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Beer Engine, Brighton

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2 Southwick Square
Southwick
Postal town: Brighton
BN42 4FJ
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Pub SignMan left this review about Southwick Beer Engine

Just a short way up the road from Southwick station, situated in a row of shops, this is a very nicely presented micropub that seemed popular with locals and visitors alike. Presumably a simple shop-conversion, the compact, narrow single room interior is bare boarded throughout with the servery along the rear part of the right-hand wall. Some nice padded banquettes line the left-hand wall and have been supplemented with low stools, a few more of which serve another couple of tables in the front right part of the room. Unusually, all of the tables are very low, a bit like coffee tables, with Perspex screen installed between each table down the left side of the room, creating what felt like a series of small booths. The bar has a chunky corrugated metal counter front with a more typical wooden top, plus a plain bar back decorated with various coins and bank notes. One of the keg fonts has been housed in an old engine block, which I thought looked quite cool and was a nice play on the pub’s name/beer engines. Blackboards across the bar canopy list the full drinks range, but with the new one-way system set up through the room, you can’t stand far enough back to read them. The room has been decorated with some striking modern art prints, many of which related to music and film – a theme that also saw an electric guitar suspended above the front window. There’s also a long row of pump clips running around much of the room just below the ceiling, creating a colourful frieze effect. Loud pop tunes were playing on an early Saturday afternoon, which perhaps explained why most punters were sat outside on the many picnic benches and metal tables and chairs that line the pavement.
There were three ales available across five handpulls when I arrived – Thornbridge Brother Rabbit, Old Dairy Blue Top and a house beer called Engine Oil – with Gun Pale Ale coming on during the course of my stay. The Brother Rabbit was a nice pint in good condition which set me back £4.00 for a pint. The craft keg range covered breweries such as Brewdog, Lervig, Tiny Rebel and Wild Beer, with a couple of mainstream options including Guinness also available.
This seemed like a really nice micropub which perhaps flaunts a rule or two but still offers the typical drinking environment you’d expect of such an establishment. The beer range was interesting and my pint was in fine condition, the staff were friendly and there was plenty of comfortable seating both inside and out. I could’ve done without the loud music but aside from that, there was plenty going for this place and I’d be more than happy to return again some time.

On 27th August 2020 - rating: 8
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paulof horsham left this review about Southwick Beer Engine

So, the question that must be asked: is the Beer Engine a micropub at all? It's in a former shop, not too large, with 6 cask ales, so perhaps "yes". On the other hand, there's piped music and lager (3 types of Krombacher) on draft! It does have the feel and aroma (spilt beer?) of a proper pub, though.

The cask ales are, unusually for a micro in this part of the world, dispensed from hand pumps (no cool room here), and are primarily local. In addition to the Krombachers, the taps also offer Hepworths Conqueror Stout, plus 5 craft keg. Not only that, you also get a fridge full of interesting bottles and cans. So much choice!

Table & seating options vary; you can choose from lounge style chairs, some high stools and even table-topped oil drums.

A reasonable crowd, but prompt and friendly service, as well as a couple of quality beers (from Long Man & Thornbridge) marked my visit and I'd be happy to call again.

Finally, to answer the opening question: not sure it really matters. If the beer's up to scratch and the locals are welcoming, that should be recommendation enough.

On 12th March 2019 - rating: 8
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paulof horsham left this review about Southwick Beer Engine

Former travel agents opened in July 2018 as a micropub with 6 pumps

On 12th September 2018 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by paulof horsham
Southwick, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Fishersgate, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Portslade, 1.55 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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27th Aug 2020, 16:30
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
13th Mar 2019, 21:50
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Function Room : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 August 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 12 March 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 09 April 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 March 2019 by paulof horsham
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 February 2019 by paulof horsham
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