Located in the Lanes, this labyrinthine building has been a pub since 1547. Impressive. And with red walls, cosy booths, stag’s heads on the mahogany walls, chamber pots and vinyl hanging from the ceiling, gold and red curtains and dimly-lit lamps – The Cricketers certainly showcases the eras it’s lived through in its décor.
Crammed full of nooks and crannies, this historic spot serves up great pub grub and has a range of well-kept ales and a decent wine selection, making it as good a spot for late-night drinks as it is for lazy Sunday afternoons. It also attracts a mix of people: you’re as likely to spot a few older regulars up at the bar as you are students.
It’s not all dark and cavernous though – the plentiful hanging baskets outside hint at the bright, weather-proof conservatory indoors. And if the weather really is nice? There’s also a patio area where you can watch the world of the Lanes pass you by.
Best Bars tip: The Greene Room, upstairs – named after Graham Greene, who featured the pub in his book Brighton Rock – is littered with memorabilia about both the author and one noted past guest, Jack the Ripper. Lovely.
— Heather Steele, @steeleheather