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“A local story” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Chimney House

The Chimney House
28 Upper Hamilton Road, Brighton BN1 5DF, England
+44 1273 556708
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Ranked #152 of 822 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: English, Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located just a short walk from Seven Dials, the Chimney House offers something for everyone from a cup of tea and a slice of cake, pint of Harveys, glass of prosecco, dirty little burger or a relaxed three course meal. We strive to source our ingredients from within Sussex with fish from Shoreham and Newhaven, fruit and vegetables from local farms and glasshouses as well as meat from Garlic Wood Farm. We are open all day Tuesday to Sunday and look forward to seeing you even if its just for a jar of chutney.
Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A local story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Lets face it we all like a good local pub and you can call me old fashioned, but the idea of gettng home and being able to have a pint in your hand in 60 seconds is what dreams are made of.

2 years since moving here we have seen a few changes at the pub, it's never disappointed but did go through a stage of delivering what I would regard as too sophisticated a menu.

Now with the pub in new hands and the owner chef (Charlie) at the helm, order has been restored. What I like about the menu is that it changes regulary and now with the game season in full swing, Mallard and Pheasant have both made appearances on the menu.

Pub classics are often given a twist. Fish and chips transformed with a lightly pickled egg and mild curry sauce and I cant wait for this to return to the menu.

But lets get up to date. Last friday we popped in for an evening meal and were lucky to get a table, it was heaving with both bar and restaurant full. Its a small intimate pub with friendly staff and locals, so when its full the atmosphere is great.

I had the sardines to start with granary bread and mayonaise. The Sardines were cooked really well with nice crispy skin, a good start.

To follow I had what was essentually a cassoulet, which was very nice. It was a lttle salty and the beans could have done with a bit more cooking which would have helped the stock base, just thickened it up a little. The pork was very well cooked, it melted in your mouth and the sausage was a good meaty quality. Rachel went for the feather steak which always pleases. Cooked medium rare, its a cut that is full of flavour.

To finish the old classic apple pie and custard, perfect althogh a little stingy with the custard, all washed down with a nice Pinotage, a good end to the working week.

The service is good and Nicki who heads up the front of house runs a tight ship.

All n all Its a great local pub and well worth a visit even if its not your local. I hope it keeps to its pub food roots unlike the Dyke which has lost its way.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great meals, nice atmosphere, friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My partner and I visited the Chimney House using the Evening Argus 'Dine for less' offer. The menu was excellent, not a specially reduced menu for those with the '2 for 1' offer but the full menu that was open to the full price paying customers. The menu was imaginative with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. We were treated to good service and nicely prepared and presented meals. We will be making a return visit soon.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Really special place with good food, staff and ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The Chimney House is a local gastro pub that is pleasantly divided between restaurant and pub sections - though staff are happy for people to eat in the pub section if there's room. As well as imaginative and tempting meat and fish dishes, there are always a couple of really interesting vegetarian options plus well done classics like beer-battered fish and chips and delicious puddings. There's an affordable bar snacks menu that is far more than just snacks - like a mustardy rarebit that was pretty much a meal in itself. Very good value and staff are efficient and friendly without being intrusive. Feels like the perfect neighbourhood pub but with a gourmet restaurant attached. There are a few outside tables. Great for for anyone looking for a high quality reasonably priced meal in pleasant surroundings - couples, friends, families with kids - the Chimney House accommodates all sorts.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Went here on Saturday night for dinner with friends. Food was very good and the service was great - friendly and attentive. Will be going back soon.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“New owner makes all the difference”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Came in a couple of weeks after they were kind enough to give my dog water on a hot day. Wonderful little neighborhood pub, with really good food. Rotating menu...I just had a lovely aubergine veg main for dinner with a mackerel starter and a lemon posset for dessert. Your choice may vary, but the quality of the cooking was perfect for mine. The main was an updated Mollie Katzen-esque beauty, and the other courses were delicious as well. Quiet and pleasant. I'll definitely be back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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