The Basketmakers Arms

“Leave The Lanes to the tourists and find this cracker”



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Peter Dowd has run his Victorian back-street local with passion and pride for over 30 years. Tucked away in the bohemian North Laine area, quirky customer messages left in vintage tins on the walls have made the pub a local legend. Expect to find a splendid selection of Fuller’s and guest ales, around 100 malt whiskies and rarely seen vodkas, gins and bourbons. The menu lists popular plates, whose affordability is noteworthy. Sandwiches, baguettes, cheesy chips and garlic bread are some of the snack options. For a larger appetite, choose from good quality steaks, a range of burgers, and locally caught fish. The specials board changes daily.

The Basketmakers Arms
12 Gloucester Road, BRIGHTON, BN1 4AD


About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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