The Office, 8-9 Sydney Street, Brighton


Of the three pubs that originally traded on the street this is the only one left, see Abingdon Arms and George and Dragon for the other two. Opened in 1846 as the Green Dragon the pub was owned/operated by Smithers until 1929, then Tamplin and Sons Ltd until 1964.[1]

Directories show the landlords to be E Carter in 1854, A Kensett in 1859 and 1866, and George Parsons in 1878. Parsons is shown in the 1881 Census, along with his family and Alice Pullen, a domestic servant. Directories show the landlords to be Ernest A Bailey in 1890, John Browne in 1899, William H Reynolds in 1905, and George James Ansell in 1915 and 1918. Directories show the landlord to be Alfred James Gee in 1930 and Charles H Short in 1938.[2]

It retained its name until the 1990s when it became The Office. Prior to refurbishment the pub attracted an alternative clientele.[3]



  3. Text reproduced and amended from an article by Simon Carey under a Creative Commons licence