I’ve been blogging a bit recently about places in and around Brighton that I’ve been visiting, including London. Venturing into town or getting on a train for a day out is great but we can’t forget the locals as well. Just a stone throw away from my house is The George Payne, a local pub belonging to the same chain as The Railway in Portslade and the newly opened Poets Corner. I have visited a few times but never for food! Until now…
D E C O R
The decor of this place is nice, but nothing to shout about. They have some cool pieces of art on the walls and some nice touches like a bookshelf and games table. I love what they’ve done with the garden with the cute huts and lovely children’s area. The lights in the garden are lovely and it’s so inviting in summer and winter equally.
D R I N K S
They have a great selection of beer, wine, and spirits for everyone to enjoy. I didn’t notice any cocktails or speciality drinks but I could be wrong. I went for a glass of picpoul, which is my favorite wine- it was lovely. One piece of constructive criticism for them would be to GET RID OF THE BRANDED GLASSES. I absolutely hate branded glasses unless it’s super subtle. In the age of Instagram and picture perfect flat lays, I think every bar can benefit in investing in nice wine glasses. SIX and Libation in Hove both have beautiful glasses and it actually makes me want to go there more. Does a branded glass keep me from drinking at an establishment? Maybe. To The George Payne, I know it’s a big part of the chain but you should try it- see your Instagram mentions go up.
F O O D
I’d taken a look at the menu before my visit and was left a little worried- they only had 6 main meals and then burgers. This isn’t the biggest selection of food but it’s not a 5* sit down restaurant so I suppose you can’t expect much more. Keely and I went for the Camembert to start, which I can never pass on when I see it on a menu. It was the PERFECT size for 2 people to share for a starter even though it’s advertised as a starter for one. It was cooked perfectly and served with lovely, crusty bread.
For mains, I had the lamb pot pie which was a beautiful lamb stew with a flaky pastry top and seasoned with mint. It was served with mash and greens. The flavours from the pie were lovely and sums up everything I want in a meal- wholesome, filling and flavourful. The mash was really creamy and the greens were good too. Keely went for the veggie special which was a cous cous stack with avocado mouse and courgette. It looked very small to me but she ensured me it was filling AND delicious.
So full and satisifed I felt it wasnt a proper review unless I tried a dessert, right?! I saw sticky toffee pudding on the menu and just had to try it. It didn’t dissapoint. With vanilla ice cream and a rich sauce- it finished off my meal perfectly.
V E R D I C T
Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. The staff were all so accommodating and lovely and the service was quick and efficient. As it’s so close, I will definitely be returning and I’d love to see what their roast offering is like. I do feel that if they added more to their menu and changed the wine glasses, this pub will step up a whole gear. I feel lucky to have this place right on my doorstep and if you want a friendly atmosphere and great pub food- look no further.
I kindly got invited to try the menu at The George Payne and my meal was complementory. All opinions are my own and this isn’t a sponsered post. Thank you Hannah for inviting me and thanks to the staff for being so lovely.