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The Palmeira, Hove - pub details


Address: 70-71 Cromwell Rd, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3ES [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 23589) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Hove (0.5 miles), Brighton (1 mile), Aldrington (1 mile)

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Sussex Cricketer, Hove (0.2 miles), Farm Tavern, Hove (0.4 miles), Coopers Cask, Brighton (0.4 miles), Green House Effect, Hove (0.4 miles), Blind Busker, Hove (0.4 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Palmeira, Hove

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Despite looking fairly grandiose and potentially upmarket poser-territory from the exterior facade and outdoor terrace, don't be fooled; the Palmeira is a decidedly by-numbers byline for averageness once in the interior. Saying that, however, two things need to be pointed out given the previous comments of more than 2 years ago: (i) it is still open and (ii) for all its ordinariness, doesn't appear to be register too high on the awfulness scale.

In truth, judging by my first and only visit to the pub which was made opportunistically after seeing Sussex get walloped at cricket yesterday, it is one of those boozers that tries to be all things to all people, but ends up failing on all fronts - like so many of its Taylor Walker cousins and other similar chain imprints in and around London. In fact this could've been in the capital as it mirrors so many pubs there which flatter to deceive with stately Victorian architecture and hanging baskets galore.
It didn't appear to be populated by unpleasant people - albeit this was only 6PM and it wasn't prime time so who knows. But I'd guess the clientele are mixed but moderate looking at the nearby neighbourhood. It looked to be in reasonable nick decor-wise though it was off-the-peg faux Victoriana all the way.
4 entirely ubiquitous cask ale clips adorn the pumps but all were on (well, one went straight away but at least the barmaid was able and willing to accept this and offer an alternative) , and actually what we got was served in a decent state (T Taylor's Landlord). I daresay an equally-satisfactory-but-underwhelming menu of pub grub is fetched up at certain hours too.

Entirely forgettable, and not somewhere you'd seek out again if out of the way. However sometimes pubs can be easily-remembered for the wrong reasons, and at least this wasn't so terrible that it qualified in that category. Not a winner, but don't dismiss it on the basis of how it was 2+ years ago - I think this is now passable at entry level for half-decent pubs.

TWG - 20 May 2011 17:39
Recently changed ownership I think. Is now a pretty grim chain style pub, very basic and dated inside. Ales not taken seriously, and bar prices seemed particularly high. North facing yard for smokers may be the best attribute of this place. Only worth a try of you are nearby and feeling desperate or extremely weak; if not, walk on..
napoleon_dynamite - 26 Feb 2009 20:34
The Palmeira was closed with scaffolding all aroud it last week. Is this a good thing? I'm not sure.
regg3y - 1 Jul 2008 12:49
Of all the pubs ive been to this one gets the worst marks for a freindly service, Basicly i get the impression that the '23 yr old or so' landlady has a take it or leave it attitude, And to top it serves the worst pint of Guiness in Hove. A haunt for foreign student pool bandits. Give this one a wide birth.... The point it scores is koz its thier,,,
theblackhand - 30 Jan 2006 23:14
Dull food and that takes ages to get to your table, and a strange bloke with an 18th century-pirates-beard working there who's been to the Basil Fawlty School of Customer Service. Otherwise nothing special about this one except for the two pool-tables.
Stoggler - 27 Jun 2005 14:40

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