The Hampton’s ‘Meat & Beer’ Menu Launch

Published On October 15, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Food & Drink Features

We went to The Hampton’s launch for their new ‘Meat & Beer’ menu. The new menu’s main focus is a selection of burgers made with locally sourced and carefully selected beef but these are burgers with a twist, the meat is marinated for 24 hours with a selection of craft ales and lagers.

David Carrick, who took over the pub earlier in the year and has a history of reinvigorating pubs in the area, wanted to completely revamp the food at The Hampton by introducing a bespoke ’boutique’ burger menu. The prime steak beef is marinated in a selection of micro brewed ales making each burger unique depending on which ale/ beer has been used. The ales and beers not only complement the meat in the cooking process but also serve as an accompaniment to the burgers themselves when drunk alongside. The menu has partly been devised to promote their new range of bottled beers/ales (bottled and hand pulled) which have been chosen with help from Phil Harding at Boutique Beer Brands whom David hopes to have along for regular talking sessions and tastings. With the current buzz on both burgers and micro beers in Brighton this looks to be the perfect pairing of both food and drink.

Phil Harding and David hosted a great evening where we tasted mini versions of the burgers alongside the beers that they were infused with and learnt more about the pairings and the beers themselves.

The Rarebit Burger – £9.75

Topped with welsh rarebit sauce and infused with Fordham Copperhead from Delaware America. The ale, a burnt caramel colour, was deliciously hoppy but light and bought out the sweetness in the meat of the burger and the rarebit topping and was light enough to not overpower, only enhance.

Black and Blue burger – £10.50

Topped with Molecomb blue cheese and beetroot relish and infused with Krusovice Cerne a dark lager from the Czech Republic. The ale was deliciously nutty and bought out the sweetness and strength of both the beetroot and cheese.

The Big Chill – £10.75

Topped with chilli made from a uniquely honed secret recipe and mature cheddar and infused with Hop Mountain Pale Ale from America. A fragrant beer with a great fruity aroma which went perfectly with the spice of the chilli and the sweetness of the cheddar.

The Really Deer Burger – £11.00

Blackmore Estate Venison burger topped with cured bacon and infused with Morte Subite Kriek cherry beer from Brussels. An amazing beer with none of the sugariness of other fruit beers but a delicious tartness and almond aroma. The fruit bought out the strength of the venison and the sourness worked well with the sweetness of the bacon.

All of the burgers are served with delicious hand cut chips and a salad garnish.

But burgers aren’t the only thing on the menu other meaty delights include the Hampton House Chilli (made to David’s secret recipe), a Monster Hot Dog topped with the house Chilli and wrapped in bacon and Flat Iron Steak – a newly rediscovered cut of steak, tender and flavoursome and there are also some veggie delights too our favourite being battered Halloumi with handcut chips and pea puree.

The menu also includes suggestions for which beer or ale to have with each meal carefully selected to compliment each dish.

Overall the new menu is definitely something different to the usual pub fare and anyone who likes a good burger and good food should get down to The Hampton to try out this unique concept.


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