Brighton Beer Blog review Village, Brighton

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The Date: Wednesday 20th November 2019
The Beers: Long Man Long Blonde, Old Man

We’ve had some great nights at the Horse and Groom over the years. This renowned live music pub on Islingword Road played host to rock, blues, reggae and whatever got your feet moving.

So it was with sadness that we read that the Horse and Groom would be closing and the building converted into offices. But no; the community weren’t going to let that happen, and in 2019 the Horse and Groom transitioned into Village, and another pub is saved.

The atmosphere has morphed from a bouncing music pub into more of a relaxed and comfortable communal lounge, with a scattering of armchairs, stools, tables and rugs. It’s a little higgledy piggledy, and has a country cottage feel right in the heard of Hanover. As someone said to us: “It feels like your grandmother’s living room.” We couldn’t agree more!

The small bar only has room for a couple of cask options and a couple of kegs, but has a wide variety of wines and bottled beer options filling the shelves behind.

We opt for some cask Long Man Brewery, both their Long Blonde and Old Man options, and both are excellent. The Long Blonde is a light, hoppy number without being too bitter – perfect for settling in on a cold winter evening. The Old Man is a drinkable dark ale, smokey, a little nutty and finishing bitter. Both were excellent examples of cask ales from a great brewery.

Village is a two-in-one place, being a cafe during the day and a bar later on. The award-winning brunch menu is available every day until 4pm, with some brunch classics and tasty vegan options. When evening comes a mouthwatering Thai menu takes over.

This place hasn’t lost its music roots, though. It hosts regular live bands as well as the occasional sports and quiz nights.

It’s a very comfortable setting, and we can imagine settling in for a while with a couple of glasses of our favourite tipples and whiling away the hours buried in a book, or putting the world to rights with a few like-minded friends.

 

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The Date: Wednesday 20th November 2019
The Beers: Long Man Long Blonde, Old Man

We’ve had some great nights at the Horse and Groom over the years. This renowned live music pub on Islingword Road played host to rock, blues, reggae and whatever got your feet moving.

So it was with sadness that we read that the Horse and Groom would be closing and the building converted into offices. But no; the community weren’t going to let that happen, and in 2019 the Horse and Groom transitioned into Village, and another pub is saved.

The atmosphere has morphed from a bouncing music pub into more of a relaxed and comfortable communal lounge, with a scattering of armchairs, stools, tables and rugs. It’s a little higgledy piggledy, and has a country cottage feel right in the heard of Hanover. As someone said to us: “It feels like your grandmother’s living room.” We couldn’t agree more!

The small bar only has room for a couple of cask options and a couple of kegs, but has a wide variety of wines and bottled beer options filling the shelves behind.

We opt for some cask Long Man Brewery, both their Long Blonde and Old Man options, and both are excellent. The Long Blonde is a light, hoppy number without being too bitter – perfect for settling in on a cold winter evening. The Old Man is a drinkable dark ale, smokey, a little nutty and finishing bitter. Both were excellent examples of cask ales from a great brewery.

Village is a two-in-one place, being a cafe during the day and a bar later on. The award-winning brunch menu is available every day until 4pm, with some brunch classics and tasty vegan options. When evening comes a mouthwatering Thai menu takes over.

This place hasn’t lost its music roots, though. It hosts regular live bands as well as the occasional sports and quiz nights.

It’s a very comfortable setting, and we can imagine settling in for a while with a couple of glasses of our favourite tipples and whiling away the hours buried in a book, or putting the world to rights with a few like-minded friends.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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