Brighton Beer Blog review
The World’s End, Brighton
Read a beer-by-beer account of our visit
Date: 10 October 2020
Beers: Longman Best
It’s not everyday we find ourselves deep in the Brighton burbs. But one day when making a trip to Cakes The Difference for a birthday collection (dangerously excellent cake makers), it would have been criminal not to stop off at Ladies Mile, a pub we have been recommended more than once but never found ourselves in the orbit of.
The pub’s curved frontage and sparkly columned entrance is inviting and with a touch of fun and a colourful bench seating space on the forecourt overlooking the green opposite would be just the ticket in summer.
Inside you are met a fine looking and obscenely long curved bar, dare we claim it’s the longest pub bar in Brighton..?
Beer options centre around big brand lagers such as Birra Moretti, Heineken and Kronenbourg, as well as Guinness, and while it was great to see 6 cask pumps, COVID can probably be blamed for the fact only 2 were stocked today. Long Man Best was the local option alongside another guest Best from further afield.
The Long Man Best was excellent, a classic mouth-filling, sweet malty beer and a fine alternative to the regularly spotted Harvey’s Best.
There’s a distinctly art-deco vibe running through the main bar. The lighting, period ceiling and curvature of the bar all give off some very 1920/30s vibes. Whether the features are original, or combined with an effort by the owners to inject some characterful class, it feels natural and understated, comfortable and unfussy.
The pub is split into 3 main spaces; the big central bar with spacious booth seating and some high tables along the bar, a large games room to the left with ample space for a pool table, a darts board and a few high tables, and to the right a space perhaps more focussed on eating with dining tables set out for larger groups.
My wife and I settled into a curved and comfortable booth in the main bar area where the entertainment on offer comes in the form of easy listening music and a single TV in the corner, silently broadcasting golf today.
Despite the space being large and only partially full, we felt we could easily settle in easily in this warm and friendly pub.
On this early saturday afternoon the pub had attracted a mixture of young and old, a group of men necking lagers in a booth, a high table with a couple of young ladies and in the dining space a table of older people chatting enthusiasticly.
Tisbury’s kitchen run the food here and offer a good range of pub snacks, burgers, pubby mains and desserts that are priced fairly. Not gastro expensive, and not so cheap that you’d be concerned about the quailty.
We opted for a large plate of cheesey Nachos at £10, they were massive with an excellent salsa and definitely filled a lunch sized hole.
This was a visit under COVID restrictions and BBB have so far avoided reviewing pubs due to that handicap. But alas if this is the new normal we need to offer people reviews that report on the varying COVID precautions that pubs are operating under, while fairly accounting for the restrictions to normal operation they might be facing. It might excuse our lack of photos and general expoloration as we were conscious of not wandering around too much.
And so to the COVID bit… The pub is running table service and signage about not approaching the bar is very clear. Most staff were wearing masks and they offered a sign in book and hand sanitiser upon entry.
Nobody was wandering around other than staff and the bar tender was running a tight ship as I was asked to sit down at one point when approaching the bar to ask something.
Ladies Mile Patcham is certainly out of the way if you’re don’t live nearby, but without a doubt it’s worth a visit if you’re passing as the atmosphere is just so pleasant and relaxing.
Locals must feel extremely lucky to have such a good looking pub with a great welcoming atmosphere that offers a variety of entertainment.
Date: 8 March 2020
Beers: Ridgeside Brewing Co Objects in Space; London Beer Factory’s Coves
These days it can all too easily feel like the end times. With viruses spreading like warm butter and a Cheeto sitting in the White House, what better way to ring in the apocalypse than a visit to The World’s End on London Road.
Sitting moments from Preston Circus, it’s hard to miss the black-painted exterior complete with an angry Kraken Rum octopus flailing its tentacles across the front facade.
Inside is open-plan and spacious, perfect for larger groups with canteen-style tables and chairs to right and long benches to the left. When busy the atmosphere has a great buzz, and we’ve noticed they’re not shy about turning the volume of the music to match the noise, so expect to battle with some pop to be heard.
Those looking for a little fresh air can hang out at the tables out front, or in the small covered decked area to the rear.
Towards the back sits the bar with a host of craft beers available taproom style. The rotation changes weekly and today we spot Laine Brew Co, North Brewing Co (makers of the fantastic Transmission IPA) and Alphabet Brewing Company among others.
First, though, we set our sights on Ridgeside’s Objects in Space. This unfiltered IPA is stonking! Although only weighing in at 4.8%, this dry-hopped pale packs a real flavour punch; a zesty, juicy, tangy hit. It’s crisp, nicely balanced by hops, with a dry finish. Let’s just say we had more than one!
London Beer Factory’s Coves weighs in at 4.6% and is a silky smooth, mellow, malty and oaty beer, yet still managing to be punchy and refreshing with a touch of bitterness. Gorgeous.
We’d happily spend time in here with just beer selection alone, but there’s another side to the World’s End. It’s game time.
Opposite the bar sit several curious green enclosures, populated at times with individuals looking like they’re auditioning for a budget sci-fi movie. Here are the VR suites run by IPG. A choice of games are available to blast, shoot and fly in your own vertigo-inducing virtual worlds, all the while in safe reach of a pint.
Venture upstairs to find more traditional arcade games and a fairground-style remote control race track. And that’s not all; on Tuesdays Gaming Retro-bution set up a library of retro games machines, and on Mondays there’s a pub quiz. Who said the end of the world couldn’t be fun?
Food is normally provided by Wolfsmouth burger kitchen; on past visits we’ve found these good and filing, but the chip portions rather on the small siide. Unfortunately the kitchen is currently closed due to the coronavirus.
The pub feels a little more oriented towards students and the younger market, but whatever your age this is a place to come for fun and games with your mates and enjoy a decent pint. Winner!