One of my friends told me about The Longman in Patcham, and that to him their roasts could not be beaten, so naturally I had to see what the fuss was about.
My girlfriend booked the two of us in for 1pm, after calling and asking if it was advisable to book and being told that it was. When we arrived most of the tables in the bar were reserved for around 1pm onwards, so it was a good job that we did.
We were hungry and we almost always choose the same meats every time, so we ordered as soon as we arrived at The Longman, along with our drinks. I went for the roast rump of beef (£13.95), and my girlfriend went for the roast pork belly (£12.95).
There were only a couple of tables eating when we had arrived so the food didn’t take too long to arrive, and the first thing I have to say is that the presentation of the roast is the best that I’ve seen in Brighton and Hove. Perfectly, expertly layered and stacked vegetables and meat, with a nice big Yorkshire Pudding balancing almost precariously on top, with a rich looking pool of gravy surrounding all of it.
The beef was really nicely cooked, and well seasoned too, which isn’t always the case. It was fairly pink, and with almost no fat at all, making it one of better beef roasts that I’ve had in Brighton.
The pork, which my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed, was cooked really well and was lovely and tender. It fell apart easily and the portion was generous too. The crackling had a lovely crunch but wasn’t overly hard like you find some crackling to be, meaning there is no fear of chipping teeth with this one! The homemade apple compote was beautiful.
The garlic and herb roast potatoes on this roast are cooked in duck fat, and were really, really crispy on the outside, but nice and fluffy on the inside. Just how you want them to be. I could taste a bit of sage on them, and with three decent sized roasties on the plate, there were just enough.
Onto the veg, which can sometimes be hit and miss on a roast dinner but today The Longman was a definite hit. The buttered cabbage tasted incredible, and the glazed carrots were cooked perfectly for my liking. The glazed beetroot was ok, but I’m not a fan of beetroot so I don’t want to talk it down as others may really enjoy it – I know my girlfriend did. There was a little bit of root vegetable mash, and a small amount of cauliflower cheese, of which the cheese sauce was lovely and not overly cheesy, which can sometimes overpower other flavours.
The gravy – wow – is probably my joint favourite with the Sussex Yeoman. A really rich stock, and full of meaty flavour. There was a good amount on the plate which lasted until the end of my meal.
Finally, the nice big Yorkshire Pudding that was sat atop this marvellous mountain of roasted goodness was deliciously light, and was easily one of the better Yorkshires that I’ve had on a roast in Brighton.
We didn’t have any extras, but Pigs in Blankets and Stuffing Balls are available for £3.95 each.
Overall, I think this has to be my new favourite roast dinner in Brighton. Although with it being a 15 minute drive from the centre of Brighton, or almost 30 minutes by bus, it’s not ideal if you want to stay central. I definitely recommend making the trip out to Patcham to sample the Sunday roasts at The Longman though, even if only for the gravy!
Phone Number: 01273 502567
Address: 2-10 Wilmington Way, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8JH