The Deckchair Guide To Brighton & Hove ...by the people who live here
Published by QueenSpark Publishers, £7.99
THIS guide to the city by the magnificent QueensPark collective is a more reverend rival to David Bramwell’s hugely popular Cheeky Guide To Brighton.
The Deckchair Guide is easy to browse and features a number of top ten polls. Have you ever wondered where Brighton cabbies like to eat or the city’s nurses like to drink? Here’s where you find out.
As well as the obvious themes – Top Cafés, Best Shops, etc – polls such as Best Sunday Roasts will prove a boon to those suffering a post-Saturday night hangover.
The restaurant section is divided into three price ranges – expensive, medium-priced and cheaper – which allows you a fine choice when planning a night out on a specific budget. Each pub, restaurant, café, shop etc has its address, phone number and website address included to make booking as easy as pie.
My favourite topic in the guide, my stag day was an A to Z of 26 different Brighton pubs, is the Drinking in Brighton section.
As I know from experience, the problem with cataloguing pubs in Brighton and Hove is that pubs in the city are constantly changing their names, management, decor, clientele or are transformed into something else entirely – normally change for the worst in my opinion. Already information about some pubs in The Deckchair Guide are out of date – for example the chap on the introduction picture to the drinking section hasn’t worked at The Hobgoblin for ages – but this shouldn’t detract from a hearty effort.
Much of the joy gleaned from these type of guides is disagreeing with the information within. I extracted great enjoyment from mentally arguing with the guide over the Pub Crawls section.
For instance, their North Laine pub crawl is: The Evening Star, The Earth and Stars, The Lord Nelson, The Mash Tun, Mrs Fitzherberts and The Basketmakers.
My crawl would be the Star, The Albert, Nelson, The Great Eastern, The Eagle and the Basketmakers – much less staggering time, and staggering time cuts into drinking time.
Packed with black and white photographs, the guide is a perfect snapshot (if you excuse the pun) of life in Brighton and Hove and with maps at the back which will prove a godsend for new students, The Deckchair Guide is bound to become an institution in itself.