The Office pub in Brighton is located in the bustling North Laines area in the centre of town and specialises in serving lots of different types of gin as well as yummy Thai food.
Jim and I popped by for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago and I got a bit snap happy because we were there so early that it was still pretty quiet, which in turn meant no people blocking my interior shots – yay! It’s the little things…
I really wanted to try out their gin selection, too, as I’m now purposefully trying to get into gin, but as it was Sunday I thought better of it. But I’m definitely planning to go back and giving them a go at a later date!
The decor at The Office is quite simple, with the main colours being dark green, black and brown. The pub is surrounded by lots of blackboards, most of them full of information about the history of gin and tonics, starting all the way from 1269!
It’s the perfect people-watching spot with its big windows too – we snagged a window seat and I loved watching people go about their business in the busy North Laines area. I imagine it’ll probably get quite cosy during the evenings, and a perfect escape spot during those rainy Autumnal days!
As I already mentioned, The Office pub is the gin destination in central Brighton. They have over 40 gins on their menu, as well as lots of different types of tonics, which means you can really play with the combinations here. I’m looking forward to going back and maybe trying a gin with an elderflower tonic – I think that might be more to my tastes than the normal variety!
The Office pub also does cocktails – all of them gin-based, of course. They cover all the popular ones from negronis to clover clubs, but I for one can’t wait to try out the one called Southside, which is a mojito with a gin twist!
The food at the Office is served courtesy of Krua Anne, a restaurant that has combined forces with the pub and now serves yummy Thai food to its happy customers. The menu is divided into starters, stirfries and other mains, and everything is really affordably priced, too.
The pub doesn’t have a website of its own so I can’t refer back to the menu, but you’ll be able to find all the classics in there, as well as lots of signature dishes. The bartender we ordered from was also really knowledgeable about the menu, so if you’re unsure about what to order, just ask the staff for recommendations/tips!
We started off with these super tasty and crispy spring rolls which were served with a yummy sweet chilli sauce.
Because I’m super boring, I ordered a green curry, which is what I pretty much always do. First impressions were great: there was lots of food and the rice was moulded into heart-shaped piles – how cute is that?!
The curry was marked in the menu with three chillies which means it should have been super spicy, but I think it was quite bearable, actually! I know spice levels are completely individual so it’s hard to advise whether or not you’d feel the same, but just as a reference point, I can tell you that my Nando’s spice level of choice is medium! Not sure if that is at all helpful, but hey ho!
The dish itself was good, though not the best green curry I’ve ever had. I kind of wish I’d tried one of their signatures instead as I was always bound to compare a classic dish like this to the places I’ve had it previously in… Don’t get me wrong, I did really like the food but I had slightly higher expectations that weren’t quite met by reality!
Jim ordered a vegetable, noodle and tofu stirfry with a dark soy sauce and thought it was really tasty too. The tofu was really well cooked, which isn’t always easy to do! Funnily enough, though, he was actually a bit envious of my dish – maybe we should have switched! Next time we go, we’ll definitely be a bit more adventurous and try some of the lesser-known stirfries that the menu had on offer.
You can find the Office pub at 9 Sydney Street in Brighton’s North Laines. Enjoy!
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