This weekend’s destination was The Caxton Arms, a gem of a pub near Brighton Station, and with a well hidden beer garden, a bit of a rarity in central Brighton.
Because we’re so impatient / hungry on a Sunday we went there dead on midday, and as a result were the first two people in the pub.
I went for the soy basted topside of beef, and the girlfriend went for her usual favourite, pork belly.
We chose to sit outside in the beer garden as the weather was pleasant. The outside area is on two levels, and even has a table tennis table that can be folded out if you fancy a game, although I imagine that it probably isn’t set up during busy periods as it would be a bit of a waste of outside space.
My beef was lovely and pink, very tasty and the soy basting was subtle enough not to overpower the palate. The pork was cooked well, falling apart as it was cut. One thing that some of you may not like to hear is that the crackling was cooked separately to the pork itself, but it was still good and crispy.
Speaking of crispy, the potatoes were great, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, as I like them to be.
The vegetables were all cooked perfectly – the parsnip pieces were good, the roasted carrots perfect, the kale was also nicely cooked. The pureed mash that was also included was incredibly smooth.
The green beans were not overcooked and had just enough crunch to them without being too tough or undercooked.
The Yorkshire pudding was good, and the gravy was nice and rich, I think it was made with red wine.
Cauliflower cheese is included with your roast, and you also get an extra jug of gravy too, which is a nice touch!
I’m surprised at myself that it took me so long to come here for a roast, considering that I live so close and have done for almost two years.
I’ll definitely be coming back and I definitely recommend The Caxton Arms for a roast. It would be interesting to go a bit later in the afternoon next time to see how the pub deals with its busy period, but the first time was a winner for me.
Phone Number: 01273 387346
Address: 36 North Gardens, Brighton BN1 3LB