Brighton Pub Closes As Rent Triples

PubOne of Brighton’s most popular pubsDoctor Brighton’s, in King’s Road, following a decision by the landlords not to renew the lease after a huge hike in rent was imposed.

Landlord Charles Child, 37, said: “I have been the landlord there for the last ten years and it has been amazing.

“I’ve loved every minute. All walks of life went in there and I’m sure it will be missed massively.”

Doctor Brighton’s sub-leased the property from Enterprise Inns, which was leasing it from the council, for the last ten years, however after negotiations between the three parties, the pub decided not to renew the lease.

Charles said: “After a two year battle with Enterprise Inns and the council I was forced to go into a bidding process with no rights to stay and the rent was going to be triple what I was paying.”

A council spokesman said: “We have a legal duty to maximise revenues from our property portfolio in order to help fund council services. We had previously let the property to Enterprise Inns and this lease came to an end in the summer, we therefore instructed our agents to seek bids on a new lease.”

He said the rise in rent was due to competition for the location, adding: “This was an open bidding process and the rent was not set by the council, it was determined by the bids that came in.

“We had originally agreed a deal with the person who had previously sub-leased the property from Enterprise Inns, but that person then chose to withdraw from that deal and we have now agreed a deal with a different bidder at a comparable rent.”

The pub was dubbed Doctor Brighton’s in the 19th century, and has won Gscene gay magazine’s Golden Handbag award for “favourite mixed venue” for the last three years.