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7 Child Friendly Pubs in Brighton

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Information | Posted on 02-07-2012

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Pubs are wonderful places to catch up with old friends and swop gossip and news; conversations in cafes just never seem as interesting or candid!
However, if you’ve got young children in tow it can be tricky to find a pub which welcomes you. This is why it’s always best to plan pub get-togethers well in advance if some of your drinking companions are young children.
In the interests of research I spent much of last weekend touring the pubs of Brighton to find the most child-friendly hostelries. It was thirsty work but here are the results!
The Setting Sun
You have to travel up a steep street to get to The Setting Sun in Hanover but the journey really is worth it. The view over Brighton that you get from the Sun’s garden is worthy of a painting and it’s good to know that kids are welcome until 7pm (9pm if you’re eating food).
The Hanover
The Hanover is located at an even higher altitude than the Setting Sun; you can find it up in the clouds at the top of Queen’s Park Road.  The pub’s proximity to Queen’s Park makes it the ideal watering hole for families who have spent an afternoon playing in the park; the pub generally welcomes children until 7:30 pm.
The Good Companions
Located in the heart of Seven Dials this pub used to be a real spit-and-sawdust affair. The Good Companions has always had potential but just seemed to lack the right owners. I always remember being amazed that for many years the beautiful pub windows were covered with the kind of shuttered blinds you would find in a 1980s office!
Thankfully times (and owners) have changed and the Companions is now the trendy, tastefully-decorated pub it deserves to be. The pub is reassuring child-friendly and adult-friendly too – the bar staff are always chatty. Like all the other pubs in this list, the Companions provides a child-friendly food menu.
The Tin Drums in Seven Dials and Hove
Is The Tin Drum really a pub or a restaurant? I’m not really sure but it is plain to see that these pubs are pleased to see families with children come through their doors: they were one of the first licenced premises in Brighton to provide colouring books and crayons for their younger customers. My only (very small) complaint about The Tin Drum in Seven Dials is that it can get quite noisy in there. However, this is not the fault of the kids; I think it’s something to do with the acoustics involved with its open-plan design!
Chimney House
Not all Brightonians are aware of the Chimney House’s existence. The pub is tucked away in Hamilton Street in the backstreets of Seven Dials, not far away from The Prestonville Pub. The Chimney House used to be a pub called The Marquis of Exeter but when it changed name it went upmarket (becoming more ‘foodie’ and child-friendly in the process). The price of a roast dinner in the Chimney House might be a little costlier than your average pub meal but children will be fascinated to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
The George Pub
What do you do if you are a vegetarian with a dog and want to have a pub meal with your children? The answer is invariably to head to The George Pub at the foot of Trafalgar Street. Children are welcome until 7pm in the pub (I’m not sure what time dogs are welcome too) which should give you plenty of time to sample the George’s delicious food. I had Halloumi in batter with thick-cut chips there last week and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!
The Hartington Pub
The Hartington Pub is the type of foodie pub which serves meals on wooden cheese-boards; a real sign of class! The left-hand corner of the pub always contains a charming jumble of kiddies’ books and toys in the place where a busy dart board used to be located.
How times have changed; Brighton is certainly becoming more child-friendly!
James Christie writes for Thomson Local Business Directory. Use Thomson to find child-friendly pubs and pub restaurants in your area.

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