The Office is a modern pub located in Sydney Street, a popular shopping area in Brighton's eclectic North Laines. It attracts a mixed crowd- families, students, couples and work groups all mingle in the bar and small garden (to the rear). Decor is rather 'woody'- plenty of pine, beige and cream - it gives a neutral effect. Some might find this unoriginal however in an area where some shops and cafes cynically crank up the novelty factor or niche themselves into clique territory, having this rather plain decor is a boon as it encourages the mixed crowd and relaxed atmosphere. The personality of this pub results from its staff, drinks, food and music- which speak for themselves.
There are two reasons why I pop into The Office regularly (three if you include being a shopaholic with a penchant for second-hand-shops in Brighton); the fact they offer quality ciders (& perries) and the food.
By quality ciders, I mean beverages that have actually been made out of apples, don't require ice and aren't sweeter than Dr Pepper. They are quite hard to come by - possibly because they aren't widely marketed outside the West and Eastern counties of the UK, but also because they can be rather strong and an aquired taste. Oh, and some of them have bits in...
No rats were harmed in the making of this booze.
Like many pubs, The Office serves Thai food: although I did not have any on this particular visit, I often do and have always found portions generous, quality good and a decent range for vegetarians and 'meatatarians' alike as you can choose most items to be made with meat, fish or veg. I usually have Tom Yum followed by seafood Pad Thai, not the most unusual Thai-pub-lunch but lip-smackin' good, and lines the tum-tum well before more cider adventures.
|Me with my hair all messy from the beach|
and looking a bit tubby.
|His Lordship seems concerned - perhaps it's those pesky owls again!|
Now, as promised, a giant prawn waving Union Jack bunting...
|You can't go on the internet these days|
without someone ramming prawnographic photos in your face!