‘Tis the season to be jolly. And a great place to be jolly and bask in some winter warmth this December, is the newly refurbished Brighton landmark, Mrs Fitzherberts. Yards from other landmarks the Royal Pavilion, the Dome and the Theatre Royal, the pub is named after George IV’s long-time *ahem* companion, herself no stranger to the indulgence that the Prince Regent was so famed for.
And indulgence is what you can expect in her namesake’s pub. With the interior, an eclectic mix of faux-rococo, whimsical iconography and bright, quirky modernism, the venue itself is a lesson in conversational design, and acts as an unapologetically extravagant welcome.
In such surrounds it seems wrong to have a drink as prosaic as wine or beer, despite them offering an impressive range of both, including a nice selection of local cask and craft ales, as well as from further afield, all with their origins noted. No, the sumptuous surroundings are a visual and physical invitation to treat yourself to something more special: yep, it’s Cocktail O’clock!
Although not a huge range, the selection nicely covers all bases; from classics such as a White Russian to the venue’s titular Fitz Bison, there is something for everyone. They’re also well-priced at £7 each, or two for £10 all day Monday and Tuesday, and up until 9pm the rest of the week.
Or if cocktails aren’t for you, the menu is in full Christmas mode and also offers a range of Winter Warmers, including mulled cider and wine, and a number of drinks whose names alone will get your taste buds tingling, such as Baileys Pumpkin Spiced Latte, and Frangelico Hazelnut Hot Chocolate: see?!
As well as their comprehensive drinks menu, the pub offers a good range of classic pub grub throughout the week and large choice of Sunday Roasts, catering for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. The pub also benefits from two outdoor heated and lit areas: extensive seating in the hustle and bustle of New Road, and the Lost Gardens of Fitzherbert roof terrace, complete with fireplace and retractable roof, meaning it’s open whatever the weather.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Mrs Fitzherberts capitalises on its proximity to the Dome, by offering anyone enjoying a show or gig there 10% off both food and drink. Pre- or post-show, just present your tickets when ordering to take advantage of this year-round offer. What more can you ask for?
Mrs Fitzherberts is at 25-26 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UG