Reassuringly unembellished, and its simplicity and genuine atmosphere is its charm
The Great Eastern Brighton
Classic pub charm with a selection of cask options
Entering The Great Eastern Brighton feels a bit like entering a wood-clad cocoon. It’s a bit tight space-wise, but in all seasons that cosy-crampedness amongst the bar stools, wooden furniture and other patrons just makes you feel safe and at home.
Outside you can join one of the benches which fill with a lively rabble of post-work drinkers and people starting on a night out.
The location and reputation bring a healthy mix of locals and visitors to The Great Eastern, and the unwritten code of table sharing, the presence of kooky regulars and their dog friendliness, make for a naturally jovial atmosphere. We noted recently that they have a no child policy.
There’s a decent collection of lagers, 5 cask pumps and a couple of decent keg ale options here. The pub used to specialise in whisky and bourbon, and while the options are still impressive, it no longer seems to be a key focus.
On weekends bearded DJs play a distinctive background soundtrack of country, blues and classic rock from a record player perched haphazardly at the end of the bar.
The Great Eastern Brighton is undoubtedly one of Brighton’s pub gems.