Brighton and Hove pubs have been one of the city’s main attractions for many years. With it’s Foodie destination reputation breathing new life into the city, our pubs and bars have been quick to join in the fun. With a plethora of exceptional food pubs and bars on offer here is our round up of some of the best.
Brighton Pub and Bar Food
The Cricketers, Black Lion Street
The Cricketers is a touch of Victorian splendor in the heart of Brighton. Step through it’s doors and you can feel yourself transported to times past. The pub was once the favoured drinking hole of novelist Graham Greene and his letters to the landlord can be viewed in the Greene Room. As you would expect the menu is traditional with a modern twist utilising local produce at its core. Review
No 32 Duke Street, Duke Street
“Eat, drink, dance” is their motto, but ideally not at the same time I would hope. This trendy spot on Duke Street is popular with those who like to be seen, and its al fresco area is lively in the summer months. Bar, restaurant and nightclub all in one venue, No 32 has got something for everyone. The menu spans many different styles and dining options so you should be able to find something to meet your dining needs. Review.
The Sussex Yeoman, Guildford Road, Brighton Station
The Sussex Yeoman has a reputation for excellent food. Serving top notch food from quality ethically sourced suppliers, and supports many local and national animal welfare charities. The Sussex Yeoman attracts a great locals crowd (known locally as the ‘manor’) and is always a friendly and welcoming venue. The menu has a distinctly gastropub feel to it, with daily specials and vegetarian options, and their roasts are well regarded across the city. Review
The Brighton Beer Dispensary, Dizzy Gull, Dean St
Located just off Western Road you could be forgiven for missing this excellent pub, but The Brighton Beer Dispensary has some of the best beers in town and great food to match. The kitchen operates under the name “Dizzy Gull” and serves some of the most inventive pub food in town. With a menu of pub snacks, small plates and very popular Sunday Roasts you definitely wont want to miss this place again.
The Basketmakers Arms, Gloucester Rd
One of Brighton’s most well known and loved pubs, The Basketmakers, serves top quality food and drink in the heart of the North Laine. This traditional British boozer has not succumbed to any food fads over the years, preferring to stick with hearty home-cooked food and daily specials that are good as any in the city. With multiple awards to its name you cannot go wrong with a trip to this Brighton pub. Review.
The Earth and Stars, Windsor Street
The Earth and Stars is a pub that has manages to balance a proper pub feel with an ethical approach that sits comfortably within Brighton’s wider appeal. It is a pub that you can easily miss as it is just behind the main shopping areas but is a haven for hungry visitors and locals alike. With a solar panel on the roof providing the power, and a list of organic, vegan, veggie and omnivorous options on the menu this pub should keep everyone happy. Review
The Worlds End, London Road
The Worlds End has long been a bit of a student haunt and it definitely has that sort of vibe. The food comes courtesy of Bar-B-Q Shack and when it comes to all things meat this place is seriously impressive. From whopping great burgers, to ribs and brisket everything is slow smoked and totally delicious. With regular events and a fantastic craft beer selection The World’s End will be heaven for some and a guilty pleasure for others. Review.
The Prince George, Trafalgar Street
There was a time when the idea of a pub serving a completely vegetarian menu would be unheard of, although perhaps not in Brighton. The Prince George has become well known for its extensive award winning vegetarian menu; but it is much more than just that. A fantastic lively pub with an impressive range of drinks on offer, The Prince George is the ideal place to rest your feet for an hour or two and soak up the atmosphere. Review
The Revelator, Western Road
Feeling like some southern fried chicken with a craft ale? Or perhaps some BBQ ribs with your favourite bourbon whiskey. Check out this Southwest American style pub on Western Road, serving an epic selection of beer, ale and bourbon whiskey along with finger lickin’ food!
Hare and Hounds, La Choza, Preston Circus
This imposing pub on the corner of Preston Circus has become synonymous with the areas recent upturn. The spacious pub stocks an impressive range of craft beers and ales and is popular with most crowds. The kitchen is operated by Mexican food aficionados, La Choza, and is every bit as delightful as their flagship restaurant. Review.
The West Hill Tavern, Buckingham Place
A two minute walk up from Brighton train station, the recently renovated West Hill Tavern is a gem of a pub. With great views, music nights and of course excellent food & drink. You can stop by for a big burger, a Sunday roast with your family, a pint whilst watching the latest events, or enjoy some live jazz on a Thursday. The West Hill Tavern is a family friendly, dog friendly pub welcoming you with a big smile!
The Black Lion, Black Lion Street
Few pubs experience such a transformation over the course of a day than The Black Lion. During the day the pub offers a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Brighton’s Lanes and a tempting array of gastropub style dishes. With sharing platters, small plates and a variety mains they have got most things covered. Pop back in the evening and you will find one of the liveliest pubs in Brighton and the party in full swing.
Great British Charcuterie, Brighton Marina
The Seven Stars, Little Blue Smokehouse, Ship Street
Occupying an impressive building on Ship Street, The Seven Stars, is a craft beer and gin pub that has built a solid reputation in the city. The food is handled by The Little Blue Smokehouse, who have taken their little hobby and grown it into one of the must try food experiences in the city. These guys smoke everything, and the results are stunning. This is pub grub with a difference. Review
The Caxton Arms, North Gardens
This friendly local boozer has recently come under new management and it is experiencing a resurgence in fortunes. The new team have retained the friendly atmosphere that you would expect from a neighbourhood pub and they have added a little more life as well. They have kept the food in house and the young team are putting out some excellent dishes. This great little pub is certainly one to watch for the future and enjoy now.
The Tempest, Kings Road Arches
One of the more unique seafront bars in Brighton, the Tempest consists of a series of caves to explore. Above the caves there is a room with huge windows where you can sit and take in the spectacular views of Brighton seafront. Being so close to the sea you will be happy to find that the menu focuses almost exclusively on seafood. The kitchen is operated by the “Crab Claw”, and they have put together a menu that is hard not to salivate over, not literally.
The Victory, Duke Street
Established in 1766 making it one of Brighton’s oldest pubs, the Victory on Duke Street has kept most of it’s original features giving it a really authentic and traditional feel. Serving an ever changing range of real ales this is a pub for the purists who appreciate things how they should be. The food is simple but quality, featuring many pub classics and light bites supplemented by a range of “Victory Burgers”.
The Fountain Head, North Road
Warm and inviting, the Fountain Head is a favourite amongst Brightonian’s. Always packed with every type of punter, ranging from after work drinkers, students and loyal ‘old-timers’. Combining classic with contemporary it has original exposed brickwork and two open fires all in a light and airy space. The food menu is quality pub food including sandwiches, burgers and main dishes plus they also have a kids menu to keep the little ones happy.
The Hobgoblin, Doughbo, York Place
The Hobgoblin is one of those pubs that always seems to be busy. This could be due to the variety of honestly priced drinks, or the huge beer garden, but could also be as a result of their food offering. Previously home to Troll Burger, the kitchen is now operated by Doughbo who have struck a chord with carb lovers across Brighton. Their wood fired dough balls are a unique food experience and one that you will not forget. Review
The Druids Arms, Ditchling Road
The Druids Arms is a friendly and vibrant pub situated just across from The Level. This proudly independent pub is unique in that it has not one, but two different food offerings. During the week you can sample the award winning Trolls Pantry including their new ethically sourced Troll Doner. On a Sunday The Caribbean Kitchen invite you to chill out with Caribbean roasts and mains all washed down with laid back reggae grooves.
Food Pubs and Food Bars in Hove
The Foragers, Stirling Place
The Foragers is the epitome of a gastropub, combining the comforts of a classic British pub with a restaurant standard food offering. Since opening in 2006 The Foragers has won multiple awards for its top notch, locally sourced and ethically sound menu. With such an emphasis on sustainability and ecological issues it is no surprise that this pub is a hit with locals and visitors alike. Family friendly and always vibrant and fun, The Foragers is one of the best food pubs in the city.
Libation, Second Avenue
If you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly and vibrant place to quaff some wine with friends whilst enjoying a light lunch or an evening meal then Libation could be for you. Libation offer a menu of fresh, seasonal produce that has been used to created a choice of sharing Tapas style plates or larger mains. With heated outdoor seating you can enjoy your food al fresco at any time of the day. Review
The Urchin, Belfast Street
Uniquely positioning itself as a venue which only serves shellfish, The Urchin celebrates the fruits of the sea from our Brighton shores. With regular supplies from BN Fish, The Urchin has some of the freshest seafood available in the city. With a superb range of craft beers on offer, where else in Sussex can you dine on fresh shellfish with a craft beer expertly matched to your palette? Review
The Old Albion, Church Road
The much loved Hove based pub, has re-opened its doors under new management this year, with a fresh yet nostalgic look. Serving great food such as pub classics and Sunday roasts, delicious drinks with a fantastic range of gin, all accompanied with friendly staff and good music. What more can you ask for!
The Ginger Pig, Hove
The Ginger Pig is a key part of Hove’s food scene and a proper food destination in every sense of the word. Awarded ‘Best Food Pub’ in the Brighton and Hove Food Awards 3 years running, they serve traditional classics with a modern touch. The menu of locally sourced and seasonal dishes never fails to disappoint, and their wine list is superb. They are currently adding accommodation so you can even stay the night.
Lion and Lobster, Silwood Street
One of Brighton and Hove’s most unique and historic pubs, the Lion and Lobster is a pub with a legendary status in the city. Situated over a number of different floors with a pub menu, restaurant and award winning Sunday roasts it ticks a lot of boxes. With an eclectic mix of patrons and an often lively and happening atmosphere, the Lion and Lobster is a pub that you will want to tell you friends about. Sunday Review.
Ancient Mariner, Rutland Road
This diverse pub successfully caters for all needs and occasions. Light and airy during the day it’s perfect for a really relaxing lunch with friends or family. By night however it develops a more vibrant and sophisticated feel to it, ideal for candlelit dinners or lively nights out. The menu is just as diverse offering small plates, sophisticated mains, a selection of sandwiches and burgers and decadent desserts. Burger Review
Freemasons, Western Road Hove
Few pubs can rival the exterior of this Grade II listed Brunswick pub. With its two storey tiled mosaic frontage and art deco windows it packs some wow appeal. Inside you will find a warm welcome and further nods to the pubs architectural heritage. The food focuses on quality home cooked dishes at affordable prices with plenty to choose from including their own “bangin’ burgers” menu.
The Better Half Pub, Hove Place
The Better Half is a traditional pub with a modern twist. One of the oldest pubs in the city, it has recently been revamped in a way that repects its history whilst bringing it bang up to date. The food is a celebration of simplicity, focussing on classic dishes and hearty wholesome food. This is a proper local pub, with a warm friendly welcome and superb home cooked dishes. Review
Hove Place, First Avenue
This little hidden gem of a pub is easily missed. Situated on First Avenue, this bistro pub features a stylish interior and a wonderful garden for those summer days. When it comes to the food you can choose from the traditional pub menu or if you fancy something a little more special the bistro menu is the one for you. Sleek, stylish and very Hove this is a venue for those looking for something a little more polished. Review
Food Pubs in the Seven Dials
The Chimney House, Upper Hamilton Road
The Chimney House serves outstanding food and a great selection of quality drinks in an unpretentious, rustic and all round good pub. Known for their local sourcing, including the use of foraged herbs and vegetables, the food has a distinctively Sussex feel. The pub has a lovely relaxed community feel to it making for a great atmosphere. Situated just off Dyke Road it is a great spot for an afternoon off the beaten track. Review
The Cow, Dyke Road
The Cow is a fun and lively bar in the heart of Seven Dials. With a brilliant selection of craft beers and floor to ceiling windows it is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. The menu features a grill and burger section along with small plates, nibbles and a few other mains. Perfect for any time of day, The Cow is a relaxed and casual pub that has got most bases covered.
The Prestonville Arms, Hamilton Road
Following a full refurbishment this community pub has stepped out of the shadow of its former incarnation. It is now a family friendly local that is bright and welcoming, with a lovely open fire and plenty of seating. When it comes to the food they have made a statement in being the only 100% gluten free pub kitchen in Brighton and Hove. The “Munkeechops” kitchen offers pub classics with a twist, including a burgers and pies menu and regular specials.
Food Pubs in Kemptown
Busby and Wilds, Rock Street
Tucked away on a quiet residential road, Busby and Wilds, is Kemptowns best kept secret. This local gastropub has built up a reputation for serving excellent locally sourced dishes that can hold their own with some of the best in the city. With an extensive range of local ales and international beers, not to mention the handpicked wine list, this family and dog friendly pub is real gem. Booking is highly recommended, especially if you want to try one of their superb Sunday roasts. Review
The Thomas Kemp, St Georges Road
This spacious pub is a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike in the Kemptown area of town. The large French windows at the front mean this pub really comes into its own in the summer months, bringing the bustling Kemptown village atmosphere directly into the venue. The food a selection of modern pub dishes, burgers and sharers with a kids menu to boot. Family friendly by day it turns a little more lively in the evenings with live DJ’s and bands at weekends. Review
The Ginger Dog, College Place
Based up a side street on the way through Kemptown, The Ginger Dog, is another great restaurant and pub brought to you by the Ginger Group. Different to the other Gingerman group enterprises, in the sense that it is a very cosy pub and not overly formal, they serve high end pub food that focusses on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Family and dog friendly, with a range of local ales and great wines, this is the sort of pub that could easily become your local. Review
Brighton Rocks, Rock Place
This trendy cocktail bar is a great place to relax, unwind and eat good food with friends. Serving a simple but quality menu focussing on tapas style small plates supplemented by burgers and mains their Sunday roasts are also very popular. Renowned for their fabulous contemporary cocktails, give the signature Sussex Martini a try, they pride themselves on sourcing specialist small batch spirits. With regular events and venue hire this is a lively bar for a fun night out.
St James’, Madeira Place
Widely known as the Brighton rum pub, and with over ninety varieties of rum on offer it’s not hard to see why, the Saint James is a popular pub on the busting road of the same name. A proper local Victorian tavern, it’s got a warm and friendly atmosphere to it. You can come here for a quiet lunch during the day by night it turns into a bit of a DJ led party venue. The kitchen offer a great selection of reasonably priced Thai food that pairs well with their fantastic real ales and craft beers.
The Sidewinder, St James’ Street
One of the more easily recognisable pubs in Brighton, thanks to the one eyed crab artwork on the exterior, The Sidewinder is one of the more lively venues in the city. With an eclectic clientele, regular DJs and events plus two large sun bathed gardens, or heated for when the sun isn’t playing ball, this pub has a very Brighton feel to it. With a new kitchen due to launch very soon we are hoping that the Sunday roasts remain as they have consistently been one of the best in the city.
Food Pubs in the Hanover area
The Geese, Southover St
Serving 12 different varieties of homemade locally sourced sausages and ten different versions of mash, the Geese pub in the heart of the Hanover, is becoming somewhat of an institution. Situated on the lower slopes of the pub friendly Southover Street, this is a welcoming local boozer that has a real community feel. Catering for gluten free and veggies too, plus an excellent Sunday roast, there really is no excuse not to visit this classic Brighton Boozer.
The Hanover, Queens Park Road
Part of the Indigo pub group, the Hanover is a bright, modern and friendly neighbourhood pub. A great place to come for a relaxed meal with friends or family, they specialise in serving handmade pizzas that can be made gluten free and even for take away. Not content with this they also have a selection of burgers, mains and a Sunday roast menu. Simple honest food in a warm and relaxed setting, The Hanover is a great local pub.
The Independent, Queens Park Road
As the name suggests this independently run pub is free of any brewery ties, this makes for some interesting beer choices. Food is at the centre of everything this pub does, and luckily the offering is top draw. Gastropub style dishes of restaurant quality are the order of the day at The Independent. A fantastic local pub that is often busy and lively, it is well worth the trip up Southover Street to sample the delights at the top. Review
The Hartington, Whippingham Road
Near the well known area of Elm Grove, the Hartington is a very family friendly pub which offers not only quality home cooked pub food but also a range of ales and a changing diary of fun events. These include pub quizzes, children’s events and live music. The menu is based on local, seasonal ingredients and a daily specials board. Children get a free ice-cream and nearly all main meals come in at under a tenner.
Sir Charles Napier, Kitgum Kitchen, Southover St
Not traditionally thought of as a food pub, this has recently been changed thanks to the efforts of Kitgum Kitchen. Inspired by the food of Ugandan Asians who were expelled from the country in 1972, this is superb Gujarati style curries via East Africa. The pub is a lovely local boozer and the delicious home cooked food has added even more heart to this pub.
Food Pubs near Ditchling Rise/ Preston Park
The Jolly Poacher, Ditchling Rd
A regular contender in our top ten best pubs in Brighton, The Jolly Poacher has strong ties to its sister venue, The Jolly Sportsman. More of a restaurant than a pub in terms of what they serve, The Jolly Poacher is still very much a pub thanks to the relaxed informal atmosphere and great selection of ales and wines. A great addition to the area this fantastic gastropub uses the finest seasonal, local and fresh ingredients available on their excellent menu. Review
The Open House, Springfield Road
A large and stylish pub near London Road station, the Open House is a great place for a get together with friends or family. With three separate indoor areas, an upstairs function room and attractive beer garden, you can find your own little haven in this pub. The menu features high quality pub food which is simple but well chosen. With local art work on the walls and regular artists open houses, this is a bohemian pub with a relaxed and comforting feel.
Signalman, Ditchling Rise
Located right next to London Road train station, the Signalman has the vigour of a station pub combined with the warmth and comfort of a traditional pub. Suitable for all tastes and moods, there’s a large TV for sport, a sun trap garden to soak up some rays and even a library to choose a good book. The Food is handled by Space & Thyme and features crowd pleasing dishes, pub classics and small plates for sharing. The Signalman is a do it all pub that does it all well.
The Preston Park Tavern, Havelock Rd
One for locals and people in the know, The Preston Park Tavern is a contemporary gastropub with an ethical and sustainable ethos. With meat supplied from local butcher Barfield’s they have tapped into their local community to offer some excellent pub food with a modern twist. The pub is welcoming and cosy with a family friendly feel to it making for a lovely atmosphere.
Outside Brighton, Sussex Food Pubs
The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington
Winner of Sussex Pub of the Year for three years running, The Jolly Sportsman sports an impressive list of accolades. Nestled in sleepy East Chiltington near Lewes, this venue is led by Bruce Wass and his very capable team. Utilising the best local suppliers and seasonal ingredients, the menu is ever changing and always excellent. With an idyllic country setting and a roaring fire for the winter months, The Jolly Sportsman is every bit the classic country pub. Review
Stanmer House, Stanmer Park
A very different option for dining and we would consider it a food pub (if you want it to be), a restaurant or a cafe. Stanmer has really had a bit of a change of approach recently with new owners, new menus and it retains a decadence like no other venue in Brighton and Hove. You can even go there with muddy shoes, take your dog for a walk there and make use of their superb grounds. Review
The Plough, Rottingdean
Situated in the historic coastal village of Rottingdean, The Plough is a traditional village pub that acts as the beating heart of the local community. Offering a classic pub menu alongside an innovative Gastro Menu, this venue caters for everybody from kids to couples and walkers to your everyday regular. Close enough to Brighton as a spot to reward yourself on a Sunday stroll, The Plough is a fabulous pub to while away a Sunday afternoon with a roast and local ale. Review
The Bull, Henfield
Located just north of Henfield, The Bull is a traditional style pub that is popular for their freshly made to order pizzas that are stone baked in a traditional oven. With over 20 different toppings to choose from, you can mix and match to your heart’s content! If pizza isn’t your thing then you could go for a pasta dish or one of their burgers or pasta dishes. With a large pub garden, children’s play area and log fire, this is still a traditional country pub to enjoy all year round. Review
The Crabtree, Horsham
The Crabtree is located in the beautiful Sussex countryside south of Horsham. They pride themselves in serving great local, seasonal food, organic wines and fabulous real ales in warm and welcoming surroundings. With daily lunch menu changes, a seasonal A la Carte and weekly Sunday lunch menu no two visits will ever be the same. Offers include a set menu deal plus burger nights, making The Crabtree popular for regular visitors. Review
The Oak Barn, Burgess Hill
The Oak Barn is a 250 year old barn that has been lovingly restored to a family run bar and restaurant. The team of Chefs provide a wealth of talent, evident in both the style and quality of their food. All dishes are freshly prepared using the finest local produce and ingredients. Offering a range of menus to choose from including Sunday Roasts, a comprehensive bar menu, weekend a la carte and children’s menu. They will also soon be offering a Gluten Free menu. Review
The Duke of York, Sayers Common
The Duke is a great country pub to visit, and only fifteen minutes or so outside of Brighton. Ideally located if you are planning a trip to the Sussex countryside and the South Downs, this venue is just around the corner from Hickstead Showground with lots of country walks in the area. Classic pub dishes, a cosy venue and a very warm welcome. Review
Royal Oak, Poynings
A well reputed pub in the beautiful hamlet of Poynings, The Roysl Oak is situated at the foot of the South Downs by the famous Devils Dyke. A 10 minute drive from Brighton, it’s easy to get to but makes you feel deep in the countryside. Buzzing with loyal locals most nights, it’s one of those pubs where everyone’s welcome. A slightly separate restaurant at the back where you can enjoy the superb sophisticated pub menu. Review
A traditional pub in the large but pretty village of Cuckfield near Haywards Heath. The modern restaurant is separate from the pub. Light, spacious and airy it is a lovely place for a relaxed meal. Being dog friendly it is really popular with dog loving locals and passing dog walkers alike. The menu is carefully crafted with a good selection of classic British dishes cooked with locally sourced ingredients and real passion. Review
Shepherd and Dog, Fulking
This beautiful old inn in the ‘miss it if you blink’ hamlet of Fulking sits at the foot of the South Downs. Although recently refurbished, it has sensibly retained most of it’s 18th century charm including it’s original fireplace and woodburner. The menu ranges from traditional pub classics to fine cuisine. It has recently gained a reputation for being one of the best craft beer countryside pubs in the county thanks to its twice yearly craft beer festivals. Review
Fountain Inn, Ashurst
This beautiful pub dates back to the 16th Century, and so as you would expect comes with all the hallmarks of it age. With a mix of ancient flagstones, oak floorboards and inglenook fireplaces you can happily spend an afternoon snug inside this pub. The proper hearty pub food, “cask marque” ales and interesting wine list has got the food and drink covered. With a pleasant garden, gluten free and kids menu available this pleasant country pub should keep everyone happy. Review
Ginger Fox, Albourne
Nestled not far from the Devils Dyke, the Ginger Fox is the country cousin of Brighton’s other Ginger group restaurants. A lovely pub and restaurant to get away from it all, it cuts an impressive sight with its thatched roof and beer garden with child friendly play area and treasure trail. Bordering on fine dining, but in a relaxed setting, the modern European menu utilises the best quality ingredients available. With local ales and wines you will be spoilt for choice. Review
Countryman Inn, Shipley
A cosy pub in the tiny West Sussex village of Shipley, the Countryman Inn serves great quality meals in stunning surroundings. With 3,500 acres of farmland as a backdrop, you can’t get much more peaceful. There’s a fantastic beer garden great for families and local beers on tap including organic Horsham ales. Not one for cutting corners the team use the freshest most seasonal ingredients available, supporting local farmers, fishermen and producers in the process.
Royal Oak, Wineham
A black and white timbered 14th century building with brick floors, low beams and an original 200 year old fireplace. Situated in the lovely quaint little hamlet of Wineham, surrounded by farms and countryside, it’s a lovely little pub to visit with outstanding food on offer. Quality sourcing is extremely important to the team at the Royal Oak, sourcing most of their excellent produce from neighbouring farms and businesses.
Half Moon, Warninglid
In the heart of the pretty village of Warninglid, the Half Moon is a traditional country pub with plenty of character and warmth. Dating back to early 19th century, it’s got a historic charm about it with a few modern nuances. The glass covered well in the restaurant for example is an unusual but interesting feature. Offering hearty, home-cooked food made with local ingredients, they do not do things by halves.
Wheatsheaf, Plummers Plain
This is one of those pubs where there are so many interesting things to look at, you never want to go home. Quirky and full of character, this beautiful country pub in Plummers Plain, near Handcross, is a great place to come with family or friends for good food, and good fun. A fantastic play garden for kids, they will literally be entertained all day long. Traditional pub classics feature highly on the reasonably priced menu.