We haven’t ventured out to Hove much, mainly because we live so close to the centre of Brighton, and there are more than enough pubs in that area to keep us going for a while!
However, we thought we would head out of the centre this weekend, so we took a look at some of the reviews being put up on the Facebook group we’re part of, and The Westbourne had been getting some good write ups, so we booked a table for 2pm.
When we turned up we went into the wrong side of the pub first, as our table was in the restaurant area (yes, there are two sides to this pub, which can only be accessed by their own doors). We were shown to our table and told that it is table service at The Westbourne, which is always a nice little bonus.
No surprises for guessing what we ordered – the usual of pork belly, and roast beef.
Our roasts were served in a timely fashion, on some huge plates with some generous portion sizes. No complaints there.
The beef was excellent, as was the pork – both cooked well, and although the crackling wasn’t great – it was quite soft – it didn’t take away from our enjoyment of the meal.
The roasts potatoes were nice and fluffy on the inside, and crispy enough on the outside to get the thumbs up from me.
The rest of the vegetables were great as well – parsnips, carrots (loads of them), tenderstem broccoli, creamed leeks, and red cabbage, all cooked perfectly, and there was loads of the red cabbage, which had a lovely sweet tang to it, but not too much.
This was all hidden under a Yorkshire pudding that was, quite frankly, bigger than my face. Everything was covered in a delicious gravy, and as with everything else on the plate, there was plenty of it.
The table service was excellent, and all staff were very friendly.
The restaurant was very busy. It had a couple of large groups in, one of which were a bit loud and had clearly had a fair few drinks already. That didn’t take away from our enjoyment of the food, but it might be worth noting that if you enjoy a quieter environment to enjoy your Sunday roast, then the Westbourne’s restaurant might not be the place for you.
It’s clearly a great place to go for families and groups though, so that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a roast dinner with your large family or group of friends.
Make sure your book though, as it was heaving from the moment we got there until the moment we left.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable roast dinner, I’m glad we made the trip away from central Brighton for this one!
Website – http://www.thewestbournehove.co.uk/
Phone Number – 01273 823633
Address – 90 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5DN