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Brighton Beer Blog review The Exchange, Hove

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The Date: Monday 28th Jan 2020
The Drinks: Laine Ripper

As you wander through the residential streets by Goldstone Villas you can’t miss The Exchange, conspicuous as it is with its bold, black-painted exterior.
 
There is plenty of room inside, and it’s inviting with lots of tables and seating space in an open-plan arrangement. A relaxing log fire burns at one end of the room, while at the other there is a stage area dedicated to live music at weekends.
 
There are not one but two big screens to watch the football or other live sport, which is shown regularly.
 
Smokers are well served with both a small beer garden and a line of brightly coloured picnic tables out front. However, as with most Brighton and Hove pubs, don’t leave your chips for too long or the seagulls will claim them!
 
The décor is as quirky as a Brighton and Hove pub should be, and the staff are friendly. It has the real feel of a bustling local pub, far from the tourist-focused businesses on the seafront, and it seems very popular with the residents of the area.
 
A wide selection of wines and spirits is on offer – mostly the usual suspects but with a few more interesting options. Beer-wise, The Exchange has quite a few lagers but also a good selection of Laine Brew Co pales and cask ales, and one or two more unusual guest beers such as sours, seasonals and strong stouts. We’ve found that quality is a focus in Laine’s establishments, and the staff will give you a taste if you ask nicely.
 
We drank a fresh pint of Ripper. With a nice hit of hops, citrus notes and a balanced bitterness on the finish, surely this is becoming a classic beer now across the many Laines pubs?
 
The kitchen is outsourced to Dirty Shack, which moved in recently following a kitchen refit. The menu offers a classic selection of burgers and wings, advertised as ‘Cajun cuisine’, with some sharing options and a few vegetarian dishes.
 
Dog friendly and wheelchair accessible, The Exchange is the perfect example of a local pub done differently but well. Quirky but not overdone, it caters for a wide section of the public without pretence offering a respectable selection of beers, food and entertainment. Long may it last…
 

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The Date: Monday 28th Jan 2020
The Drinks: Laine Ripper

As you wander through the residential streets by Goldstone Villas you can’t miss The Exchange, conspicuous as it is with its bold, black-painted exterior.
 
There is plenty of room inside, and it’s inviting with lots of tables and seating space in an open-plan arrangement. A relaxing log fire burns at one end of the room, while at the other there is a stage area dedicated to live music at weekends.
 
There are not one but two big screens to watch the football or other live sport, which is shown regularly.
 
Smokers are well served with both a small beer garden and a line of brightly coloured picnic tables out front. However, as with most Brighton and Hove pubs, don’t leave your chips for too long or the seagulls will claim them!
 
The décor is as quirky as a Brighton and Hove pub should be, and the staff are friendly. It has the real feel of a bustling local pub, far from the tourist-focused businesses on the seafront, and it seems very popular with the residents of the area.
 
A wide selection of wines and spirits is on offer – mostly the usual suspects but with a few more interesting options. Beer-wise, The Exchange has quite a few lagers but also a good selection of Laine Brew Co pales and cask ales, and one or two more unusual guest beers such as sours, seasonals and strong stouts. We’ve found that quality is a focus in Laine’s establishments, and the staff will give you a taste if you ask nicely.
 
We drank a fresh pint of Ripper. With a nice hit of hops, citrus notes and a balanced bitterness on the finish, surely this is becoming a classic beer now across the many Laines pubs?
 
The kitchen is outsourced to Dirty Shack, which moved in recently following a kitchen refit. The menu offers a classic selection of burgers and wings, advertised as ‘Cajun cuisine’, with some sharing options and a few vegetarian dishes.
 
Dog friendly and wheelchair accessible, The Exchange is the perfect example of a local pub done differently but well. Quirky but not overdone, it caters for a wide section of the public without pretence offering a respectable selection of beers, food and entertainment. Long may it last…

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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