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.
Best kept secret – The Gourmet Girls Pop-Up Restaurant @ Fanny’s of Hanover – The Gourmet Girls, Paula Young and Sammy Gill, host a different themed vegan menu at Fanny’s every Friday night. Advance booking is essential.
Best Pub – This has to be the toughest choice we’ve had to make. Hanover, arguably, has a higher density of pubs than any other area of Brighton, and there are some real gems. We’re going to plump for our current favourite; at the moment we’re enjoying the craft beers at The Southover, so we’ll go for that, we think – ask us again tomorrow.
Best place to eat – A split decision here. The Dover Castle serves up some of the best Sunday Roasts in the city – and some great themed menus. However, at least one of us from the office heads to Fanny’s or The Flour Pot every day for lunch, so they must both be doing something very well.
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.
Reason to live here – Hanover is one of the few 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 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.