A recent resurgence of interest in real ale has also seen a welcome boom in micro-breweries, placing Brighton firmly on the beer-lover’s map. David Muggleton takes us on a tour of these watering holes, including the long-established venerable Greyhound, elegant Regency Cricketers, high-Victorian Colonnade, elaborate mock-Tudor King & Queen and the English Renaissance revivalist Good Companions, the pub reputed to have opened on the very day that the Second World War began. Brimming with quirky tales and fascinating facts, this carefully crafted guide initiates readers into the fascinating history of Brighton’s pubs.
Category: East Sussex
A list of website links for pubs, country pubs, inns, and bars in East Sussex.
As we are free of any brewery, pub chain or tie, The Independent is a true freehouse pub in the Hanover/Queens Park area of Brighton. As a freehouse, we are able to offer a more exciting choice of beers, wines and spirits. Currently, we have four real ales alongside 10 keg beers, but these change weekly so we recommend popping by to see what’s new on the bar! Our delicious menu mixes traditional British dishes with Mediterranean and other European flavours, including tasty vegetarian options. Everything is freshly prepared by our chef and made from the finest ingredients, and our menu changes daily.
The pub has recently undergone a complete refurbishment, bringing a tired old pub into the 21st century, while restoring many of the Victorian features you would expect to find in a pub of this age. Behind the bar you will find six real ales, half of which will be from local breweries, as well as a selection of craft beers from around the UK and Europe. We have a wide and varied wine selection from around the world, with many available by he glass, together with a good selection of spirits and soft drinks. Our food is a mixture of European and traditional British fare, with daily specials, all home cooked to order and all sourced from local suppliers where possible. At the White Hart, we take great pride in our warm welcoming approach and attentive service, creating a cosy atmosphere for eaters and drinkers alike. Our motto for our customers is “relax, enjoy and let us do the rest”. We are a dog-friendly pub.
Jim, Mark, John, Wiggy and Izzy would like to extend a warm welcome to you at the Yew Tree Inn Chalvington. Please come and join us to experience the eccentricity, which makes this pub so unique! Set in 7 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, the Yew Tree Inn Chalvington is a traditional pub situated 6 miles from Hailsham, close to the county town of Lewes and the seaside town of Eastbourne. We are a free house offering fine ales and home cooked food served both inside and out. The Yew Tree Inn Chalvington is a child and dog-friendly pub with a large patio, children’s play area, extensive grounds and a wonderful large conservatory – perfect for parties. Unusually, we also have a cricket field and campsite!
Brighton and Hove’s first micropub. We source most of our cask ales from local independent breweries. There are so many to choose from – according to CAMRA there are almost sixty in Sussex. We also source some exceptional ales from outside of the area through local wholesalers. We had Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch available in June before it was awarded Best Beer in Britain at the 2015 Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in August. We normally have five casks tapped and usually have one dark beer, one best bitter, two pale ales (traditional pale, IPA, American pale etc.) and one other, which may be a golden ale or a red ale.
The Victoria Hotel, tucked away in a quiet street near Eastbourne’s glorious seafront, has a very welcoming atmosphere and serves up a fine selection of Harveys Ales, including championship-winning Best Bitter and a host of seasonal ales. We also have six rooms to let.
A warm, friendly pub on Trafalgar Street in the iconic North Laine, close to Brighton Station which has been enjoying a renaissance since early 2014. The traditional charm and Victorian features with two fireplaces create an intimate and comfortable environment in which to enjoy a superb menu, local
ales and fine wines. We also have a more modern, large conservatory area and garden for sunny days which is available for hire. Candlelit in the evening, the space becomes a haven for locals and newcomers to this rediscovered hidden jewel.
Located 4 miles west of Brighton and Hove, the Schooner is pleased to offer a classic pub experience in a relaxed and inviting environment. With a grand view of Lady Bee Marina we offer craft ales on constant rotation and a modest but lovingly created wine menu. The bar also has a selection of spirits to entice the most discerning drinker. Our Restaurant is open daily offering a selection of classics and daily specials. With panoramic views from one of our popular bay windows The Schooner is the ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying a roast with good company. Only seconds from the bus (Stagecoach 700) or Southwick Station there is barely a need to use our onsite parking.
The new Hobgoblin has certainly not lost its alternative roots and still caters for Brighton’s diverse and music loving crowd who like their nights out a litte left of mainstream. Arty, tatty, folksy and refreshingly credible, The Hobgoblin swallows neat and polished, chews them up and spits out something insouciant, real and honest. The Hobgoblin is homey and unpretentious, with lots of wood, brickwork and paisley, plenty of paintings, an abundance of revelry and the Thai street food served seven days a week is an absolute winner! However, the real gem here is outside; to claim ‘the best beer garden in Brighton’ may be seem a bit far fetched but we can assure you it’s completely true. The vibe is relaxed and and the people are ace, the music is good and the drinks are even better. And you won’t find many pubs with a pinball game for a table – even in Brighton!
Your friendly local source of quality food and drink in Hastings Old Town … now open! Following extensive refurbishment, The Crown has reopened its doors as an independent freehouse. Nestled between the beach and East Hill Country Park, we serve delicious food and drink in the heart of Hastings Old Town. We’re always on the look-out for local talent to showcase, so whether you’re an artist, craftsperson or musician, don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are interested in hiring out our space, or booking a table (8 people or over), we look forward to hearing from you. You are welcome to use our snug or communal table for a meeting, group, workshop or event, we are very open to ideas. We look forward to welcoming you to The Crown.