I was in Hove this afternoon for a surprise birthday party at the Stoneham Pub & Pizzeria on Portland Road (the Hove end). I’d never been to The Stoneham before today, but I will definitely be popping by again to get my teeth into more of the menu. The pub has ample space inside and outside in the beer garden and its child-friendly too. Tick, tick, tick!
Catering for all tastes (including veggies) it was pretty hard to choose what to go for. I was tempted by all of the specials: Fried scallops with pancetta, seared tuna steak with a new potato stack and mussels in cream, garlic and white wine sauce. A fish-tas-tic selection!
I decided to go for seared tuna steak (£14) as it’s something I’ve only had once. It was so good the first time I tried it that I was apprehensive about having it again and it not hitting the mark. But what turned up made me very excited.
The dish was a work of art (especially for pub grub). The new potatoes, courgette, peas and spring onions were moulded into a square stack reminiscent of a green Rubix cube. The tuna was plated up balanced alongside the stack with a balsamic dressing drizzled decoratively by its side and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Taste-wise it was divine. The stack was really fragrant with the spring onion jumping out. The Tuna steak (although very thin) was a lovely meaty texture. However, if you like your tuna rare I recommend asking for it like this as mine came served medium, with a very light pale pinkness to its centre. This is just how I like it, but I know it’s typically served a little less done than this.
The only let down from my point of view was that the stack wasn’t served piping hot. I guess the chef spent a little too much time on the presentation at the sake of the temperature. Despite this I still really enjoyed my meal and cleared every morsel on my plate – serious testament to how tasty this special was!
To discover more of the menu take a look here.
PRICE: £18 pp (including a small glass of wine)