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Brighton’s Best Roasts – Top 5

Published On December 18, 2013 | By Claire Beveridge | Best of Brighton, Food & Drink Features, Food & Drink Reviews

Roast dinners are a staple ingredient of any good Weekend. Whether you’re venturing out the house trying to clear a fuzzy head from the night before or spending quality time with a loved one or family, going to the pub for a roast is a fantastic way to round off the Weekend. (For more foodie weekend inspiration, check out our guide to Brighton’s best breakfasts.)

The options laid on for us across the city can be overwhelming at times, so this is why Claire Beveridge and the We Love Brighton team have put together the creme de la creme of Sunday roasts for you to visit.
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Hove Place

Hove Place

Nestled away on First Avenue is one of, if not the best Sunday roast in the city. Owned and operated by the Golden Lion Group, who also run Cricketers in the centre of town and The Ladies in Patcham, amongst others, Hove Place is the perfect location for whiling away a Sunday afternoon come rain or shine.

With a menu that firmly roots itself in the ‘traditional’ category, Head Chef Phil Bartley puts emphasis on serving high quality plates of food regardless of whether you’ve chosen saddle of lamb, organic chicken or slow roasted pork belly. All meat is locally sourced from across Sussex and Phil and his team do wonderful things with their roast potatoes – easily the best I’ve had in Brighton and Hove! Coupled with a well chosen array of seasonal vegetables, book ahead for a fantastic Sunday treat.

It’s also worth noting that the Hove Place do a spectacular pudding, so make sure you leave enough room to squeeze one in!

Location: 35-37 First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2HF
Price Range: £12 or 2 courses for £16
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Sussex Yeoman

Yeoman

The Sussex Yeoman is a cross between a pub and a restaurant. Technically speaking, it is still a pub but expect to get turned away on a Sunday if you haven’t booked in advance. Yes, it really is that popular! With large oak tables, Sunday papers and steamy windows from the hoards of friends, couples and families, the Yeoman is a widely popular Sunday hotspot.

Their roast menu is a little on the pricey side but well worth the additional few pounds for a roast of this caliber. Expect to find all the usual suspects, including a fish option and two vegetarian options. During game season venison and pigeon are also on offer. Great stuff. The roasts come served in deep plates, perfect for the lashings of silky gravy to swill around your crispy potatoes and array of vegetables. This roast raises the bar across Brighton pubs and is consistently a high scorer in the quest to find the best in the city.

Location: 7 Guildford Road, Brighton, BN1 3LU
Price Range: £13.50/£9.50 veggie option
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Lion and Lobster

L&LI don’t think there is anyone in Brighton who hasn’t set foot in this split level, four tiered boozer before. Many a Saturday night has been spent here with a second visit on a Sunday to sooth the headache with a cracking Bloody Mary and extra large Sunday roast.

A firm favourite across all demographics (although perhaps not overly suitable for those with little ones) the Lion and Lobster off Western Road serves up a highly decent roast for under a tenner. If choosing from traditional beef, chicken, lamb or pork is a challenge, why not pay a little extra and have half and half? A great USP for the team at L&L and one that keeps the punters coming back for more every Sunday. Fancy a pig in blanket or a side of cauliflower cheese? An extra 75p a portion but certainly worth it for the additional taste and textures.

Football will often be showing every Sunday so bag a table early, get a round in with some mates and spend a Sunday afternoon eating generous portions in a Brighton institution.

Location: 24 Sillwood St, Brighton, BN1 2PS
Price Range: £9.95
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The Cow

The CowHotly touted as serving the best Yorkshire puddings in town, The Cow on Dyke Road is a relative newcomer to the roast dinner scene. General Manager Ben Murray and Head Chef Adrian Gilles have worked hard on their menu to entice patrons from all across Brighton and Hove to try their gigantic portions and duck fat roast potatoes.

Open for just over a year, The Cow serves up the traditional blend of locally sourced, free range meat alongside cheesy leeks, mashed swede and carrot, roasted beetroot, carrots, seasonal greens and home made gravy as well as the aforementioned tatties. Vegetarian options are available, as well as veggie gravy.

Location: 95-97 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3JE
Price Range: Start at £9.95
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Chimney House

Chimney HousePerfectly described as ‘that little place I know’, the Chimney House is set off the beaten track on Upper Hamilton Road. Venturing into a restaurant or gastro pub territory, this quaint little boozer is one for posh afternoons and relaxing with great service and their three course menu.

All meat is sourced from Garlic Wood Farm in West Sussex with vegetables and fruits from Shoreham and Newhaven. Starters include curried parsnip and ginger soup or smoked salmon and beetroot cream at a very reasonable £6. Mains come in at just over £12 with the option of silverside of beef, Old Spot pork belly, roasted organic chicken or vegetable wellington for those partial to meat free meals.

Chimney House is great for taking the family to when they come and visit or spending quality time with a loved one. Booking ahead is advised.

Location: 28 Upper Hamilton Road, Brighton, BN1 5DF
Price Range: £12.50/£11.50 veggie option

About The Writer

Freelance writer and founder of local restaurant review website 'Places I Eat Brighton', Claire specialises in food culture and critiquing. Her degree in film allows her to look both critically and analytically at restaurants, pubs and cafes without compromising on her knowledge and passion for great food. A rare breed born and bred Brighton lass, when she's not tied to her computer, she enjoys cooking at home, watching films, attending gigs and of course, eating out. Claire is currently the face of the Food & Drink section of the Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper and also contributes to The Source, New Reviews and Made In Brighton magazine.
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  • cockneyman

    all i can say if she calls them dinners in the pics a roast then lordy youd get about 2 mouth falls

  • SnowyYoung

    Really enjoyed our roast at Shaekspeare’s Head near Seven Dials on Sunday. What a great pub. £11, all cooked very nicely and a good portion. There was no specific children’s menu but the staff were so accommodating. Can even sit outside in the sun.

  • Kelly Lewis

    I had an awesome roast at The Stag’s Head in Portslade Old Village – and they have a cute little sheltered sun-trap of a beer garden at the back

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  • Mark H

    although personal opinion and interpretation……….Koba has to be on this list, their roast dinners are the stuff of dreams

  • cal

    Im shocked that the Bristol Bar in kemp town is not on here

  • daly2

    If they don’t have “the fox on the downs” this isn’t anywhere near a real list for good carvery , I’ve never eaten better and I have eaten in allot of places.

  • Chadia Aboutaka

    Thank you for your “5 BEST ROAST” reviews. I have tried out 4 of your suggestions so far, and honestly they are all pretty fabulous, and I am very hard to please… ! I will start with your burger list next!

  • Glenn

    thanks for the laugh. the worst pub in Brighton on the list. this has to be a joke