Author: Duke Of Wellington

What The Dickens?

People Who Might Have Had A Pint At The Welly (Part One of a very tenuous series): Charles Dickens was born 7th February 1812 and today would have been his 206th birthday, had he not died in 1870. He visited Brighton many times between 1837 and 1868. We’ve been here since 1867 so in theory, Dickens could have enjoyed a pint at the Welly before catching the train back to London!

Well, this is pure conjecture and speculation but we do know that Dickens wasn’t averse to a back-street ale house. Here’s his description of a ‘public-house of the old school’ from Sketches by Boz (1836): ‘a little old bar, and a little old landlord, who, with a wife and daughter of the same pattern, was comfortably seated in the bar aforesaid – a snug little room with a cheerful fire, protected by a large screen … The little old landlord … bustled out of the small door of the small bar; and forthwith ushered us into the parlour itself. It was an ancient, dark-looking room, with oaken wainscoting, a sanded floor, and a high mantel-piece. The walls were ornamented with three or four old coloured prints in black frames, each print representing a naval engagement, with a couple of men-of-war banging away at each other most vigorously [stop giggling at the back there, he’s talking about SHIPS], while another vessel or two were blowing up in the distance, and the foreground presented a miscellaneous collection of broken masts and blue legs sticking up out of the water. Depending from the ceiling in the centre of the room, were a gas-light and bell-pull; on each side were three or four long narrow tables, behind which was a thickly-planted row of those slippery, shiny-looking wooden chairs, peculiar to hostelries of this description. The monotonous appearance of the sanded boards was relieved by an occasional spittoon; and a triangular pile of those useful articles adorned the two upper corners of the apartment.’

Dry January Begone!

Of course we’re biased but we bet you’re glad it’s over as well. One of the things we’re really looking forward to is not having to read any more blogs or features about (a) how to be smug because Dry January makes you feel amazing, or (b) how not to be smug because a month’s abstinence doesn’t mean you don’t have alcohol dependency issues, or (c) how Dry January inevitably leads to a booze-fuelled February Bacchanalia, or (d) how boring your friends are when you don’t drink – which is just plain rude.

You might have noticed that we’ve had some different alcohol-free beers in and we’ve been doing a few tastings this month. They’re honestly a lot better than they used to be so you can forget your horrid Kaliber experiences of years gone by.  Let us know if there’s anything you like and we can always see if we can stock it.

We’re open until midnight tonight, so you’ve got just enough time to line them up and get back on the wagon in style. Responsibly, mind. One thing we’ve noticed is that hangovers are bloody awful once you start drinking again after a dry spell, so go easy on yourselves.

Vegan Fizz

This week someone asked if any of our wine was vegan and we had no idea. So we went and checked with our suppliers and, while we’re still waiting for a few of them to get back to us, there’s something to celebrate for all of you doing Veganuary (and those who do it year-round too). All of our fizz at the Duke Of Wellington is vegan.

We currently stock Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, and Duval-Leroy NV Brut and Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial champagnes, which are all certified vegan. In fact Duval-Leroy became the first 100% vegan champagne house in 2015. Prosecco, champagnes and wines are also naturally gluten-free and wheat-free.

We’ll get back to you about the rest of our wine list as soon as we can.

Brighton Fringe 2018

Brighton Fringe is back at the Welly in May and it’s bigger and better than ever. We’re delighted to be partnering with Sweet Venues for the first time for this year’s Brighton Fringe programme. Sweet Venues have been curating amazing year-round offerings at the Dukebox Theatre (Southern Belle) since 2015, as well as numerous pop-up spaces during the Fringe.

You can look forward to at least one show every day in our small but perfectly formed upstairs venue, with some days featuring as many as six different performances.

Acts include Sam Savage, Cult of Comedy, Nick Elleray, Mike & Roy, Dave Chawner, Will Rowland, Christian Talbot, Pete Strong, Richard Todd, Heidi Regan, Sonia Aste, Oil Bettersworth, Francis Foster, David Mover, Fran day, Daphna Baram, Daniel Searle, Robyn Perkins, Juliet Myers, Sameena Zehra, Stella Graham, Rob Dumbrell, Maria Shehata, Yuriko Kotani, Graeme Collard, Jake Howie, Alex Martini, Rob Deb, Fiona Sagar, Francis Foster, David Thorpe, Mel Byron, Talbot & Holt, Sophie Duker, David McIver, Spring Day, and Rachel Sambrooks (who you might remember from Stand By Your Nan last year).

Full details to come but in the meantime, watch this space!

03 January 2018: We’re in The Stage, dahlings!

Glass of red wine (Duke Of Wellington, Brighton)

Vegan Wine Update

Our suppliers have come back with the lowdown and we’re please to report that our Callia Selected Argentinian Malbec, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Champagne Duval-Leroy NV Brut and Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial are all vegan-friendly.

Please note, Bodegas Callia say ‘In the process of making our wines, we do not use substances of animal origin but we do not have a vegan certification’ so we think that makes it vegan but if anyone can shed any further light on that one, please let us know. Apparently the cost of certification is prohibitively expensive for many producers in Argentina and this may be why Bodegas Callia are uncertified.

Of our white wines, Cullinan View Chenin Blanc and Antonio Rubini Pinot Grigio delle Veneze are vegetarian but not vegan. This is also the case for Corte Vigna Pinot Grigio Rosé delle Venezie and Viña Pomal Centenario Rioja Crianza.

Small amounts of animal products such as isinglass are used to make Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Rugged Ridge Zinfandel Rosé and Cullinan View Shiraz, so these wines are not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

All our wines are naturally gluten-free.