Abinger Hotel, 142 King's Road


Abinger Hotel was built on the site of Abinger House, which was one of the largest single houses on Brighton front and occupied a commanding position between the Salisbury and Kings Hotels. It was built in 1851 for Lady Abinger, from whom it took its name and later was the home of Sir Gerald Loder, M.P. for Brighton. It stood empty for some years, both before and after being requisitioned by the Army during the 1939-1945 War. It was demolished in 1948.[1]

The neo-Georgian Abinger Hotel, which itself opened in May 1956 on the site of the mid-nineteenth-century Abinger House; the latter was the last private mansion on the sea-front and was demolished in 1948.[2]

From 1955 to 1967 it was shown as being owned/operated by Edlins.[3]

In the 1970s it was a pub/steak restaurant with bars on the raised ground floor with brick divided nooks and crannies to drink and chat in, carpeted throughout, jukebox, and a vibrant foreign student clientele. It had a discotheque below ground level and a steak house restaurant upstairs which was reached by a carpeted sweeping stairway.[4]

After the building passed from Edlins, it was bought by 20th Century Hotels who were based in Sheperton.