With the days getting shorter and nights getting longer, I am sure I’m not the only student longing for a home cooked meal. And what better meal than a Sunday roast! After following Sussex Ranger and Brighton Food Guide on instagram for some time, I have been scoping out the best place to get my roast fix – and the Old Albion did not disappoint! Although it is a little further, based on Church Road in Hove, it is definitely worth the extra walk. After having a refurbishment in 2017, the previously known ‘Albion’ has transformed into a Gin and Beer craft pub, with a range of locally sourced alcohol.
Catered by Greedy Boys Kitchen (a company based in Shoreham-on-Sea), it is of no surprise of the quality of the food. During the week, there is a variety of choices including burgers, baguettes and chicken wings and fish and chips. There is even the option to have some of these meals (fish and chips for example) on a Sunday which is the perfect choice if some of your party do not want a Sunday roast. However, I would certainly recommend trying a roast!
With a range of options including, yet not limited to; belly pork (£16.00), lemon and thyme chicken (£14.50), nut roast (£13.50) and mushroom, spinach, brie and cranberry wellington (£13.50), there is something for everyone. Although it isn’t the cheapest of places, I have learnt that spending that little extra on a roast dinner is really worth it. The roasts come with a range of trimmings: roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots, buttered greens, celeriac puree, creamy swede mash, spiced red cabbage, yorkshire puddings and gravy. A personal favourite was the spiced red cabbage! The plate was absolutely covered in it and it complimented the other trimmings so well. I would however recommend that if you do not like cabbage to request they take it off since there was no escaping it. When ordering, we discussed adding on extra, such as cauliflower cheese or pigs in blankets (£4 each). However, after watching food being served, we knew we would not be able to finish it all! And we were right – the portion size is so generous! I opted for the roasted belly pork and was presented with a huge slice of slow cooked, tender pork, with the most delicious crackling. The roast potatoes were crispy, the yorkshire puddings were huge and the celeriac puree was creamy. I cannot fault it!
With the friendly staff, lively atmosphere and quirky decor (I was not expecting to have a traffic light next to us!), our visit to the Old Albion was perfect. Whether it’s for a drink with mates, stop off for lunch or an evening meal, this pub caters for everyone. So when you are next feeling a bit homesick, or just craving a roast dinner, I would recommend heading down to Old Albion! Make sure you book in advance however, as it gets very busy.