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“Men in waistcoats”
Review of J W Lennon's

J W Lennon's
Ranked #629 of 1,133 Restaurants in Brighton
Cuisines: British
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Men in waistcoats”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

This is much more of a pub than a place to eat so I am reviewing it as such. You can get a fine cheese or meat platter with some rather fine looking artisan bread. There is usually a proper pork pie on offer and other bits and bobs. Pickled onions in a huge jar, bar snacks, tankards of monkey nuts on the bar.

Great staff and atmosphere are the main requirements for a truly good pub and this place has both in shovel-loads. From the drifts of sawdust covering the floor, the truly eclectic selections of pictures, artifacts, posters and other objects, and some really interesting music, and of course a couple of the usual lagers (but a few barrels of interesting real ales and a cider with a bit of poke), it all hangs together in a very Brighton way. And all pints are £3 which is not a Brighton-wide luxury. I recently paid nearly £5 for a pint in Hove.

Keep an eye out for live music nights. We are not normally night people but when we did venture up with our Trades Union friends from the PCS during their conference last month, it was one of those 'I will always remember this' moments and all for the right reasons. The atmosphere on these nights really takes off and goes places.

I like to recommend good venues for our guesthouse visitors. This is definitely one of them. As I said at the start, if you want a full meal, there are a dozen choices within 3 or 4 walk from here.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Great new little pub, very different”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

J.W Lennon's is a great pub. Very cozy atmosphere and has a lot of features that you won't find in any other pub, and that's saying something when you consider all the wild and wonderful things you can find in Brighton.
The first thing you'll notice when you walk in here is the sawdust that covers the floor - a bit odd, but it really suits the feel of this Irish-American themed ale house. All of the drinks cost £3 and they have a good selection of ales, a dry cider, two lagers and Guinness draught as well as wines and all the typical spirits.
As far as food goes, they do a cold meats board and a cheese board that are both good value and a small selection of bar snacks included some amazing spicy pork scratchings that I think are the same ones you get from Brighton Sausage Co. (also a great establishment that is worth checking out).
There is some outdoor seating, essentially just a small smoking area out the back so probably doesn't get too much sun but it is heated in the evenings and looks nice nonetheless.
Although I have not managed to make it down on any of these nights, they have live music twice a week that fits their Irish-American theme - folk, bluegrass, Southern rock and country. Apparently there's plenty of banjo, knees-up and grab-a-pardner dancing round the pub on these nights. The music the rest of the time mostly consists of those styles aforementioned as well as modern rock music. Most interestingly of all though are the playlists of folk and bluegrass cover songs, where bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring and Linkin Park have all been given the dixie treatment.
Considering how much of a dive this place used to be (it was previously The Leconfield for anybody familiar with the area), this is a really welcoming and comfortable pub with young, friendly staff.
Definitely worth making the ten minute walk out of central Brighton for, or as a nice break from the busy nearby bars of St. James Street.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank ChrisBiggs
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