As Josh and I aren’t big drinkers (if you know me from school, I know right, I’ve changed) so we don’t go to many pubs around Brighton & Hove. Sadly that does mean we miss out on a lot of the very good pub food in the city. Thankfully, the guys over at The George Payne invited us down to try their menu and they didn’t disappoint.
Located in the heart of Hove, The George Payne is part of a group of very popular pubs which includes The Poets Ale & Smoke House and The Railway Inn. All known as very good pubs by the locals.
As it turns out, The George Payne is well known in my family! My mum and dad used to go there almost every day before it was called The George Payne. They went there so often that the barmaid was my mums bridesmaid at their wedding and lots of the customers and staff also attended so it was really nice to go back to that same pub.
To start off our meal I went for the Soup of The Day. That day it was honey roasted parsnip with sourdough toast and butter. I really wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. I mean, it’s soup at the end of the day so how good can it be?
The flavour was really well balanced though, with the sweetness from the honey and the nuttiness from the parsnip really balancing each other out.
Josh ordered the Mini Baked Camembert. As you can see, there’s nothing mini about this starter. You get a whole Camembert! Josh was expecting a tiny little one. Although it was delicious the cheese defeated josh. It was paired with a beetroot chutney, which was really interesting, as well as some rosemary bread.
They also offer gluten free bread with both starters if you have an intolerance.
Fish n Chips Main Course
I’d been really craving mushy peas when we went to The George Payne, so I just had to order the fish and chips. This was no ordinary fish and chips though, and as you can see, the portion size was massive!
They use whatever the fish of the day is which reassures me that the freshest ingredients are being used. On this occasion is was hake which is one of my favourites.
The fish was meaty, juicy and fell apart in big chunks when cutting into it. The batter was crisp and not oily at all! The massive piece of fish sat on a big pile of chunky chips. Oven baked, not fried, which isn’t my preference but they were still tasty.
Accompanying the fish and chips were the (long awaited) mushy peas and a homemade tartar sauce. Both excellent standard, I loved the larger than usual chunks of gherkin in the tartar sauce.
You can also order a vegetarian version of this with halloumi instead of fish!
Steak Main Course
Josh went for the 8 ounce rump steak cooked medium rare. It was actually a little more on the rare than medium rare side when it arrived, but Josh doesn’t really have a preference on the cook so it didn’t bother him at all.
The steak came with massive onions rings which were probably the best either of us have ever eaten. You know when you bite into an onion ring and the onion all comes out at once so all you’re left with is batter? THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. The batter was the same batter the fish had been cooked in, so it was perfectly crisp and not at all oily.
The chips were again the large chunky chips, baked and not fried. Josh prefers his chips thin and fried but couldn’t deny how good these were.
You can choose from a peppercorn sauce or a garlic butter to go with your steak. Josh chose the former and it was delicious. Not a bad thing to say about it.
We loved pretty much everything about The George Payne. The customer service especially was exceptional.
With massive portions of great food at a reasonable price in a lovely setting, we’d definitely recommend you head down when you’re in the area. We’ve already made plans to head back for their quiz night on a Tuesday to try their fish platter!
*The George Payne offered us a free meal in exchange for an honest review, which this is!*