Hanover & Elm Grove Guide
Built on an area called originally called Hilly Laine, Hanover (or Muesli Mountain) consists of Victorian terraced houses sited on the steep hill climbing from the level up towards Queens Park Road, with Elm Grove and Albion Hill forming the North and South boundaries. Traditionally one of the poorer areas of the city; Hanover has enjoyed a surge in popularity since the 1980’s and now homes a broad spectrum of residents taking advantage of its central location and wide range of pubs, cafes and independent shops.
This is an incredibly tough call as there is such a wide choice in a relatively confined area. At present we’re really enjoying The Geese on the corner of Southover Street and Coleman Street. But we could just as easily have chosen The Southover, or The Independent, or The Reservoir. Let’s just say there are a lot of good pubs in Hanover.
Best place to eat
The Dover Castle rarely disappoints if you’re looking for a pub lunch in the area. If it’s more of a deli lunch you’re after then we have to recommend Fanny’s on Islingword Road – there’s rarely an afternoon when one of the Q team doesn’t pop in for a sandwich.
Best thing to see or do
The community spirit in Hanover is very strong, ensuring there are always plenty of events happening in the area. The Hanover Art Trail during the festival is one of the biggest in Brighton and Hove, The Greys hosts some great music acts, and the Hanover Community Centre hosts the annual (and legendary) Beer & Cider Festival in October.
Best Kept Secret
If watching the sun set while enjoying a cold drink is your thing then head to The Setting Sun on Windmill Street. The terrace at the back offers some of the best views in the city but get there early as it’s not quite as secret as we would like.
Reason to live there
Hanover & Elm Grove is one of the areas of Brighton where the bohemian heart of the city is still evident. The area is populated by broad demographic that takes in all sorts, from artists to bankers, actors to estate agents, and it is this mix of personalities that gives the area a unique community feel. The housing in Hanover & Elm Grove is versatile and varied meaning there are homes to suit most needs and budgets. It’s a great area for families, with some good primary schools, and Queens Park and The Level providing good leisure facilities nearby. On top of this, it is only a short walk from the City Centre and less than a mile from Brighton Station.