The Exchange Hove

The Exchange Hove

Wander the residential streets by Goldstone Villas and you can't miss this modern pub

8 Goldstone Street
Hove
BN3 3RL

01273 821677

The Exchange, Hove

A modern option in Hove’s residential backstreets

The decor of The Exchange in Hove is a combination of exposed brick and wacky touches, and there’s ample space with tables and seating set out open plan. Smokers have a small beer garden and a row of neon picnic tables out front.

A log fire is situated to the right of the bar, while to the left is a stage area for live music. There are two big screens round a corner where live sport is regularly shown.

There are quite a few lagers on offer, and being a Laine Brew Co establishment there’s a varied selection of Laine Brew Co pales, and cask ales, as well as some niche guest options such as seasonal ales and sours.

The kitchen is outsourced to Dirty Shack, which offer a classic selection of burgers and wings, advertised as ‘Cajun cuisine’, and a few vegetarian dishes.

Dog friendly and wheelchair accessible, The Exchange is a great example of a local pub well modernised.

 

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The Station Hove

The Station Hove

A busy bar offering sport, pizzas and one of the most popular pub quizzes around

100 Goldstone Villas
Hove
BN3 3RU

 01273 733660

The Station Hove

A popular crowd-pleasing option just seconds from Hove station

The Station Hove is Greene King run, and a farily recent revamp finds it bright, modern and spacious throughout, which is great for seating large groups, but perhaps leaves it feeling purposeful rather than cosy or characterful.

The long bar extends down the length of the pub, which is an L shape layout. It has a large tabled seating area at the far end, booths across the way from the bar, and fruit machines, a pool table and big screen TVs at the corner end. There’s also a small smoking section adjacent.

The bar has a plentiful selection of big-brand lagers. There are three pumps offering Greene King brewed beers and Harveys Best. On keg there’s Camden Hells, Brewdog’s Punk IPA or Beavertown Neck Oil, but there’s nothing local on the taps.

There’s plenty to tempt you in. On the food front a big oven churns out pizzas, which are for 2-for-1 on Tuesdays, and there are other menu snack options besides.

The Station hosts regular Jive Sundays throughout the year, sport is shown on screens across the bar, and the Wednesday quiz night is so popular that pre-booking is compulsory.

The Bugle Inn Brighton

The Bugle Inn Brighton

Irish themed and a rare throwback of a classic locals' pub

24 St Martin’s Street
Brighton
BN2 3HJ

01273 607753

The Bugle Inn Brighton

A hidden gem of a classic locals’ pub with a subtle Irish theme

Greeting you as you enter The Bugle Inn Brighton is a big central oval bar offering a range of lagers – Stella, Becks, Kronenbourg – as well as Guinness and a couple of cask options. Be brave and sample The Bugle’s own Best, which is towards the dark, toasted and bitter spectrum.

The bar hides a second room behind it and a smaller separate back room equipped with a jukebox. So there’s plenty of space, plus a decent sized garden with a patio. It might all feel a bit dated for some tastes, but those seeking sanctuary from a city full of modern renovated bars will appreciate a rare throwback that doesn’t look much changed since the 80s.

Irish music Sundays are a regular occurrence, as is sport on the screens. Along with all the Guinness nostalgia there’s certainly a subtle Irish angle but they aren’t in your face and gimmicky about it.

This Bugle Inn may be dated and quiet, but in that lies a genuine and unique charm, a rareity in Brighton.

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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The New Unity Brighton

The New Unity Brighton

There are lots of places that show sport, but the New Unity is purpose built for spectating.

52-53 London Road
Brighton
BN1 4JX

01273 606088

The New Unity Brighton

Filling Brighton’s dedicated sports bar void

The New Unity Brighton is a smart looking, urban-industrial meets pub style place, with a combination of polished wood, graffitied walls and stools topped with big cushioned leather seats for comfortable spectating.

Getting a good view here is not a problem. The main bar has four large screens: three behind the bar and another on the back wall. You can also claim one of seven tables around the perimeter of the pub, each with its own mini-screen which can be tuned seperately to the main event, and thus keep an eye on 2 key matches at once.

There’s a darts board if you feel like partaking in a sport yourself, and food focused on a variety of hotdogs and other bar snacks.

Upstairs is a comfortably stylish room furnished with tables, leather chairs, a huge projection screen and a separate bar.

This pub is run by Laine Brew Co. and mainly stocked with Laine’s keg options – but only one cask pump – plus a well-stocked beer fridge and your typical handful of commercial lagers and Guinness.

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