The Joker pub in Brighton is a lovely little pub in the London Quarter area serving food by chicken experts (though there are veggie & vegan options too!) The Lost Boys and drinks from craft beer to tasty cocktails. The decor is traditional pub meets modern pieces – think dark wooden tables, comfy booths with red leather sofas and pink neon signs. My favourite bit about the pub, though, are the large wooden windows – they let in so much lovely light!
The Joker also has a games room and a proper cocktail bar upstairs which has been decorated in a speakeasy style with beautiful old furniture and vintage posters. Aside from the upstairs space, the pub also hosts lots of fun nights during all days of the week, such as 2-4-1 Prosecco Mondays and monthly jazz nights!
We visited The Joker for lunch and trialled their small but varied menu out – I had the vegan aubergine nuggets (basically deep fried aubergine!) and curly fries and Jim tried out their fried chicken burger. My aubergine nuggets came with a choice of two sauces (there were about 10 options to choose from!) and the fries came slightly covered in a mild spice mix and a creamy dip on the side.
I did like the food (can I have my aubergine in deep-fried form always please..?) but was left feeling slightly underwhelmed overall. I think it’s just that I’ve had so much amazing vegan food lately (I’m looking at you Tiger Camberwell!) that my bar is set very, very high.
I loved the curly fries and the dips were really good but a bit too small (I personally like a lot of sauce!) so I ran out before I’d managed to finish my nuggets off. So I would definitely order extra sauce if you end up ordering this! As for the actual nuggets, they were really yummy and crispy but did need the sauces as there wasn’t much flavour in the actual coating.
Overall I did really like The Joker – their drinks list was really impressive, the staff was smiley and friendly and the decor was SO lovely. I think I’d love coming here with a bunch of friends in the evening for drinks and share a few different plates of fries (aside from the curly fries they also do – for example! – halloumi fries and crinkle fries too – yum!). The jazz nights also sound like something I’d love to try out.
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