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The Stanley Arms, Brighton

47 Wolseley Road
Portslade
Postal town: Brighton
BN41 1SS
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Stanley Arms

This is a lovely old backstreet boozer with two bars and a number of interesting original features, making it worth seeking out. Entering via the corner door into the Public Bar on the right-hand side of the building, you find yourself in a bare boarded room with the servery immediately to you left. The bar has a nice dark wood counter with a traditional bar back and a very attractive multi-coloured stained-glass canopy. The room is quite narrow and I can imagine it gets easily crowded during peak times, so with this in mind, the landlord has removed all but the perimeter seating from the room, stacking all the chairs and stools that would’ve served the internal sides of each table, into a big pile in the rear right corner of the room. This leaves a series of long benches serving large, sturdy tables which ironically are ideal for large groups. The walls are half panelled with green painted uppers decorated with a mix of art prints, plain mirrors, breweriana and promotional material, some of which was advertising the screening of live sport. An upright piano stands halfway down the right-hand wall and weirdly has a Man Utd mascot perched on top, wearing a Man City coloured scarf and hat. The windows to the front and right have frosted lower panes with ‘Wines’, ‘Spirits’ and other such enticements written across them. A door to the left leads through to the Lounge Bar which has similar flooring and décor, maroon painted walls and much comfier seating. I didn’t really feel it was appropriate to go snooping around in here but could see customers were ordering from a separate bar. Old school vocal jazz tunes played quietly in the background and a trip to the toilets uncovered a patio garden which was very nicely kept and had plenty of picnic benches as well as a large mural on the rear wall depicting the eponymous Henry Morton Stanley delivering his famous perceptive greeting to Dr Livingstone.
The pub has something of a reputation for serving up good quality cask ale and I was pleased to find four options available on this visit – Harveys Sussex Best, St Austell Proper Job, Gun Pale Ale and Franklins Lawless. The latter was £3.80 for a pint and seconded by the very friendly barman who said I was sure to enjoy it. He certainly wasn’t wrong, as it was a very tasty session ale in excellent condition – perhaps the best kept pint I’ve found post-lockdown.
I really liked this pub and thought the traditional two bar set-up, attractive original features, friendly service and perhaps most importantly, the delicious beer, added up to a very complete picture of what a backstreet local’s pub should look like. I’d been wanting to visit this place for many years and am very pleased that I finally made it out here as it was one of the highlights of my crawl around Portslade and Hove.

On 27th August 2020 - rating: 8
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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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Pub location see interactive map of local area
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)
Latest updates View all updates for The Stanley Arms, Portslade
27th Aug 2020, 16:33
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
27th Apr 2018, 10:55
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Steve C
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • 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 _
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes - Open mic Tuesday - last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2011 by Alan Winfield
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
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