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Big spacious Pub lots of choice ,plumped for The Cornish Pilsner.
lowerbourneshot - 2 Jan 2016 18:59
Very quiet during the day. Good bitter and good food though. Decent enough staff. Would recommend.
pubking78 - 17 Mar 2014 13:41
Visited on Saturday evening as one of the pubs on a bit of a crawl through Brighton.
First thing that we noticed on entering the pub was an aroma of vomit - not nice at all!
We ordered at the bar and found a seat at the back of the pub, as it was very busy, but the smell was quite overpowering all through the pub resulting in us downing our pints rather quickly and leaving for a pub with more of a pleasant aroma.
Cracking bit of stuff behind the bar though - it looked like Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner were having a bit of a party under her rather skimpy vest top!
Due to the smell will have to give quite a low score and probably won't rush back in a hurry.
chunkypetersplat - 2 Dec 2013 12:56
Popped in yesterday afternoon for a quick pint. A large pub which obviously had the Youngs makeover a few years ago but is now in need of some update. The standard Youngs beers were on offer, although the Special was off. My pint of Ordinary (�3.20) was in excellent condition. The pub was very quiet so I assume it does most of its trade in the evening. Overall not a bad pub and worth a visit if you like Youngs.
Sussexcrawler - 11 Apr 2012 18:20
A big pub with a warm, friendly atmosphere, although we found the bar staff slightly stand-offish, despite their efficient service.

A good range of food. No guest beers that I could see, although the Bombardier was fine.

We enjoyed the jazz and noted that they had plenty of events/gigs etc arranged throughout the week.

Brother_Neil - 12 Mar 2012 11:39
This is more like it....Sort of a modern take on a traditional old school boozer c/o Charles Wells/Youngs.

Not full of pimply teens,or hen-stag do's...quite refreshing really!
nuckster1511 - 7 Feb 2011 18:10
Much better than when it was O'Neills, good selection (and quality) of beer, decor perhaps a bit cheap and modern though.
notters - 27 Apr 2009 17:56
Great new pub- elegant decor, calm atmosphere, and good beer. I approve.
steve_on_tour - 16 Jan 2009 08:56
I went in here because I noticed it was a Young's pub and a pint of Winter Warmer is always welcome. The Winter Warmer did not disappoint, the staff were friendly and were certainly not run off their feet. It was lunch time on the Saturday before Christmas when I would have expected it to have been very busy but it was not.

We found the menu very confusing with various different options only available on certain days of the week and at different prices but what we ended up with was very good. My tip is to go for the 'board' options, which cost a tenner but feed two easily. We didn't realise this and had one each and were stuffed!!

All in all, I quite like the place but the lack of customers does tend to suggest that something doesn't quite work. If the rumour mentioned by deejay in a previous posting is true, it will be a shame but if it doesn't get more customers through the door, I can see that it may well be true.
gareth1011 - 29 Dec 2008 16:29
I like the Seven Stars. Hope it stays as is as it is decent, friendly, decent beer and good food.

Leave it alone that's what I say.
terenced - 19 Aug 2008 15:02
Rumour has it its not making money as seven stars and will be sold and turned into a slug and lettuce..its just a rumour so far though!
deejay - 18 Aug 2008 05:57
Now reopened as the 'Seven Stars' by Youngs - after a tasteful refurbishment. On our visit there last Sunday, the two barmaids were very polite and the place seemed to have a pleasant atmosphere. A big improvement; this 'new pub' will do well.
simwilliams - 16 Jun 2008 10:03
Now closed - which is disappointing as this place worked rather well.

terenced - 21 Apr 2008 15:19
Pleasantly Surprised!!

I'd been put off this place a few years ago;
- the staff WERE crap
- the manager WAS lazy and clearly didn't give a monkey's.
- food WAS late and cold

It used to be THE place to go in the late 90's then it went down hill when this rude w@nker of a manager took over.

A few weeks ago I walked in there it was immediately apparent that lots had changed, the staff were friendly and polite, food came fast and tasted gooood despite it being full of people watching the rugby.

Altogether a pleasure to re-visit an old haunt and equally a pleasure to see this pub regaining the edge it used to have.
Top marks to the team for turning it around!

ScratchWeasel - 25 Feb 2008 13:53
Very easy to knock O'Neills but the one in Brighton seems to work very well.
Charming bar staff. Decent range on tap. Decent Guinness and the all day Irish breakfast is a pleasure.

Not a fan of the chain at all but this one simply does the business.
terenced - 10 Jan 2008 13:42
So a tired old 90s chain, but actually a well-stocked bar with a couple of decent stouts, lagers and the mighty erdinger on tap.

Food is standard fayre.

Not deserving of great accolades but did seem to making something of an effort on the occasion I passed by there.
terenced - 1 Aug 2006 13:11
My god what a dump. Staff are rude, beer is rubbish, and the food is awful. It's about time this tired old Irish junk is laid to rest.
tommo1311 - 24 Jun 2006 14:15
Nice place, beer was good, plenty of better pubs in the area.
forresearchpurposesonly - 16 May 2006 03:16
Yes its a chain but the food is good the Black stuff is plentiful, And when I was there the staff were very good
corbon - 10 May 2006 16:59
Yeah, it was one of the places to go in 1996.

Did use to serve late thursdays mind!
JockStrap - 24 Sep 2005 22:04
Predictable chain pub concept, that was briefly in vogue in 1996 I think. Overpriced tourist trap, about as Irish as Vodka
reynedd - 17 Aug 2005 22:38
I use this place during the week, normally, for a libation or two. Went in tonight and was greeted by the sight of severl luvverly ladeez in grass skirts! Made my Saturday, anyway.

Things must have changed since the last post about this place, btw - Guvnor and staff are always welcoming and friendly, food is good (All Day Breakfast especially) and would recommend it to anyone
toffee_exile - 4 Jun 2005 23:44
Well, The Life O'Riley survived the experience and from what I saw, I am not sure what all the fuss is about..I didnt have to tackle the doormen, as I arrived 3 hours before they did, but the atmosphere in the venue was fun, boisterous and just the way we would have liked it. Had a great time
Thelifeoriley - 2 Nov 2004 23:46
The Life O'Riley play this venue on 31st October and as a band we are looking forward to it. It would be nice to be able to help to get some people through the door, and anyone willing to give it a second chance (music wise at any rate) are not going to be disappointed. Check out the website and come for a Great night out.

I will reserve judgement on all of the other remarks thus far entered until 1st November....if i survive it.
Thelifeoriley - 18 Oct 2004 17:43
I quite like it myself. Doormen may be rude but they keep the scum out and I have never seen a fight in it. I find it a safe fun place to drink.
George - 29 Sep 2004 21:27
Worst Bar I've ever been so unfortunate to visit. too hot & stuffy. dirty toilets and the rudest staff in Brighton.
I will not be back
J.C - 24 Sep 2004 20:22
The guy who runs this place has just taken over from a pretty useless manager, and he is licking the place into shape. I had a few good evenins here. Up and coming - watch this space.
al - 19 Sep 2004 00:38
Obviously (Mark 23rd Spt 03) hasnt seen many bars. Please take the "Irish bar" description down or someone will take you to court. Unfriendly, untidy, unwelcoming...thats not Irish believe me.
John - 19 Aug 2004 21:39
oh my god makes me embarrassedto be irish, so much ofr the friendly welcome. sort the doormen out !!!!
Therese - 4 Jul 2004 17:09
never again, absolut crap no character and as for standard of live music last weeks attempt was brutal. would do better myself and that isnt saying much!!!staff unfriendly and doormen rude.
anonymous - 1 Jul 2004 15:56
just moved to brighton and have tried a few of the local pubs. This pub is the worst ever, rude untrained staff, door staff are big headed plonkers and the assistant manager needs to come down a peg or two and realise how to treat customers if you want repeat business.and their favorite line is we are an english pub with an irish theme( does that give them the right to be rude!!also how come you see customers with english shirts on but i know people who where wearing irish jerseys and refused entry. it will be the last time i ever set foot in the place!!!!!
annoyed - 29 Jun 2004 17:07
Great bar to go to, Has a dj on fridays and saturdays and live music on thursdays and sundays. Also has an open mic night with loal bands from Brighton on a Monday. Is one of the best in the O'Neills chain. I would give this a 9/10.
Mark - 23 Sep 2003 13:21

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