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The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

Delicious smokehouse specialties. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere, a cosy snug area, and a beautiful secret garden. Their diverse menu includes options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners.

The Poets Ale and Smokehouse is a popular Hove pub among local tradespeople and office workers during the week. At the weekend it’s busy with a host of locals who enjoy its warm and friendly atmosphere. It is pub located in the Poets Corner area of Brighton and Hove and Poets Corner is the name given to part of Westminster Abbey. 

exterior of The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

The Poets Ale and Smokehouse is a bright and light venue while keeping the classic pub look. As well as the main bar, there’s a cosy nook with a real fire. At the rear of the pub, there’s a large sheltered garden. There’s additional street-side seating which catches the sun in the summer so serves well as a Brighton beer garden.

interior of The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

There’s an additional room upstairs available for private hire for up to 30 people for seated dinner or 40-50 standing. The Brighton private function room has an integrated sound system and wall-mounted TV. The Poets Ale and Smokehouse is an excellent option for private dining in Brighton. 

pub fire - The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

You’re able to catch most major sporting events here from football to tennis, cricket and rugby. But The Poets isn’t a typical sports pub, it’s generally welcoming and the sport element won’t overwhelm you if it’s not your thing.

Eating at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

As the name suggests the menu at The Poets is from their in-house smokehouse. The flavoursome dishes favour a range of meats given the smokehouse treatment, although vegetarians and vegans are well catered for too.

burger at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse in Hove

Wood-smoked meat feats

They take meat seriously at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse, and butcher in-house from locally sourced and sustainable meat and game. When visiting you’ll probably be able to smell the wood-smoker at work, enticing you with that warming and nostalgic scent. They also smoke their own cheese.

Review: A smokehouse of sumptuous comfort food

seafood and vegetables in the pot

Favourites from the smoked menu include 16-hour smoked steak brisket, served with coleslaw and blueberry bourbon BBQ sauce. The sharing platter is a meat eater’s dream come true with ribs, pulled pork sriracha glazed chicken wings and brisket served with skinny chips, coleslaw, cob and three-cheese macaroni. 

Sunday roasts at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

Brighton Sunday Roasts at The Poets also get a smokey treatment to bring a touch of something different to the table. The roast menu changes frequently, but generally consists of an impressive range of quality meat, including game meat, and a couple of options for vegetarians and vegans. All come served with traditional trimmings.

sunday roast

Food for all the family at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

It’s not just meat lovers who’ll enjoy a visit to The Poets Ale and Smokehouse. There’s a good selection of options for vegetarians and vegans, including a smoked beetroot Brighton burger and a pulled oyster mushroom kebab. All much more inventive than a three-bean chilli! 

hot peppers side at The Poets Ale and Smokehouse

There’s a dedicated Brighton Kids’ menu and kids can also get a smaller portioned roast on Sunday. 

The Poets Ale and Smokehouse is Dog friendly, with biscuits available at the bar and water bowls. 

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