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The Stanley Arms, Brighton

47 Wolseley Road
Postal town: Brighton
BN41 1SS
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Will Larter left this review about The Stanley Arms

Easily found by following a path from the station that cuts through the grid of streets at an oblique angle, this pub is worth the effort if you're staying in Brighton. A street corner local with a loyal following, a friendly welcome and great quality beer. There are two rooms, which seem to have been opened out a little, with traditional bench seating and a wooden floor. It's very basic and, as I wrote in my notes at the time, utterly delightful. There are four hand pumps on the bar (see photo): I went for the Downlands Wolseley Best and the Veterans Tracer; the latter was a less good beer than the former, which to be fair I was forewarned of by the landlady, but I went ahead anyway. Good customer service spoiled by my own obstinacy! Every town should have a pub like this.

Date of visit: 22nd March 2018

On 27th April 2018 - rating: 9
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paulof horsham left this review about The Stanley Arms

The Stanley is a two-room backstreet local and very much a favourite with the local CAMRA group. The main room stretches a fair way back, although much of the action is at and around the bar, which features 5 handpumps, with another couple facing the smaller back room. A blackboard lists the ales to avoid punters having to wander about just to identify the beer. During the winter period, you'll find Harvey's Old, as well as ales from Sussex and further afield. This includes Sharp's Doom Bar (the pub claims to have been the first in Sussex to stock it, so you may feel they have quite a bit to answer for).

Decor and furnishing is basic, although I did spot the oddity of elves in football kit above the bar. Not many of us in when I visited; I'm sure the atmosphere picks up a bit later on.

Whilst I didn't warm to the place as much as others have done, I can see the attraction and would be happy to return.

On 27th October 2012 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Stanley Arms

First-class corner pub hidden away in the backstreets north of Fishersgate station. Traditional two-bar layout, one narrow but elongated (housing the beer festival stillages) and the other smaller and 'L'-shaped (housing the piano, from which one collects a glass if buying a festival beer). Great atmosphere on a wet Sunday afternoon. Five handpumps in the main bar plus two in the other and up to 12 ales direct from the barrel (£3.00 to £3.30). Plenty of local CAMRA awards, and one can see why - well worth making quite a detour to visit.

On 22nd June 2011 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Fishersgate, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Portslade, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Southwick, 1.13 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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27th Apr 2018, 10:55
Review submitted by Will Larter
28th Mar 2018, 14:29
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 June 2011 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Steve C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 June 2011 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Open mic Tuesday - last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2011 by Alan Winfield
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
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