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Grand Central, Brighton

30 Surrey Street

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Grand Central

Landmark pub with a distinctive domed corner tower, now owned by Fuller's (but not obviously branded as such) and probably the first building many people note when exiting Brighton station. Anyway, it is now a thoroughly modernised yet seemingly traditional pub with two main seating / dining areas on either side of the central servery. The four handpumps on the main bar were offering Pride and two Brighton Biers - South Coast IPA and Heydaze Pale (£4.60) - plus the local Ascension Per Cider.

On 21st July 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Grand Central

Even closer to the railway station than The Railway Bell, this was originally built as a hotel in the 1840s before being rebuilt as a pub in 1920.
Now a Fuller's outlet and whatever it may be by day (family-friendly, apparently), come Saturday night it's banging to the sounds of a DJ spinning two gramophones. Not deafening, but loud enough to make conversation extremely difficult which is the sort of thing that students - for it would seem that they constitute the core market - like.
Otherwise its home some good remaining features such as a dentilled cornice and attractive bar back with clock, ornate bar frontage. There's velour-clad furniture with banquettes and a bare herringbone floor.
Service was swift and efficient with a typical Fuller's line-up as well as Brighton Bier's West Pier Pale Ale which was very nice but very steep indeed at £2.35 a half.
Not a bad place for a late evening drink considering the location, but there's much better to be had if one undertakes the assent of the west face of Guildford Road.

On 24th March 2018 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about Grand Central

Fuller's pub and theatre across the road from the train station. The pub has a train departure screen.

On 20th November 2013 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about Grand Central

Information update rather than review. Looks like this impressive looking corner building dead opposite the train station may have been taken over by Fullers recently, although there is no indication of this on the Brewers web site. The three hand pumps on the bar are now dispensing Fullers Ales in the shape of ESB, Pride and Seafarers.. And the place looked smarter internally than I remember it, but that could just me my imagination.
Cannot rate it as I didn’t stop for a beer as I was on route to The Lord Nelson, so I’ll leave it up to others to confirm if this is now another Fullers outlet in town and whether that improves the place or not.

On 25th June 2013 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Grand Central

The Grand Central is a corner pub directly opposite Brighton Main Railway Station. There is some café style seating under an awning outside the front of the pub and upstairs is the Nightingale Theatre where there is an advertised theatre bar and regular cabarets and live performances take place. There is a roof garden that I did not visit and live music is advertised, but I’d imagine that this takes place in the main street level island bar area. The bar supports three hand pumps, but it was very busy during my visit and I couldn’t get to the bar to have a look to see what they were. I did see that there was a standard draught selection alongside Amstel and the Guinness was good, but expensive at £2 for a half and a little short in measure. Pub food is available and ranges from egg and chips for £5 to steak and chips for £12. There were a few people, including a couple of children, eating at the tables that line the windowed outer walls and the food didn’t look half bad. The TV was off and I didn’t spot any Sky Sports advertised, but there was some loud music playing and live train departures can be followed on a screen behind the bar.

This place is fine for a quick beer if waiting for a train, but it’s certainly not a pub I would make my final destination and I think that there are better pubs a short walk in any direction.

On 25th January 2011 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about Grand Central

Next to Brighton train station. Arundel beers . The pub has a sheltered roof terrace.

On 9th July 2010 - no rating submitted
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