I didn’t know too much about the Sunday roast dinners at the Seven Stars, I’d just seen the board outside the pub itself advertising roasts & Jazz on Sundays.
So I figured that I would take a chance and see what their Sunday lunch was like. Three of us booked a table, and when we arrived the pub wasn’t too busy, but there was a fairly large party at the back of the pub.
The kitchen is currently run by Croustillant D, who offer French style cuisine. We went for beef, pork, and chicken, along with a side of pigs in blankets. It was also nice to see a roast dinner in the centre of Brighton priced at £11.95.
There was a bit of a wait for our food, which we had kind of predicted because of the large group that were also there, but we weren’t told this when ordering.
I think our food took about 40-45 minutes to be served to our table.
Fortunately, it was worth the wait!
The beef was lovely – pink, tender, and full of flavour. There was only one slice of it though, so in comparison to other roasts you don’t get much at all. You could suggest this is why the prices are below £12, but when there was a lot more of the chicken and the pork, I don’t think that’s the reason why.
Speaking of which, the chicken, which is served on the bone, was moist, tender, and served with a lovely crispy skin.
The pork was cooked well, definitely no dryness or toughness to be found, and the crackling was crispy.
The roast potatoes were really good, and the vegetables – peas, kale, and brocoli – were cooked perfectly. No carrots or parsnips to be seen here though!
There was also a red cabbage puree, which I really liked. It had a really fruity zing to it, and it was a nice change to have that pureed instead of some other vegetables.
There’s also a small bit of cauliflower cheese served on the plate as well.
Yorkshire pudding wasn’t the biggest, was almost cooked a bit too long, but still tastes good.
The jus / gravy was very tasty, and you also get an extra jug of that served as standard, which was definitely needed.
All in all, the Seven Stars was a pleasant surprise for me this weekend. I’ve told a few friends about it already and they all seemed surprised to here they a) served roasts, and b) they were good, so I think the word just needs to get out there!
If there had been more beef on my plate, maybe a few more veggies, and we’d perhaps been informed of the long wait, this one would be right up there with the best.
One thing to note – if you go here and you really want to hear some jazz, that starts at 4pm. It didn’t affect our enjoyment, and it was only when we were leaving we realised we hadn’t heard any. It wasn’t a deal breaker at all for us – that’s the job of the food.
As it is, I think I’ll come back later in the year, but for now it’s a well earned and respectable 8/10 roast potatoes for the Seven Stars!
Website – http://sevenstarsbrighton.pub/
Phone Number – 01273 258800
Address – 27 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD