The Cuckmere Bar, Brighton - pub details
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|Now called the Grosvesnor and predominantly a gay bar.|
notters - 4 Sep 2009 15:13
|Out of the wind blowing up from the sea and straight into a traditionally decorated bar, enhanced by the warmth and glow of an open fire, and greeted by a big smile from new manager, Matt Gallagher, behind the counter. Nat King Cole is crooning quietly in the background and a pint of Harveys goes down very well. So why has nobody 'bovvered' to mark the new friendly regime since 2005? Get there and see what you're missing!!|
al_keyhole - 21 Dec 2006 09:13
|Known not so long ago as the Grosvenor Arms, its denizens were described by Nigel Richardson, in his (1998) account Breakfast in Brighton: Adventures on the Edge of Britain, as including, amongst others, “actors, hairdressers, artistes, dog walkers, accountants, bishops’ lovers, hoteliers, fiddle players and drunks, heterosexuals and homosexuals, gays who looked straight and straights who looked gay, butch lesbians and sweet gamines, randy dogs and supercilious cats”. The (2001) CAMRA guide Real Ale over Brighton and Hove, on the other hand, more pithily and prosaically pronounces it to be “a small, friendly community pub”. On my first visit two years ago, it was still called the Grosvenor and was an outlet for Cuckmere Haven beers. Now, with the August 2003 closure of that brewery and the selling of its brewplant to Harveys, the pub is somewhat confusingly called the Cuckmere. It was, in any case, during my Spring 2004 visit a cosy local, consisting of one compact main room fronted by a bay window. The bar is to the left and seating is to the right, as is a fireplace with decorative tiles. Beers on sale are Timothy Taylors Landlord and two from Harveys - Armada and 1859 Porter. The porter runs out just as the end of my half is poured, but it still tastes fine and costs only £1.05. |
However, a more recent peek through the door late last year shows it to have been stripped of all the internal features that made it such a cosy and homely place. Gone, also, are the Harveys and Tim Taylors. It now serves on handpump only two Greene King beers – IPA and Morland Old Speckled Hen. The internal structure is unaltered expect for a new TV screen in the top right corner of the back wall. I’m unsure as to whether the place is waiting to be redecorated or if ultra-minimalism is a GK marketing executive’s idea of chic. To be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to go in and ask.
thequaffer - 22 Mar 2005 14:50