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Hand in Hand (Brew Pub)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brighton Bier - No Name Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPAExcellent2
Five Points - Hook Island RedExcellent1
Kemptown - BlackExcellent1
Kemptown - Ye Olde TroutGood1
Kemptown - KemptownGood1
Hand Brew - Tickler Irish RedGood1
Hand Brew - Low FiveGood1
Bedlam - Hoppy Golden Ale Good1
Kemptown - Dragon's BloodAcceptable1
Firebrand - Graffiti IPANot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Root ThirteenNot Tried0
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - BestNot Tried0
Hand Brew - High Five DH Oat PaleNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - BestNot Tried0
Kemptown - GoldNot Tried0
Hand Brew - High FiveNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke PorterNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - SunriseNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - IndependenceNot Tried0
Kemptown - Thirty ThreeNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Hackney - Golden AleNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Special Pale AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Baize Chocolate Mint StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hand in Hand, Brighton, East Sussex
Picture 2. Hand in Hand, Brighton, East Sussex

Visits Details

10 Nov 2018 (Andrew)
What a great old school pub. Dark. Cobbled. And with Blues on the stereo.
Hand Brew - Low Five3.80GoodLow density pappy bready golden bitter. Hint of sharp marigold
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Best4.10Not Tried
Hand Brew - High Five4.60Not Tried
28 Aug 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit soon after opening time, just a few other customers at this time of day.
Hand Brew - Tickler Irish Red4.20Good
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Root Thirteen3.60Not Tried
Hand Brew - High Five DH Oat Pale4.60Not Tried
08 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon. Always a pleasure to visit this pub. Surprised though to find no Sussex beer on cask.
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00ExcellentI know where I am with this one – strong and luscious.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Baize Chocolate Mint Stout5.50Not Tried
Firebrand - Graffiti IPA5.00Not Tried
20 Jun 2014 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon 8-10 drinkers - good vibes man - one of the best Brighton pubs?
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPA5.00Excellentbitter hops, dry, hint of nuttiness - very nice
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Hackney - Golden Ale4.00Not Tried
Bath Ales - Special Pale Ale3.70Not Tried
14 Jun 2014 (Dosser)
Afternoon fair crowd in but regular beers on
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPA5.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried3dark stars on
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
16 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon and this little pub is comfortably full.
Brighton Bier - No Name Oatmeal Stout5.00ExcellentA dry, roasty, black stout.
Bristol Beer Factory - Sunrise4.40Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Independence4.60Not Tried
Kemptown - Black4.50Not Tried
Kemptown - Thirty Three3.30Not Tried
10 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I arrived at noon opening time on a wet Sunday and had my pick of the limited number of seats in this tiny brew-pub. It soon filled with locals. Five years since my last visit.
Kemptown - Black4.50ExcellentBlack in colour. Chocolaty, a bit roasty, some slight sourness. Somewhere between a stout and an old ale I think.
Bedlam - Hoppy Golden Ale 4.20GoodGolden and slightly hazy. Has a good hop character from Summit and Cluster, whilst being easy-drinking.
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Kemptown - Gold4.00Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke Porter5.00Not Tried
03 Mar 2007 (Ian)
Friendly welcome on a Saturday lunch time with just a few locals in. Liefmans Kriek and Hacker Pschorr also available on tap.
Kemptown - Ye Olde Trout4.50GoodAmber colour with lasting thin beige head. Toasty, malty best bitter. Roasty toasty aroma. Really quite aggressive hops. Really rather lovely.
Kemptown - Kemptown4.00GoodPale copper colour with thin off white head. Very earthy bitter, really very good intense hop on finish. Earthy hop aroma, almost astringent towards the end. Not exactly subtle, but interesting.
Kemptown - Dragon's Blood5.20AcceptableHazy reddish brown colour with pinkish head. Very strong hop again, bit too much alpha acid throws it out of balance. Some toasty malt. Some nice cherry fruit in mouth with slight fruit aroma. Malts are decent, not sure of this one. Not horrible, but just slightly odd.
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Best4.00Not Tried

About the Hand in Hand

The pub sign. Hand in Hand, Brighton, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1JN.

Interesting corner pub in the Kemptown area of Brighton in Upper St James's Street, and former home of the Kempton Brewery and now home to the Hand Brewing Co. which starts at the top of the building and runs down to the cellar. Corner bar has 6 handpumps normally with 2-3 from the brewery and 1 or 2 guests and serves one smallish room. Exposed stones on one wall, old newspapers cover the stairs. Framed pictures on the ceiling and there is an interesting collection of ties and an old one armed bandit. Very interesting brew pub to go to.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN2 1JN