If there was an award for the best pub location in Brighton, then Grand Central would probably get it. If I’m meeting friends from Brighton Station, this is the first thing we see as we walk out of the entrance, looming over us and boldly proclaiming: “That which is considered to be true art is that which appears not to be art at all” on its exterior wall. A nice sentiment, I think.
As far as pubs go, Grand Central really isn’t too bad. At one end you’ve got tables and chairs for sitting down and eating and on the other side of the enormous 360 degree bar are huge leather sofas where you can kick off your shoes and relax with a nice glass of wine or three. Drinks prices are quite average – not cheap but not expensive either, especially in such a central location.
Due to its proximity to the station and Queen’s Road-based businesses, Grand Central is often filled with local workers having a pint and some pub grub at lunchtime. Most of the time it’s not overly busy as a lot of people just pop in here for a quick pint on their way to and from the city. I usually go here for mid-afternoon or extended after work drinks rather than a night out, but that’s what it’s perfect for.