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The Poets Corner, Hove - pub details

Previously called: Eclipse

Address: 33 Montgomery Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5BF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5158) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Aldrington (0.3 miles), Hove (0.3 miles), Portslade (1.2 miles)

Brewery: Harveys

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Have been back to the Poet's a few times in the last year or so. while I have been a bit disappointed with the lack of enthusiasm from the landlord and the fact that twice in the space of a couple of months the Harveys Old had run out by 7.30pm (come on this is a Harveys pub!) it is actually the best pub in Hove apart from the Neptune, although drinks are more expensive here. A little more variety in beers on the pumps (some seasonal Harveys would be great) and a smile from staff from time to time would improve this place no end.
Spoonography - 5 Jan 2013 18:49
Can't agree with Northernstereotype as this is the only pub I've been to in the last 10 years that knew my name and use it.

The staff are friendly, courteous and helpful. The beer is excellent. Their Harvey's Old is brilliant and worth a visit.

It is the sort of pub you can easily sit in on your own. This goes for men and women. Some people pop in to read or do their work there. It is also lovely place for a chat with friends although sometimes the music is a bit country and western. In winter the pub has a lovely open fire.

It also has the odd football match and live music from time to time when the pub gets a bit full. This pub also hosts a range of nights such as comedians, folk club, poker, poets and writers and local groups often pop in. Often these are upstairs out of the way. However, being a friendly pub people often chat to you. I've spoken to a range of people of all ages and interests.

Along with the Neptune this is easily the best pub in Hove.

baldfatandvugly - 9 Jan 2012 20:50
Agree totally with the comments by Spoonography. I live just around the corner from this pub and used to drink in this pub all the time especially around last Christmas 2010 when we had all the snowy weather and I more or less lived in the place ! You were guaranteed a warm welcome by Lee and his girlfriend and the rest of the staff in there. It was owned by the same guy who had the Lord Nelson in Brighton - another Harveys pub. They were the people who did all the refurb and changed the name to the PC from the eclipse. It changed hands in early 2011 and the Irish guy who has got it now is possibly the most unsuitable landlord I have ever seen. If you can't smile, and be hospitable to your customers, then don't be in the pub game frankly. This pub was, and has, the potential to be an excellent and real cosy friendly little local. The landlords obsession with blues music means that the only entertainment appearing at the pub are performers of this ilk.
On its plus side, it does decent enough variation of Harveys ales. My vote now goes to the Ancient Mariner in Rutland Road. Much friendlier pub, even if it is a little bit veering towards being a 'bar' as against a pub. I long for the day this pub moves to better ownership and I can start drinking in it again !
Northernstereotype - 15 Dec 2011 16:39
Had never been into this pub when it was called The Eclipse but we thought we'd give it a go when we moved back into the area in September 2010. We were really impressed with the atmosphere, the music, the selection of ales and the service. The landlord at the time I believe was a young lad named Lee who always seemed to have a smile on his face. we even popped in for a couple on new year's eve and enjoyed some live music.
Then a few months ago we stopped in again and things were/are very different. Lee has gone and has been replaced by an Irish landlord who I've yet to see crack a smile. Surely you shouldn't feel like you're putting someone out by asking them to serve you? Gone was the good music, replaced with MOR country and western turned down so quietly that you have to whisper in order to keep your conversation to yourself!
This is still a pleasant enough pub but it has the potential to be so much better. Shame.
Spoonography - 11 Sep 2011 18:01
I've only been once to this pub since the refurb, however I was very impressed. Unusually for a refurbed put it has retained the essential qualities of good local pub - warm, cosy, good range of ales, friendly service, makes an effort in terms of entertainment etc. There was a comedy night on when I was there which was a bit intrusive as I went to meet a couple of old friends but people seemed to be enjoying it. All in all I liked it and will be going back. There's also no music which makes it a good alternative to the nearby Ancient Mariner - which I like but which (in the evening anyway) seems to crank the music up.
BingoLittle - 28 Sep 2010 14:19

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