Brighton Kemptown Beer Guide: Your Brighton Kemptown guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Brighton Kemptown

76 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Excellent street corner brewpub in a residential area of the eastern part, Kemptown, not far from the central part of Brighton. A cozy little main room in dark wooden interiors with a bric-a-brac decor, not overdone though. Five cask ales and more than ten craft beers on the taps. At our stay there were five of their own beers, Belgian and German beers among the guest beers. Decent British rock music in the back. Friendly, informative service. (Visited with Finn 17.10.2019).“
Rune 250 days ago
74 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Tiny, cozy place. A must-visit.“
Finn 262 days ago
76 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Visited 21/3/2019. Proper eclectic slice of Brighton. Decent selection of house beers plus a small number of guest. Friendly service and locals. Definitely worth a visit.“
Grumbo 472 days ago
56 /100 8 ST GEORGE’S ROAD
“A large and popular pub in Kemp Town, just slightly further out than The Hand in Hand. It appears to be the go to pub for families for parties and Sunday lunches. There is a small beer range, but it is possible pick up a new rating. Worth a look.“
imdownthepub 1560 days ago
78 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Our third pub of our visit. 5 cask beers from 5 different breweries plus one cask cider, and 4 interesting keg offerings. Beers in good condition, and a friendly atmosphere. Although Brighton Kemptown is listed separately from Brighton on RB it is only about a 10 minute walk from Brighton Pavilion. Recommended as part of a Brighton pub tour. Visited mid afternoon 31.3.15“
moleha4 1922 days ago
58 /100 16 MADEIRA PLACE
“Big old boozer on the western end of Kemptown with a big single room and long bar. Worn in and loud, boisterous. The fridge holds several fairly interesting foreign bottles and the bar has a reasonable selection of beers. Handy for the trip out to The Hand in Hand.“
imdownthepub 2195 days ago
76 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Jun ’14 (76) This pub really hasn’t 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.“
imdownthepub 2196 days ago
70 /100 74 ST. JAMES’S STREET
“The Black Dove is a somewhat quirky, eclectic bar that offers an above average range of beer. They are an independent freehouse that offers decent enough keg options from the UK & US. The best selection is undoubtedly their bottle range. This includes some of the key UK craft breweries like Kernel, Partizan, Magic rock etc, as well as some nice American ones like Founders. Prices seemed fair enough and the staff were happy to make some recommendations/offer tasters. A solid addition to the burgeoning Brighton beer scene.“
Scopey 2253 days ago
76 /100 74 ST. JAMES’S STREET
“We visited here on Saturday 8th March 2014. We came here on our long walk (2 miles) back to the campsite. This was a busy little place situated in the Kemptown area so quite close to the Hand in Hand which is also worthy of a visit, inside it was quite dark but very interesting in terms of the clientele and vibe. The bar was quite small and situated at one end RH side as you view pub from road. I didn’t see any cask offerings and didn’t take much notice of the keg offerings; however the bottled beer choice was very good with a lot of the new wave of London breweries featured incl: Partizan, Pressure Drop, Kernel etc. There were two chaps serving, the one who served me seemed more interested in talking to his mates and less bothered about my presence but we stayed for a couple of further beers and he seemed a little better and even managed a flicker of a smile when I told him we’d re-use our glasses. There was an interesting painting on the wall to the side of the bar I should like to take a further look when it wasn’t so busy but the painting looked crazy with robotic ’things’ apparently serving behind a crammed bar, it looked like one of those H.Bosch paintings but more up to date. There were a couple of folk with very interesting clothes, pink Lycra tops (chap) silver trousers, looked great. There is a great looking tiny bar downstairs nr toilets. We enjoyed this bar, (we stopped for three beers) it’s great for people watching if you get a window seat as we did.“
Fin 2310 days ago
74 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“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 hasn’t 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“
Fin 2312 days ago
54 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Worth visiting only if you want to tick their beer - which isn’t very good.“
sic1314 2867 days ago
78 /100 74 ST. JAMES’S STREET
“A small and pleasant cosmopolitan pub. It has by the standards of most places a good range and shouldn’t be forgotten alongside the likes of Craft, the Evening Star and the Brewery Tap. Friendly staff. There are a small number of handpumps, keg beers, ciders and bottles, all well chosen from the likes of Magic Rock and, from the US, Odell, Brooklyn. Schlenkerla Rauchbier in bottle.“
mbc 2935 days ago
80 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“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.......“
Scopey 3143 days ago
82 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Visited on 29th August 2009. Only beer from the pub’s 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 pub’s central beam is festooned with ties and cravats. The pub has a piano but I’ve 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.“
ladnewton 3962 days ago
78 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“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).“
lada66 4120 days ago
46 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“Looks a bit dusty, old and uninteresting. Got served as if I wasn’t really wanted there by a annoying fat guy. Selection wasn’t that great either. They didn’t have 10 taps, maybe 8? but only a few cask ales.“
jbrus 4349 days ago
86 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“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.“
MrGrumpy 4998 days ago
62 /100 33 UPPER ST JAMES STREET
“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.“
duff 5766 days ago