If I *had* to choose my favourite pub in Brighton, I think I’d have to go with The Shakespeare’s Head near Seven Dials – it’s somewhere I’ve consistently visited since moving here and where I’ve taken plenty of other people, too. I always suggest the pub for anyone asking for recommendations or somewhere with yummy food in Brighton – it’s honestly that good! Not only is the pub *super* cosy, they do the most amazing comfort food to boot, which never disappoints.
I’ll be focusing on their Sunday roasts in this post, but it’s worth mentioning that the Shakespeare’s Head is well known for their amazing sausage & mash selection which it serves Monday through to Saturday, and has 11 sausage varieties (out of which almost half are vegetarian or vegan), 7 mash options (all veggie except one) and 6 different gravy options (again, all but one are veggie!). I’ve tried quite a few different combos, and they have all been absolutely fantastic – I think my current favourite would be the vegan Cumberland sausages, but honestly, they are all good.
Aside from the sausage & mash, on the “normal” (non-Sunday) menu, they also do a few other classic pub dishes, such as fish and chips (there’s a veggie option with halloumi) and hot dogs.
As you can see from the photos above, Shakespeare’s Head is *extremely* cosy with their little fire place and fairy lights, and it is definitely the best place to head to when it’s a bit gloomy and miserable out, as it was on the day these photos were taken. But don’t worry if you come on a nice sunny and warm day (those still happen, right?!) – they also have a few different gardens for you to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air in!
The Sunday roast at the Shakespeare’s Head has a total of three vegetarian options: a Portobello mushroom & spinach Wellington, a vegan nutroast and veggie/vegan sausages (there’s a choice of five sausages to choose from!), all served with garlic & rosemary roasted potatoes, braised red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, glazed parsnips, roasted carrots, seasonal greens & Yorkshire pudding – yum! If you wanted to go vegan, the Yorkshire pud and cauliflower cheese would be replaced with sauteed courgette, mushrooms & extra roasted veggies.
I decided to go for the sausage option, and chose the mushroom and garlic sausages as my sausages of choice. The other options would be stilton and leek, Cumberland, tomato & red pepper and beer bratwurst – all of these except for the first one are also vegan!
My sausages were SO good. I don’t tend to usually go for anything mushroom-y as I don’t really care for them, but this really was more garlicky and I couldn’t have been able to tell there were mushrooms in them – in a good way!
Jim opted for the mushroom and spinach Wellington (below) which was also very yummy and something I’d like to try next. It came with all the same sides as my sausages, so there’s plenty to eat no matter what dish you end up going for!