Address: 12 Gloucester Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AD
Telephone: 01273 689006
The Basketmakers Arms is located on a quiet residential corner in the North Laine area of Brighton. It’s about 10 minutes walk from the station and it’s definitely worth passing a few pubs for.
The cosy interior obviously used to be originally split into two bars but they have been connected together some years ago. The pub is not large inside and given its popularity The Basketmakers can get very busy. A bit of patience will generally lead to a table becoming free eventually though.
Many years ago the Basketmakers was a free house and then it became a Gale’s pub. After the Gale’s takeover it’s now primarily a Fuller’s pub. The real ale selection reflects that with London Pride and other mainstream Fuller’s beers being accompanied by Gale’s HSB and usually one guest from another brewery – often Butcombe. The beers are always well kept.
Food is available all day and the quality is very good. You can order from the standard menu or from the varying specials chalked above the bar. Portions tend to be large so make sure you’re hungry. My personal favourites include the excellent fish and chips or the whitebait with a chilli mayonnaise.
In my view the Basketmakers Arms is the best pub in Brighton and it always features on my pub list whenever I visit the city – often as part of an evening pub crawl (see An Evening Out in Brighton).
Last visited: June 2014
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Other Pubs in the Brighton Area
- Battle of Trafalgar
- Craft Beer Co
- Evening Star
- Hampton Arms
- King and Queen
- Lord Nelson
- Prince George
- Railway Bell
- Shakespeare’s Head
- Temple Bar
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