Evening Star (pub)
Built in the 19th century, the pub has always been called The Evening Star. At some point in the 1970s it was suggested (wrongly) that the name could have a connection with the last steam locomotive to be built in England and since then, many generous customers and visitors donated many pictures, postcards and even a coal carving of the engine to the pub. Part of the bar is actually made from genuine railway sleepers.
Dark Star brewery
The now multi-award winning Dark Star Brewery, originally called Skinner's Brewery, was started in the cellar.
The pub sign of the Evening Star dates back to over 100 years ago, and depicts an eight-pointed star, upon which rests a tawny owl, waking for a night of hunting.
The Evening Star has a very wide selection of beers, with seven hand-pumps for cask ale. Usually, at least three of the beers are from the Dark Star brewery, with up to four guest beers. It also has six keg pumps, dispensing Dark Star's organic lager, Natural Blonde, as well as its keg stout, Oatmeal Stout. The other keg pumps provide a rotating selection of draught Belgian, German and American beers. Three cider hand-pumps provide a range of ciders and perries. It also has a fridge containing a range of Belgian, German and American bottled beers.
- 2004: The Evening Star was the Brighton and South Downs Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub of the year.
- 2005: The Evening Star was the Sussex & Surrey Regional pub of the year, and the Brighton and South Downs CAMRA pub of the year.
- 2006: The Evening Star regained the Sussex & Surrey Regional pub of the year award, along with the Brighton and South Downs CAMRA pub of the year once again.