About Us

Chefs James and Sam

The Independent opened its doors for the first time in June 2015, giving Hanover and Queens Park a truly independent freehouse.

The Independent is completely free from ties to any brewery and pub chain, which gives us free rein in every aspect of how the pub is run, from what beers we offer (it changes weekly – pop in to see what’s available!) to the food we serve and the music we play.

The Independent is the only pub owned by Brighton residents James and Matt, who are passionate about creating the kind of pub they would be pleased to have as their own local. James brings pub experience with a background in managing a number of highly regarded pubs in Sussex, and Hanover resident Matt is a familiar face on the Brighton music scene, managing local bands as well as running his web development business.

Both Matt and James are dedicated to the values of The Independent – creating a friendly and welcoming local pub while keeping things interesting for regulars and new visitors, with an exciting choice of different beers on offer each week, and a regularly changing menu of fantastic, freshly-produced food.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!