Two pubs in Brighton & Hove have made the top 20 coolest pubs in the UK list

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The Times has released their list of the top 20 coolest pubs in Britain after finishing their tour of the country. Whilst Beerwolf Books in Cornwall took the top spot, two pubs in Brighton also made the list at 14th and 10th.

The Prince Albert, located just by Brighton station with the Banksy mural outside, was ranked 14th on the list. The Times were impressed by the cool exterior made up of rock stars.  The pub is constantly full with many flocking to the gigs each week proving that it is a lively venue.

Many will know The Prince Albert as the pub was spray painted by Banksy back in 2004. The ‘kissing policemen’ piece was sold to a buyer in Miami for over $500,000 dollars. The current piece on the pub exterior wall is a replica that is protected by a plastic frame.

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The second pub to make the list is The Watchmaker’s Arms in Hove. Ranked 10th on the list, the ‘micropub’ has a brewery in the back that serves the brewed beer on their miniature bar front. Located close to the Hove train station, the spot can be a good hangout should train strikes be slowing down your journey.

Micropubs are becoming very popular around Britain. The main theme of a micropub is to have a basic, minimalist decor that serves beers either brewed locally or even on site.

The outside looks more like a cafe, but on entry do you find wooden stools, tables, and a amazing selection of craft ales and ciders. Lights in jam jars and a selection of books can be found in the chill out pub.

One review of the place says:

“A fantastic local for us, fantastic range of beer and cider, plus wine for your pals who aren’t into beer. Friendly and helpful staff and a jolly clientele.”

You can check out the rest of the list here.