Watchmakers Arms, Brighton & Hove's first micro-pub

There is nothing better than finding a good pub that happens to be your local. When Henry and I moved to our flat in Hove we were so happy and lucky, to find The Watchmakers Arms; Brighton and Hove's first micropub and second in the Bravo best pub in Brighton awards. 

After visiting The Tankerton arms in 2013 two couples embarked on an adventure to start Brighton and Hove's first micropub and, after a few hiccups on the way, The Watchmaker's Arms was founded. Celebrating three years in May The Watchmaker's has a perfect balance of great beer, a community feel and perfect service. 
I love the look of the pub; with sharing high tables and stools made of old kegs, the walls are decorated with past offerings and quirky decorations and of course the odd watch and clock hanging too. 

The pub is a dog-friendly venue and has not only a wide selection of cask ales on offer constantly but also locally sourced wines and keg beers. I love the small touches of 'upcoming beers' being displayed and the owners love to hear your recommendations as well. 

Not only does The Watchmaker's offer a wide selection of beers that they source from local breweries, but they have also recently begun their own venture to brew their own beer. At the back of the pub, you can see the beginnings of a small brewery and they have already produced three of their own with more to come. 

And it's not just about the alcohol. Although the pub doesn't currently make food they champion local food brands. With a constant supply of McStrongs sausage rolls & crackling bites and a recent partnership with Pizzaface, it feels like the kind of local business that supports other business and I love that. 

Alongside this support of local businesses day to day The Watchmaker also hosts regular special events. Events held at the micropub have varied from Sri-lankan food, pie nights and (something Henry and I loved) a charcuterie night in partnership with The Great British Charcuterie Company which is based at Brighton Marina and produces the most amazing charcoal cheddar.

Maybe I am biased but it really is a gem of Hove! If you like a smaller pub with great alcohol, food on offer from local business and decor you could stare at for hours then I can't recommend The Watchmakers enough; don't be put off by the sharing tables, it only adds to the communal feel. 

Make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram for other upcoming events for both food, live music and other activities!

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