Evening Star, Brighton
This is a real gem of a pub for real ale lovers. And, while it's very close to the main station, it seems to avoid the problems of a lot of station pubs, with a good crowd of convivial locals and regulars, but friendly at the same time. It's not a huge place - being what estate agents might call 'intimate' or 'cosy', not for large parties unless you get there first. The interior is robustly built with plenty of bricks and wood, and it previously housed the excellent Dark Star brewery in its cellar, but since becoming more popular, the brewery relocated a few miles away near Haywards Heath. Thankfully, the pub still stocks its output. There are 10 hand pumps, 7 for beer and 3 for cider - with a mixture of the brewery's own, regular guest beers and Belgian style beers - needless to say all are very well kept, and the selection changes seasonally (the Porter that is on in the autumn is brill). What with the superb beer, friendly and accommodating staff, and genial locals, this is one that we'd even recommending getting the train down to Brighton and stopping - don't bother with the rest, it's got all you need. •Newsflash* they've just been awarded CAMRA Best Regional Pub for 2011. Congratulations!
55/56 Surrey Street, Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3PB
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How to find the Evening Star pub
Come out of the train station and you are confronted with two near parallel streets straight ahead. Take the one on the right (Surrey St), and the pub is mere seconds away on the left.