In The South

Who’s the boss behind the bar @3 Jolly Butchers?

Morgan Fabulous September 23, 2016

Morgan Fabulous talks to former life guard, Rachel Midgley, who manages the 3 Jolly Butchers on North Road in central Brighton.


Located in the North Laines, close to Brighton train station, the traditional, yet modern, stylish pub attracts a mixed clientele with their friendly staff and high end traditional pub food menu.

The bar boasts a cosy snug for private parties of 20-30 people, features regular live music, open mic nights and quiz with a top prize of £150 every Thursday at 7.30pm.

On Sunday’s they serve a traditional roast dinner from 1pm accompanied by live jazz between 3-6pm. Its one of the best kept Sunday secrets and well worth checking out.

Rachel grew up in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire moving to Bedford where she spent most of her teenage life and started working in a bar at a local rugby club, where she used to play.

She¬†describes herself as shy, but working in a bar environment really helped her come out of her shell. She spent a year working in Ricky’s Cabaret Show Bar, at the Yumbo Centre in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria before finally¬†moving to Brighton around 10 years ago with her partner, Gemma, who she will be marrying later this year.

Rachel loves the hospitality trade and her bubbly personality is ideally suited to running a bar. She thrives in a pub environment and previously managed the Zone on St James Street for eight years alongside Sharon Barr the owner. However, she wanted to take on the challenge of a more traditional venue serving food and local ales and took on the lease of the Rose Hill Tavern for a couple of years before ending up at the 3 Jolly Butchers in 2016.

She enjoys every aspect of running a pub, believes that it is her customers that make the job worthwhile and one day hopes that she will get the opportunity to own her own pub.

In her spare time she loves socialising with friends, drinking Jagerbombs, camping with her partner and spending time outdoors walking her dog.

You will find 3 Jolly Butchers at 59 North Road, Brighton, 01273 608571

Food is served: Monday-Wednesday from noon-3pm and 6pm-9pm: Thursday-Saturday from noon-9pm and Sunday from noon-sold out.

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