I've popped in here a couple of times mid-week recently. First time they were so busy there was a 20 minute wait for a table and unfortunately my friends and I had to get back to a meeting, so we went instead to the Golden Lion at Southwick about 2 miles down the road which I can recommend (review will follow).
Today I took the wife as the views of the coast are amazing. On a clear day you can see for miles and I can understand why its so popular. If you're a biker like me (on weekends), or I guess a cyclist etc. then its certainly worth making it a destination for a rideout.
However I have to say the food Is a definite disappointment. The menu selection is good and the value is not bad at all, but the cooking was a bit poor and the best way to describe it is "outdated" ie as you would expect it to be cooked in a local pub or diner about 20 years ago, before culinary skills in Britain met TV chefs.
So the Beef and ale suet Pudding had great lumps of meat in it but it was a bit overdone as was the outside and there was about 2cm of overcooked dry suet on the base of the pudding along with pale, flacid broccoli and over cooked carrots. Same with the wifes ribs which were tasty but again "well" cooked. I questioned if was being unfair at the time but I have to say that if I cooked this as my first attempt at a suet pudding at home I'd still have been disappointed.
However enough on that, as the staff were very friendly and did their best for us (although a change from the scruffy T-shirt and tracky bottoms of the pleasant guy behind the bar could improve first impressions..says the thirty something year old lol!), and you get the feeling its run on a relatively tight budget and could do with a refurb. but these things can cost a lot and it seems to be making plenty of old age pensioners happy by the looks of it (I suggest booking if you want a table with a view, its that busy)
So my suggestion would be a visit for a coffee and a dessert, looking at the view and if you want good pub food maybe pop down to the Golden Lion at Southwark (who also do amazing local beers from the brewery shop next door).
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