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The Stanley Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeExcellent1
Adur - Hop Token Amarillo Excellent1
Stanley Craft Ales - Barbs BitterExcellent1
RCH - Old Slug PorterGood1
Cotswold Lion - Golden FleeceGood1
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - APAGood1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterGood1
Salisbury - SomerGood1
Pixie Spring - ChoiristerAcceptable1
Long Man - American Pale AleAcceptable1
St. George's - Premium BitterAcceptable1
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Scrummy BitterAcceptable1
Pixie Spring - Golden PixieAcceptable1
Stocklinch Ales - Rambler's GoldAcceptable1
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker AleNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Sussex Downs AleNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Old HookyNot Tried0
Exmoor - FoxNot Tried0
Exmoor - AntlerNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke PorterNot Tried0
Weltons - US CongressNot Tried0
Botley - Cobbett'sNot Tried0
Weltons - Strawberry CreamNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Stanley Arms, Portslade, East Sussex

Visits Details

03 Jul 2014 (ChrisE)
My second visit here, I understand that the owner may be opening a Stanley Micro-Pub in Lancing soon.
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - APA4.70Good
Weltons - US Congress5.00Not Tried
Botley - Cobbett's4.50Not Tried
Weltons - Strawberry Cream4.30Not Tried
10 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit to beer festival. Not a lot left to be honest, after an apparently very busy Saturday – enough for me to be going along with though. Mostly a local crowd, in to watch TV rugby as much as for the beer festival. Disappointingly, all of the Stanley Craft Ales beers had been drained.
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye5.50ExcellentPig & Porter are currently brewing at the Downlands Brewery in Sussex. This was a very nice, red/brown coloured beer with a great hoppy taste and a rye burn.
Adur - Hop Token Amarillo 4.00ExcellentCopper-coloured. A real, bitter, mouthful of Amarillo hops.
Salisbury - Somer3.90GoodGolden, fruity, some citrusy hop.
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Scrummy Bitter5.00AcceptableDark brown/reddish in colour. Came over as a bit ordinary in comparison to the other beers drunk.
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Exmoor - Fox4.20Not Tried
Exmoor - Antler4.00Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke Porter5.00Not Tried
08 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festval in progress here with a steady stream of punters arriving to sample the wares.
Cotswold Lion - Golden Fleece4.40GoodNow brewing in their own premises with the ex Festival plant, this was a mildly wheaty beer with a slight haze. Some grainy wheat malt flavour and a little citrus hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
St. George's - Premium Bitter4.30AcceptableAmber with a sweetish caramel intial flavour with some fruit in the finish. Rather low on hops. My score 14/20.
Pixie Spring - Golden Pixie4.00AcceptableVery pale rather than golden with a dry, bitter character and a little hoppiness. Dry finish. My score 14/20.
Stocklinch Ales - Rambler's Gold3.80AcceptableDark golden in colour with a rather dry, earthy character and moderate hop bitterness. Dry, earthy finish. My score 13/20.
Pixie Spring - Choirister4.00AcceptableAmber bitter with a fairly bitter character and a little biscuity malt. Dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80AcceptableAmber in colour with a bitter hop character and a dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
06 Jul 2012 (Magnus Greel)
Good choice by the organisers of the trip made more interesting on leaving, negotiating the very narrow streets and badly parked cars in a double decker bus!
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00GoodToffee and caramel but not overpowering.
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried
RCH - Old Slug Porter4.50Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker Ale4.50Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Sussex Downs Ale5.10Not Tried
Stanley Craft Ales - Barbs Bitter4.00Not Tried
06 Jul 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit with a beer bus full of others to this pub which was already business thriving. Clearly a pub enthusiastic for real ale. Staff were all friendly and smiling. Very fair beer measures into old CAMRA beer festival lined glasses. Note the beer from the new Stanley Craft Ales brewery owned by the guvnor here but brewery is not on site but, instead, shares the Rectory Ales site near Plumpton in East Sussex.
Stanley Craft Ales - Barbs Bitter4.00ExcellentNew cask on. A vicious flowery hop bitter bite. Brewed at the Plumpton site of Rectory Ales but guvnor in pub says this is his own recipes and brewer (brewer was actually sitting in the pub)
RCH - Old Slug Porter4.50GoodRather cloying, I should have stayed on bitters
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker Ale4.50Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Sussex Downs Ale5.10Not Tried

About The Stanley Arms

The pub sign. The Stanley Arms, Portslade, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Portslade, East Sussex, BN41 1SS.

A family run backstreet corner freehouse with a great following and much renowned in local CAMRA circles. The proprietor has opened a brewery at the Rectory Ales site at Plumpton. In 2012 Summer the first of Stanley Craft Ales beers was starting to be sold at this pub.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN41 1SS