Ask anyone in Brighton if they’ve been to Gladstone and they’re most likely to respond by saying: “Hmmm… the Gladstone? Is that the MASSIVE YELLOW PUB on Lewes Road?”
Yes, it is.
The Gladstone is situated in the heart of Brighton’s student-land close to the Lewes Rd bus garage and Sainsbury’s. Consequently, it’s always full of students and was a favourite watering hole of mine when I lived nearby. Even now I do still quite like it here, particularly in the summer as they have a lovely trellis-covered beer garden which is very pleasant during the warmer months.
I’m not sure if they still do it, but they used to offer their back room for “private” functions. A word of warning: it won’t be private seeing as the only way to access the beer garden (aka smoking area) and the toilets is through that room. I had a party here and it just ended up totally full of randoms. Not exactly what I was going for, but never mind.
Their back room is the nicest part of the pub, it’s full of comfy sofas and is even candlelit in the evening. The Gladstone is definitely a t-shirt ‘n’ trainers pub though – great for relaxing lunchtime or afternoon drinks but not really a ‘let’s have a night out’ kind of place.