Heading into Velvet Jacks on a particularly freezing Thursday evening, it struck me that this is the only bar in Brighton that’s geared solely to the lesbian crowd. While others are of course welcome, this pub is lesbian owned and run – a rarity in any city.
Delighted to grab the window seat, for a good spot of people watching, I got myself pint of Oranjeboom, a steal at just £3.50 as it was happy hour (usually £4 a pint). My girlfriend chose a pint of Aspalls, which was served quickly and with a smile. Off to a flying start, we scanned the chalkboard menu on the wall. The pizzas are made in house, and are all under £9. A bustling atmosphere will make you feel right at home, too.
Thrilled at the prospect of a fairly cheap night, I went for the Classic Jacks (£8.50), adorned with mozzarella, prosciutto ham, olives, red onion and mushrooms. The base had a nice crunch to it, while the cheese sitting on top of it made for an enjoyable difference in textures. The toppings were all full of flavour, and generously applied. My partner opted for the Meat Treat (£8.90), topped with mozzarella, chicken, prosciutto ham, chorizo, pepperoni, red onion and olives. Her feedback was evidently positive, and we both went quite quiet as we ate! To the side of the pizzas was a portion of fresh rocket salad with just the right amount of balsamic drizzled on top. Adding a refreshing hit to the dish, we also enjoyed some well-flavoured garlic and chilli oils, the perfect accompaniment to our meal.
The booze and food are both winners, and the bar has some exciting live music events dotted throughout the calendar. They’ve just started serving Sunday roasts too, but be warned: it gets so busy you can barely get in the pub if you’re late!
Velvet Jacks is at 50-52 Norfolk Square, Brighton BN1 2PA