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Regency Tavern, Brighton

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I suspect this is a particularly gay-friendly Brighton pub, given by some of the actions we witnessed at the bar. But it's a Shepherd Neame pub with a gaudy interior, which is tucked away up an alley (no pun intended), off a leafy square. The ales on our visit were Spitfire, Spitfire Gold & Master Brew. Worthy of a visit, if only to admire the furnishings.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Feb 2018 17:21
Very pleasant pub, hard to find. Nice decor. Only the one beer (Shepherd Neame Spitfire) but the one I had was kept well.
Trequites - 1 Sep 2017 17:36
It's a boutique hotel-style pub, with the atmosphere and clientele typical of a fair few in Brighton.

Beers and food are good though.

Recommended, but not for the insular or uptight.
eddybeer - 6 Mar 2013 19:55
Lovely place for an evening out.
Love the orangeboom lager.
Nice old boy chatting me up.
Can i play chopsticks on the piano?
Fun,fun fun,visit soon my dears.

rainbowian - 28 Apr 2012 12:40
Bizarre but likeable pub, from outside it looks like a standard-issue old-fashioned local boozer, once you step through the door however, you will find yourself in a pub quite unlike any you have been in before. The decor is a riot of Pink and Gold striped wallpaper, with leopard skin seating and various other completely contrasting colour schemes in other nooks of the building. It has a piano and unlike in many pubs where this would be little more than an ornament that occasionally serves as a focal point for a drunken sing-song, this actually comes complete with a painist playing selections of instrumental scores from vintage Hollywood movies and Broadway stage shows. The beer selection is good (it's a Shepherd's Neme pub) and for the lager drinkers the lesser-spotted Oranjeboom and Asahi are available on draught, all at par prices for the area. The Roast Dinner looked lovely and was well priced. The service was friendly and welcoming. The toilets however need to be seen to be believed with their weird kitsch wall of mirrored tiles on the way in and pitch black paint with loud pink door frames and window ledges. Odd but the world is probably a much better place for having pubs that defy convention and challenge your expectations of what a pub can and should be. Worth a look if you are passing.
Mr.Monkfish - 26 Sep 2011 19:11
I used to use this pub 40 odd years ago when I lived in Regency Square.
I popped in on the way back to the station. Very nice clean, tidy and friendly.
S&N Spitfire, Masterbrew and Bishops on offer. Bit expensive at 3.15 a pint but I suppose you'd expect that considering the lovely area it's in.
A little too PINK for my taste.
zapsincl - 14 Oct 2010 10:51
In here a couple of Saturdays ago. Shepherd Neame and they had Bishops Finger, Master Brew and Canterbury Jack. Very grandiose, red seating with leopard print in the corners. Has the look of a theatre bar. A bit odd but ok.
GuideDogSaint - 29 Aug 2010 19:16
still gorgeous, but a shame they have taken away so much of the window decorations which gave it so much character
reynedd - 29 Jul 2010 00:00
One of those photo's that does the pub justice , splendid interior. suprisingly a sister pub of the pow just up the road. all 4 real ales from the sheppard neame stable that included spitfire , bishops finger , quality was fairly good .
beatles38 - 22 May 2010 09:11
Stopped off at The Regency on a fine spring early Sunday afternoon. Found the pub by accident as we threaded through the backstreets down to the seafront.
The welcome was warm; having been asked if we'd like to eat we were asked to take a seat and the barman came over to take the drinks order then returned shortly after with drinks and took our food order.
Had a pint of Spitfire which was fine. The lunch of roast lamb for 6.95 was very good, complete with plenty of vegetables served as a side dish.
The Regency is the kind of pub I'd like to have as my local, somewhere where I could pop in for a drink at anytime and feel completely comfortable.
This is no accident of course, this is down to the ambience created by the management and staff.
The decor as you might expect is regency but it's classically done and the pub spotlessly clean.
I miss pubs like this - a welcoming place, where the people running it care and where you don't have to speak at least two languages to order a drink.
A credit to Brighton.
DarkManoeuvres - 6 Apr 2009 13:57
Visited on a Friday evening, it was completely dead. Shepherd Neame pub- the ales were pretty dull. Big place, but no customers- not sure exactly what they are doing wrong, but they are definitely doing it wrong.
napoleon_dynamite - 26 Feb 2009 20:44
Great pub off the beaten track but better off for it. Nice staff with a good well kept selection of beer and some of the best pub grub I've ever had. Well worth a visit, yeah the management may have changed recently but actually thats definitely for the better as the new lot really know how to run a good pub with a great service and atmosphere.
Darkedge - 1 Jul 2008 13:49
The Mamagement has changed again it is now a family run opperation and the service seems to have improved
azzdex - 1 Jul 2008 13:40
The Regency Tavern are now doing a deal with the Sunday roasts now coming with either a free starter or dessert. Which is brilliant if you have enough space in your stomach after the large main of your choice yum yum!!

azzdex - 1 Jul 2008 13:38
i find the female staff in this pub exceptionally rude, and 3.15 for a pint of bitter is ridiculous. Used to be good, now it isn't. A shame, as the location is great.
kidsmoke - 26 Apr 2008 17:15
Can't coment on the atmosphere as my visit was on a quite Tuesday lunchtime. Found it to be a comfortable refuge on a cold Spring day. Nice pint of Bishops Finger. Food is 'pub grub' of good quality and generous portions - must try the burger next time. Table service - nice touch. Staff friendly and attentive. Certainly a cut above the crap you get in Churchill Square's food hall.
REVERENDBAZ - 26 Mar 2008 09:45
Was good until management change. Geoff and Chris were a 'one off' and no one will ever match them. Now a Shepherd Neame House - nothing wrong with that per sae, but atmosphere totally gone. Only link with the past is Chris, the Head Barman but even this can't replicate the good old days!
elthamlass - 25 Feb 2008 11:20
Its very camp - but, no - not gay.
JohnnyCrow - 5 Jun 2007 13:00
Is this a gay pub? Other than that nice enough pub real ales on tap.
zamora250 - 30 Apr 2007 01:50
Was great - now it's a bit flat.
anonymous - 16 Feb 2007 21:24
Once the jewel in Brighton's pub crown, the Regency hasn't quite been what it once was since the change in management.

The move from a free house to a tied Shephard and Neame pub was a shame as it means they no longer stock Harveys - a local brew, that the Shep's head brewer could only dream of producing!

Still - a nice civilised retreat from the relatively close horrors of Churchill square. Well worth a visit.
hello_dave - 7 Jan 2007 21:55
great pub with loads of history, very much worth a visit. Dont drink leffe so hadnt noticed that "douvres". Spacious, always warm and inviting, friendly staff, great range of beers.
terry1234 - 5 Jan 2007 12:27
Although this fantastic pub lost its way for a time, it seems to have found itself again.

The Xmas decorations are beck up to standard this year, so well worth a visit.

Popped in for a few beer's with a group of mates,and commented about the fairy lights. The landlord bragged that he was only just getting started, and by the time he'd finished, he reckoned there'd be over 200 meters of fairy light's!!! I'm impressed. He's definitely putting in the hard work.

Must go back in next week for another viewing!
Logan2 - 30 Nov 2006 17:18
Still a well run and decent pub. One thing that I cannot understand is the price of the Leffe Blonde on draught.It works out at 4.90 a pint which is staggering. By way of a comparison there are 3 other pubs selling Leffe nearby. Prices vary from 3.60p to 3.85p. Tried to get an answer from the staff without luck. Beware the high prices generally here
douvres - 26 Nov 2006 21:19
Still really good. Decent beer, nicely cooked and priced food and friendly service.
hrse12 - 31 Jul 2006 23:29
Only started using this pub with the new management. A very well run Sheps pub now with excellent choice of their bitters and lagers including Asahi (I think thats how it is spelt)which sells very well despite being well over 3 a pint.
Very mixed clientele and great surroundings

douvres - 20 Feb 2006 21:45
Apparently holding up well after change of managment. A gem, and very convenient for the shops.

Real test is Chrimbo- old managment had the touch of a pantomime stage designer, hope the new can keep up the standard.
antmiller - 20 Oct 2005 17:49
So much to see, drink and talk about in this gem of a pub. I can't judge the ladies' toilets, but the gents' loos alone are worth the train fare from London. You haven't really been to a pub until you've tried the Regency.
anonymous - 21 Sep 2005 15:30
I visited here (for the second time) after hunting around Brighton on a Friday evening looking for a place where I could drink good beer while sitting down. Seats were available - not surprising when you consider that the price of a pint of Early Bird is 2-80 and a pint of Bishops Finger 2-85! Quality of the beer was good, they still do the Birthday celebrations, the decorations are the same - a 'must visit' - but to me the prices are as over the top as the decor.
Trequites - 5 Jun 2005 20:18
No problems here. Locals' pub with mixed clientele out of the way of the vast crowds of dickheads who decend on Brighton at weekends. Beers spot on, only gripe is, as with so many pubs these days, roast dinners only for Sunday lunch. Well worht a visit.
nickdavies - 16 May 2005 13:30
Has just changed managers, so it will be interesting to see if the "Brightonesque camp" atmosphere survives. Also the choice of beers has changed drastically: this is now a Shepherd Neame pub with 4 different ales - Best, Spitfire, Early Bird and Bishops Finger.
timkholman - 5 Apr 2005 08:29

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