range of different options to choose from whether you are looking for something hearty or a lighter meal. The Better Half has recently introduced a veggie night once a month and this is sure to make all the veggies out there extremely happy. On other nights guests have the option of ordering a vegan menu which has much to offer beyond the normal vegetables and potatoes.
I have popped in for lunch with my wife here a number of times now. What always catches our eye is the furniture. It’s really very cool and nice to look at. The collection of mid-century and artisan-style pieces give this pub an air of refinement that is not found in other nearby pubs. Add to this the fact that the food tastes great and is caringly prepared by the owners, it makes for a pretty good experience.
The Better Half is run by a husband and wife team, who also run The Goose near Hove station. I think one of the reasons this pub has become somewhat of a fixture in the local area, and awards (Best Local Pub in Brighton & Hove) keep coming their way, is because they have kept it a real gem, with many loyal regulars – all of whom love the food as much as the great staff who make everyone feel at home.
The Better Half has a very retro feel as you enter from Brighton Road. It’s quite dark and moody due to the wood panels and brick walls. It also has wooden tables and chairs with padded circular benches along the walls which gives it a real traditional feel. The pub is separated into two sections by an old fashioned bar which includes a couple of different comfy looking nooks to have a pint in. The Better Half has a real vintage feel to it, with the majority of the interior being made up of reclaimed wood.
This adds a nice rustic feel to the pub, and makes for a lovely setting to enjoy one of their traditional bar meals. The staff were all very friendly and helpful during our visit, despite there being a live band on which was a bit loud at times. We recently headed over to The Walrus in the newly formed ‘Eaton Square’ (the old Don Mills building site) with our photographer (Dom), and recruited some friends along the way.
The Cleveland Arms
I must admit, I didn't know what to think when I was notified that we had won the award for the "Best Sunday Roast. " It was a real surprise. We are not the biggest pub in Hove, but we enjoy serving great food at reasonable prices and fantastic real ales. The main reason why we are successful is because we have a high standard of customer service. We pay attention to each and every customer and try to make them feel special! I like to think that's why The Cleveland Arms is a destination pub.
The Cleveland Arms Hotel and Restaurant, the former Waterworks pub, is now a stylish gastropub having undergone a multi million pound refurbishment in 2013. The Cleveland Arms boasts an �8. 5 million refurbishment project, that has allowed us to maintain the collection which was previously on display as part of the award winning Blaker’s Park working watermill, but that too has benefited from an �1. 5 millon refurbishment and now houses its own dedicated micro brewery.
The Cleveland Arms has been a Blaker's Park institution for well over thirty years. It is situated at the top of this beautiful park, tucked behind the houses of one of the best roads in Birmingham. The pub itself is full of character and charm. The relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome from charismatic manager Micin Campbell will make you feel at home. The Cleveland Arms is a stylish pub overlooking Blakers Park. They have recently been recognised at The Sussex Awards 2018 at The Little Downham Barns for Gastro Pub of the Year and now boast a new look with a modern twist, serving Sussex ales, good quality wines and spirits and expertly cooked gasto pub style dishes served at lunch and dinner.
The Roundhill is relatively small, just inside 20-30 covers can comfortably be taken and more adventurous dining would take place around the bar area. We visited on a Friday evening with other people so had no problems getting in, there was only one other group in the restaurant part of the venue. Having booked in advance I can’t comment on how easy it is to get in without doing so but it is/was clearly popular with vegans and vegetarians as well as meat eaters looking for somewhere different and those who have meat avoiders they want to accompany them to a different type of eating venue.
The Roundhill is a place for everyone and everyone to go. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff welcome us at the door, even outside of opening hours. The build up to opening had been long, but this was due to days or weeks of planning and not months or years as there would be with more traditional venues. Soon, The Roundhill will expand with three bedrooms for visitors who need a weekend away from the busy city in which we live, however for now, we are content to sit on the bench outside and soak up the atmosphere of this new venue.
Following my vegetarian diet I rarely find somewhere that can accommodate me, and as it is Brighton there was little choice when it came to restaurants. However after trawling the internet I came across The Roundhill, they had on offer a whole vegan menu created by Chef Sam who has worked with veggies for over 20 years. In fact, The Roundhill is the only gastropub in Brighton to have a meat-free menu by default. The Roundhill fills the niche in Brighton as the first gastropub that has a menu that is vegan by default .
The George Payne
The George Payne has recently opened at the period property once occupied by the King & Queen, and before that the Sussex Arms. The site has been seemingly cursed from the off, with multiple problems with previous tenants. The first one to open was The King & Queen, a fairly themed pub complete with stone cornicing, etched glass windows and a stamped tiled ceiling. Then came the Sussex Arms but only after multiple cases of mould infestation in the basement bar.
It wasn't until 2015 that a couple of local brothers decided to have a go at turning it into a working pub, complete with an opening ceremony and some heavily stylised Facebook advertising:. The George Payne is a pub on Portland Road in Hove which is nestled behind Portland Road itself and offers a welcoming feeling for both humans and their four legged companions. The pub, which is conveniently close to Hove train station, offers a traditional pub atmosphere with a more contemporary twist and has high quality food available from breakfast to dinner time.
A new pub is opening in Hove! madaboutbrighton.co.uk takes its name from the original George Payne pub located on Dyke Rd in Brighton , built in 1737, which was demolished by developers to make way for the now derelict Goldstone Villas, apartments, with no building work completed to date. The George Payne. The newly featured George Payne pub in Hove encapsulates a traditional pub atmosphere with contemporary decor. Nestled behind the busy Portland Rd, the George Payne pub is a welcoming pub thats good for the entire family, including your four legged friend.
There are two types of people in this world: those who like a good pint and those who don’t. Me being the first type and today featuring the George Payne pub in Hove, the cutting-edge contemporary pub by Wetherspoons. The venue itself is refreshingly light and welcoming, two sides of the building being almost entirely windows, the decor is eclectic and inviting, additional outdoor seating tucked a little off the roadside is a good choice during summer months.
The Cloak Room
The Cloak Room is Brighton’s first craft beer themed taproom. The owners recognised a gap in the market for a stylish venue that embraces craft beer and offers a relaxed atmosphere. They have made minimal design changes and haven’t changed the building structure. To create an industrial interior, they simply brought in some of the decor from other venues they own – such as copper pendants (which feature heavily) and mirrors. However, for this project they wanted to do something more industrial so used lots of wood with raw steel, which includes tables and lighting.
At night, it totally gets transformed into more of lounge though – but by day it’s mellow with sun streaming through windows onto wooden benches and stools. The Cloak Room is the newest addition to Brighton’s vibrant brewery scene. With a chequered past, The Cloak Room is a huge space that has been previously occupied by a bank and a pool hall. The space is now bright and airy with high ceilings and this industrial feel.
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A comfortable interior, and a big section of the menu dedicated to seafood, means that The Urchin is not purely a destination for beer fans. I ventured inland from my usual stretch of the coast in search of those draught beers that are so hard to find away from the South Coast. And I wasn’t disappointed. Forget what you thought you knew about bottle conditioned beer: The Urchin serves up two such ales: Burning Sky’s Sunburst American Pale Ale, and Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch Welsh Red Ale.
Both are full of flavour and character and served in impeccable condition. This pub embodies everything I think is great about Brighton’s burgeoning craft beer scene: real ale paired with quality food and. The pub has an almost upmarket feel inside, but the staff make it feel warm and welcoming. The food is excellent and is a key selling point of the pub. Having been awarded the 'Best Food Pub'in the 2018 awards, The Urchin is certainly one of the most solid contenders for a spot of lunch.
If you’re looking for a unique pub experience, then Brighton & Hove has to be the place to go. Our beer and food culture is unlike anywhere else in the world and as a local (and occasional tourist) I want to share my tips with the rest of the world. Don’t miss out!. The exterior is covered in graffiti-esque art work – an eye-catching change from the standard brick building look. Bakeries, kebab shops and Chinese takeaways are also numerous in these areas.
The Urchin is a huge Hove pub with three levels, all of which are nicely decorated. There’s also an outdoor terrace at the back and plenty of tables for a lazy afternoon of drinking and eating. The food here is superb, fusing modern British cuisine with international flavours. Being in so close to the coast there’s a lot of seafood such as marinated crab claws, oysters, scallops and grilled sea bass. This is complemented by meat-based dishes such as dates stuffed with minced lamb, as well as vegetarian options like basil risotto and spicy cauliflower.
The Urchin brings together craft beer and seafood, making it a must-visit on my list of the best Tasty Places in Brighton . The pub is a relaxed space with a stone floor and white tablecloths. It’s not too big, so you won’t find it too overcrowded, but it’s also not so small that you wouldn’t feel comfortable going there. You can easily find a place to sit when you visit. Tucked away on London Road, The Urchin has been delivering quality food and drinks for the Brightonians of Hove for almost 2 decades now.
Our mission is to bring together, good beer, fresh seafood and a great atmosphere - all of which can be witnessed in this quaint spot right opposite Hove Town Hall and The Royal Pavilion. Award-winning restaurant The Urchin is by far one of the best pubs in Brighton. With a spectacular seafood selection and exceptionally well thought out dishes on the menu, there’s never a bad time to visit for snacks, brunch, dinner or drinks with friends.
The Chimney House
A small number of busy restaurants are beginning to populate the previously desolate area, and The Chimney House is a worthy participant in this change. The place is unusually busy for a Sunday afternoon, with the bustling interior illuminated by a large window that looks out onto the main road. There’s a definite sense of holiday excitement here, with couples and groups of friends sitting at the bar tucking into their meals. Four years ago, the location that is now The Chimney House was a closed down pub that was in disrepair.
A group of friends - who had worked in the catering industry for many years - came together to purchase the property and convert it. They wanted to make a local pub accessible to both locals and tourists alike, with good home cooked food and quality drinks at affordable prices. And they certainly succeeded. The manager of the Chimney House, Henley Hart, said: "We think the Zomato reviews speak for themselves, and it has been incredibly gratifying to see that we have been deemed as London's best pub for food.
The team here have put a lot of hard work into honing our culinary offering and we're thrilled to win this award. It's also a testament to our suppliers who are all passionate about what they do. ". Walking down St. Martins Lane in London many years ago, I was drawn in by a classical looking exterior. My expectations were strong when stepping through the doorstep of The Chimney House, and all were met and exceeded.
At The Hartington, we have welcomed a new chef with her own ideas about food and we are continually striving to offer a range of choices that suit every taste from our vegetarian classics through to our premium beef steaks. However, we also believe in offering classic pub food and here at The Hartington you can always enjoy a gammon sandwich or sausage butty. Of course, being creative with any good meal we think it’s important to have a great selection of drinks and desserts on offer to top your meal off, helping customer choose the perfect drink to wash down their meal.
With over 100 different wines, 40 whiskies and an array of great lagers and beers on tap, there’s something for everyone!. Over the winter I became something of a regular at The Hartington. It was the local pub in my neighbourhood and it was convenient to stop in after picking up my daughter from childminding nearby. My husband also liked to go out for a pint of ale after work, and we’d get him headed in the right direction by meeting up at The Hartington first.
It only seemed natural that with these regular visits we’d meet some of the other regulars there, and soon enough we were saying hello and goodbye as people came in and out. There is a warm, friendly atmosphere in the pub at all times so why not bring your friends and family down to The Hartington and enjoy one of our home cooked meals or perhaps try some of our vegan and vegetarian alternatives or if you’re looking for something lighter then we have a great selection of fresh salads, sandwiches and snacks available as well as a large selection of craft beers, ales and wines.
Opening the doors to the newly extended Hartington gastropub might be a little daunting, it’s an imposing building after-all. But once you step inside, your concerns will be allayed instantly. The venue is spread over three floors, so you’ll never have an issue sourcing a seat or table for two – or a big group (which you can even hire out exclusively should the occasion call for it). The team at The Hartington have worked hard to put together a great selection of home cooked pub classics with some exciting and creative additions as well as plenty of first-rates, vegan and vegetarian options.
The Black Lion
Easily one of Brighton’s most popular pubs, The Black Lion attracts people from all walks of life – students, sports lovers, families and workers from local businesses. It really doesn’t matter who visits as everyone feels comfortable here. A traditional town centre pub in an up-and-coming part of the city, the Black Lion is anything but old fashioned – its got a throbbing sound system, a wide selection of bottled beers and cask ales and an extensive range of spirits.
The Black Lion has been Brighton’s go-to hangout from the moment it opened its doors back in 2014. This neighbourhood pub, venue and kitchen is one of Brighton’s best-known spots, not only for a super-relaxed vibe, but also for an extensive list of drinks, a seasonally focused food menu and a huge space that can be hired out for private parties. When the eyes of Brighton are open, The Black Lion is alive with passing customers eager to quench their thirst with one of its range of bottled beers and spirits.
When the lights are off however, the Black Lion comes into its element as a stage for some of Brighton's most talented local alternative bands. The Black Lion is that rare thing in Brighton – a pub that is as popular for its food as it is for its drinks. Regularly featuring on lists of top Brighton pubs, the Black Lion is a great place to come, whether you just want to relax with friends after work, or whether you have a big night out planned!.
Sitting atop the North Street Hill, it’s not the easiest place to reach, especially if you visit at busy times. However, once you find a spot among the crowds of people, you’ll understand why The Black Lion is rated no. 3 on Brighton’s TripAdvisor list of top ten pubs. From its charming decor to the spacious seating arrangement, this pub has a great atmosphere. The Chimney House is a quality pub that has become well known for its excellent food offering.
Just a ten minute stroll from Euston station, find yourself in a confident corner pub with a quality feel about it. Although the bar is set at a height appropriate for serious drinking, the furnishing and design of the Independent mean that it’s also possible to have a nice sit down meal. Should you decide to eat in this fine establishment, there is no need to worry about portion sizes; mains come in large enough helpings.
The Independent brings the heart of the British pub to London’s West End. The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in this traditional pub, combined with superb home cooked food, has made The Independent a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike. The spacious and classic interior has a strong rustic charm that fits perfectly with the food, which has a focus on seasonality and foraged produce. The pub dominates the corner of a road in an otherwise sleepy area.
The Cricketers is located just outside Brighton city centre, on the Old Steine. There are plenty of pubs in the area but this one stands out head and shoulders above the others. The pub building is set back from the busy road which creates a calm atmosphere to enjoy your drink. It has a traditional feel to it with dark wood and brickwork contrasted by an open fire place and red paint work (obviously). The pub itself is made up of three tiers with lovely wooden beams separating them.
There are lots of different areas to sit in, some tables with chairs and stools by the bar to enjoy a quick lunchtime drink, outdoor seating for those sunny days, as well as more comfortable seats upstairs. It is located on Brighton’s famous, and trendy, North Laine. Overlooking the cobbled streets of this historical quarter, The Cricketers is a beacon of light in an area filled with quirky shops, art galleries and cafes. At night impressive flags adorn the outside of the building and create a beautiful ambiance.
The pub also boasts two rooms available for hire for any parties or celebrations, which are available 7 nights a week including during evenings and weekends of sporting events. The Cricketers is situated about 15 minutes from the station, in the increasingly popular North Laine area. The Cricketers has over 20 beers on tap and over 70 by bottle mark, as well as very reasonably priced cask ales. The pints here won’t break the bank either, a good old pint of Bombardier will set you back just £3.
05! Alongside all on offer on tap, their busy bar team are also serving a wide range of other drinks including wines, spirits and soft drinks. The Cricketers is a key feature in Brighton's pub scene, so make the most of it by day with a bowl of traditional pub grub. Guests can relax in reasonable comfort on padded seats by the front windows and watch the world go by while enjoying a full English breakfast or something lighter like porridge for just £5.
10. In the evening, The Cricketers is a great place to enjoy some live music and an informal night out with friends. The Cricketers is a true English pub; with two levels, it has the capacity to fit in plenty of people. Sitting on the ground floor you feel like you are in the centre of Brighton, but with enough space to feel at home and not cramped. I popped in for lunch one sunny afternoon, taking a seat on the comfy leather chairs at the bar.
We were lucky enough to be invited to The Mesmerist to sample a Sunday Roast. With Christmas fast approaching we thought we'd take on an impressive feast. The venue really was the best choice of restaurant as we could see for ourselves the vast space, high vaulted ceilings and towering windows that flood the room with natural light. Personally, when choosing a Sunday Roast I usually like to see all the options available so that I can choose based on what I fancy.
The Mesmerist offer a carvery (roast meat carved right in front of you), sharing platters and traditional Sunday roast dinners. We chose to go with a selection of meats which they kindly grilled for us upon request which added perfectly to the enjoyment of this meal as. The Mesmerist opened in 2009 by a group of friends, who at the time were running a successful events management company. During one night of their parties they would meet and discuss ideas to develop their unique venue situated in East Street - The Lanes, Brighton.
Their vision was to create an alternative and captivating space that focused on high quality food and drink throughout the day and night. The Mesmerist is a gem in Brighton’s nightlife crown, offering a venue catered for everybody. With a huge number of different bars and floors there are crowds to suit any occasion, from the large and lively rooftop bar to the low key intimate first floor bar. Visitors can enjoy an extensive range of drinks with two different bars, as well as host of events and excellent food.
The Mesmerist is the perfect place to go if you like quirky décor, good service, and a range of drinks. It boasts three floors with “eclectic decoration” according to its website, as well as a roof terrace (which is open in the summer months). The venue also has three bars – Leather and Lace, Sirens Bar and the MESMERIST bar on the top floor. The menu comprises of pub classics like fish and chips and a wide range of traditional dishes.
The West Hill
The Victory Hill Tavern, or more commonly known as the West Hill Tavern, is situated on West Hill in Brighton near the local primary school and always has a friendly face to greet you inside. It serves pretty good beer at reasonable prices and offers a proper pub menu with unpretentious dishes from fish & chips to beef wellington. The traditional British food is served by staff wearing uniforms who fit right in with the theme of this traditional pub – just like they’ve always been there.
The West Hill Tavern is in Preston Park, which is one of Brighton’s most gentrified areas. The dramatic view from the pub’s beer garden is of one of the city’s favourite summer spots: Preston Park. Nestled up against the eastern side of the park is an unusual pub. From the outside it looks like a house, and from the inside it feels quite cosy. From the outside you can barely see any other buildings - it looks like a solitary structure amongst parkland.
The Ladies Mile
The Ladies Mile is a great little local community pub, tucked away from the main road in Patcham. It's built into the stables of an old manor house and has a very homely feel about it. The owners are really friendly and they have outside seating nice for when the weather's a bit nicer. The Ladies Mile does what many recent pub re-openings do in the area – it lets the relaxed character of the old place shine through.
Throw in excellent and creative food from the chef and a few drinks on tap from carefully selected breweries close to home and you’ve got a winner. The Ladies Mile is a pub with a really nice traditional look throughout. A little further out of town in Patcham, it sits off the beaten track and provides a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of Brighton’s city centre. The pub has a great beer garden which is highly popular during the summer months.
The Ladies Mile’s reputation definitely precedes itself among locals — on hot days you’ll find it hard to get a seat (trust me!). The West Hill Tavern has always been a bit of a gem in Brighton. In the early days it served as an agreeable pitstop on the road between London and Newhaven. It was frequented by smugglers and other undesirables who escaped the eye of the law for long enough to knock back a few pints.
Brighton Beer Dispensary
The first thing you notice when you step into the Brighton Beer Dispensary is the relaxed atmosphere. You get the feeling that you can sit back and enjoy a really good pint surrounded by interesting characters, especially in the front bar area which has an excellent view over the road. Before you even get a drink though you are greeted by a range of unusual beers and ciders with strange names. I’ve heard about this pub for some time mainly because of its famous "snakebite" cider.
Snakebite is beer mixed with cider (usually Magners as it happens) and as soon as I walked in I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. You’ll find the Brighton beer Dispensary tucked away on Upper Rock Gardens. The pub’s interesting name comes from the days of prohibition when people weren’t allowed to buy spirits or wine, but could by beer for home consumption. Beer was brewed at the back of pubs and dispensed through a tube in the wall into two flagons; one for those who were drinking at the pub and another for takeaway sales.
The Mash Tun
On the beer front, The Mash Tun boasts a substantial range of some seriously great beers. Brightons local breweries such as Burning Sky reflect well here and the staff are always on hand to tell you all about the drinks they’re serving up. Most of their craft beers tend to be Pale Ale/IPA style with the occasional stout making an appearance if you’re lucky. I love their photography board which allows you to see what they have available at any given time.
On this visit their featured local brewery was Otter Brewery – a Leicestershire based brewery producing some great beers such as their excellent New Road IPA and Black ‘n’ Red porter. Once I’d had a quick word with the lovely. The Mash Tun is a nice pub to sit in and relax. You're people watching right in the centre of Brighton so you're bound to see some interesting things or at least be entertained by the quirky crowd that Brighton has to offer.
The pub also has an outdoor terrace which is great for beer when it's nice and sunny but is also a good place to sit on colder days. The inside of the Mash Tun is spacious and spacious enough to seat a large amount of people, which means it's often filled with revellers during the summer months and students when University goes back. A popular destination, The Mash Tun has a great patio area where you can chill out with friends and enjoy the warm summer sun.
The pub itself is small, but well set out so it doesn't feel too cramped. Complimentary newspapers are stacked up against the wall for those last minute lazy Sunday lie ins and most parts of the bar have tables and chairs for you to kick back at. They also have an awesome courtyard which is often used as a venue to put on some incredible gigs. The Mash Tun regularly welcome bands who have gone on to achieve great things including Enter Shikari and The Subways.
You can catch them from 6pm most days and they have a free entry policy for residents of Brighton & Hove. The Mash Tun is a great place to grab a pint and some food after work, or to kick off a night out in Brighton. Surrounded by Queen’s Rd, St James’s St and Hanover Pl, the pub is a convenient location for many of the party hotspots and main roads in central Brighton. These days it’s more likely to be packed with people enjoying the homemade food and cracking ales.
The Ginger Pig has taken Brighton and Hove pubs to the next level, providing what is essentially a restaurant with a bar. The pub serves an amazing array of burgers and pork dishes alongside some fantastic desserts. There are also numerous other choices including exquisite fish options. It’s a bit pricey, but you certainly get what you pay for at this gastropub. The drinks are as highly regarded as the food at The Ginger Pig and with some of the best-trained staff in the city, you can take advantage of this by joining their wine club or taking part in one of their brilliant events.
There are also lovely nooks throughout the restaurant that will help to give you a sense of privacy, even when this bustling pub is full. From the moment you walk through the door you know the Ginger Pig is something special. It sits aside other pubs in Brighton and Hove by serving excellent food and drinks while remaining a proper pub. Drinks can be ordered at any of the three well stocked bars, and there is a separate restaurant area should you decide to eat rather than drink.
The Ginger Pig is a phenomenal pub in Brighton. The quality of food is exceptional and the prices are hard to beat. The wine list is so large that it will spoil you for choice with everything on offer, whether you want something Austrian for 50p or a bottle of sparkling wine at £32 – there’s a drink to suit everyone. The Ginger Pig is a gastropub in Brighton and Hove. The pub offers new takes on classic fare with a seasonal approach to food.
The Bierhaus, deep in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine, is a new pub for Brighton Bier drinkers. Brighton Bier is the award-winning craft brewery behind spectacular brews like Le Grand Cru and the increasingly popular Coppertop. The Bierhaus is on three floors, each one a stylish bar in its own right, but linked together by clever design touches like black tiles that run through both floors, and wooden screens disguising (or indeed revealing) the staircases between them.
It wasn’t so long ago, the area around Western Road and Cleveland Terrace was dotted with local landmarks. There was Gladstones, The King and Queen and the Flying Dutchman to name a few. Then one by one they were gone, but not forgotten. The Save The Leeds Road Pub Campaign did its best to fight for the historic building that was once The Gladstone Inn. And now there is some good news for fans of live music and craft beer in Brighton.
The Bierhaus is a fabulous family-friendly brewery pub situated in town close to the railway station and the Sea Life Centre. We make a range of artisan craft ales, which are brewed on our own 15-barrel plant. The funky pub is refreshingly relaxed in atmosphere, offers a broad range of beers all served in proper glassware and has outstanding food using only fresh local ingredients bought through sustainable methods. In 1826 the cellar of The Bierhaus was dug out to create Singleton Cellars, Brighton oldest working pub with its Victorian cellars.
The cellars still stand today and The Bierhaus uses them as a treasure trove to house its bespoke brewing kit. Each plate glass window in the bar corresponds to one of the brewery’s taps so you know exactly where you are and what brew you’re tasting. Brighton Bierhaus at the site of the former King Alfred pub. The site closed last autumn, however, and is now set to re-open under a new name. Brighton Bierhaus will take over as a taproom for Brighton Best brewery Brighton Bier, offering drinks to take away or to enjoy by the barrel on the premises.
The Lion and Lobster
The bar had been fully taken over when we arrived on a Thursday evening around 7pm, and by the state of the car park outside, I could tell it was going to be a busy night. We entered via the large gateway which seemed to welcome you into yet another urban maze. The place is very much a part of its surroundings. On one side there is Brighton's Green - an open space that becomes an art gallery at night, by day the council workers throng and the sculptors work on their statures.
My companion eyed up the area as we walked past, wondering what art he would make himself if he were so inclined. The Lion and Lobster has been a Brighton institution, serving the local community since 1867. It has earned its reputation as one of Brighton’s best loved pubs by offering everything you would expect from a good pub: an extensive range of ales, wines, spirits and soft drinks; a bookable function room that can accommodate up to 180 people; free wireless internet access; and a varied food menu including freshly prepared Sunday roasts.
What makes the Lion and Lobster so unique and a place that you will love to while away many a happy hour, is their commitment to brilliant food and drink. Not only do they have an extensive array of real ales, wines and spirits, but the food on offer is some of the best in Brighton. A varied menu showcasing quality British seasonal produce is served up by the friendly staff who are more than happy to help.
The newest addition to the pub scene in Brighton seem to have an almost universal appeal. The cavernous space is atmospheric, there is a nice balance between seating areas and floorspace, and there is no doubt that as a night out venue this pub is definitely on the up. There really aren’t any similar venues in Brighton, so I think it’s going to become popular very quickly. As one of the oldest pubs in Brighton, The L and L has a lot of history to its name.
The Hop Poles
The Hop Poles is one of the many pubs that make up the ever popular North Laine, a little pocket of Brighton just off North Street. It is here that you will find a pub bursting with character and charm. The peaceful notice above the bar welcomes the drinking customer alongside an intoxicating selection of real ales and lagers that have been carefully selected by the pub’s friendly staff. The Hop Poles may be small, but it certainly makes a big impact on its customers and surrounding areas.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when I first visited The Hop Poles; I had been expecting a run-of-the-mill, unmoving selection of drinks in a tired old venue but the exact opposite greeted me on my arrival. The Hop Poles has a great location in the heart of Brighton’s busy Lanes. For those who don’t know Brighton very well, that is down by the main train station and up to the promenade. Even though The Hop Poles is packed full of people and is a very social pub, the management have managed to maintain a sense of intimacy, with each table located in its own little nook and cranny.
This area of Brighton can get very busy during the summer season, so it’s nice to be able to sit in an isolated corner at The Hop Poles with your friends and some quality ales or wines. The Hop Poles offer a wide range of ales and beers on tap, as well as bottled beers and ciders. The pub is located close to both the Lanes shopping area and North Laine, so you might imagine that it is popular with people out at the weekend, however it is also popular with local residents.
I often find myself taking friends from other cities who are visiting Brighton here because I know they won’t fail to be impressed by both the dcor and the quality of the food on offer. The Hop Poles is situated on London Road in a little place called Kemptown. This area of Brighton has long been a popular place for anyone looking to enjoy the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars that this cultural hub of the city has to offer.
If enjoying a drink out is important to you, then The Hop Poles is an excellent choice as pub lovers will be well catered for with the impressive selection of beers available from the bar. The Hop Poles is one of those Brighton pubs that just seems to exude a sense of effortless cool and calm. A real gem of a pub, there is a feeling of arty creativity at The Hop Poles that ranges from the quirky dcor right through to the quality food offering.
The pub is one that manages to traverse many different social groups, making for an interesting and diverse clientele. The pub was built as the St Nicholas Hotel in 1796, and later being named the Ranelagh Tavern. In the 19th century it became famous among local fishermen for its lobster dinners, hence giving it its current name. The venue also offers an excellent selection of wine, beers and cocktails. There is also an emphasis on good service so you can expect a warm welcome at this gastropub in Brighton and Hove.