North Laine Brewhouse Brighton

North Laine Brewhouse Brighton

A cavernous pub providing fun and top quality beers, some brewed on site

27 Gloucester Place
Brighton
BN1 4AA

01273 683666

North Laine Brewhouse, Brighton

A pub and microbrewery that’s fun, without compromising on quality

The cavernous North Laine Brewhouse is perfect for big groups, with its beer hall offering space for even the largest gang of friends.

The front section has a characterful traditional feel. Towards the back things take on a playful and colourful sense of humour.

The long bar boasts cask options and a multitude of taps with an emphasis on craft keg beer, some sourced incredibly locally, as the shiny tanks behind the bar are not just for show. The working microbrewery here creates small runs of experimental concoctions dreamed up by the great Laine Brew Co team, only available here at the bar and at selected Laine pubs. The team don’t compromise on the quality of beer served.

Events at North Laine Brewhouse include two quiz nights, ping pong, DJs, a Saturday bottomless brunch and axe throwing. You feel this selection probably targets a younger crowd.

The menu is a modern twist on pub grub: burgers, sharing plates and wings. But on Sundays it’s back to the tried-and-true with excellent roasts, with veggie and vegan varieties available – all served from the built-in ice cream van kitchen, naturally.

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Laine Brew Co

Laine Brew Co

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Waggon and Horses Brighton

Waggon and Horses Brighton

A traditional but uplifted North Laine pub that's heaving on sunny days

109 Church Street
Brighton
BN1 1UD

01273 602752

Waggon and Horses Brighton

Traditional with good cask options and a popular suntrap out front

The site of the Waggon and Horses Brighton dates back to 1846, the building became a pub not long after, ironically spending a few years as a gymnasium.

There are plenty of good-sized tables for groups inside and a couple of leather loungers in the corner. The music adds to the easygoing and welcoming atmosphere.

Outside there are plenty of benches, and much of Brighton crams onto the benches outside to catch those all-important rays. When the inevitable British rain does start falling they are well covered with extendable covers too.

Keg craft beers are lacking on the bar at Waggon and Horses Brighton, but they more than make up for this in a decently priced range of cask ales and lagers, as well as tons of liquer and spirit options stacks on the shelves behind the bar staff.

The Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton

The Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton

On Trafalgar Street – Neither halfway up nor halfway down – is Brighton’s own Harvey’s heaven

36 Trafalgar St
Brighton
BN1 4ED

01273 695872

The Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton

Nooks, crannies and cask Harvey’s beer aplenty

The Lord Nelson Inn Brighton has never been anything but a pub, and has always had the same name since it was built and opened for ales in the 1850s.

It’s a deceptively large and fresh feeling inside given its age. If you progress beyond the traditional front bar and descend to the open plan ‘lower deck’ there’s a second serving space and large conservatory with plenty of room for multiple groups plus a small but well-decorated little smoking patch.

There is a clear sports angle to The Lord Nelson Inn, with HD screens both front and back and it’s very popular for big football and rugby games.

The most recent addition is the large restaurant space, on the port side (left) of the main bar. The food menu is extensive and ranges from starters, sandwiches and jacket potatoes through to salads, snacks and desserts, all reasonably priced and dare we say ‘cheap-and-cheerful’, so not aimed at the ‘gastro’ market.

There are no less than five cask pumps, and two kegs serving Harvey’s creations at a pretty fair price for central Brighton. There are the typical lager and Guinness options alongside a left-field German lager tap, and plenty of wines, gins and spirits too.

The maritime reference is subtle, and the atmosphere here is comforting – like a good local should be.

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Harvey’s Brewery

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The Heart and Hand Brighton

The Heart and Hand Brighton

The green tiled exterior of a bygone era suits this bedded-in boozer

75 North Road
Brighton
BN1 1YD

01273 683320

The Heart and Hand Brighton

Old-fashioned simplicity is this pub’s charm

The bar space of The Heart and Hand Brighton is basic and functional, with a scattering of tables and a long bench seat opposite the bar. Not much natural light gets in – but all this adds to the throwback feel.

Outside the benches are usually full, and on weekends the place fills up with boozy banter. You never know who you might end up chatting to about what.

There are a couple of cask beers, a keg option, and your usual big-name tap brands. What it lacks in beer options, it makes up for with some interesting homemade concoctions, including Werthers Original vodka, a couple of infused gins and a Thai curry shot which the landlady is proudly making many of while we are there.

A jukebox and posters on the back wall – advertising all manner of alternative events – reinforce the idea that this place attracts all manner of clientele, and embraces all equally. That said, dogs and children are not welcome.

The Heart and Hand Brighton is also home to a local celebrity in ‘Bailey the Pub Cat’, who has an Instagram following that we mere mortals can only dream of.

Three Jolly Butchers Brighton

Three Jolly Butchers Brighton

The cheerful hubbub emanating from this small corner pub serves to lure you in

59 North Road
Brighton
BN1 1YD

01273 608571

Three Jolly Butchers Brighton

Compact and popular with the after-work crowd

The bar of the Three Jolly Butchers Brighton is split into two halves, with the bar room up front and centre offering standing space, a deceptively roomy seating area at the back, and a little secret garden for extra measure.

The main buzz usually happens at the bar, where the after-work commuter crowd congregate, so that at busy times you may find yourself fighting your way through before you can locate a free seat.

The bare brickwork and light wood gives the 3JBs a comfortable modern feel. The ‘snug’ can be hired for private functions, there’s a Thai menu of food on offer, and sport is regularly on the screen in the back room (Instagram reveals that they are Seagulls bonkers here).

Alongside the typical lager/cider brands is a decent rotation of cask and keg options at Three Jolly Butchers, though we found that any craft keg was priced at a premium that makes you think twice.