A cheerful and charming pub, with great food, lots of drink options and a lovely back yard
Saint George’s Inn Kemptown
Down a typical Kemptown side street is a pub that oozes warmth and welcome
This pub sports a name dedicated to our nation’s Patron Saint, whose legendary skill for sleighing dragons and converting people to Christianity won him martyrdom and eternal fame, and thus his name adorns pubs great and small across a land he wasn’t born in, and never actually visited.
As you enter the Saint George Inn Kemptown from the main door on the corner, the room you enter is the smaller of 2, with less seating, mainly high chairs and tables, and feels like the area that the locals and regulars might congregate in, propped or sat at the bar for banter on a weekend evening, as they were mirthfully doing so when we visited on a Sunday afternoon.
The room to the left of this has a more tranquil vibe with more dining orientated space with larger tables for groups. There’s a wood burner in the fireplace making this room seem like the ideal location for Sunday roasts on a Winters afternoon. On the walls hang lots of bespoke artwork and the fireplace is adorned with copious foliage, but if you take a closer look you’ll notice that many of these plants are crocheted and not real. We asked the barman about this and apparently the owner is a gifted artist who took up knitting plants over lockdown and now makes bespoke ones as well as the smaller ones in the pub which you can buy. Check out these creations on the Forever Foliage instagram.
If you venture out the back of the pub there is a little oasis of a back yard, yes it’s faux grass, but the old flint-stone walls hiding behind creeping plants give this space an aura of prettiness and peacefulness, and the combo of booths and large tables make this a versatile space for a quiet drink in a secluded corner, or for a large group to gather.
The bar offers quite a lot of options but they’re not particularly exciting. 3 typical lager brands, Guinness, and on the keg pale ale side of things, you have a couple of Laines beers, suggesting this is now Laine Pub co establishment, alongside a Beavertown and Tiny Rebel option.
The food menu offers a really really good variety of options, fish and chips, burgers, pizzas and more, plus loaded fries and other snack options. We were only peckish but the thick-cut chips were brilliant and for a little extra they super-sized our portion so it was big enough for 2.
The pub hosts a weekly quiz on Wednesdays and their socials indicate they are tapped into the local art scene with pop-up events and live music on occasion.
Saint George’s Inn Kemptown might look like many others in Brighton, exposed brick walls, booths in the faux grass yarden and pretty typical things on tap, but there is a certain charm to this pub that once experienced leaves you incredibly willing to visit time and time again.