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The Great Eastern, Brighton

103 Trafalgar Street
Brighton
BN1 4ER
Phone: 01273685681
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Great Eastern

This is a cosy traditional pub at the top end of the Laines, a five or so minute walk down the hill from the station. inside, you find a remarkably narrow but deep interior with lots of dark tongue and groove panelling on the ceiling and a long servery down the right hand wall. the bar has a smart counter and attractive mirrored bar back with a promising collection of pump clips lining the dark wood beams around the whole bar area. Some fixed benches and low stools have been squeezed in along the left hand wall opposite the bar, but during busy times, such as on this particular visit, things can get very cramped quickly and I found it very tricky to navigate my way around the bar area. Thankfully, the room opens out a little to the rear once you've passed the end of the bar, and some more benches and chairs can be found back here in a cosy space dominated by impressive dark wood wall panels, dusty bookcases and a quality old grandfather clock. Despite visiting during daylight hours, the small windows, dark wood and muted lighting (including plenty of fairy lights) combines to make this a pretty dark pub which adds to the cosy feel and reminded me a bit of a rural pub rather than a popular city centre venue. there are a few interesting decorative features to look out for, the most impressive of which is arguably the fine etched glass panes in the entrance doors, which are well worth looking out for.
I timed my visit here pretty poorly, as I arrived alongside during the post-work exodus and accordingly found the place packed which meant I had to endure an uncomfortably long wait for service, which would normally have seen me walk out, but with other PuG crawlers waiting for me, I persevered and finally got served by one of the remarkably unobservant, inattentive bar staff. I think there were four ales on the go, in the shape of Franklins Mama Knows Best and North Shore, Adnams Lighthouse and Downlands New Zealand Session IPA. I spent so long queuing that I think I changed my mind about which drink to order about a dozen times, before eventually coming away with a decent drop of the Session IPA.
This struck me as a nice pub that probably works best during quieter periods when it's easier for everyone to move around and you're able to appreciate the pleasant traditional decor in a more relaxed frame of mind. As it was, I found this a pretty stressful experience that I wouldn't really want to repeat and feel I need a return visit to give the place a second chance.

On 24th July 2018 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Great Eastern

This is a smashing pub with low ceiling.Friendly staff and customers.Three cask beers Franklins north shore ipa and mama knows best.My Downlands -nz session was very good

On 13th April 2018 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Great Eastern

Don't be fooled by the rather tatty looking exterior, inside lurks a decent pub. Enter through a pair of curved doors marked Public Bar to a slightly L-shaped boarded room with the bar along one side towards the front. Walls have wood panelling to over half their height, seating is traditional with mismatched chairs, benches and small stools at various sized tables with candles in wax encrusted bottles, ceiling beams are festooned with beer mats indicating a good rotating policy. The back wall features a bookcase and there is an old factory clocking-in machine adjacent, a side door leads to a tiny scruffy courtyard that would only be of use to a die-hard smoker.
Four handpumps offered Woodforde's Wherry, Sharp's Cornish Coaster, Doom bar and Brighton Bier No Name Stout. The pub also stocks an impressive list of whiskies, specialising in American varieties. Whisky cocktails also offered. Wines and an extensive bottled beer range are listed by the bar on chalkboards. Food served, there are five varieties of "Brighton Burger" for £8.95, I assume but cannot confirm that there are other options.
Live music is advertised and a jazz soundtrack was playing giving a nice relaxed atmosphere, I didn't see a TV.
This was the penultimate pub of a good tour around the North Laine area, certainly worthy of a visit.

On 1st April 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
London Road (Brighton), 0.74 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Brighton, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Moulsecoomb, 1.85 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Great Eastern, Brighton
24th Jul 2018, 23:28
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
13th Apr 2018, 22:18
Review submitted by john gray

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 August 2013 by paulof horsham
  • Darts : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 01 April 2014 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 April 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes - Cloud - last updated 20 September 2013 by Clive Thompson
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - Midnight
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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