This pub might be small, but it looms large on the Brighton pub landscape

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Taken over by Jim in 2021, a chap with more than enough experience at running beery pubs, The Hole In The Wall Brighton has quickly become a Mecca for beer lovers.  The pub dates from the 1870s and was previously called the Queensbury Arms, the story goes that it got the nick-name because in times past they served Brighton’s fisherman through a hatch rather than let them in the pub to stink it up.



There’s a front room and a back room, both quite traditional and simply wood clad, and both served by a central bar.
In the front bar, bar stools accompany the bar and there are 5 low tables to sit at on a comfy banquette seat and some low stools. There’s also a lean against / high seated bar strip against the left wall.
From everywhere you get a good view of the large chalkboard that lists the abundance of draft cask and keg options, as well as their reasonable prices.

The whole pub is cosy, but the back bar has the slightly more intimate feel, probably because it’s a pretty tight space for the number of people that like to hang out back here on a busy night.  There’s a couple more bar stools and a couple more low seating tables. There is just about enough room for a very popular Toad table.

The pub is open 7 days a week from midday, and whilst the Hole in the Wall is very dog friendly, children under 14 are not permitted at any time. There’s no food served here but lots and lots of crisp and bagged snack options.


The bar is absolutely crammed full of options; 9 keg taps and 4 cask pumps plus a fridge bursting with choices including a healthy selection of German and Belgian imports. A full beer menu will be floating about with the complete fridge listings, but the bar staff are really helpful in pairing a punters beer tastes with something on offer.

The chalk board to the right of the bar has a calendar of future beery events, The Hole in the Wall Brighton has become one of Brighton’s most exciting pubs if you want to find exclusive events and first pour releases from well known names like: The Kernal, Burning Sky, Verdant, Cloudwater and more.

The cherry on top is that Anspach and Hobday’s cultish London Porter is a core offering here, and in fact one of the only places in Brighton I’ve seen it.



My visits to The Hole in the Wall Brighton have always been to a pub that’s felt warm, welcoming, and passionate about beer. They are traditional and committed to cask on the one hand, yet totally clued into the new world brewer scene on the other. For anyone lucky enough to live nearby, it feels like the perfect local.

The Hole in The Wall Brighton pub might be petite, but there is a lot of beers and banter per square inch and it’s reputation punches far above it’s size on the Brighton pub landscape. In fact in early 2022 they rightfully won the Brighton & South Downs CAMRA Pub Of The Year.