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Shepherd Neame pub in the middle of the historic Lanes area, with Victorian interior (which may or may not be genuine), which fits nicely with the local environment. All the brewery's usual beers were available at tourist prices but the Bishops was a little cloudy and was replaced by Spitfire. Efficient staff and pleasant atmosphere.
Mike_Oxford - 29 Jan 2019 15:48
Pub in the middle of the Lanes area. Not as expensive as I had feared. Sheperd Neame Masterbrew in good nick.
Aztecgoat - 8 Sep 2018 10:27
Used to be such a top pub but gone Shepherd Neame. Laines Best is available though so okay for a pint.
pubking78 - 17 Mar 2014 13:38
Oyster festival? What oyster festival? No sign of the little buggers.
Uncle_Dunkel - 31 Oct 2013 11:13
Lovely traditional pub,a beauty in and out.
Super food,nice staff and customers.

rainbowian - 22 Sep 2013 13:19
Haven't been in for a while, but would recommend it. Good beer, good food, good service, nicely kept hostelry.
minesabeer - 5 Jun 2013 19:12
A pint of Potton IPA sampled here in excellent condition - pub always worth a look as they do sometimes have interesting guests in addition to the Shep Neames.
boroboy23 - 16 Nov 2011 12:46
Pub itself is great but I preferred it before it was taken over by Shepherd Neame. The choice of ale has diminished to just their own offerings (although Harveys Christmas was on yesterday) and prices have shot up - £3.50 minimum for a pint of ale! I know this is the centre of Brighton etc etc but other pubs nearby e.g. Seven Stars are much cheaper. Shepherd Neame pubs are consistantly expensive in Brighton
steve_on_tour - 23 Dec 2010 11:12
This place deserves it reputation for good food and fine ales.

As is customary, the staff catered brillantly for my group partaking of the special Christmas menu yesterday, at a time when the pub was very busy. They provided table service, making sure we weren't kept waiting for the food and that we all had enough drink before, during and after our meal. The food itself was excellent, as always, and was reasonably priced.

A great selection of ales was on offer including Harvey's Old Ale, which tasted as good as at any Harvey's pub. My only slight complaint was that our pints were often short measures. No reason why the Bath Arms couldn't make it into the Good Beer Guide, if they can concentrate more on this type of detail.
benz104 - 4 Dec 2010 13:10
Amazing! I've been coming to the Bath for a few months now and always loved it but last night was my first time to try the food and it was divine. My wife and i took some friends and everybody loved it. The food was excellent( better than most expensive restaurants) and the staff were friendly and helpful. This is a place that really gets it right, Great food but still a proper pub.
jeff63 - 29 Apr 2010 23:08
I've just discovered this site and was so annoyed by the pompous arse who's review appears below i was moved to review myself.
The Bath arms is a go to pub for me whenever I'm in town and is always a great pleasure whether I'm alone or with friends. There's a great, friendly atmosphere, really nice staff and exceptional food and ale. I'm not a great wine drinker but my girlfriend says is a fan of their list. All in all an amazing little pub in a great location. The only downside for me was the recent takeover by a big brewery as it seems to have reduced the beer choice.
LH1 - 13 Oct 2009 14:31
I can't quite understand why any punter would venture that the Bath Arms model is one to which "all" should aspire; I couldn't honestly describe its ale selection, food, interior design or inherent atmosphere as being aspirational.
That said however, when one looks at this pub in the round, it arguably provides a satisfactory and consistent performance in each key area that would please a lot of people a lot of the time. The cask ales aren't all ubiquitous offerings, and are usually found in acceptable nick. Food is standard but competitive enough. The clientele I find to be mixed but in an anonymous or passive, not openly contentious way. The atmos of an evening is busy and pleasant by most measures.
The Bath Arms has perhaps traded too heavily on its captive audience of locals and tourists that pass through the narrow streets of the Lanes, but thankfully at present its standards suggest that it isn't being so complacent. Whilst not the most memorable pub experience, most things here are in reasonable order and certainly it is sufficient to earn it a place on a round-the-town crawl.

A jack-of-all-trades, albeit master of none.
TWG - 14 Jul 2009 17:12
Can't believe I haven't reviewed this pub yet, as it's one of my regular haunts, when in this part of town. Most of the pubs in the Lanes seem to struggle quality-wise (can't be bothered to try for the tourists?), but the beer here is good, as is the food, if a little overpriced. Gets very busy at weekends, but with a friendly mixed crowd. 8/10
notters - 27 Apr 2009 17:53
A nice enough pub and good to find Old Rosie cider, but at £3.80/pt it won't tempt me away from Brighton's other real cider pubs.
jgurney1 - 16 Apr 2009 13:52
Beautiful decor it's such a shame this place doesn't get any sun. The food is so tasty but a little expensive, very gastro pub and you pay near restaurant prices prices for it. It's nice to see another proper pub in this part of town. It's unfortunate that the proper pubs in this area are in a built up part and thus don't have beer gardens.
moonmonk - 12 Apr 2009 23:47
This pub is the benchmark that all pubs should aspire to. Exceptional ale, great food at a fair price, lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff.
bronweneldridge - 19 Mar 2009 13:54
This pub was doing a roaring trade when I stopped in for some much needed refreshment earlier this week and it's easy to see why.
Set in a wonderful old building on a busy intersection in the popular 'Lanes' area of Brighton, there is an endless stream of potential customers constantly passing by their door. The pub offers a warm and clean environment and the staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful.
There was a decent selection of ales on tap and I couldn't resist trying the Harveys, which was in good condition. They also had a scrumpy on the pumps.
Although I didn't eat, the food looked very nice and seemed fairly well priced given their location. I guess the main drawback would be that the location lends itself to overcrowding and the aforementioned stag/hen parties, but I was fortunate enough to avoid such goings on!
Pubsignman - 18 Mar 2009 00:42
This is an excelent pub. I've visited twice on recent visits to Brighton and find the staff charming, welcoming and try hard to please. The beer is excellent, particulalrly the Harveys and the food top nothch. This is a template for all pubs and many of them (including the Golden Fleece, London, E12 and the Crown and Anchor, Findhorn, Scotland) could learn from, in terms of atmosphere, hygienic surroundings, top quality food and drink and happy friendly staff
gdlane - 2 Mar 2009 14:11
Went to this pub to start my sisters hen night, it was really good, good atmosphere and very buzzy! perfect location and the staff were very friendly, will go again.
nicnocs1 - 17 Nov 2008 14:09
Wicked little pub, a real find. Bigger than it looks and so cosy. Good for groups or a quiet one on your tod. Staff are friendly and nice busy but friendly atmosphere. One of my favourite pubs in Brighton, WELL worth a visit.
pussycat21 - 19 Aug 2008 14:42
We (5 of us from Manchester) wandered around the Lanes from pub to pub looking for somewhere to eat and found this gem!!!! Good beer and absolutely excellent food - could not be bettered. Service was first rate and prices really reasonable. I cannot recommend this pub too highly. In fact on our second night(which was our last) we unanimously agreed to go back for our evening meal. If possible even better than the previous night. Next time down it is a must for us to visit. Congrats to the landlord, staff and the chef.
pixie225 - 20 Jul 2008 16:38

Cheerful and attentive staff.

Decent pint of Black Sheep.

Good Sunday roast (always a good indicator of quality)

Relaxed atmosphere.

Great one for chilled lunch, rather than lads' night out.
harbourdrinker - 21 Apr 2008 15:30
Friendly, cheerful service and some Jamaican dub playing which is far more interesting than the M People Lighthouse Family sandwich you get in most hostelries nowadays.

The beer is good and the location is prime. Terenced almost breaks into a smile.
terenced - 21 Apr 2008 08:52
Really good pub , nice bar staff good beer,good music, the food is second to none, i hope it stays the same,so many pubs become the victim of their own sucsess, we have a potential victim
bn3 - 18 Mar 2008 01:07
If ever you are in Brighton visit this place.

I have been here a few times over the years and it's always remained consistant with excellent service, decent prices (the house wine is really good!) and mainly fun!

It's on the rat run for Stag and Hen weekends in the summer time but the managers keep a really tight hold on these parties and do not let them dominate.

Always a good night to be had there and think that anyway can enjoy what it has to offer.
TeddingtonJane - 14 Jan 2008 14:24
We ducked in here after checking out engagement rings in the Lanes (I think my hubby-to-be very much needed a beer!) A roaring fire greeted us, along with some incredibly friendly bar staff. We holed up next to the fire for a couple of hours, drinking ale and red wine and eating some of the best pub food I have ever tasted (very reasonably priced also.)

Highly recommended!
Sweeps - 20 Dec 2007 11:54
This is how all pubs should be on a cold winters day when trying to escape the hordes.

Roaring log fire, incredibly friendly and helpful bar staff (possibly the best I have ever seen in a pub, anywhere).
Top range of ales and the food, well, to offer venison steak and vension casserole, reasonably priced, that tastes fantastic, you just don't see it in most boozers.

To top it all off, table service when eating and when the bill came, no cheeky attempt to get a tip by handing the card machine back to you to try and force you into tipping before PIN time.

Magnificent - only wished to god I lived in Brighton so this could be my local.
TheClaw - 19 Dec 2007 16:56
The Adnams Broadside is looked after nicely. Friendly enough staff...

Charming location. An affirming pat on the back from terenced.
terenced - 12 Nov 2007 08:44
This is a must for visitors to Brighton. A traditional pub that seems to have remained largely unchanges. Very busy, but good staff, good beer at reasoonable prices.
flagship - 19 Aug 2007 12:22
I like this pub. Will always pop in if out on the town. Nice beer, cosy, good atmosphere. For town centre pub it does well to retain most of its charm!
Brightonpubgoer - 8 Jun 2007 14:20
Charming location and beer is well kept.

Nothing outstanding as such but works well as a pub to visit... perhaps not enough character to be a regular haunt.
terenced - 16 Apr 2007 08:28
It's ok. Thats about as descriptive as i can get for this place. Lack of larger tables make it difficult if you have more than 2 friends (id imagine). Just feels a little soul-less to me im afraid. Nothing to bad about it, just nothing too good either. The bloke from the 'fast show' drinks there some times if you want to stalk him up
Crizqo - 28 Dec 2006 16:58
On a re-visit, decent enough hostelry which was covered in fake dust for Halloween I guess. Some pubs have real dust all year round don't they?
terenced - 30 Oct 2006 09:49
The pub wasnt too bad - got in there just before last orders. Johnny Cash was playing which was cool. Seemed pretty chilled in there but then, it was the end of the night.
Jo984 - 3 Oct 2006 15:58
One of the best locations in the city but not one of the best pubs. I use it sometimes during the day and occasionaly week day evenings for a swift one mainly because of where it is. Dont get me wrong, theres nothing bad about it but it is a bit ordinary for where it is. If you have never used it it's worth a pint or 2 but not much more,
forresearchpurposesonly - 18 Aug 2006 22:09
Nice little pub, good friendly staff, not bad range on tap

Seems to have a large 'lunch' following, old and young (watch the mass exodus at 2ish) and music adds a nice atmosphere

Has a bit of a drab feel to the pub but a laugh. Not really large enough for a big group meeting though...
the_original_rawnsleys - 17 Aug 2006 12:48
Well-kept Adnams Broadside... of that there is no doubt.
Friendly and helpful bar staff... good location.

Not sure what it's like of an evening but previous posts suggest clientele cannot always be great. However when myself and a fellow traveller had the pleasure of a visit, it was pleasant enough.

Worth a visit.
terenced - 14 Aug 2006 09:05
In the last 12 months the Bath Arms has gone downhill fast. The ales are usually in a very poor state- if they have ale on at all. This is doubly disappointing since the pub boasts a Cask Marque plaque outside.
CAMRA_till_i_die - 2 Aug 2006 18:17
This pub is ok! It's a good place to start the night as it's central - but you are right about the chavs. But lately they seem to be everywhere...!
rogerthehorace - 3 May 2006 17:49
Hit and miss boozer, mainly miss. Horrible in the summer at w/e's when it gets full of chavs from Scumdon who wear to much bad gold.

Still, it has been known to sell half decent ale now and again.
JockStrap - 24 Sep 2005 22:00
A jug of vinegar upset over my veggie-burger? No worries, mate. Gristle and bone in the sausages? No worries, mate. Well, actually, yes worries, mate. Also irritation (if not actual worries) at having our fairly tidy table spray-cleaned while we were still at it. This was ham-fisted, if not actually malevolent, pub-hospitality in the raw. You may not get this waiter/barman and your sausages may be bone- and gristle-free. The Sussex is well-kept and the setting very central and bustling in the Lanes. No big parties of blokes at weekends, says a notice on the door. Last night it was sparsely populated with a wide age-range. Folksy décor, good window-based views, though not of the sea.
pauldanon - 10 Aug 2005 14:19
Nice relaxing pub with good beer. We love Auntie Brenda!
Graeme - 12 Aug 2004 19:29
great pub well wort a visit, much improved in the last 3 months
aleyna - 11 Jun 2004 21:23
Nice selection as pointed out before. The only problem is that it is IN the Lanes, so if you're out on a Friday / Saturday night, it's going to be half-full of stag and hen parties, probably on their way to Horatio's on the Pier.
Weekdays are normally pretty good, DJs and quizzes some nights as far as I can remember.
vulga - 2 Oct 2003 15:46
Always been mobbed on the occasions that I've visited but there always seems to be a good atmsophere and as Dennis says, a good selection of beers.
johnkn7 - 26 Sep 2003 18:06
Its worth a look at this pub in The Lanes. Good selection of beers.
Dennis - 5 Jul 2003 22:20

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