The Lion and Lobster
24 Sillwood Street
(01273) 776 961
Open all day
Map of Brighton
The Lion and Lobster
The Lobster is a popular pub with an extensive range of lagers and real ales always available. The Lion and Lobster is tucked away in between the seafront and Western Road in Hove.
The location on Sillwood Street is sufficiently distanced from the anonymous row of town centre pubs and bars to help the Lion and Lobster remain a haven for those who know it's there and yet is central enough to make it a pit stop on a big night out.
The landlord, Jack Harding, recently won Landlord of the Year at the Juicy Awards. He heads a friendly and efficient team who work hard to make the often busy pub a lively venue.
Regulars at the small establishment are a genuine mix of 20- somethings to 40 - somethings; a casual and friendly crowd made up mainly of groups of mates out for a quiet beer.
The traditional horseshoe-shaped layout made up of different rooms lends an intimate feel and is perfect for this. Smaller tables are situated around the C-shaped bar and are complemented by bar stools and standing room. The only complaint I have heard about the space is that when the pub is full, which it quite often is, it can be a struggle to get to the loos.
The atmosphere is inviting, relaxed and happy and there is always lots going on as the Lion and Lobster screens major football and rugby events and is also a popular venue for live music.
The Lion and Lobster is one of only a handful of places in Brighton and Hove to offer 21 choices on draught and also shakes a mean cocktail. A pint costs around £2.50.
It is not just the beer which attracts people to return time and again to the pub. It also offers an impressive range of food (reasonable (prices) which includes not only the traditional roast dinner, Pan Fried Chicken Supreme, Irish stew, steaks and chicken Kiev but also veggie and bean burgers with mango chutney, Chinese Vegetable Stir Fry and Thai green curry.
Once you have found the Lion and Lobster it easily becomes a favourite haunt catering for all occasions from a quick mid-week pint, a noisier Friday night out, a venue to soak up the atmosphere of a big match or the place to go for a lazy Sunday lunch.
No accommodation here.
Beer range varies.
18 Maderia Place, Brighton.
From S:£30; D:£60 prpn.