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Bugle Inn, Brighton

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Small backstreet local with a central bar and seating all around. It was very quiet on our weekend lunchtime visit. Ales were Goldmark Secret Santa, Bugle Best & Sharp's Doom Bar. A bit too quiet for my liking. Only one other customer was present.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Feb 2018 20:51
Discovered it by chance one Sunday afternoon. A warm welcome roasties on the bar and a few musicians playing traditional Irish music quietly in the corner of the bar. Good beer what more could you ask for.
addlened - 18 Nov 2014 12:07
I liked it; a real local with excellent local beer (forget whose - not Harveys !) and no pretensions.
mtaylor40 - 29 Aug 2008 23:40
Last session this weekend went well. Nice welcome from staff/licencees. As always! Beer good, nice to see some of long term regulars still there.
I'll try to remember you, JH, next time!
swidge - 22 Aug 2008 16:34
I don't like drinking anywhere the staff are defensive or borderline hostile - I can go to Bournemouth or Poole for that if I want it. Pubs are part of the hospitality industry aren't they? Not many smiles in here. Sullen attitude seems to sum it up well from the previous review. Nice pint of Doom Bar on guest, but moved swiftly on after the first pint to a comparatively tropical reception elsewhere.
jamie_fixit - 8 Jul 2008 17:01
the bugle has always been mooted as a 'proper' pub, real ale,occasional music,garden, not pretentious. on my last visit the beer was awful, staff were sullen and rude and garden was tatty. sorry
wailinman - 30 Oct 2007 11:05
A brilliant pub with friendly people, I've had some really good nights at the Bugle.
melmo - 26 Oct 2007 11:41
Moved into the Bugle around 1964 ish.
Used to be a Watney Tamplin pub.
Swapped to Courage in the mid 70s I think, Mum and Dad, Den and Gwen moved out before Iain and Eileen moved in about 14-15 years ago.
As far as we know only one other family of licencees have held the pub and that was the Wells family from when it was built.
Agree with all the other posts ~ has always been a good locals' pub and despite interferences by numerous brewers has a fantastic cellar for keeping beer in good nick (despite the stupid refrigeration plant installed in the 80's!)
Only manage one visir per year but always , still ,receive a very warm welcome! Thanks to Iain and Eileen for keeping up the good work.
swidge - 23 Oct 2007 19:18
Popped in after a few years away and was pleased to see that despite the mouldy sun bleached curtains making the big trip to the skip and being replaced with some modern wooden blinds that it was still the same excellent boozer as it was when I used to spend upwards of 5 hours a day in here when I should really have been doing some work.
Cidermaster - 14 Aug 2007 16:09
A stranger to the area, I enjoyed my Saturday visit to this back street local, especially drinking the excellent ale in the suntrap garden with its roses and fushia.
gillhalfpint - 5 Jun 2007 11:30
wonderful community pub. Been going here for almost 12 years. Best pint of Guinness in town and the place to watch rugby union. Come on the Ospreys!
mrboogaloo - 18 Jan 2007 14:08
I like this pub. I have heard reports that the beer isn't always in good condition, but it has always been OK when I've visited. Last night there was Harvey's Best and Taylor Landlord. The Harvey's was good. Nice quiet backstreet location and a friendly welcome.
southdown12jack - 20 Sep 2006 09:22
Started using this pub in the mid-70's, it was great then and still is, I have travelled all over since then and spent a lot of the time out of the country but whenever we are in the vicinity me and my friends always drop in. Always a great pint, great service and a great atmosphere. I think being hidden at the back of Lewes Road has done it some favours over the years, never a hint of trouble as it is just off the main stretch and far enough away from the seafront and main Brighton to keep it a locals pub.
oddjob - 11 Jul 2006 11:52
Great pub, friendly staff, good beer/well kept, Taytos. Nice, thickly shrubbed garden.

I found it by chance and it's my favourite in Brighton.
vilms - 12 May 2006 10:38
Some serious drinking goes on here, but the pub is extremely well run and there's never any trouble. A mixed bunch of interesting customers! Yes, the Guinness is very well kept, and as a real ale fan I have to say that great care is taken with the beers too. The pub's 'feel' is Irish - not surprising, in view of who runs it - but it's not overstated. Overall, what you see is what you get, and this is definitely a pub to keep going back to.
timkholman - 19 Sep 2005 13:32
What a boozer. I've been drinking in this pub for over 10 years, excellent beer, great staff and regulars, total quality. Even Though I now live 160 miles away, it's still my first stop on regular sojourns down to Brighton, G'on Seagulls!
JockStrap - 2 Sep 2005 13:37
15:00 opening during the week, great choice of ales, ciders, guinness and lagers....can get very lively, no football, but cricket and rugby is well catered for with a half time kebab feast during the 6 nations tournament...class act by the landlady and her lord! occassionally gets loud around 19:00-20:00 just as the craic and the gassing gets going...well worth a visit..
garry hassell - 6 May 2004 17:39
Great pub off Lewes road city pub. Best pint of Guinness in Brighton by a country mile. Great mix of people from locals, Students and expat Irish. Live music is a bit spontaneous, depending on the mix in the pub and the level of drunkenness. A local band live near by and frequently jump on to the piano and sing away. Well worth a Friday or Saturday Night. Is very busy but great fun.
Peter - 26 Feb 2004 13:27

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