On a 'pet day' of sunshine in March, Brighton seemed a great idea. A pleasant drive south from Epsom and a visit to Midway Farm to started the day well. It seemed the right thing to do to walk along the promenade and out to the end of the pier. People were even on the beach, sitting on the stones even.
The Pavilion was one of the 'must visit' items on the list so having mused on the sheer privileged self indulgence it represented we exited through the ornamental gates and found ourselves adjacent with the All Bar One sign. At first I did not recognise it as a gastro pub but now of course I know that it is one of a chain of like pubs all over the UK and even abroad. It was time to sit down and see what took our fancy.
The interior is nice. High ceilings combined with a nice sense of awareness of location in the interior design. A beer and some functional food were required. I had a mind for one of the many new continental beers that are now on draught. So I had a Paulaner from Germany followed by an Italian Peroni while others in my group tried Aspinals and other more regular beverages.
Our food was well received and my Caesar salad was a contender as it is one of my favorite snack foods and I have a long list of locations that I sometimes rank as to where I have had the best.
While studying the detail of the place my eyes fell on the chandeliers. Something was odd and it was not until I put on my glasses that I realised that the chandelier is made totally from suspended wine glasses. I took some photographs I was so intrigued. Someone somewhere has being thinking and I was tickled by it.
So in short the place is nice to visit, functional food was good, beers were excellent and I failed to see any of the shortcomings that some reviewers wrote about.
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