Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 6, 2017
Update, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2018 Loz and I popped in here Saturday 18th November 2017, we were in Brighton (stopping at the campsite near the Marina) it was a few days away following our birthdays earlier in the week. I think that this Craft place has lost a little of its sparkle, the staff whilst pleasant enough didn't seem to be quite as knowledgeable as they could or should be, the beer choice is still good but I wouldn't say amazing and overall I didn't feel as excited by it. Perhaps the new kids on the block are catching up fast and maybe the bar has just been raised. Don't get me wrong I still really liked this place (lets face it we visited it twice) but its not as good as I remember, its lost a little of it's allure. Btw please note that I had actually been here at least a couple of times between my visit now and the visit below. There was a TTO by Eight Arch whilst we were here. On this occasion I rate it as Score 78
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. Score 86
Here is a pub with a genuine passion for beer and even before the craft beer wave Craft were doing it properly, offering choice and variety.
The extensive range in The Craft Beer Co. Brighton (the first of the chain to venture outside London) is updated regularly and the bar staff really know their stuff. Not sure what you want? Just ask and you’re sure to find something here you never knew you liked.
The drinks menu even offers tasting notes for each brew to guide your hand and we counted 10 pumps and about 12 taps so options are not limited in either camp. They also have a couple of fridges full of bottled beers with exotic names from far and wide.
Our choices from the Thornbridge Brewery were delicious. The Lumberg pale ale had just the right hit of hops with a pleasantly bold aftertaste. The Lord Marples ’classic British Bitter’ bitter was toasty and sweet.
BrewDog Brighton had just hosted a Thornbridge takeover showcasing exciting mango, jasmine and strawberry infused Pale Ales, but it was great to have a choice of traditional cask options here.
The warm and social atmosphere makes for a welcoming place to enjoy your new favourite pint with a solid character all its own among Brighton’s pubs. Copper-topped tables, swivel high stools and long benches are laid out in tight formation meaning the bar fits a surprising number of people into a pretty small space, yet works whether you’re a large group or a couple out for an intimate evening.
Feeling hungry we opted for burgers and were not disappointed. In a word they were ’fantastic’! The succulent chicken burger was one of the best we’ve ever had and the 8oz beef burger went down without touching the sides. Add in some perfectly cooked, hand-cut chips and our bellies were thoroughly satisfied for the night.
As we were leaving a chap on acoustic guitar was about to start a set and that capped off what we would term a friendly, buzzy place where you can explore your love of beer to your heart’s content, even if your liver may not thank you in the long run!
Very good beer line up. Lots of bottled beers in the fridge. Prises vary from cheap to expensive (or real expensive when it comes to some of their bottled beers) . 33% off for take away. They let me in while I was with my two daughters (9 and 5 yo)
We didn’t have a dinner there.
Amazing place! Nice crew! Top brewery beers including such a masterpieces like DOG E and PARADOX BOX.
Great food - real, tasty burgers.
Crew is happy to help u. You can have a taster of any beer u like. Nice interior decorations. Perfect place to be!🍻🍻🍻
Modern beer bar, close to centre of town. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Decent no. of taps, perhaps a bit too pale ale / IPA oriented on my visit. Didn’t look at the bottles too closely but seemed to be lots of them. Prices range from moderate to high. Generally worth a visit.
Visited August 2016 with beery friends. Last stop on the tour.. A bit walk from the station but easy to find. Nice selection of beers, served in good condition. Friendly, helpfull start. Would love if the Craft Co would introduce the possibility of serving in 1/3 pints glasses 😀 free WiFi, clean and cosy place.. worth visiting.
Finally, after years of trying, we have managed to get a beer in here. Since the old Cask pub and kitchen closed we have visited Brighton 3 times before and due to a combination of refurbishment, odd opening hours and private functions not once have we got in, but now on a quiet Easter Saturday afternoon we entered the hallowed ground. There is a pleasant, laid back vibe, plenty of seating and terrific bar staff, willing to help with your choices. The beer range is big, as you would expect, with plenty of variety. Glad we made it this time and may have more luck in the future.