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Preston Park Tavern, Brighton

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This pub has just undergone yet another re-invention. It has now lost it's gastro pub identity and has been reincarnated as a trendy boozer which serves nice food and so called 'craft beers', also known as 'home-brew'. I visited yesterday and tried a sip of all the ales on offer and most of them tasted wrong, were insipid and warm. I had the best of the bunch and it had an aftertaste of coal.
I really don't know why these new wave trendy pub groups don't cater for all tastes and have a couple of good standards such as Harveys or London Pride to complement these no hope micro beers, which are truly horrible.
The staff said that this is what people want these days. Well I certainly don't and I would rather buy a beer which has a true pedigree and a long history, is consistent and reasonably priced. At about £4 a pint, I'd rather top up on my own home brew and finish up on lager at this pub.
Apart from that, its a nice pub and a good place to take the girlfriend, but make sure she gets topped up too as the cheapest wine is the best part of £18 a bottle.
flagship - 4 May 2014 21:03
Ate there this evening and cannot fault it. Very inviting builfing, attentive caring staff. The food was fantastic. Gastro pub for sure, but also bar area for drinkers. Hats off to the chef, he could see him checking / tasting food was going out spot on. Would recommend this to anyone and although 30 per head for two courses and a bottle of wine (two people), is worth every penny. Don't let the standards drop!
Simcol - 5 Nov 2011 22:08
A dull pub but amazing food. Recommended for a meal only. And probably a bit of an occasion too as it's not cheap!
whiskeydrum - 6 Oct 2010 19:22
Went there with my family including older relatives for my birthday.

Top quality food, best chips I've had in years and great service. Its more like a restaurant than a pub but its a lovely place to go.
qualitycounts - 30 Aug 2010 22:51
After wasting plenty VDT by emerging from the opposite entrance of Preston Park station and being in denial that we had picked the wrong one for far too long, we eventually came to our senses and headed back and found the PPT just the other side of the railway. It promised to be an earthy, non-nonsense local that according to the Good Beer Guide now hosts a wide range of cask ales for delectation.
It would appear that we couldn't have arrived at a less propitious time of the week, as of 6 pumps, only 3 were occupied, and 2 were duplicate Harvey's Best. We couldn't question the credentials as a beer boozer, as the multitude of diverse and colourful clips adorning the upper trim of the bar testified to a wealth of previous choice - just obviously not at 4 of a Thursday afternoon.
Still, what we did find was a clean and crisp half of Fuller's ESB, and very friendly patter from both sides of the bar. The lady behind it did say they were expecting 2 much more intriguing offerings to hit the spare pumps soon, but they weren't quite ready. I do hope they did, and that someone got to sample this pub's wares at their best.
I would return here although not being local it may be some time, and allow myself another chance with this pub as it has the makings of a real old-school classic.

NB- there was a surprising variety of crisps, sweeties and nutty bites available for those who might be put off by the previous comments regarding tough beef and hard veggies!

TWG - 16 Mar 2010 17:50
Definitely not for us. We went there for lunch and ordered the beef roast. Unfortunately we didn't enjoy the experience. The beef was tough. The vegetables were seriously undercooked & I needed the serrated edge knife to cut into the roast potatoes. The staff were very pleasant and efficient, but the food really let them down. Such a pity.
nigmag - 20 Dec 2009 15:11
It's a restaurant inside a pub. The food is fantastic, but think restaurant prices rather than pub grub. Good pint of Harvey's and wine by the glass. Clientele is at the hipper end of Brighton's mature set, and, as anyone who knows the locale will tell you, the locals have a few bob. Predominantly female clientele tonight and a few male couples including mine. Nice vibe to the place, happy smiley people on both sides of the bar. Sort of place I'd like to take my friends to for a meal but wouldn't want it as my local.

The staff deserve a special word. Lovely people, very attentive but not intrusive, and very efficient. Will be going back with the wife to get her take as it is just around the corner from her brothers.
workhard - 30 Sep 2009 22:34
The food is consistently excellent. I have had one less than great meal & I mentioned this to the staff at the time & they sorted it. What more could you ask!
The menu doesn't change as often as I'd like but maybe I go too often! Great that all their wines are by the glass.
Very attentive, friendly, knowledgeable staff.
I agree it is more ladies & couples during evenings & hordes of yummy mummies children on Sunday but mid week lunch is a haven!
Very pleasant atmosphere so I highly recommend.

J.Dav - 10 May 2009 10:35
As someone says below, this is known locally as The Ladies Pub (although last night the clientele was actually about 40% men). It's really a restaurant which also has a bar attached. Well kept Harveys saves it. Popular with the Boden-wearing female of the species. Food is pricey 'new British' cuisine - lots of 'nestling' and 'drizzling' going on.
shredhead - 4 Oct 2008 16:35
Popped in for Sunday lunch recently. Ate the veggie roast, not too great, but are any veggie roasts??
Staff seemed to be less intested in serving, more happy trying to look busy. Pity as I never really have a bad thing to say about the place
averagepubgoer - 15 Sep 2008 19:05
A ladies pub. Safe and convivial, clean. It's a gastro pub on a back street corner, the beer is nice - everything is nice.
However, the food is a bit pricey. Its not pub food, so expect to pay restaurant prices.
It's worth a visit, particularly if you are arranging to meet friends. Not the sort of place to walk in and meet the lads.
flagship - 19 Aug 2007 13:09
Chilled bar with salsa dancing on wednesday nights!
anonymous - 10 Feb 2007 21:09
Nice pub subject of makeover.
jamiebythesea - 13 Dec 2006 10:04
Great food. Although it was cold. We suggested they warm the plates (not rocket science). The landlord (i assumed - he was pacing about all lunch) could have cared less about our feedback. Have heard other have been since and experienced their delicious cold food. Ask for a hot plate when you order ;-)
As for the landlord - rude. Enough said...
timwills23 - 10 Nov 2006 12:21

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