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Mitre Tavern, Brighton

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Another traditional pub in a commercial area of Brighton. This place is a Harvey's pub and is listed in the current 2018 Good Beer Guide. Ales were Dark Mild, Old Ale, Christmas Ale, Bonfire Boy & Sussex Best Bitter - plenty for those who like their beers dark (and strong). Old Rosie cider was also available. The barmaid was very friendly. Nice place.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2018 19:30
A pint of dark mild at £2.85 a bargain. Mind you I seemed to be the youngest one in there by a good few years and I'm in my sixties.
addlened - 29 Sep 2016 12:08
Excellent old school boozer, with carpets and curtains. So few like this left in Brighton. Very well kept beer, very friendly bar staff. Good place to chill out alone or have a conversation in a group ...
alebarry - 10 Sep 2016 19:15
Best. Pub. Ever. Superb pint of Best, also had Old and Christmas Ale on tap. Very traditional looking pub just off London Road. Staff very friendly. Leatherette benches - haven't seen that for years. Go there.
Harveybest - 11 Jan 2015 21:05
You can always get a good pint of Harvey's beer here, five pump working most of the time, all well kept.
All barstaff and customers very friendly and talkative.
Perhaps "Brainfluff" should remember how she behaved to cause the problem.
RobinDay - 16 Jun 2013 12:53
great pint of harveys christmas ale, nice back street boozer.
THUNFAN007 - 8 Jan 2012 21:59
first visit here tonight and left with mixed feelings...on the positive side good to find an unspoilt back street pub and a very well kept Harveys best...on the negative side I can recognise some of the earlier comments about load locals and an uninspiring welcome.....
jeremyb - 17 Sep 2010 00:16
Called in saturday afternoon excellent pint of Harveys Mild especially at �2.30 given the high prices in brighton
boroboy23 - 17 May 2010 10:48
During Brighton Pride we popped into this pub to avoid the rain and enjoy a quiet pint. At first we were a little apprehensive, it is quite clearly a back street boozer and we we heading in directly from the pride fair, so we weren't sure how we would be received. The rainbow flags strung up outside the pub filled us with a false sense of security and we went in despite our better judgement. What a mistake! The pub isn't in the slightest bit gay friendly, in fact, it isn't friendly at all. The locals are extremely loud, aggressive and very rude. First they started with mutterings and under the breath jibes until it escalated into full blown insults. Needless to say we decided to forget the drink and leave as quickly as possible. On the way out we were followed by an extremely offensive male local who was clearly after a fight with the "dykes" (as we were called). What a gentleman!

I still can't understand why they had flags hung outside, I can only assume it was to cash in on the event, well they didn't make any money out of us!

I hope that nobody makes the same mistake we did, it ruined our weekend and tainted Brighton.
brainfluff - 4 Aug 2009 13:22
Compfy pub complete with carpet to make you feel at home. Decent folk and a range of Harvey's beers - the Mild was fine.
Booze_Allen - 21 Sep 2008 12:41
Nice separated bit of seating around the other side from the bar which I've come to like as its one of the few pubs in Brighton where a quiet pint is possible on a Friday/Saturday night without getting blasted by music. Comfy and good beers, although the locals are a bit too loud and locally in the main bit of the pub for me, wouldn't feel relaxed sitting round there
steve_on_tour - 4 Sep 2008 13:04
The archetypal corner boozer, a bit of E17-type character in Brighton. Essential stop, though the Mild was as weak as its ABV would suggest.
mtaylor40 - 29 Aug 2008 23:43
A great place to spend a Saturday afternoon and early evening; and with a curry house nearly next door. Harveys was fantastic, welcome was warm, company fine. Sadly 20 miles from home :(
swidge - 22 Aug 2008 16:39
The first time I went in here back in about 1977, I was asked to leave because I made the mynah bird talk.
I was a bit diappointed to leave, but have been back many times since and it hasn't changed at all. It is a very pleasant back street boozer, full of character and characters. A great pint of Harvey's and one for the list. Just round the corner from the Rose Hill,so you can fit two great pubs in one afternoon.
The mynah bird has since flown to that great brewery in the sky.
flagship - 18 Apr 2008 14:19
Why not! Pop in for a.... Harvey's - just don't have the best, there's so much more to try (eg Old ale). Like I say, plenty of Harvey's to choose from.

Overall, Not the most welcoming of place's for the under 50. Ho hum, still worth a visit.
The_Ace - 5 Nov 2007 23:59
Enjoyed my Harveys Knots in May in this delightful friendly pub. Some of the locals took photos of us as though beer tickers were a rarity.
gillhalfpint - 5 Jun 2007 11:56
An unspoilt back street local serving excellent Harvey's beers. Everyone seemed friendly on my most recent visit. The pub has at long last made it onto the local CAMRA Ale Trail, so look to see if it makes the next Good Beer Guide. It will be none too soon if it does.
southdown12jack - 4 Jun 2007 10:00

The landlord used to be happy for you to buy one of the excellent pies from the shop next door and eat it it the pub.

Given the clientelle (mostly older), the fact that they don't do food and are too small really to start serving it, and the competition from nearby trendier places, I think this is one of the pubs that will go under when the smoking ban comes in.
Hancock - 31 Aug 2006 12:10
The Harveys is more consistent than it used to be but it still can't get into the GBG. Best thing about this pub is that you can take a pint down the road to the best fish and chip shop (Bardsleys) in Brighton. Some of the clientele are odd - they like to stare, pass comment and smoke too much!
hrse12 - 31 Jul 2006 23:25
Nice little street corner local. Worth a visit.
forresearchpurposesonly - 16 May 2006 03:10

Still a street corner local and still selling excellent beer. The TV is usually only on for the racing and the occasional football match. The (unobtrusive) music is usually jazz or something from the Sixties.

Quite busy during the day/early evening but usually quiet after 8pm.

Hancock - 3 May 2006 15:05
Recently refurbished Harveys pub. Very much caters for local OAPs.
anonymous - 11 Jan 2005 20:52

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