The Bevy Brighton

The Bevy Brighton

At the heart of Moulsecoomb community and serving it in more ways than one

50 Hillside

01273 281009

The Bevy Brighton

Serving the community in more ways than one

We could simply talk about the look and atmosphere of the Bevy as we do for most pubs, but to really describe the Bevy, you have to first explain what it means to it’s Moulsecoomb community.

In 2014, after a long closure, the residents banded together, formed a community benefit society and now run the pub, which had been bought by the East Brighton Trust. The place is a hub, perhaps the only hub, for the community, and host dozens of different groups, charities and community events.

During the COVID pandemic the pub acted as a community kitchen, securing grants and raising funds to deliver free Meals on Wheels to the most vulnerable and continue to do so even now. It’s fair to say the Bevy is something special.

So to the pub itself… It’s a simple, bright and modern space that feels part pub, part cafe. The bar is directly in front as you enter and there’s ample standing space with seating left and right, and as you continue further to the right, you find yourself in the cafe area for seating and dining.

The tiered garden to the right of the pub has lots of benches and chunky wooden tables scattered on the forecourt and the grassy triangle beyond, which is nicely enclosed so you aren’t looking out onto the road.

The taps offer a range of typical big brand lagers, a cider and usually one or two local craft options, in this case Franklins‘ Super Soaker. There are 3 cask pumps and we had an excellent Harvey’s best as well, as malty and tasty as in any Harvey’s owned pub. Prices are fair and reasonable.

The menu is incredibly affordable, so don’t expect gastro, and the decent list of options straddles your usual pub grub (Burgers, Wings, Chilli) as well as Mediterranean specialities cooked up by the resident Italian chef. They’ll even do takeaway of food and booze for those wanting to take the Bevy experience home.

Village Brighton

Village Brighton

A community cafe-come-bar with a relaxed country parlour pub aesthetic

129 Islingword Road

01273 689000

Village Brighton

A community-saved parlour style pub with a bedded-in homely feel

Village Brighton offers a charming selection of leather armchairs, stools, tables and rugs scattered about to create a relaxed lounge feel. Towards the rear the pub hasn’t lost touch with its musical past, with a stage space that hosts regular live bands and folk music as well as sports and quiz nights.

The bar itself is small and only has room for a couple of cask options, sporting Long Man on our visit, and a couple of tap lagers. However they do their best to make up for limited fresh options by stocking a wide variety of wines, spirits and bottled beers that fill the shelves behind.

This community-focused space is a cafe during the day and bar later on. The award-winning brunch menu is available every day until 4pm, when they switch to a mouthwatering Thai menu.

The local community rallied to save this pub from redevelopment into flats, and with Village they have been rewarded with a comfortable loungey pub where you could easily lose yourself in a good book or while away the hours chatting with friends.

The Park View Brighton

The Park View Brighton

Elegant design, good food and great craft beers await at the top corner of Preston Park

71 Preston Drove

01273 541663

The Park View, Brighton

A classy and buzzy pub with loads of outdoor seating

You have a variety of seating areas to choose from at The Park View – there are high tables to the left, a restaurant-style space to the right and booths hidden among plants running the length of pub. There’s also a classy hidden snug down the back that’s perfect for a more private dining experience.

The outside tiered garden is huge, and a great social space that comes into its own on sunny days.

The long bar offers loads of options with 16 keg taps and five casks, made up of a comprehensive range of standard brands, international and local craft brewers, as well as cider. There’s an extensive menu for diners; we tried the food soon after the re-fit and were very impressed by what we enjoyed.

Downstairs it’s as though a whole second pub has been dropped in with its own staffed bar. This makes for a great hireable event space.

There’s loads of space at The Park View, and yet when it gets busy it feels comfortably close with an exciting buzz. The bar staff are friendly and enthusiastic, and dogs are welcome.

The Gladstone Brighton

The Gladstone Brighton

A very down-to-earth pub that's welcoming to all and vibrant inside and out

123 Lewes Road

01273 620888

The Gladstone Brighton

All are welcome in this vibrant and energetic pub

You won’t miss the sunny yellow exterior of The Gladstone when strolling down Lewes Road in Brighton, and that vibrancy continues inside.

You’ll find an clamourous mix of students and locals here and the pub is very welcoming, down to earth and dog friendly. The back garden is leafy and vast, with various sections of boothed heated seating and central communal benches.

There are up to four cask options on the bar, usually supporting local producers, and three different cider options on tap; however there’s only one keg pale – Punk IPA on our most recent visit.

There is an excellent value and big-portion mains and burger menu, with good veggie options.

The good-sized event room at The Gladstone hosts an eclectic variety of entertainment and is always free, so your visit could last longer than you planned!

The Setting Sun Brighton

The Setting Sun Brighton

Climb the hill to one of the best pub garden views in town, and a rotating cask selection

1 Windmill Street

01273 230778

The Setting Sun Brighton

Probably the best view from a pub garden you’ll find in Brighton

A refurb in early 2019 has given The Setting Sun Brighton a new lease of life. The perky colour scheme, wood cladding, relaxed glowing filament bulbs and good use of space ensure a slick, modern but soft decor.

The bar runs along the right wall and the furniture is a mixture of high and low tables, leather bench seating, dining sections and a wine bar style perch opposite the bar. It suits both large groups and intimate drinkers.

The name is a big clue as to the main attraction, and on a sunny evening or during weekend days the garden seating is highly sought after. If you sit the other side of the French doors you can still enjoy the view in winter.

The bar seems well stocked on the beer front, with an impressive three rotated cask pumps. It’s a bit slim on the craft keg, offering only Maltsmiths and Neck Oil from Beavertown Brewery, but premium lagers and the usual suspects are available as well.

There’s a lot of variety on the menu, and though we haven’t tried the food we see people rave about it online.