England > East Sussex > Brighton
Cunningham (302) Halden, Norway | August 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely place in the city centre of Brighton. Lovely selection both on tap and bottles!
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 25, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went here on Friday 16th and again on Saturday 17th November 2012. Initially I thought it was a little lacking in the atmosphere stakes however we sat for probably the best part of a couple of hours on each occasion and the noticed the place filling with a great cross section of people, my initial scepticism on atmosphere was quickly blown out of the water. In fact we really got to like this bar, ok so it is very, very different from the Evening Star but then I wouldn’t want it to be like that, but the staff were all excellent, very friendly and happy to offer advice. You sort of enter from what I would describe as the side of the pub (the pub is situated on a corner) immediately in front is the bar, a typical L shape and you are at the shorter part, to the left there is a raised section of seating, to your right a large, long table and in front and to the right is more seating. The choice was as expected very impressive with some 8-10 casks (I think) and a similar number if not more kegs. There was a good showing from Magic Rock on both days with NZ hop versions of two of their beers, Thornbridge and Marble also on cask, with Mikkeller cutting a heavy presence on the kegs. Beer quality was as expected, very, very good. This pub seems to have found it’s market and seems to be doing very well and a welcome addition to the Brighton scene, now if only Craft would do something similar in Oxford then I wouldn’t have to spend so many weekends traveling to good pubs up and down the country.
dannylyons (10) , | November 13, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went on 2 consecutive days to have a couple of beers.
On day 1 there was a young man serving - highly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He was also very keen to let customers know what they were drinking.
The second night there were a couple of ladies serving - far less friendly and less helpful.
Can’t complain about the beer though; it was a pleasure to have several from the range of pull ups [9 in the bar] and pressurised draughts, about a dozen of proper craft beers.
Best UK pub I’ve been to outside of London for ages.
NarkeBoy22 (38) , England | November 10, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
The best range of beer i have seen outside London covering cask, keg and bottled.
A very warm cosy pub furnished in a traditional style with some handsome features including two fire places.
The staff we exceptionally friendly and passionate about the beers and seemed to know there stuff.
ladnewton (150) London, England | November 3, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Three-roomed back-street pub operated on same model as Craft in Brixton and Clerkenwell. Nine casks and over ten legs all from micros. I found staff friendly on my visit of Saturday 3rd November. All beers I enjoyed on this visit were in top condition. Snack range surpasses the London venues’ offerings with pasties and sausage rolls available along with platters. This is an excellent pub, quite tastefully furnished and comfortable. Definitely worth a visit. Try Craft Pale which is currently sold t £2.95 per pint.
Fuggles_1 (1) London, | November 3, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Stumbled upon this place on a short break with some workmates and was blown away. We were quite an awkward crowd - I’d consider myself an ale fan but by no means a connoisseur, whilst a couple of my friends were insistent that they weren’t beer drinkers. This didn’t prove to be an issue as the clear, unpretentious layout of the bar and menus - as well as the attentive and informative bar staff - made the voyage of discovery most enjoyable. As a lover of classic English ales I was delighted to see they had Camden Town Brewery’s ’1908’ on tap, as well as a good numbers of pales, IPAs and bests on cask - the only problem was sampling them before they were replaced by something equally exciting! I did eventually travel outside of my comfort zone, and sampled two of the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs before settling for a half of the ’Palisade’ - mind blowing stuff. After deciding it would be rude not to take a bottle home to my wife, the helpful lady behind the bar suggested a bottle of Cigar City’s ’Jai Alai’ - I’m yet to crack it open but after all the great advice I think it’s safe to say I trust it will be fantastic! As for my friends, one of my friends met me halfway and sampled some of the lagers on tap - after trying Leeds Brewery’s ’Leodis’ she promised never to drink Fosters and lime again... we’ll see... No such luck with the others, but they were more than happy with the great range of spirits and wines on offer. In terms of criticism I’d struggle - we did go in looking for food and were initially disappointed that there wasn’t hot food on offer (although the cheese board and pork pies we shared were fantasticl!) but after spending a few hours there I can understand the pub wanting to keep it all about the beer. My only real (very mild) concern was that it occasionally quite hard to get to the bar to see what was on offer, as the locals seemed to bunch around the taps. This barely detracted from a great night however, and I’d struggle to come up with any substantive criticism of what I found to be an warm and inviting pub with a quite unbelievable - and affordable - range. Looking forward to dragging my colleagues to the London branches soon!
rosie_apples (1) brighton, England | October 27, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The selection at this pub cannot be faulted nor the amazing service from the very friendly knowledgable bar staff. The pub does however lack some of the cosy touches eg curtains, pictures,plants etc that would be more welcoming to seasoned aleheads. It is not enough to put me off this coming back to this place though.
jezek (12) , England | September 14, 2012
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 5/20
No price list anywhere when challenged they avoid answering
Scopey (341) Croydon, England | June 28, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I visited Craft Beer Co’s second outpost on opening night (what else would you expect?). Outside it’s reminiscent of the original – a newly refurbished corner pub. Inside its modern, clean and smelling of paint…. (I’m pretty sure the latter will not be a consistent feature). Crammed into the relatively small bar they have 21 keg and 9 cask offerings. The bottle list is in the region of 200, which is more than adequate. As with the other bars the selection is extraordinary. Hard to get lambic, Westbrook Berliner Weiss, kuhnhenn on draft…..what more can you ask for?? A great addition to the Brighton and UK craft scene. I look forward to frequenting this place.
jmdt83 (4) Brighton, England | June 26, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Newly moved from the Old Hope poles location to that of the former PV (Florist) and it’s a considerable improvement. The layout is much better and less clinical and there is more of an atmosphere. They have a fantastic selection of Ales, Lagers and Ciders in Cask, Barrel and Bottle form. The big draw is their range of micro brewed and "rare" beers from breweries such as Evil Twin and Mikeller. Not a place to go for a cheap night out but if you want to experience some astounding ales then this is currently number 1 in Brighton in my opinion. I also highly reccomend the scotch eggs, they were divine.
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