England > East Sussex > Brighton Kemptown
imdownthepub (499) Banbury, England | July 1, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Jun í14 (76) This pub really hasnít changed much over the years, still a small single roomed bar with a good selection of beers, friendly, cosy. Well worth the effort to get there. The beers are still brewed on site but by the Brewer from Brighton Bier now as they use the plant.
2003 Rating (72)I liked the Hand, it was small but very friendly, with a knowledgable barman. A good range of Real Ale to keep you away from the dreaded lager. Very nice.
Fin (544) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 7, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Me and Loz visited here Friday 7th March 2014. Interestingly I had been here before about 19-20 years ago when we were on a family holiday at a great place called Duck Barn in Lewes. This place hasnít really changed that much, its still a pleasant little pub, a little dark, feels a little cluttered but is friendly with plenty of locals. The pub is about a mile walk from town slightly uphill through the Kemptown area, you will pass what appears to be the old/original Kemptown brewery building on your left as you walk. As you enter the pub (it sort of occupies a corner position I think) the bar is diagonally ahead of you. This is a one-room pub and to be honest anythink over ten people would make this place seem busy. Beer choice saw three Kemptown beers Red, Black and I think Gold? along with a few others such as Dark Star etc. Loz had a Dark Star Meltdown which was off but when I pointed this out to the landlord he had no hesitation in changing this in fact he also took it straight off sale and put on Marble Pint so I had one of those as well. A good traditional boozer, friendly, welcoming and the Kemptown beers are fine, bit too old fashioned twiggy, malty rather than hoppy for me but were in good nick and absolutely fine
sic1314 (374) Leiden, Netherlands | August 29, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Worth visiting only if you want to tick their beer - which isnít very good.
Scopey (403) Croydon, England | November 27, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small, quirky character bar located a few streets back from the beachfront. Solid cask ale selection including a house brew, as well as local and UK microbrews (including Orkney and Caledonian at my last visit). Solid and frequently changing international bottle selection. Good value and friendly service. Really nice ambience and music (jazz and blues at the time). It also has interesting black and white pictures of nude women on the ceiling.......
ladnewton (160) London, England | August 30, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited on 29th August 2009. Only beer from the pubís brewery available was Kemptown (see rating), but another six or so beers were on from other small/micro breweries. All staff friendly and there were some very outgoing and conversational locals in the pub when I visited, making it difficult to leave! In my review I have awarded 7/10 for food. I need to qualify this. The pub is not a "foody" or gastro pub, but it DOES serve homemade pies subject to availablilty, and these are excellent. I recommend the Thai chicken variety. Pies served by themselves in a foil case and paper plate. Subdued lighting and some interesting artefacts, namely german "Stein" mugs hang from the ceiling and the pubís central beam is festooned with ties and cravats. The pub has a piano but Iíve not seen it in use. A real, proper pub and worth seeking out even if only one homebrewed beer is available. Do phone beforehand to check availability. Recommended.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | March 25, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
The only brewpub in Brighton I think. Five real ales and one cider on tap. A small but very nice place. Brewery is in the same building (upstairs). The landlord was very friendly for showing me that (22.10.08).
jbrus (166) Delft, Netherlands | August 8, 2008
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Looks a bit dusty, old and uninteresting. Got served as if I wasnít really wanted there by a annoying fat guy. Selection wasnít that great either. They didnít have 10 taps, maybe 8? but only a few cask ales.
MrGrumpy (13) Crawley, England | October 29, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
After The Evening Star, the next best pub in Brighton. I usually call in once a year after my visit to Brighton Eye Hospital which is nearby. A pint or two of Kemptown Bitter (my favourite of the three beers) is usually enough to sustain me for the walk down the hill to the Evening Star before catching a train home. I was sorry to read of the passing of the charismatic landlord recently. He was quite a character.
duff (40) Copenhagen, Denmark | September 21, 2004
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
The Kemptown Brewery is on the same site, so this is essentially a brewpub. They serve the Kemptown beers as well as guest ales. They have a dcent bottle selection (mostly Belgian from memory) and have hacker Pshorr Weiss and Hellese on tap aswell as some standard Foster/Stella type rubbish. This is quite a small cosy pub, with a friendly atmosphere, definitely worth a visit if in Brighton.
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