Grand Central is a comfortable, smart upmarket boozer with its own roof terrace which is popular with commuters.
Slap bang opposite Brighton station, this is a surprisingly good, stylish pub. Refurbished a couple of years ago, downstairs it's very smart with dark wooden floorboards and plush leather sofas. It also harbours one of those Brighton bar secrets, a lovely under-publicised roof terrace, which is often hired out by canny local businesses.
There's a small theatre upstairs, which accounts for some of the pub's more artistic clientele. The rest of the punters are made up of local workers, commuters dropping by for a quick pick-me-up pint and shoppers stopping off for a welcome break from carrying so many bags before catching the train home.
The Food and Drink
In addition to the Champagnes and proseccos, there's a good wine list with bottles coming in at around £11-£14, although you can order by the glass. Food-wise, the Ploughmans and all day breakfast tend to be the most popular choices although the houmous and red pepper jacket potato comes a pretty close third at lunchtimes.
The Last Word
Grand Central is succeeding where many a pub near the station would have failed helped in no small part by its efficent service. However, it's the theatre and its in-the-know roof terrace which really set it apart from its competitors. It may be worth considering commuting just to stop off at this pub every day.