Words by Rosie Bettis- Sussex Ranger Co-Founder
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s time to finally accept that summer is over, and autumn is well and truly upon us. In our opinion, this calls for one thing: pub lunches and boozy evenings shielded away from the winter nights. So, we thought we’d make life easy for you and offer you a rundown of our favourite Brighton pubs to visit to get you feeling autumnal.
Elm Grove Pubs
For any freshers living off of campus or second, third and postgrads who live in the Elm Grove area, you will probably be well aware of the great selection of local Hanover pubs, most of which will be just walking distance from your student house. What we love most about these locals is that each is well known for something different. The Dover Castle offers 2-4-1 burgers on Mondays while The Geese offers 2-4-£15 Bangers and Mash on Wednesday. For cheap pints try The Village, and for a cosy community beer garden you should hit up the Constant Service. That then leaves The Greys for cheering up on a Weekend with their impressive Sunday Roast.
Located right at the top of Brighton’s North Laine, the Dorset is always heaving and well worth the visit (but make sure you book!). They have arguably the best pub hearty burgers we’ve ever tried, there is loads of room inside. It is also in the perfect location to walk off your pints and food with a spot of shopping in the laines.
Deep within student territory, Martha Gunn’s relaxed atmosphere and outdoor heaters make it an autumnal favourite. They have a selection of great student deals such as a pint of Carling for £3.60, double house spirit and mixer for £5 or a bottle of house wine for £11.50 – it’s a no brainer!
Not only do the Joker offer a great selection of drinks deals but also some amazing offers on food from Lost Boys Chicken who take up residency in their pub kitchen. Think New York style buffalo wings and chicken burgers with a side of tater tots and curly fries. From a cheeky pint with the housemates, to a girly cocktail and burger night – The Joker has something for everyone!
Hare and Hounds
Right around the corner from The Joker pub on London Road, Hare and Hounds is somewhere we would definitely recommend if you’re heading out in your bubble of 6. They have a cool beer garden with heaters and a large space indoors too so there is plenty of space to safely have a boozy evening with your mates. They offer drinks deals including 3 for 2 shots of Tuaca, Sambuca and Tequila or alternatively have an authentic Thai kitchen for weekdays or roasts on Sundays.
The Roundhill Pub is one of our favourite new Brighton discoveries and we would highly recommend for anyone looking for something that is a little different, especially for any veggie and vegan foodies. This 100% vegan, plant-based pub is situated halfway up Ditchling Road. The nature-inspired décor is vibrant and full of life (and houses so many indoor plants!).
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