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The Black Lion

Historic Brighton pub and music venue which offers a menu of classic pub grub and boasts an extensive cocktail list.

The Black Lion – One of Brighton’s Most Popular Pubs

One of the best-known Brighton pubs, The Black Lion Brighton, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does the Black Lion have a good reputation for a music-filled night out, but their varied pub food menu is also an attraction for many people.

side shot of the delicious food including burger and fries, Bloody Mary and glass of wine

Black Lion Brighton | The Food

The Black Lion Brighton menu is all about pub classics cooked using fresh and seasonal produce from in and around Sussex. Whether you are in the market for a light lunch or a slap-up meal, the menu selection here is versatile, from lunch through to the evening. Think small plate starters such as Southern-fried chicken strips with Harissa mayo, sharing dishes like fully loaded nachos or antipasti boards, salads for a lighter meal and burgers and dogs for those hungrier occasions.

shot of the Black Lion table filled with various dishes including meat burger and fries, chips, Bloody Mary, cocktails

We love the sound of the pan-roasted chicken supreme with roasted cherry tomatoes and salsa verde.  And if you’re in the mood for fish & chips, you’ll love the crispy battered cod served with a pea purée and chunky hand-cut chips!

over head shot of the person taking friend chicken from brown bowl

Sunday Roast

Serving a wide selection of Brighton Sunday roasts with crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and lashings of gravy with delicious veggie and vegan roasts available too as well as a kids roast choice for the little ones. The Black Lion Brighton achieves a regular Top 20 spot in the BRAVOs for best Sunday Roast, so it’s clear that they know what they’re doing! Enjoy yours with an expertly mixed Bloody Mary or a glass of fine wine from the bar.  A pre-order option is available for late roast bookings or for larger groups.

Cocktails, wine and craft beer

This Brighton pub serves a great selection of beer. Go for local Laine Brew Co favourite IPA or try a can of Cloak & Dagger ‘Brass Monkey’.The Black Lion Brighton is also the go-to place for great-tasting, affordable Brighton cocktails, with an extensive list made from quality ingredients and seasonally changing creations.

four different cocktails next to each other at Black Lion

If a classy glass of wine is more up your street, their wine list doesn’t disappoint with a carefully selected variety to choose from. There really is something for everyone!
British pie served with mash potatos and vegetables and glass of wine at Black Lion

Private Hire

You can reserve a table for food from a table for two right up to a buffet for 100 guests, The Black Lion Brighton are happy to accommodate! The Black Lion specialise in creating events and menus for any kind of celebration be it a wedding, birthday, work party, Christmas Party etc. Reservations in the bar area can also be made for up to 50 people.

side shot of the chocolate brownie with ice cream and coffee at Black Lion


  1. Jude Money

    Lovely staff, fantastic atmosphere and an all-round great evening had by me and a group of friends. The outside seating area has the benefit of heaters and it’s covered so can be enjoyed whatever the weather and any time of year. We used their app to order our food and drinks and I’m pleased to say that despite the Friday night rush the wait wasn’t excessive, we got everything we asked for and both the quality of the service, drink and food remained good. I will definitely be going back!

  2. owain123uk

    The bottomless brunch came highly recommended by a friend so me and my partner decided to give it a go! I went for the vegan option while my partner went for the meat. Amazing food (3 courses), excellent service and a choice of beer, bloody Mary’s or Mimosa’s for drinks. I chose the Mimosa’s which were really good. The Black Lion has a cool 90’s vibe with some nostalgic tunes being played in the background. Central location and easy to find. This is excellent value… 3 courses and bottomless drinks for £26 per person.

  3. Nikolina Majić

    One of my friends celebrated her birthday at the Black Lion Pub.
    Firstly we had nice dinner and afterwards we enjoyed their live jazz evening. I loved it, superb night.
    p.s I want to give a praise to their Raspberry fool dessert. The best dessert so far!

  4. Debs Llewellyn

    Fun venue, classic pub dishes and definitely a good option if you want to hang around for some drinks later into the evening. Lively, busy – what a great night!

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