Navigate your way through The Lanes’ narrow maze-like walkways, and you’ll stumble across a proper Brighton gem: The Bath Arms. Dating back to 1864, The Bath Arms is one of the oldest pubs in town, meaning it’s been a popular watering-hole amongst locals and visitors alike for over 150 good years.
From the outside, The Bath Arms is full of charm with its subtle Victorian architecture and faded red signage; stocky and strong, it’s got a traditional and welcoming look that we’ve come to love about pubs across England. Head inside, and elements of the old-school pub vibe carries with its wooden booths and frosted windows, floral wallpaper, and well-worn wooden furniture. Tarnished mirrors and dusty books line the wall, delicately lit by lamps that look as if they are still fuelled by oil. Visually, this is a proper pub that nods in appreciation to its historical setting.
But don’t get us wrong - look and feel aside, this pub is as modern as it gets. The Bath Arms team pride themselves on delivering a selection of drinks and food menu that meets the demands of contemporary tastes. When it comes to the drinks, you’ll find so much more than a solitary best bitter. On the beer side of things, The Bath Arms packs a mighty selection of local brews from Laine Brew Co (ours is a pint of Revelator IPA) and classic libations such as Master Brew, Bishops Finger and Whitstable Bay’s Blonde Lager. They also know how mad we all are for gin at the minute and boast an array of bottles, including Bathtub Gin, The Botanist, and Bloom.
To eat, The Bath Arms are saying no to soggy bar-top sandwiches and lukewarm pastries, and yes to contemporary gastro-pub grub. Their house mains include Wild Mushroom Risotto, Chicken supreme with creamy mash, and Cod loin with roasted broccoli and stilton sauce, but if you’re hankering for a timeless pub classic then you won’t be disappointed by their burgers, fish and chips, and steak options. It’s bang-on food that certainly hits the spot.
Bundles of history and proper pub fayre, The Bath Arms is the place to rest those weary feet when you’re lost in The Lanes.