A stone's throw from the station is this tucked-away Shepherd Neame pub with an arty, communal patio garden

36 North Gardens

01273 387346

Caxton Arms Brighton

Shepherd Neame beers by Brighton Station

The Caxton Arms Brighton is cheerful and traditional with two main rooms that share a central serving bar.

A bookcase festooned with travel books from all over the world, board games, lego and bar billiards offer some differentiating character and entertainment.
The bar is focused on Shepherd Neame, including Whitstable Bay, Sam Adams and their Bear Island brand of keg options. If you’re peckish choose from tasty-sounding morsels, including burgers and a ‘Roasts in Brighton’ award-winning Sunday dinner.

The garden space at the Caxton Arms is it’s USP, set below street level in a kind-of bunkered-in courtyard, the enclosed design can make it a bit of a cauldron of atmosphere when busy. The decoration is awash with colour and humour with Brighton pop-culture graffiti artists The Postman and the section directly underneath the mazzanine balcony and staircase makes for a cosy drinking cave that’s sheltered from bad weather when needed.

It’s deceptively spacious out here, with long bench and table layouts that can accommodate a number of groups, though we couldn’t see any provision for wheelchair access.
There even seems to be space for a private function room down here, if parties need something more VIP.