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Black Lion

) #128 of 865 Restaurants in Brighton $$ - $$$ , British,
14 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND, England
+44 1273 711884
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
14 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND, England
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1 - 10 of 279 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for a couple of pints, good selection of beers & drinks. Slightly pricy but good seating indoors and outdoors if in groups.

Thank Amberleyadrian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time trying to decipher the clues in the mystery room. Host Gabriel was a delight and rescued us when our collective brains failed! Hope you're not afraid of the dark!!

Thank Pat R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice decor with a pretty garden. Good range of drinks and gets very busy. Staff are a mixed bunch - some good fast service whilst others are more interested in talking amongst themselves rather than servingMore

Thank jamie321
Black L, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jamie, I'm glad you like our garden! We love our little sun trap in summer! I am, however, sorry to hear that you had such a mixed experience from our staff. This certainly doesn't match the standard of service we expect and will be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong it's a busy Friday night and after ordering three drinks I turned my back to the bar to check for more orders as I was getting a few but I take exception to the young barman who decide that to get...More

Thank Andy G
Black L, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Andy, I'd naturally like to begin by offering you an apology, I know this will not rectify your experience but as management we are truly sorry this happened to you whilst in The Black Lion. This is absolutely not the standard of service we...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very welcoming pub, quirky outside and in, great food and value. Came with my daughter for a bite to eat. I am sure on a evening the pub will have a fantastic atmosphere

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Black L, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Peter, I'm glad you had a nice afternoon with us, be sure to pop back now we've launched our new menu! The Black Lion

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loads of people but still room to sit down to have a drink. It was a chilly night but we weren't cold because of the heat lamps outside. Also live music was very nice.

Thank Laura H
Black L, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Laura, We're glad you got to enjoy our garden! We have live music almost every night so be sure to check what's on and come back again! Many thanks, The Black Lion

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only awarding one star because it's the minimum you can do! Totally disappointed in this place- booked 2 weeks ago before 10 of us due to visit as part of the London to Brighton Bike Race. Spoke with staff couple of times before our pre...More

1  Thank Belcher18
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving a review. Please let me offer my heartfelt apologies for this. We had our busiest weekend on record, and were let down by one of our main suppliers, with no alternative food suppliers available (as it was a Sunday) - however...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Shame the minimum is one as I personally don't think this place is worth that. Bar staff are more interested in talking to one another and the guy behind the bar seemed like his batteries were flat ! Waited over 20 Mind to be served...More

Thank stt1972
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are extremely disappointed with this situation. As you will see from other reviews, we are known for our friendly, welcoming service, and want to make every customer feel valued to the utmost. We obviously fell short...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We were starving and wanted somewhere for a quick but nice lunch. We kind of stuck our nose up by looking at outside of pub as crappy looking tables and chairs but we looked at menu and was pleasantly surprised and thought we'd go in...More

Thank Louise C
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thanks so much for the lovely review! We're so glad that you enjoyed our food, and particularly that you had such a warm welcome, as this is something we really strive for! We're constantly working to make our outside look as appealing as possible, and...More

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Stopped by on Saturday and went here for a drink. It was Brighton Festival so they had a very loud band on at 6pm and the place was rammed. As such it was hard to relax and enjoy the pub. Would go back to see...More

Thank IS_Scotland
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Hi there, thank you for the review. As you mentioned, you did visit during the Great Escape and Alternative Escape music festival, where a large majority of the pubs and venues in Brighton host live music acts for the weekend. We do not normally have...More

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Response from Rachel E | Reviewed this property |
you can go round the side rather than front door as there are steps.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$17
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:30
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 711884
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Here at The Black Lion, we aim to be the best at everything we do... And we do a lot!! From a fantastic restaurant serving food until 10pm (9.30Pm Thursday, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays) to a consistently busy late night bar... And everything in between!! ... The Black Lion is all about live music, served up 6 days a week. Up-and-coming local bands, live and authentic Blues, swinging live Jazz Sundays, Brighton's most popular Funk and Soul bands - right through to renowned names on the DJ circuit... We've got the lot! ... Our fantastic DJs have a simple brief: "keep 'em smiling, make 'em dance" We play anything from Northern Soul, Motown, Funk, Rock & Roll, Ska, Mod Revival, Indie, Reggae and Old School Hip Hop... It's a fairly eclectic blend, but we find it attracts lots of the right kind of people, and they seem happy when they stumble out at 3am. ... On Sundays we're the 'Live & Swingin' Lion' - our in-house band plays a rotating mix of gypsy jazz, swing, blues, soul and funk. Serving fantastic home-cooked roasts all evening until they run out, as well as our full menu (advanced booking highly advised), we can't think of a more perfect end to the week. ... The Black Lion is fast becoming the go-to place for top-class, affordable cocktails in Brighton. With an extensive list made from quality, fresh ingredients, the best Bloody Marys in town, and weekly changing creations, you'll find something for every taste - always made with care and a flare by our inventive bar team.
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