The Dorset Sunday Lunch Review

The Sunday Roast experience at The Dorset

The Dorset Bar and Kitchen, located in the heart of Brighton’s bustling North Laine has cemented itself as a firm favourite amongst Brighton’s pub regulars after standing strong for almost 200 years.

An all-rounder

In true classic pub style, The Dorset embodies all that you’d want from a quiet drink, good food or a weekend night out – cosy interiors, wooden furnishings, a relaxed dining area and a warm welcome.

Sundays in January are made for pubs, and The Dorset has a fabulous roast menu which won’t disappoint.

Warm and intimate

As we arrived on a bright cold day we were welcomed by smiling front of house staff and showed to our candlelit table in a cosy corner, The Dorset has recently renovated their dining area in a classy and sophisticated style yet successfully capturing the warmth and intimacy you’d expect from a local pub. The service was attentive without being overbearing and we were informed of the daily soup, risotto and catch of the day and left to muse over the menu.

The dining area started to fill up and the room was filled with a warm buzz and friendly ambience.

Vegetable soup starter

As a big fan of a Sunday roast dinner, we both went for the seasonal nut roast and winter vegetable soup to start. The soup was promptly served with a fresh sourdough bread basket to accompany it. Well presented with a bright green contrasting basil oil drizzled on the vibrant orange soup, it was well seasoned, wonderfully silky smooth and warming; the perfect starter to the roast.

The Dorset Sunday Lunch Review

Recently renovated

As we waited for our mains we observed the new décor and beautiful green sage colour walls embossed with large gold framed mirrors creating a sense of lightness in the snug corner which contributed to the overall relaxing environment in the dining area. Our mains arrived and we were greeted with full oval plates and a separate seasonal vegetable dish to share.

The perfect roastie?

The nut roast was nestled underneath crisp glazed parsnips, a gigantic Yorkshire pudding, a pot of extra gravy and some of the best roast potatoes I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. As with all good roast dinners, the humble potato is a real bench mark for a lot of people and The Dorset have really excelled with their exceptional roastie offering – a golden crispy outer edge and fluffy soft interior they didn’t go soggy or lose their bite, seasoned with just the right amount of salt and thyme I would go back just for a plate of those roast potatoes.

The Dorset Sunday Lunch Review

You will not leave hungry

The seasonal vegetable side dish was a wonderful accompaniment as each diner can choose a bit of what they like, and top up their plate as and when they please. Featuring an array of savoy cabbage, braised spiced red cabbage, Chantenay carrots and leeks there was no doubt we’d be hungry after this meal. The nut roast was cram-packed with chestnuts and mixed nuts into a firm loaf, it was flavoursome and wintery and was rounded off well doused in lashings of gravy.

The Dorset Sunday Lunch Review

The Dorset did not disappoint and satisfied the slow slumber of a wintery Sunday, we felt attentively looked after, well fed and perfectly satisfied. If you’re looking for a classic pub lunch in the heart of Brighton, The Dorset isn’t one to walk by. Book a table here. 

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