If you like your pints served up in a historical setting then the reputedly haunted Bedford Tavern may well be the bar for you.
Regulars claim that this is Brighton's most haunted pub and after a few pints it's likely that even the most cynical drinkers will catch themselves wondering if there's something to the rumours even if it's nothing more than the ghosts of Christmas past - this pub hasn't been updated in years.
Other Brighton pubs may lay claim to the most haunted tag but one thing that's beyond contention is that The Bedford Arms is bucking the trend for contemporary style bars by ploughing a resolutely traditional path. On the corner with Norfolk Street, it's a country pub in the heart of the city. There are hanging baskets on the outside and brasses and beer barrels buried within. An L-shaped bar leads into a partly-partitioned back saloon. There's also a working fireplace for those windy seaside nights or to fend off a ghostly chill.
It's no surprise that Halloween can see the Bedford Tavern attracting a ghoulish crowd but that date aside, the punters here are salt of the earth types who don't feel the need to dress up or change their shoes before heading out for a few jars.
Apart from Fosters and Grolsch, there's Harveys Best, Bombardier, Old Speckled Hen and guest real ales on tap. Bottled beers include Becks, Budweiser, Budwar and Tiger. The budget conscious are best off sticking to house spirits though with house doubles and a mixer coming in at a cheap as chips three quid.
The Last Word
A welcome taste of tradition amongst a throng of pub modernisations, the Bedford Tavern is succeeding in keeping the passing of time firmly outside its four walls.