The Connaught Pub & Kitchen is what you’d consider my ‘local’. I don’t go there weekly, or even monthly, but I go there more than any other pub in Brighton. It’s just up the street from my office, so when we’re having a particularly stressful day we’ll pop in for a pint (or two!).
Their menu has caught my eye a few times. Mexican Thursdays sound particularly intriguing and I’ve drunkenly devoured their sweet potato fries on a few occasions. Then, when we were at the Brighton Best Restaurant awards, we saw they were in the “Best Roast Dinner” category. They didn’t win, our faves Dizzy Gull won, but we made a note to check them out as soon as possible.
The pub itself is really lovely. They have large, heavy wooden tables throughout and lots of light seeps in through big windows. They have a good selection of beer on tap and the staff have always been very friendly.
Our table was set up with tulips (my favourite flower!), wine glasses and a bottle of still water. Our server brought over a wine list and menu for us to have a look through whilst we settled in.
They have a good selection of roasts to choose from, with 5 meat options, two vegetarian options and one vegan. Plus two specials on the board! They also do a half & half option, which Josh was tempted by, if you can’t decide what to go for.
Our food arrived quickly and piping hot, which is always a good start.
I went for sliced leg of lamb, seasoned with garlic & rosemary (£13.95). As you can see, they do not hold back on portion sizes. The lamb was succulent and packed with flavour. The seasonal veg consisted of carrots, beets, leek, kale & peas which were all cooked well. I would just say that the greens could have done with slightly more seasoning.
The roast potatoes were decent, not soggy and fluffy in the middle. The plate was swimming in flavourful gravy, just how I like it, and a massive herby yorkshire pud sat on top.
Josh went for the pork belly with star anise apple sauce (£12.50). His came with the same veg mine did, but he was lacking a few carrots! He had two massive pieces of pork belly, which sadly were dry in places where it had been overcooked. However, the crackling on top was fantastic and there were some bits which literally fell apart at the touch!
Tempted by the sides, we ordered the marmite roast potatoes (£3.50) which were more than enough for the two of us. These were incredible and we definitely preferred them to the roasties on our plate. We did regret not getting cauliflower cheese though after seeing the people on the table next to us order it. It looked amazing!
We both had a fantastic meal at The Connaught. The servers were rushed off their feet as it was the Brighton half marathon that morning but they were still incredibly attentive and friendly! We’ll definitely be back to try that cauliflower cheese.