Seeing as I chose the Caxton Arms as my favourite Sunday roast in Brighton, I figured that the best way to round off the year was to head back to the Caxton on New Year’s Eve and make it my final roast of 2017.
We booked for 2pm, and when we arrived the pub was relatively quiet, only a couple of other tables there (the majority of people who usually enjoy a roast were clearly saving themselves for the NYE festivities. That, and the weather was pretty rotten as well).
We ordered our usual – beef and pork – and admired the recent lick of paint that the Caxton’s recent new ownership had given it. I really loved the blue colour that the walls were painted, but the more muted colours look equally as good.
The food was perfect, again. I can’t fault the Caxton because they’ve been consistent in delivering a great Sunday roast. This marked the fourth time I’d been here in 2017, and they’ve hit the mark each and every time.
The beef is excellent, it’s always pink, yet delightfully tender. The pork is always cooked perfectly, and the crackling (although cooked and served separately to the pork belly itself, which I know some people don’t prefer) is always crispy.
The roast potatoes are always nice and soft inside, and crispy on the outside.
Vegetables are always cooked perfectly – you’ll usually get parsnips, carrots, green beans, broccoli, kale, and a puree.
The gravy is rich and full of flavour, and then the Yorkshire puddings that sit atop everything else are light and fluffy.
The icing on the cake is the extra gravy and side of cauliflower cheese that are served as standard.
Although I want to try more different pubs in 2018, I’ll always pick the Caxton if I have friends or family visiting at the weekend, because I know I can rely on them to serve up, to quote two sets of friends now – “the best Sunday roast we’ve ever had”.
10/10 roast potatoes!
Phone Number: 01273 387346
Address: 36 North Gardens, Brighton BN1 3LB