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Black Lion

Address: 14 Black Lion Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1ND [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 140) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Brighton (0.6 miles), London Road - Brighton (1.2 miles), Hove (1.7 miles)

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Better visited on an afternoon rather than an evening when it gets quite busy and service dramatically slowed down. During the day, however, nice pub but quite pricey.
littlequill - 17 Sep 2014 19:19
Popped in for a drink one random weekday afternoon after finishing early visiting a client. The young staff were friendly and welcoming, even happy to allow me to ditch a lot of small change when paying. Décor was a rather dark (prefer light and airy) but wouldn't hold that against them. There's both front and rear outside areas, both pretty small. Didn't eat but the food looked just fine and being enjoyed by others. Toilets (gents) need refurbishment though.
micbinks - 26 Oct 2012 16:03
Been in and out over the last 8 yrs, but only at lunchtime/afternoon. Pricy drinks but charming staff. Always had good food which is more reasonably priced. (Would like to see the loos refurbished ,though there are many worse in the city, it's not going to put us off, we remember the 70s)

Sweet barmaid gave us complimentary coffees as the cashews & sunflower seeds were missing from my lunch. Old Rosie cider for both of us today.
c_and_j - 7 Jun 2012 23:29
So, went here on the Bank holiday Saturday night with a couple of friends and it was ok, music playing, reasonable bar service - a generally ok evening. Saw the food blackboard and decided to return the following day.....big mistake.

I'm a comedian and had to be at a fringe event around the corner at 3pm. We ordered our food at 2.15pm, I went for Moroccan Lamb, and my partner decided on a jacket potato with chilli. We ordered a drink each too. And then we waited, and waited, and waited. At 2.45pm my partner asked a waitress what was going on with our food, and was told that it would be with us in a second. At 3pm we had to leave so that I could be at my gig. We asked the waitress to get the manager.

The duty manager Geoff? Jack?, said "This isn't the waitresses fault." We agreed, we hadn't blamed the waitress. He then said, "It's not my fault." Well Geoff/Jack, actually if you're the manager then you should be taking responsibility - or should we go down into your kitchens to complain? Geoff/Jack said that the pub was busy, as if that would excuse such a long wait, the fact that at least four other tables that had ordered after us had been served before us was never explained. He then told us that he was going to refund us for the meals - wow - a full refund for two meals that we hadn't been given - you're sooooo generous. My partner then said that she thought he should refund our whole bill, including the drinks (a glass of orange, and a pint of shandy). He told her that he couldn't do that and that she shouldn't be so aggressive! Geoff/Jack, being upset about terrible service isn't being aggressive; being upset about a manager who frankly couldn't give a toss about what his customers' think isn't being aggressive; asking for a gesture to appease people whom you have let down isn't aggressive - it's called customer relations.

So I can't tell you what the food's like, as they didn't bother serving us with it. I can tell you that the management is rubbish and couldn't care two hoots about how crap their service is. I'd suggest that there are a lot of places in Brighton which will take more care of their customers, go to those places instead.
themaninthebowlerhat - 30 May 2011 18:06
Eaten here a few times now and always found the food tasty and of good value and quality. It's a comfotable pub in a more modern open way and the beer is generally pretty good although not exciting. On theis occasion the Arundel Gold was quite welcome.
uriahheep - 15 Jun 2010 16:38

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