Location: Grand Hotel, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FW
Overview: “Sunday lunch at The Grand is not only one of the most enjoyable that I’ve had in a while, but it’s also the most reasonably priced, combining beautifully cooked and skilfully prepared food, superb service and salubrious surroundings, to transform the good old Sunday lunch into a real occasion – all from just £13.99!”
Going out for Sunday lunch is often a bittersweet experience, which often leaves me wishing I’d just stayed in and cooked my own. Why? Because Sunday lunch is sacred - It’s about good food, relaxed surroundings and good company – and not fighting to get a spare table and waiting an hour for your food to arrive.
Having recently attended The Grand’s ‘Taste of the King’s Restaurant’ event, where I experienced a fabulous gastronomic evening and some of the best food I’d had for a while, sampling Sunday Lunch in The Grand’s five star environment seemed to be a no-brainer – especially with two-courses costing just £13.99.
The Grand simply oozes vintage-luxury-chic, think upper deck of the Titanic or the art deco ball room in The Shinning, but while the surroundings are clearly luxurious, the atmosphere is by no way stuffy. As we were greeted and shown to our table, which looking straight out onto a stormy Brighton seafront, the concierge kindly took our coats.
Although we were ordering from the two courses for £13.99 menu, starters including Potted Salmon & Prawns, Soup of the Day or Ham Hock and quails eggs were available for £4.95. Options for the mains included Fish of the Day, Leg & Breast of chicken, Pork Loin and Nut Roast, though the forerib of roast beef was a no-brainer, definitely the ultimate cut for a Sunday roast. The beef came with roasted parsnips, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, a delicious swede and carrot puree and Yorkshire puddings, plus an individual boat of gravy.
Once the additional vegetables were brought to the table, a silver domed trolley was wheeled in our direction, much to my excitement as I had already been speculating as to what might lie beneath. The silver dome was lifted to reveal the aforementioned forerib of beef, from which the chef carved our slices and placed them on to our plates.
The beef was succulent and nicely cooked to medium, whilst the Yorkies were crisp, light and a decent size, all the vegetables had been well looked after and had bags of flavour. Certainly nothing to fault with this Sunday roast. As we polished off the last morsels on our plates, we ordered a second glass of red wine, before ordering our desserts.
For me, this is where our meal was truly elevated into the excellent range. I opted for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with homemade milk ice cream, whereas my partner plumped for the Black Forest Sundae. As our desserts had arrived at the table, our neighbouring diners immediately started asking about them as they looked stunning. Now, I have made and eaten many sticky toffee puds in my time, including variations on the classic, but this was definitely up there with the best I’ve ever tasted, the flavours just kept going on my palette, together with the milk ice cream I was in pudding heaven. Outstanding.
Sunday lunch at The Grand is not only one of the most enjoyable and delicious that I’ve experienced in a while, but it’s also the most reasonably priced.
The food itself is beautifully cooked and skilfully prepared, the service superb and the surroundings salubrious, which come together to transform the good old Sunday lunch into a real occasion – all from just £13.99 for two courses.
I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve paid more that £13.99 just for a roast beef dinner, only to be disappointed by one thing or another. Here the team at The Grand have pulled out all the stops to offer customers a delicious meal at a price which is quite frankly amazing, all things considered, and with a pianist playing in the lounge next door I could have quite easily spent my whole Sunday there.
If you’re looking for an amazing venue for a chilled out lunch with friends or family, then I strongly urge you to give The Grand a go, as you won’t be disappointed and will just love the sophisticated vibe.
For more information and bookings contact The Grand by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01273 224 300.
We were invited to review The Grand's Sunday lunch as guests.