This is a great little find in Brighton. It is off the main street, but still a good respite from the rest of the beach and tourist crowd.
- Good beer selection
- A fun loving, casual crowd
Didn't try the food, but it's more of a place to grab a pint in the late afternoon.
Worth a stop by
I have been a frequent of the lion and lobster over the past couple of years..
I went again yesterday with my partner and my daughter. Usually the bar staff and waitresses are really really friendly and attentive, however yesterday was a totally different ball game... The staff were unfriendly and didn't pay a blind bit of notice to us during our meal.. We weren't greeted upon arrival as we usually always are and we didn't even get so much as a thank you or goodbye when we left.
My partner ordered the cheese and ham toasty and I had the pork and black pudding toasty with piccalilli. Both toasty,s had ridiculously hard crusts that left mine and my partners mouth sore!!
My first toasty actually had to be sent back as it was lick a brick on top and when I picked it up collapsed on the bottom totally in edible...
Before leaving I needed to use the toilet which was the most disgusting toilet ever see from the pics...
There was excrement on the floor and the toilet brush was in an old plastic food container and also covered in excrement.... For a pub with such a good reputation I'm sorry but this really really isn't acceptable at all.
I really do like this place and I've always rated the staff, the atmosphere, and the food highly but from this experience I'm not sure ill return when the area has so many other places that are consistent.
I took my family here for a late lunch on Saturday (25.8.12). Its a great pub, lovely menu, my food was okay as was everyone elses but my wife's chicken was raw in the middle. when we complained to the waitress she looked at us in shock as if to say 'how dare you complain about the pink, un-cooked, cold chicken' and referred us to another, friendlier waiter who offered to take it away and have it cooked further. My wife declined as her appetite obviously went out of the window and asked for it to be taken off the bill, which it was.
What really annoyed me was the fact nobody apologised. In most restaurants the chef would come down and gloss over things in the hope that you'd maybe give the place another go but not here.
The Lion and lobster could be a fantastic place if they dropped the attitude and learned how to cook a chicken.
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A recent Brighton talk feed discussed the best places to get a good roast dinner, and Brix H was quick to suggest the Lion and Lobster. I felt it only fair that I try this out on the first possible occasion, so I dragged a few friends down on Sunday lunchtime.
We had booked for 12 o'clock and were extremely glad we did when we arrived to find people queuing outside, waiting for the doors to open. We had a table in the bar, next to the open fire. This was a great place to sit as the pub is full of atmosphere and it also allowed me to keep one eye on the Manchester United game showing on the well placed television screens!
The menu included roast lamb, beef, chicken and pork belly, as well as a vegetarian option, all for a flat ten squids. However, the thing that really won me over was the option to go half and half - the perfect solution for those indecisive roast eaters such as myself! I ordered the pork belly and lamb, plus a Yorkshire pudding for the bargain price of 40p. Other sides on offer were pigs in blankets, cauliflower cheese and stuffing balls.
The food came out really quickly and the portions were massive. Both of the meats were really flavoursome and tender, the roast spuds were crispy, and there was a wide selection of vegetables.
In a race to see who could eat most, I was a clear winner (the competitive streak in me coming out again), but unfortunately this left no room for pudding.
I will definitely be back for more Sunday roasts. The pub is also great for a drink on a Friday or Saturday night, it's always really busy. They also have a roof terrace for al fresco drinking in the summer.
From the outside, The Lion & Lobster looks like someone has dropped a gigantic bucket of Tomato Ketchup over it.
If you can get past the shocking red exterior however, you'll find one of Brighton's most atmospheric and friendly boozers. There's a cosy ground-floor bar with a roaring log fire, round tables and chairs for groups and bar snacks and an intimate area with candle-lit booths round the back. They have great live jazz bands on Thursday and Sunday evenings and a full bar of beers, ales, wines and spirits. The staff are also super-friendly and honest too. My friend left his mobile phone here by mistake and when he went back the next day, they'd saved it for him in the manager's office!
Earlier this summer, they converted the upstairs from a B&B to a brasserie style restaurant serving great pizza and more traditional British meals. There's also another two bars with lots of alcoves and a large roof-top garden bar. Suffice to say, it was rammed every weekend I went and should be a big hit next summer too. If it wasn't for the wide-screen TV occasionally playing sports matches downstairs, I'd give it five stars!
Our friends in Brighton live literally across the street from this super pub.
So when we went there to visit them, the first "pub stop" was The Lion and Lobster. The place is incredible. From the outside you wouldn't give it a second glance but once inside - wow.com!
The place is huge, old fashioned, 2 outdoor areas , 3 bars, big rooms&small rooms, a section with no windows, just booths with candles - very mafia like, haha. old pictures, posters and newspaper clippings on the walls.
Old timers and new comers , name tags on the stools, great atmosphere, friendly staff and very strong vodka-orange.
Sitting on the beach on Sunday, it was getting a little cold due to the wind, even though it was still blazing with sun. We looked at Yelp, and found that the L&L was most recommended for rooftop beers on a nice day. So off we went.
It's a little set back from the seafront, so is more sheltered, but still easy to get to.
We walked in and grabbed a drink from the bar, which is pretty traditional in its decor. I wasn't feeling any of the 'atmosphere' promised to me immediately, and actually, found the beer/cider selection pretty disappointing. In fact, my friend remarked that it was the first place to take us anywhere near London prices again...
So we headed outside, up to the first of two outdoor areas. It was totally packed, but we found a table in the shade, but at least we were outside. Someone had left a Telegraph lying around, so we spent the next few hours reading the paper and supplements, listening to a couple of their first date next to us having met online.
There was some confusion over card payments when we attempted to buy more drinks. If it's under £20, they have to charge you and give you change, while also adding on a 50p fee. Or something weird like that. It wasn't a huge issue, but was a tad annoying.
So yes, we spent a while there. It was perfectly pleasant, but nothing special, and certainly nothing to write home about. Famous this may be, but I'd imagine that its better of an evening with some live music downstairs and a big group of people around.
The famous Lion and Lobster is a classic Brighton pub. But if you take a trip through the corridors and rooms and nooks of the Lion and Lobster and you realise that really it's five pubs in one. With each area and bar enjoying its own atmosphere and amusement.
Through the little front door and into the cramped downstairs bar you'll catch the banter of the locals and maybe a jazz band if you visit on a Sunday. The long curved bar serves all the usual beers you'd expect and local real ales from Harvey's and Dark Star. The Lion and Lobster is a drinkers' pub, open late, and no stranger to grand claims and tall tales from half-pissed punters.
Go round the corner and the pub opens up into a bigger space with tables and chairs. Dimly lit and cluttered with curios, this is the room for groups to sit around late into the night drinking and eating pizza. It feels old fashioned. It's charming. Like a speakeasy, it has no windows out to the world or through which the missus can spy you.
And then round the corner to pub number three. A narrow, dark room with a handful of booths. I imagine dodgy deals being struck here and break ups finalised, away from prying eye and inquisitive ears.
Upstairs to the first floor and there is a lovely bar and room that's more airy and pristine than the rest of the pub. This bar is more salubrious, almost like a private member's club. And then to the yard, a brilliant outside terrace replete with it's own bar hatch and televisions. Yes. Televisions outside.
And finally up out to the roof terrace, huddled away among the rooftops you emerge blinking. Picnic tables, a bar and the perfect place to chill after a hard day's work. The Lion and Lobster is a Brighton experience that's not to be missed.
After a very long walk around town on a Sunday night, trying to find a place that does a good Sunday roast, we chanced upon the Lion and Lobster. We first sat downstairs and then found a restaurant upstairs which does table service (same food though). I ordered a whole roast chicken to share with all the trimmings. The chicken was moist and delicious, perfectly cooked. The side of cauliflower cheese made me happy inside, which the roasties were crunchy and delicious. The meal could have done with more vegetables but it was the perfect Sunday evening meal for me. Very filling, great gravy, great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back. A lot.
This is one of the best pub in the city, situated down a Hove backstreet the Lion and Lobster has a bright red exterior. Its a traditional decor inside with an old school bar and art work around the place. Its a weird step up inside & must of had some serious renovation work done as its a bit of maze of rooms and little bars. It has a really cosy vibe partly because of the open fires and partly because of the number of humans that are in there at the weekend. Its a really popular venue and considering its massive capacity its difficult to find a seat after 7pm on a weekend.
A big bonus to this pub is the roof terrace which is great for smokers to ta cover in the winter and to catch some rays in the sunshine.
This is one of the better pubs in Brighton and Hove (since I reckon it's nearly beyond the Hove barrier): it serves a variety of wines and ales, as well as the occasional Scotch, and has an amazing outdoor set-up. A bit rubbish if it rains, as there is little cover, although the second roof garden (yep, there are two) is amply protected from the elements. The decor is a nice quirky Brightonian standard, with busts of Lenin as well as random arty pictures adorning most of the surfaces.
As well as all of the drinks and general quirkiness, the Lion and Lobster serves amazing food: not as good as the Hop Poles, but almost restaurant-y: quite an achievement for a little pub. As nights go, I prefer to drink with friends and not get sucked into some peculiar club/pub night thingie, which the Lion and Lobster is pleasantly bereft of, apart from the quiz night which I will begrudgingly admit to enjoying.
It's all here: nice big terrace, lots of choice of beverage and good food. My one big bugbear here is the price: it's all a bit inflated, but then again, it's Brighton: most drinks in this town are a wee bit on the expensive side. I can forgive the Lion and Lobster this: I occasionally go out of my way to go back here!
This place is a proper British pub. Locals and old timers sitting at the bar. One guy even showed me his laminated name tag that sits on his stool to show it was reserved for him. Of course him and the lady he was in were chatting me up... why, cause everyone here is pissed! lol
Beautiful fireplace upstairs, which is part outside, and you can smoke it. Wonderful set up, good food, great vibe.
I love this pub. It's a slight trek from the centre of town, hidden in one of the side roads off Western Road, but it's definitely worth the walk.
It doesn't look that big from the outside, and when you walk in it doesn't immediately look anything spectacular either, just another quirky Brighton pub. Delve a little deeper and you'll discover it goes on forever, with tons of little nooks and crannies, stairs and doors opening to various upstairs seating areas.
It's got an outside terrace with a real log fire and then a further massive terrace with tables and benches, perfect for smokers.
Full of character and always rammed, especially on weekends, you'll be rubbing elbows with people as you fight your way to one of the bars. It's worth the hassle though, and its atmospheric, peculiar charm will warm you right through.
Its a lovely pub owned by an actor from The Bill! Good range of Real ales. Staff friendly.
The only downside was that tables were reserved. One table space was needed for the band,this is Saturday night, and the other for I guess for the bands friends and family. My view is that if they want a table they should secure it by getting to the pub early! This was one reason we only had one pint.
The decor was homely and had pictures of pub bars! There was a TV on without any sound. No-one was watching it. So it was just a waste of electric!
This place does the usual pub grub.
This is one of my fave pub in the city it has a really traditional decor with lots of dark reds and open fires. They have renovated so there a two tiered roof terrace which is great for the summer.
They have a amazing food and a restaurant area where you can book a table. Its more on the Hove side of the city and so a slight mission from the centre of the city but it's deffo worth a wonder. Its the worst kept secret and get mega busy so don't expect to get a table if arriving late evening.
I've only been here for the Sunday roast, but they are amazing! Everything on the plate is delicious. You can get two different types of meat (half/half) for an extra quid.
The actual pub is a great spot though. Tons of little nooks and crannies to hang out, plus sport on the tele if you want to watch the game.
One of my favourite pubs in Brighton. Really nice interior with lots of space - if you find the stairs and go upstairs.
The food is also great and we had really good service when I asked for a function room once. Only today I was a bit disappointed by the Sunday Roast but I do love the normal menu.
There are big outdoor terraces which unfortunately are a bit smokey (well...smokers have to go somewhere) but all in all a very good place to be.
If only we had a pub exactly like this in New York City. *sigh* It was so worth the long walk from our B&B in Kemptown to get to The Lion & Lobster, and if I'm ever in Brighton/Hove again, you can bet I'll be parking myself at this pub for at least an afternoon. It has just the right mix of comfort, eccentricity, and conviviality.
Bleeding brilliant place, great crowd and bloody good food if you want a nosh too!
This labyrinth of a pub will fool you with its hidden rooms, and tucked away corners, managing to cater for masses of drinkers, while retaining that intimacy you only get in pokier establishments. There's a bit of everything here, with good music, higher-end pub food, and even some sport on the telly (without dominating the atmosphere). Upstairs the Hop Poles reveals itself all over again, with countless more rooms, stairs, and an open-air mezzanine smoking area, large enough for countless groups to sit, smoke, chat and repeat. It's always a bit of a surprise that there are so many people in here - it's not exactly easy to remember which street it's on if you don't know Hove. But such is it's reputation that it nearly always is busy. Highly recommended.
I would hesitate to ever name a favourite pub - there are so many variables and too many options. However, ask me to choose a pub that would satisfy pretty much anything anyone could want from a pub, and the Lion and Lobster has it.
A tall, red building on a side street, you're instantly drawn into another world when entering, trying to make sense of the maze like interior of different levels and bars. Even repeat visitors can often find a new section of the pub they didn't know was there before. Best of all is a two-level outdoor terrace with comfortable seating, and some cover (very useful for smokers when it rains!). You can even order a drink from the terrace as one bar opens onto the outside. It is full of interesting artwork and knick-knacks - such as some head shaped statues outside. It can be very busy on weekend evenings, but the layout of the pub means that it avoids ever feeling like a 'drinking warehouse'. A real gem for real locals, away from the tourist hordes.
I cannot say more than what has already been said about this place other than you simply must visit it. The Lion and Lobster is without doubt one of the best pubs in Brighton. Three bars, two roof terraces, loads of seating, great vibe, great staff, great vibe, wide selection of drinks and an awesome menu. What more could you want?
What's big, red and likes to get people drunk? No, not a recently sacked Christmas Santa from Debenhams, it's the Lion and Lobster. A beautiful pub, it's like walking around part of the west wing in a stately home with a pint in your hand. A miniature maze in its own right, there are carpeted corridors and stairs leading to multiple rooms with open fires, three bars and two garden terraces. It's in Hove and can be quite difficult to find due to the many similar side streets, but it is big and red, so look out for that. I would urge anyone to pay a visit, especially on a Sunday for a roast, they're great and they also do a special stuffing that I've never seen anywhere since.
The world is your lobster... what's that saying again? Oh whatever. This is a fine pub, and pretty much incorporates all that is sacred about the pub, even post over-the-top blanket smoking ban that ruined many a booze hounds pleasure point. In the roof top garden it is as if anger at the smoking ban caused the roof to blow off but everything else remain in place, making for a brilliant outdoor/indoor arrangement of the fireplace, patio and old windows that makes up the terrace. They have all the best stock drink wise and the food is sumptuous traditional pub grub. The collection of artwork is also one of the most epic and crammed I have seen in a British Pub for some time, and it is nice to have some authenticity as opposed to just ordering some fake beer barrels to stick on the wall creating more of a theme park than a pub, this is the real deal.
Good selection of ales, around four on tap. Very busy on both nights we were there, but got tables after hanging around for a bit. Lots of rooms in the back and upstairs, so take a wander around
The Lion and Lobster, or to locals, the Cat and Crustacean is a Brighton legend. Tucked away behind Norfolk Square and just one block from the seafront, it's three storeys of nourishing pub goodness. It has all the charm of a traditional pub, a great kitchen and restaurant area as well as snugs for romantic types. Upstairs you'll find the gargantuan smoking terrace replete with televisions outside so you don't miss the game. It opens late, serves food well into the wee small hours and is a must visit for any discerning pleasure seeker on their trip to Brighton.
Brought my Dad and all the family to this pub when they visited Brighton, and we all had a great night. We specifically went for the Sunday night jazz sessions, and the band was absolutely top class. The atmosphere was great, and my parents very much enjoyed themselves. It's tucked away behind Western Road, and unless you knew it was there, you'd be unlikely to just stumble across it. It's a traditional pub and manages to avoid being a typical Brighton bar, which can only be a good thing. I've never eaten here personally, but my friend informs me that the burgers are the best in town.
The Lion and Lobster used to be one of my top pubs in Brighton, but over time my view has changed a little. It's cosy in winter, with plenty of stoked fireplaces, but it's also pretty dark, with low ceilings and dull lighting. For sunny days there's a nice roof terracy bit, which gets a fair bit of sun, but if you can't find a spot up there then the darkness of the interior means you're completely blocked out from the light.
They show lots of sport, but as a result it can get packed. The roasts are decent, but not as great now as I recall them being before. Maybe the chef was having an off-day the last time I went? The good bit is that you can get two types of meat in your roast, but you have to order Yorkshire puddings as an extra.
Yes this is a 'proper pub' with friendly and fast-moving staff, a wide cross-section of punters, interesting food, lovely in winter by candlelight with fires in the hearths going, good for live informal gigs. A good place to meet with friends or even pop in for a coffee with a magazine to read during the day. Its open late too. Excellent.
Why didn't anyone tell me about this fantastic place before. This well hidden pub has to rank amongst my favourites in Brighton and after just one visit! It's cosy, yet deceptively large, with nooks, crannies and more rooms around every corner. With a number of bars and eating areas, including outdoors in fine weather, open fires when its cold. Food is of a very high standard and not too pricy either. Service from both bar and waiting staff was excellent. The terrace upstairs outside and the upper balcony terrace is great if you fancy sitting outside on a summers day, or use the (pay) patio heaters if its a bit chilly. What a great find, worth looking out.
A really good pub - lots of different rooms - and open quite late most nights. Very high quality pub food - approaching gourmet - well cooked and good portions sizes - affordably well priced. One of the best I have tried for food in Brighton.
Can get very busy and the toilets need a bit of help. Dont make your first visit on Firday evening - but do try the food.
The atmosphere I give 9 out of 10 however the food is not as good as I expected. Make sure you ask for lots of table water to go with food as the ones I had were exceptionally salty Anyway it is a good place to go especially when its cold outside because they do have a nice homely fire place near the front door!
Were quite excited to check this place out after walking past it on the way to the flat we were renting for the weekend. It was quite crowded on a Sunday evening at 7pm, but we ordered two pints and managed to find spots at the back end of the bar. There was one large empty table that was reserved for the evening, but during the hour or so that we spent at the bar no one ever came to reserve the table. The beers were rather disappointing and quite tasted very watered-down. The Abbott ales were decent, but lacking any strong flavor, while the "light and hoppy" Something [sic] Star was awful and no no trace of hops or any real body at all.
The food we had for dinner upstairs was very good, but it was a bit disconcerting when the waiter informed us that they were out of almost all their specials and some of the main menu items. We ended up splitting a beet salad for a starter. The beets were delicious and it was dressed perfectly, not too much and not too little. For my main course I had the bream with pesto mash and my fiancee had the salmon niscoise - both were adequately seasoned and well cooked.
The lion and the lobster gets three stars - the beers were disappointing and the bathrooms in the pub were horrendous. The food upstairs and the bathrooms upstairs were both dramatic improvements. If you go I would stick to drinks on the upstairs patio for the best experience.
Best roast dinner in Brighton. Choice of half beef/half pork with superb crackling wins everytime!!
Such a shame - this used to be a great pub, but now they have the usual nonsense doormen and blah, blah, blah - a pale shadow of its former self...
This pub is fantastic! I knew it was good- I've been once before and sat in the first room in one of the booths right by the bar- which was really nice. Yesterday though I went along again and realised how huge the place was- I went round the side to and just kept finding rooms- all of the them with fabulous dark wood tables, red walls, and subdued lighting. I especially like the three booths tucked away in one quiet corner at the far end of the ground floor. Then I found the upstairs. Now I had already gone from old man sort of pub in the front room- with cool music and a flat screen for football- to atmospheric gothic backrooms, to now go upstairs and find a brilliant smoking terrace with an outside fireplace and a window into the bar so that you can order a drink whilst you finish your cigarette. AND next to that a small, quite chic bar with several tables- a room that seemed like a cross between a smart bar in a theatre and a pub in an old tavern (dark panelling and hunting prints). AND through some glass paned french doors- a charming restaurant with chandeliers- serving British classics like Beef Wellington and Mediterranean dishes like butternut squash ravioli. Phew! So much. I will definitely be going back.
One of my favourite pubs in Brighton. It's incredibly cosy and nice to walk into when you've been traipsing around in the horrible winter weather. Whatever day or time I go in there it is always packed and on weekends it's heaving! It's very large with traditional pictures hanging everywhere and open fires. There's big tables for groups visiting and a long bar to sit at and chat. Round the back of the pub is a room with tables and a tv then upstairs is a restaurant with lots of seating. As I'm vegan I haven't eaten here but I've heard the food is of very high standard. One of the best things about the place is the terrace upstairs. It's a large enclosed area with it's own bar section and log fire to keep everyone warm. There is also an extra bit with stairs up to a higher outside seating area with lots of tables and it's just brilliant if you are a smoker or you fancy sitting outside on a summers day.
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