The Pump House is part of the Nicholson’s group of historic and traditional pubs around the UK. Each pub is unique and has an interesting history. The Pump House is one of the oldest buildings in Brighton, with cellars that date back to medieval times.
The pub itself is dimly lit, candles decorate each table and dark wooden furniture creates a cosy atmosphere. We visited on a Friday night and expected it to be unbearably loud, but the punters here haven’t come for a piss up. Light chatter and the sound of people enjoying a good meal and drink filled the room.
The Pump House is proud to serve a large range of real ales, but we decided to go for a bottle of fizz with our meal. We ordered the Chapel Down, Vintage Reserve Brut for £32. It’s from their Best of British range and went down an absolute treat!
We were pretty hungry when we arrived, so to start we ordered the Nicholson’s Sharer platter (£13.50). This came with a homemade scotch egg, chilli chicken skewers, ale-glazed sausages, beetroot piccalilli, sourdough bread, crisps and a Welsh Rarebit fondue.
The scotch egg was a highlight for both of us, the egg was cooked just right. I don’t like my yolks runny but Josh does, so it was the perfect in between. We also really enjoyed the rarebit fondue, which was something we hadn’t seen on a menu before. The chicken skewers were slightly overdone but when dipped in the fondue you really couldn’t tell!
This is a beast of starter, we didn’t manage to finish it all off, so make sure you’re hungry when ordering it!
We both ordered off the fish menu for our main course. We wanted to try something different and the fish menu really stood out to us.
If you’re not a lover of fish, they have a pub classics menu which has all the favourites. Including bangers & mash, pie and more!
Josh ordered lemon sole fish and chips (£12.50) and I went for the grilled halibut fillet (£14.75).
Josh’s fish was wonderfully cooked, deep fried in breadcrumbs and not at all greasy from the oil. The triple-cooked chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle and the tartare sauce and mushy peas were both homemade and delicious.
I’d never tried halibut before, but if I were to describe it, I’d say it’s the closest fish to a steak. Really meaty but juicy and tender. My fish came with dauphinoise potato (one of my favourite forms of potato) and a tarragon Hollandaise sauce which complimented the fish perfectly.
Not wanting to miss out, we both ordered dessert. Josh got the rhubarb and cherry crumble, and I got a chocolate brownie. I can’t remember the prices of these ones – sorry!
Both desserts came with vanilla ice cream, and they rounded off the meal perfectly. Some places don’t pay their desserts enough attention and it can let down your meal. But The Pump House have made the effort here and it pays off.
We couldn’t fault any part of our meal at The Pump House. The service we relieved from the Manager and staff was excellent, and it wasn’t just us getting all the attention. The staff were all on top form throughout the pub, which makes all the difference.