Traditional Pubs in Brighton

While Brighton is, of course, one of the most forward thinking cities in the UK (you heard it here first), we do love harking back to tradition. Refusing to let go of some of our most beloved boozers, Brighton is brimming with dated yet charming watering holes that have more history than your dear nan's mail order catalogue. From elusive tales to retaining their period features, these Brighton pubs tell more of a story than we ever could. Check out our recommendations for some of the very best traditional pubs in Brighton. 

Last updated on 15th March 2021

The Victory

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Did you know that The Victory was built nearly a century ago and named after paramount ship fleet, HMS Victory? Well then, if tradition's what you're after, it's we just so happen to have gave you. A hearty and historic Brighton boozer in the heart of The Lanes, The Victory is doused in nods and framed pictures harking back to its roots; sea-faring roots at that.

Fiddler's Elbow

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Traditional Irish pub? Enough said. One of Brighton's long running Irish boozers, the Fiddler's Elbow retains a feel for the Emerald Isle without the need for a boat trip or flight over. From their dusty wares and vintage nooks to one of the cheapest pints of Guinness in the city, the Fiddler's Elbow have maintained their historic stance, without any of the stuffy attitudes and plenty of fun to be had. 

The Dorset

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Having been open for nearly 200 years, The Dorset has gained a well-earned name as one of Brighton's best traditional pubs. Come here for a freshly-poured brew, seafood feast or Sunday roast and you're sure to be pleased.

Remember the good ol' days when pubs used to house sawdust on their floors? Neither do I. But retaining so much tradition that you'll barely know it's historic until you're told, JW Lennon's is one of Brighton's most well loved watering holes. From their dust laden helves of vintage knick knacks and traditional bar front features to their smattering of historic goods, JW Lennon's have one foot firmly in the past; while the other foot serves up deli dogs (not literally). 

The Prince George

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One look at this charming little Brighton boozer and you'll exhale a sigh of 'ah, home'. Well okay, you're home may not look like a traditional Brighton pub, but you're bound to wish it did. While their menu only caters to vegetarians, their drinks and interiors cater to anyone that has a hankering for history. From their bespoke hangings to their rich mahogany interiors, The Prince George is a rather dashing chap if we say so ourselves.

While Molly Malone's hasn't been here since the dawn of Brighton time, is has cultivated a feel that wouldn't be any different to any traditional Irish boozer. Laden in green velvet, traditional wooden awnings and the scattering of historic photos about the room, there's barely an air of modernity in sight. Unless you count the brand new ale pumps as modernity, but c'mon, you did want a good drink after all. 

From the building it resides in to the colour strewn across the walls, The Wick Inn has retained a sweet air of tradition throughout. While it's no doubt seen a lick of paint in the last few years, this Brighton boozer refuses to give up its traditional awnings, instead boasting the same baroque cut wood, plush velvet bar stools and a selection of cracking local ales that any traditional Brighton pub dare go without. 

Good Companions

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There's certainly no air of pretention to be found in this Brighton boozer, none at all. Found in the bustling Seven Dials suburbs, Good Companions feels just that, a good companion. Chipper for a break from the busy throngs of the city, Good Companions retains an air of pub that even your father's father would have been proud to sup in. From vintage textiles to classic furniture, it's a pretty neat retreat.

The Basketmakers Arms

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Ask anyone for some of the best pub fare in Brighton and they'll likely grab you by the hand and throw you straight on through the Basketmakers doors. Basked in the sweet aroma of some of the best pub grub in the city, the Basketmaker's Arms are known for their hearty chow and traditionalism. From walls smothered in beer mats to higgledy piggledy furniture, it's just the traditional ticket you've been looking for.