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.