• The Cricketers

The Cricketers

'The Lanes'

15 Black Lion Street


This is built on the oldest pub site in Brighton, dating back to 1547. Not to be confused with Hove’s Sussex Cricketers, which sits at the entrance to the county cricket ground. The Cricketers is in a prime Lanes location, where it looks the historical part, if mainly Victorian, with a fondness for red plush and chamber pots hanging from beams. The original landlord, Derrick Carver, was burnt as a martyr for his religious beliefs, there’s a legend Jack The Ripper stayed here and it was Graham Greene’s favourite when researching for his classic novel, Bright Rock. Hence there’s a room of Greene memorabilia upstairs and a ghost walk regularly leaves from the pub. The food doesn’t stray from pub grub standards, but the fish pie with Cheddar mash comes highly recommended along with, sharing slates,  Funky Sausages (presumably they didn’t feature in Brighton Rock) and apple pie, all at very affordable prices.

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