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Cliftonville Inn, 1 Hove Place, Hove, Brighton

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From around 1983 named the Mary Pack (See information below), and more recently named the Red Lion. *

Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Brighton, Sussex . The Brighton, Sussex listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1854/George Chipper/../../../Original Brighton & Hove Directory 1854 ****

1858/Henry Charles Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1866/H C Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1878/Peter Travis/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1890/George Humphrey/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/A & A Taylor/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1905/A & A Taylor/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1913/Albert Edward & Alfred Daniel Taylor/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1915/A E & A D Taylor/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1930/Alfred O'Connell/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Alfred O'Connell/../../../Post Office Directory ****

Regarding the Cliftonville Inn, Hove. My Grandmothers name was Mary Sheedy, During the 1960s she met the then landlord Henry 'Harry Boy' Pack and together they turned the pub from being a quiet backstreet one, into the place to go in Brighton and Hove! Mary and Harry married and some time later and with Harry being some years older than her, he unfortunately passed away, this was around 1971. The brewery (Whitbreads) then asked Mary to take over the pub because it was so successful, which she did with Joy. I should mention, she was a self made woman, coming from near poverty as a child in Paddington, she ran a hotel in Maida Vale and also The Osterley Court Club in Osterley, prior to meeting Harry and then taking on the Cliftonville Inn.
The pub continued to be very successful, Mary was quite the character and somewhat of a local celebrity, doing much work and holding many events for local charities. Her birthday was always a major event at the Cliftonville, she would have champagne and oysters for all the customers when it was her birthday and there was always an annual Easter Bonnet Parade held for charity.
Mary did a lot of remodelling at the pub, opening up the small rooms into a larger space and they had a very good catering trade going on there too. People began to refer to the pub not as the Cliftonville Inn, but as 'Mary Packs'.
Sadly, Mary passed away in 1980 and the pub was handed over to new tenants. Three years later however, Whitbreads renamed the pub 'The Mary Pack' which would have made her immensely proud. It stayed this way until around 8 or so years ago when someone decided to rename the pub 'The Red Lion', which is how it remains today.  *


* Provided By Elliott Leeds

**** Provided By Kevan

And Last updated on: Saturday, 01-Apr-2017 17:16:16 BST