As the weather is getting better and the days are getting longer, punters to the popular South Downs city of Brighton are often in search of a beer garden to spend a lazy afternoon. Brighton is not short of quirky pubs and restaurants with outside seating to enjoy the good weather, so here is our rundown of the top five places to have a sun-soaked pint in this gorgeous seaside town.
Block Bar (101 St James’s St) – located just north of The Lanes, is a friendly yet cutting edge bar based in the vibrant Kemp Town area of Brighton. Priding themselves on producing exquisite food, their extensive drinks menu and a welcoming and happy team. Their food has a rustic tasty vibe care of their Spanish style wood and charcoal burning Bertha Oven. The food is sourced locally with only the finest produce from local farms, fishermen and suppliers ensuring premium meat, fish and vegetables allowing for a basque influenced menu. A renowned sun-trapped garden with a Mediterranean feel and the accolade of being voted Brighton’s best garden for the last two years, definitely worth a visit.
The Setting Sun (1 Windmill St) – a humble pub with a stunning view, The Setting Sun is well worth the uphill trek to its prime location. With a deck that offers a panoramic view of the city and coast, true to its name, this is the perfect place to watch the sun go down after a day of exploring Brighton.
Good Companions (132 Dyke Rd) – a relatively new addition to Brighton, this newly refurbished pub has a huge menu to wash down with one of their ever-changing list of Sussex sourced lagers and ales. They’ve also got a Roast menu including vegan and vegetarian options, which can be enjoyed in their large terrace on a summery Sunday afternoon.
Fortune of War (157 Kings Road) – if you can’t decide between the beach and the pub, then do not fear, Fortune of War is here. This late-night pub has benches that stretch out onto Brighton’s famous pebble beach, so you can sip a beer with a view of the channel late into the long Summer nights. This is a buzzing location, so head their early to ensure a seat on Brighton’s sunniest days.
The Lion and Lobster (21 Sillwood St) – one of the oldest pubs in Brighton and Hove, this gem of a pub is as eclectic as it is traditional. With a hidden terrace and an interior decorated with bric-a-brac and old photos, this pub truly captures the spirit of Brighton.