The Schooner

146 Albion Street, Southwick, United Kingdom, BN424AU
Critics Review 8/10
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Opening Information

Our kitchen is open everyday from 12 - 9.30pm with the exception of Sunday 12 - 5.30

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Schooner

Located 4 miles west of Brighton and Hove, the Schooner is pleased to offer a gastro pub experience in a relaxed & inviting environment. With a grand view of Lady Bee Marina we offer real ales sourced only from Sussex breweries and a modest but lovingly created wine menu. The bar also has a selection of spirits to entice the most discerning drinker.

Our kitchen is open daily offering a selection of classics. With panoramic views from one of our popular bay windows The Schooner is the ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying a roast with good company. Only seconds from the bus (Stagecoach 700) or Southwick Station there is barely a need to use our onsite parking.

When placing a reservation please inform us if you have restricted mobility, need a highchair or plan on bringing a dog.

Cuisine: Sunday Lunch, British, Fish, Gastro Pub, Locally Sourced
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Dinner with a View at The Schooner
8/10
Located four miles west of Brighton and Hove, on the Southwick section of the coast road, is The Schooner Inn, a laid-back gastro pub serving good value pub classics. The overwhelming impression, as we settled in, was one of peacefulness, just what we needed at the end of a long hectic week and quite remarkable given the pub’s position next to such a busy road. Frosted glass at the front of the pub cleverly blocks the view of passing cars and if you’re lucky enough to sit at the back of the pub you will be treated to a view of pretty little boats bobbing about on the glittering sea in Lady Bee Marina. There is even a novel little narrow gallery secreted away at the side of the pub where you can sit on a bar stool nursing a pint and ponder the meaning of life while gazing out over the water. The serene atmosphere was rounded off with a selection of chilled Motown classics playing quietly in the background. The kitchen is open 7 days a week from noon to 9.30pm and alongside pub staples, like fish and chips and bangers and mash, there are a couple of more unusual options like loaded nachos and baked thyme-infused camembert. There are a few vegetarian and gluten-free options and a dedicated kids’ menu. You can get 2 courses for £11.95 Monday to Friday and Wednesday is 2-4-1 burger night, bargain! The Sunday roasts are very popular (booking advised) and they also serve a selection of sandwiches between noon and 6pm Mondays to Saturdays. They have craft ales on constant rotation and a modest but lovingly created wine menu as well as a good selection of spirits. Coffee is provided by Brighton’s own Small Batch Coffee Roasters. We took our two dogs and were given a large table with plenty of space, which was really handy. The mutts were immediately offered treats and brought a huge, gratefully received, bowl of water. Once we had wrangled the dogs and relaxed into our seats we ordered drinks. I chose a glass of the Vignabaldo Umbria Pinot Grigio, a refreshing dry but fruity little number and Andrew went for a pint of 1066 a cool, light, golden ale. Then it was time to order food, and we were hungry!
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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Another visit only to find that certain dishes not available again! Table next to us told that they had ran out of carrots ! This was a table booked for 3pm and as more people arrived more vanished off the menu. Service ok to start with but don’t say”I’ll bring the bill over”, then forget. Shame, really let’s a good pub that’s worked hard down.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A meal then a quiz made a really good night out. The food was great and the service was excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

Asked for a well-known branded drink only to be told it isn't stocked because the owner doesn't like it...…..also told us of another popular drink that isn't stocked for similar reasons?? Had to ask for menus whilst sitting at the bar, prior to taking our seats at allotted table. We gave our order at the bar only to be told a little while later that the duck spring rolls were finished, we chose an alternative, only to be told that also wasn't available. We skipped starters as a consequence. Mains arrived, mine was nice but my partner's steak was very grisly - she left quite a bit of inedible fat/meat, said the vegetables were cold but no attempt was made to rectify, apologise, discount. We won't be going back despite the convenience of it's location to home. Sadly the bonhommerie needs an overhaul as does the menu and butchers'!

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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

Was very quiet and so some jolly music would have cheered it all up! and another staff member as lovely chap was trying to serve food, take orders & run the bar so was a tad disorganised. Great food thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Always good food served here and lovely staff

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

Excellent as always lovely sunday roast

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

Got a lovely table at short notice had a nice time thanks 😊

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

The food was very good..lunch menu needs more variety..2for1 fish and chips great value.. more peas would be nice. We sat at the window lovely view..but when sun came out there was blind ..so got hot behind window.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

The steak was overpriced for the quality of meat. The bar had no limes. Prawn avocado need some more imagination for the cost. Overall we had a good time and don’t mind paying £75 a head for pub food / drink but the quality needs raising at that level.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

Really great first experience at The Schooner. Recommended by friends, we booked online and arrived early for our table. It was reserved and available, and we were shown to it straightaway. We were offered menus and our waitress took our drinks order. She also mentioned the 2-for-one fish & chips offer - which was quickly ordered. With one arrancini starter and one fruit crumble dessert, we really enjoyed our meals. The excellent service was unhurried and friendly. Great atmosphere too. We'll definitely be back again. Thank you to The Schooner team for a enjoyable first visit.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 December 2019

Very present meal

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Held a baby shower in the private function room downstairs & was really happy. The room was spacious & clean, staff were friendly & efficient & the food was delicious. Thanks very much.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

The gourmet menu was faultless we used to come here regularly until you changed the menu to "pub grub"which was fine but not for us so really enjoyed Sats food

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

My Favouitest Venue for lunch with friends of family. (And they are all impressed and come back again for more! We are lucky to have this venue with iwith such a splendid view as an add on!

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Visited On Sunday, 10 November 2019

The service was first class. The food was excellent and hot too.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Tried the new Saturday Gourmet menu with my husband - all the food was delicious and well presented - there is obviously a talented chef in the kitchen. Pub was quiet for a Saturday night but that didn’t detract, and service from both bar staff was warm and welcoming. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

you are always the venue of choice locally, for all the above reasons! Great place, great view.Magic Ambiance.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

Very limited real ales not great quality food good value not great veg with pie but would visit again

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Great food and ambience, lovely views too!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

More attention is needed to the atmosphere. Back ground music, softer furnishings, warmer and more homely feel. It all feels very sparse. Service was excellent. Food was good as always, although a few more veggies on the adult roast would be great.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

Delightful staff, great setting and a lovely Sunday lunch!

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Very welcoming, great service and lovely food.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

I have written to you separately yesterday replying to your confirmation of booking page. As stated, we were less than impressed with the unavailability of our choice of the food on offer and at least saved some pennies by opting for the 2 for 1 fish and chips, hardly inspiring. No tartare sauce seemed to cap it all. Service was reasonable and friendly. Unlikely to return. On another point it seems strange for correspondence to be addressed to surname only - very military.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 September 2019

I was dismayed to see that the chairs were badly stained & dirty. The menu was very limited. The service was good and the food was good. Overall I was disappointed as I had expected more from looking at the website

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Visited On Sunday, 22 September 2019

Great food with Vegetarian/Vegan/GF options.

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