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Black Lion

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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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14 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND, England
+44 1273 711884
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12:00 - 04:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 01:30
Mon - Tue 12:00 - 01:00
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 04:00
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Germany
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94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We met up here for lunch to prep for a customer meeting. At first, we sat outside which was really nice (in the sun) - but as soon as the sun went behind the building it got cold, so we went inside. Boy, what a different athmosphere! Extremely grungy tabletop (didn't want to touch it, really) and an interor that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was with my son and partner and we were struggling to find somewhere to eat that appeared child friendly, then we saw the children's menu on the tables out the front, so we went in. The inside has a nice atmosphere, different from how it looks outside. Staff were very friendly and pleasant. The food was delicious.

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Thank krateyB
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best burger ever. It's also a really cool place, well decorated. Perfect if you're in Brighton with friends.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for somewhere for two to eat just easily for lunch and this was in a row with another pub, a Jamie's, a Thai place and some others, so just chanced it based on scoring over 4 and a few tempting menu items. The outside looked like a bit of a standard crappy seaside pub but gave no clue... More 

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Thank blackspaven
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We do really hope you come back in - we appreciate the comment about the wooden boards, and will make sure staff offer plates for our sharers. Best wishes from the Black Lion. More 

bromley
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here Saturday, both mine and my friends meals were nice, cooked well and served with a smile, the food is reasonably priced but noticed the beer was quite expensive, over £9 for 2 beers

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Thank bluebellymanelli
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review - we really appreciate your comments, and try to always give a friendly and welcoming service! Let us know next time on the beer - as we do have some cheaper options, and run a happy hour on a selection of drinks. Warmest wishes! More 

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent pork belly and pickled red cabbage yesterday (served on a board the only downside as bits tend to fall off the edge) and roast lamb with beetroot spinach and dauphinoise potatoes. We've been coming here on and off for 13 years but the train troubles mean we don't get to Brighton as often as we'd like. VERY pleased to... More 

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Thank daveysmum
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review - but also for your loyal custom! We're so glad that you keep returning, and hope that you continue to do so. We will definitely look at how we can serve the pork belly differently. Hoping that the trains allow you to get to Brighton again soon! Warmest wishes from all at the... More 

Matlock Bath, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent Sunday roast. Courteous bar and waiting staff. Good value for money for Brighton (which is generally overpriced anyway).

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Thank David B
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments - we really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Hope to see you again (perhaps to sample our weekday menu!) Best wishes from the Black Lion. More 

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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Very noisy but great atmosphere and staff. Good selection of drinks and great service. Didn't eat there but food looked decent.

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Thank Imogen P
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review! We'd love it if you came back in and tried our food - we have a much more restaurant-y vibe in the daytime, and also do some more laid-back nights, like live blues on a Monday, or a cocktail night on a Tuesday. Hope to see you again and best wishes. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Came to The Black Lion to take part in their Escape Room challenge. We were in two groups so while one was completing the challenge the other chilled out in the bar. The staff are lovely and welcoming. A good range of drinks and cocktails to choose from. The Escape the Room challenge was fab...I don't want to say too... More 

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Thank LauraReeves
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review! The lovely comments about our staff are so great to hear, as our service is something we really pride ourselves on. I will make sure to pass on your comments to the staff who were working. Hope you had a really great time on the rest of your hen do, and would love to... More 

Staines, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Popped in on the off chance for lunch, great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and tasty roast chicken with great wine

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Thank Mandy7796
EmmyJB87, Manager at Black Lion, responded to this review

This is great to hear - thank you so much! Hope to see you again and best wishes. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 16
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 01:30
Monday
12:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 02:00
Thursday
12:00 - 02:00
Friday
12:00 - 04:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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