On 3 September 2016 the iconic and popular Dyke Tavern in Brighton was closed without warning – the next day, it opened as a furniture shop.

The Save The Dyke Pub group are campaigning to protect the whole Dyke pub, restaurant and garden from redevelopment. We believe that with the right management, the Dyke can once again be a full-sized, thriving pub and community venue that’s sustainable in the long term.

On 6th December 2016, Brighton & Hove Council approved our application for ACV (Asset of Community Value) status.

On 6th June 2017 the owners submitted a Planning Application to convert the building into a small pub, shop and flats. Four months later, due to the amount of opposition from local residents, the owners withdrew their plans and put the Dyke Pub up for sale.

In August 2018, the Dyke Pub was sold to LAN Estates.

In March 2019, LAN Estates agreed to let half of the ground floor to Will Farmer, and with a little help from a successful crowdfunding campaign, the pub re-opened in September 2019.

Find out more about our campaign – and the history of the Dyke Pub – on our blog.


“Pubs play such an important role as meeting places; bringing people together – yet it’s often only when a community pub faces closure that the real value it brings is fully recognised.” 

Caroline Lucas