The Railway Inn pub in Portslade (literally just by the train station!) is a cosy and welcoming independent pub by Zoe Rodgers, the owner of The George Payne in Hove (which looks so lovely, too). Established in 1861, there’s a lot of history here, but the pub also feels quite modern – there’s lots of natural light and the pub is very spacious with its high ceilings and big rooms.
It’s a bit out of the way perhaps if you’re just visiting Brighton (it’s two stops from Brighton train station and one stop from Hove) but if you live in the area, I’d very much recommend a visit. It’s a really beautiful space, the food is really tasty (more on that later!) and it has that lovely local feel that all the best pubs have. They also do different types of events from time to time – from DJ nights to life drawing classes!
There’s also a beer garden which I’m hoping we can start using in a few months (is that too optimistic..?)!
How cute are these?! I just had to snap a photo!
These photos obviously betray the fact that I visited the Railway Inn before Christmas – there was such a lovely wintery feel there which made me feel so cosy! I loved all the fairy lights and the paper snow so much! The latter really brought me back to my childhood when we used to make them at school – maybe next Christmas I’ll try my hand at them again!
(Why am I planning next Christmas already..?!)
Because it was Christmas, I, of course, had to start with a mulled cider… It wasn’t quite as phenomenal as the one at The Mayflower in London, but not too far off, either! A perfect accompaniment to a crisp winter’s day.
And now to the best bit – the food!
The menu is filled with yummy options, which made choosing very hard – I was very much tempted by their loaded fries, but in the end decided to be a little bit healthier and go for their Vegan Seitan & Bean Chilli with “cheesy” pepper sauce, guacamole and house pickled vegetables. To be honest, my expectations weren’t too high as I was still dreaming of the dirty loaded fries, but the chilli was actually amazing! It was so full of flavour, and the addition of the vegan cheese sauce and guacamole worked perfectly.
The only problem was that the dish was way too big and I had to leave about half of it on the plate (in hindsight I should have definitely asked for a takeaway bag!), which was such a shame as the dish was honestly so good.
My friend Alex went for their Courgette & Sweet Potato Burger with slow-cooked onions, vegan chipotle mayo & chips. I asked her what she thought, and she said that whilst it wasn’t the easiest thing to eat (the patty was very crumbly!) it was very tasty, flavourful and something she’d definitely have again. Success!
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