Great pubs in Brighton are two a penny. We all have our favourites, but what makes them especially cheerful and inviting on a cold evening is a roaring open fire. Pick your public house of choice from the list or give all of them a visit and spend your rainy days in the cosy warmth of these pubs with fires in Brighton.
An established pub in Brighton’s ever-vibrant North Laine, The White Rabbit reflects the area’s quirky, colourful spirit, with its eccentric atmosphere and offbeat, sometimes kitsch décor. They’ve even got artwork in the style of Ralph Steadman, regular illustrator for gonzo madman Hunter S Thompson. It’s a watering hole that is in-keeping with the North Laine’s famously unique character. Although the White Rabbit has a garden which is open from 12pm til 8pm every day, it’s the winter evenings when this pub really comes alive. With epic roast dinners, the kitchen open till 8pm, a log fire, mulled cider and wine, lovely music, great bar staff, and good vibes, the White Rabbit could not be more welcoming.
Situated in the heart of the Lanes, the Coach House is a lively and unique venue with an inviting roaring fire in the winter and a beautiful enclosed courtyard in the summer. Known for its warm welcome and friendly atmosphere, the restaurant has an intimate layout that is great for relaxed dining and the informal bar has just the right amount of hustle bustle for meeting and catching up with friends. The Coach House is open for lunch and dinner, has a Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm Sunday to Friday, daily specials and free WiFi. Perfect for lazy cold evenings or a quiet weekend.
Situated just up from the Hove seafront, The Connaught is one of Brighton & Hove’s best all-round pubs. It is part of the renowned Brakspear Brewery family, who pride themselves on a family-friendly atmosphere, delicious home-cooked food and great wine and ale selections. The pub is open to welcoming children and dogs, and they often have special celebratory menus for events such as St George’s Day, Burn’s Night and Great British Pie Week, which will keep you coming back. The Connaught has a gorgeous South-facing beer garden for those hot summer days and a proper wood-burning stove inside for those frosty winter nights.
At The Prestonville Arms you’ll find a range of Fullers and Gales real ales and guest beers, all kept with meticulous care for the perfect pint, plus a delicious selection of specials and fantastic Sunday roasts. Children are most welcome as are well-behaved dogs. The aim is to provide a comfortable, relaxing environment where you can enjoy good company; so you won’t find distracting slot machines or TVs at The Prestonville. Whether you fancy a cosy meal by the fire or a few pints with friends, spend a rainy day at The Prestonville Arms.
Like a friend who’s been travelling around Europe (researching craft breweries) and returns tanned, fit and full of stories of adventures, the Royal Sovereign is back from a recent refurbishment with a brand new look! A spacious, colourful and welcoming pub with a heated decked rear garden and roaring fires, The Sov, as it’s affectionately known, is part of Brighton’s history and a prime drinking spot for young and old alike; a healthy mix of tradition and progress. You’ll be spoilt for choice with an incredible selection of craft beers from around the globe, a quality wine list and 6 real ale pumps; five from Sussex and one weekly guest ale from Craft breweries around the country.
A truly unique place, stepping into The Lion and Lobster feels like meeting an old friend. Significantly pre-dating the surrounding properties, it is one of the oldest pubs in Brighton and Hove. Spread over three floors, including a pub area, regency restaurant and hidden roof terrace, it’s the kind of place you can’t wait to introduce friends to, a true home away from home and one of the best kept secrets around. The outdoor terrace is spread over two floors and is the Lion and Lobster’s crowning glory,with its own bar, wood burning stove and under-heated awnings.
Tucked away near Hove station, nestling among quiet residential streets is The Exchange pub on Goldstone Street. Wooden floors, green and bare brick walls, industrial pendant lamps, new furniture and a revised layout has made for a very attractive new look for the place. Outside, there’s a lovely al fresco space for soaking up the sunshine, while for the colder months there will be a cosy log burner to keep you toasty. New General Manager, Cormac, will also be lending his love of art to the pub, picking out some eye-catching artwork for the walls, as well as installing his own masterpieces about the place.
The Fountain Head is a warm and inviting watering hole that combines classic pub features – exposed brickwork, wooden floors and two cosy open log fires – with a contemporary sense of light and space. As well as a superb food menu, it offers a strong drink selection. The outside tables, under an awning to the side of the pub, are a major attraction too. Offering some of the most genuinely friendly service you’ll find in the area, plus an incredible Sunday roast. Accompanied children welcome until 7pm Monday-Thursday, and until 6pm on Friday and Saturday.
Traditional charm and Victorian features – including two fireplaces – create an intimate and comfortable environment in which to enjoy a superb menu, local ales and fine wines. The Lord Nelson also has a more modern, large conservatory area and garden for sunny days. Candlelit in the evening, the space becomes a haven for locals and newcomers to this rediscovered hidden jewel. The ‘Nelly’ – as it is known affectionately by its many regulars – is friendly and understated but has a terrific ever-changing menu of seasonal produce which is truly great value and has received rave reviews all round. The Lord Nelson has all the old fashioned charm and character you could wish for, working the timeless cosy old pub angle to perfection.
The Dorset stands proudly on the corner of Gardner Street and North Road, amongst all the colour and excitement of the North Laine and has been, literally, at the heart of all things Brighton for nearly 200 years. The Dorset stands out as a true Brighton classic pub; relaxed, welcoming and full of character. It is popular with a unique and friendly cross section of shoppers, local residents, theatre goers and day trippers. It’s the perfect spot to watch the bustling Brighton life go by, whether it’s in winter whilst sitting by the fire with a warming mulled cider or seated outside in the summer, enjoying a refreshing drink in the sun!