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The Shakespeare's Head, Brighton

Well kept beer, but a safe predictable line up and overpriced. Dark Star Hophead is a least 50p a pint more expensive than it is down the road at the Evening Star. That said, the service is excellent (very friendly and attentive) and the sausage and mash is very good.
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Maltster - 23 Dec 2013 11:52

25 Jan 2014 00:16

The Snowdrop, Lewes

Excellent little pub. A reasonable way from the town centre, but well worth the effort. Food is a big draw, and so it should be, it's excellent. The beers very good too. Four or five to choose from, mostly independents including a couple of Dark Stars.

It does get a bit overrun with hippies on a Sunday afternoon, and as stated elsewhere service can be a bit slow, but overall a very good pub indeed.

24 Dec 2013 12:57

The John Harvey Tavern, Lewes

Excellent pub. Exceptional service, very well kept beer, and nice food too. One of the friendlest pubs in Lewes, and trust me there are a few that aren't. If you thought you didn't like Harvey's beers then give this place a go. You'll be surprised how nice it can be.

24 Dec 2013 12:51

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

I first came hear over 20 years ago after a friend had told me about a pub 'without a bar' in Dorset. I was so capitivated by it's beautiful location and unspoit interior that I've been back a dozen or so times since, even though I live a hundred or so miles away. The trouble is though, the word has spread, and now this pub is so well known for being an unspoil rural gem, that it can't really live up to it anymore.

It's not the pubs fault, it's still as beautiful as ever and the interior hasn't changed a bit, it's just that to experience the pub at its historic best you need it to be fairly quiet and the chances of that are very slim. Save your visit for mid week in the middle of Winter!

23 Dec 2013 15:16

Lewes Arms, Lewes

A lovely old pub with most of its original layout intact, so retains a real sense of history. Service is friendly and the beer is well kept. It's mostly Harveys, but then this is Lewes so you'd expect that.

Only slight issue I have is that a significant proportion of the locals look like they have stepped off the set of a Harry Potter film, although that's not really the issue, the issue is how bloody rude some of them are! Still, that's not the pubs fault...Welcome to Lewes.

23 Dec 2013 14:44

The Craft Beer Co, Brighton

The pub Brighton has been crying out for, for years. Really exceptionally well kept beer and an exciting range of at least six on the hand pumps. Friendly and very knowledgeable service and surprisingly modest prices (unless you veer too far to the right of the bar where you find yourself in import territory!) and close to the shops if you need to escape from the shops or the other half for an hour or two.

No food (except for appropriately salty bar snacks) no music, no TVs, no games machines, just good beer and conversation. It's too good to be true surely? Well, the beers of the world menu is a bit pretentious, OK it's very pretentious, but I'll forgive them that. Well done. Very well done indeed.

23 Dec 2013 14:25

The Narrow Boat, Skipton

I can only echo the other reviews here. An excellent pub. A good selection of well kept local beers when I last visited, and a really friendly welcome. A lovely cosy pub, especially in Winter. The best I could find in Skipton.

23 Dec 2013 14:10

The Lion And Lobster, Brighton

A rare find in Brighton: a pub that isn't too image conscious. It's happy with the old carpets, furniture and assorted knick knacks that adorn the walls and shelves. It's resisted the temptation to go for the bare floorboard and wanky art wall look, and it's much the better for it.

The beer is good. Always a nice range, always well kept, and not too pricey. The food looks good too, but having never eaten it I can't say any more than that. In fact the only problem with this pub, is it's location: its in Brighton, so you get a few media glasses wearing cocks in there from time to time, but there's worse people to share a pint with, so overall I'm happy to sup a few in here.

23 Dec 2013 12:13

The Shakespeare's Head, Brighton

Another fairly boring 'Drink in Brighton' pub I'm afraid. Well kept beer, but a safe predictable line up and overpriced. Dark Star Hophead is a least 50p a pint more expensive than it is down the road at the Evening Star. That said, the service is excellent (very friendly and attentive) and the sausage and mash is very good: but then it is only sausage and mash, so it should be. Not worth the trek uphill from the station.

23 Dec 2013 11:52

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