Big Eats Co. at The Druids Arms – Review

Published On October 22, 2014 | By Sarah Ryman | Food & Drink Reviews

Big Eats Co. at The Druids Arms
79-81 Ditchling Road
East Sussex

I haven’t been in the Druids Arms near the Level in many years. I suppose I felt a bit old and ‘uncool’ for it after having kids, but we kept hearing about the Big Eats Co. smoke house and just had to check it out. Wow! So glad we did. We will certainly be going back to try out the rest of the fab new menu. And my worries about it still being very much a ‘young’ persons pub soon vanished.

We visited last Saturday afternoon and the pub was reasonably quiet so it was easy to find a comfy sofa to sink into with the kids for a few hours. The Druids is conveniently located opposite the Level and also next door to the new Open Market which we took a wander round for the first time. What an improvement to London Road.

The Big Eats Co. prides itself on locally sourced, free range meat. Smoked, roasted, grilled, marinated and infused to perfection on site, it’s definitely going to become popular.

My partner ordered the Cajun Pulled Pork (£9.00) which goes through a 2 day smoking process before arriving at your table, cooked and shredded to perfection. Served with BBQ bacon beans, vegetable and bean rice and a delicious smoked cheddar corn bread. YUM! I was rather jealous. Pork isn’t usually my thing but after this I’m converted!

Big Eats pulled porkDruids Kids

The kids shared a stacked burger, (from £7.25 and sourced from Brighton Sausage Co.), which was plenty for my two, and I went for The Red Head chicken burger (£9.50). Buttermilk fried chicken breast, chorizo, home smoked halloumi and chipotle mayo, all served with home-baked rolls, fries, appleslaw and all the trimmings.

Druids Big Eats foodLight bites on the menu include chicken wings (£4.00), beef chill and corn bread (£5.00), home-made sweet potato fries (£3.00), and a huge range of home-made sauces. There was also a veggie stack burger which I saw delivered to the table next to us. The woman’s jaw almost hit the floor at the height of the thing.

We were all fully loaded and didn’t have space to try their weekly desserts or the alcoholic milkshakes we were introduced to, but both sounded pretty special. The staff were really helpful and although they don’t have a kids menu as such, they were happy to prepare a kid’s meal if we wanted. They were extremely welcoming to our two noisy kids who were rather hectic and anything but well behaved!

We had a lovely lunch for under £30 for the family and I will be sure to go back to check out the rest of the menu, especially the Sunday roast. There is a small court-yard so you can choose to sit outside if you wish and the pub serves food till 10pm, which I thought was great.

The menu is promoting their Christmas bookings (not long now), and their take away option –  a nice idea if you want to grab a lunch bite and sit in the park.


Kitchen Opening Hours:

Monday – Closed
Tues – Sunday 12pm-10pm (Sundays roasts only, some with a Big Eats twist)

About The Writer

Sarah is a Brighton based freelance marketeer specialising in the family market. A mum of 2, Sarah blogs about her quest to find that perfect family moment @afieldsomewhere