Last Sunday was the perfect day to explore another one of Brighton’s cosy pubs – this time we headed for lunch at the Grand Central pub right next to Brighton rail station. The Grand Central is a super cosy pub with two beautifully decorated rooms, as well as a third room upstairs called The Nightingale Room which can be booked for private events.
I’m often suspicious of pubs and restaurants that are right next to train stations or on the busiest bits of the high street – I associate them with being big chains and slightly soulless, but luckily The Grand Central doesn’t feel like that at all. Whilst it’s part of Fuller’s chain, it very much has its own distinctive character and feel.
I think my favourite thing about The Grand Central is how cosy the pub is – I can definitely see myself returning there for mulled wine when the weather gets a bit colder!
Decor-wise, it’s a pretty balanced mix of modern and vintage, and you do kind of get a sense of stepping back in time when you walk in. The furniture comes in lots of different colours, but it never feels too chaotic – all the shades compliment each other really well and bring a nice pop of colour to the dark walls.
There are also lots of little nooks and crannies in the back room which I imagine will be perfect hideaways during cold winter and rainy autumn days. The pub has lots of different board games to choose from too, so, really, you never have to leave..!
The Sunday lunch at the Grand Central pub is divided into three sections: roasts, “normal” mains and small plates.
Even though it was definitely Sunday roast weather, I decided to go for a tomato and potato stew, which was one of the specials from the “normal” mains menu. I believe it’s part of an Autumn/Winter specials menu, so even though you can’t spot it from the menu on the website, you should hopefully be able to order it if you visit soon-ish. I would definitely recommend it: it was super comforting and perfect for a rainy day, and the spice/saltiness level was just right.
I also ordered a small plate of breaded halloumi with sweet chilli sauce which was lovely, too – though me being a sauce-fiend I did wish there would have been a bit more sweet chilli sauce, but that’s mostly just me being greedy!
Jim went for the grilled halloumi and sweet potato veggie burger. It came with a really big piece of halloumi which was amazing as sometimes you just get a tiny little sliver, but the downside was that it was a bit dry and could have benefited from a bit more sauce of some kind.
The breaded halloumi with sweet chilli sauce
The halloumi burger with triple cooked chips (which were so nice by the way!)
Potato & tomato stew – the perfect comfort dish!
They also have a roof terrace which looks super nice and colourful on the photos on the website
You can find the Grand Central pub in 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton – book a table here
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