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The Constant Service, Brighton

96 Islingword Road
Phone: 01273607058

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Constant Service

Came across this appealing Harvey's corner pub by chance, en route to another Hanover pub that had been recommended to me. Attractive rustic (but well maintained) wedge-shaped interior. Notably friendly welcome. Five of six handpumps in operation, offering Sussex Best, Armada, Wild Hop and the seasonal Porter (£2.10 for a half, and in excellent shape) plus Henry Westons cider. Only had time for a quick stop, but very glad I found it.

On 31st March 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Constant Service

This is another pleasant pub in the back streets of the Hanover district of Brighton. The pub takes its name from the Constant Service Water Company who previously occupied the building and there is a mirror near the entrance bearing the company’s name. The interior is basically an uneven U shape with the servery on the back wall. The shape of the building means that there is a lot of space opposite the bar and this has been well filled with banquette, sofa and low stool seating. To the right hand side of the bar, there are a couple of standard tables and chairs near to a fireplace and a TV screen was on here showing the football. A ledge at the front of the pub had the day’s papers laid out on it and there was another TV screen above it with an ancient looking fag machine nearby. Board games are in good supply and I enjoyed trying to look at the pub’s record collection which was on display behind the bar, with an old record player belting out some uber-obscure world music. There is a garden which can be reached via the left hand side of the bar and you might want to stop off on your way round to browse through a large collection of mugs.
This is a Harvey’s house so their beers took up all of the hand pumps. I had a choice of Sussex Best, Knots of May, Olympia and Armada and I enjoyed a very satisfying pint of the latter. The staff were friendly enough and seemed to know their regulars. Live music was being promoted throughout the pub and appears to be a regular feature.
I enjoyed my visit to this pub and thought it was probably the pick of those in this part of town. It does suffer a bit from the pretentiousness that affects many Brighton pubs but I thought on the whole it was pleasant place to spend an afternoon and had I not been on a crawl I would have stayed longer.

On 21st July 2012 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Constant Service

The Constant Service is an interesting backstreet local with an eclectic mix off odds and sods that make up the décor. The main seating area between the entrance and the bar is the shape of a right angle triangle due to the exterior of this corner pub. There are also small seating areas to the left and right of the bar and a couple of plasma screens show Sky Sports. Champions League football was muted on one of these during my visit on Tuesday evening and there was some reggae playing from a proper record player. Some shelving to the side of the bar houses an extensive list of LPs so I think that this pub takes its music seriously.
The usual draught suspects are available from the bar and the four hand pumps were drawing Harvey’s Best (x2), Kiss and Armada. Food is available with mains that cost around £7. There is also an extensive list of pies available for £7 from Big Tom’s Pie Kitchen.

The two young ladies on duty were very hospitable and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I would use this pub all the time if I lived locally.

On 19th February 2012 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Constant Service

A Harveys outlet in the hilly area of Brighton. The attractive Victori(ana?) sign outside is at odds with the deliberately boho slant of the place within. It takes its music very seriously and there are hundreds of old LPs that can be played on the pub turntable as well as an upright piano. The V-shaped interior is otherwise relatively minimalist bar red leather sofas, some contemporary artwork and (weirdly) jars of sweets on a high shelf. The curved front door is of architectural interest. Unfortunately it was rather downhill from there as there were only two of the four ales on (poor show for a summer Saturday) - Harveys Best and an undrinkable Tom Paine. The statuesque brunette barmaid in the clingy green dress with a Mariella Frostrup-style voice was effortlessly beguiling and I am sure she has a loyal local following. Inevitably, board games are available.

I really wanted to like this one but the beer was a massive let-down. Bad day?

On 31st July 2011 - rating: 5
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