The Connaught Pub on Hove Street is a lush little spot for a drink. It’s cosy, sophisticated and the staff are really friendly. I’ve eaten here a couple of times and I would recommend it.
After a long walk in the country a few weekends ago, I knew I needed a good meal cooked for me, somewhere relaxed where I could just rock up as I was. I was in Hove for a change and the Connaught sprang to mind. I rang up, requested a table for half an hour’s time and there was a spare table on a Saturday night, result!
When we arrived we were welcomed warmly and a jug of chilled water was already waiting at our table – excellent service.
The menu had changed since my last visit, but I was pleased to see one of my favourite fish dishes was now on the menu – Pan Seared King Scallops with Pea and Ginger Pureé, Pancetta and Caper Butter – £7. There was also another new temptation I had to try – Buttermilk Southern-Fried Chicken with Mexican Corn Salad and Chilli Fries – £13.50.
The scallops were beautifully cooked, melting in the mouth and the pea and ginger puree was divine. The pancetta made the dish a little on the salty side for my liking, but those with duller taste buds won’t mind.
The Southern-Fried Chicken skin was spicy and crispy and came as a huge portion – but not a succulent as I would like. Those skinny chilli fries though… so good.
PRICE: £85 for 3 people (2 courses + wine)
The service was excellent, the atmosphere warm and welcoming and there were lots of things I wanted to try on the menu. I would probably stick to the fish dishes for a main though next time, as the chicken wasn’t on par with the sea bass and mussels I’ve had here before. Definitely get yourself down here for a roast too. Oh and at the request of a reader I’ve found out that this is a dog-friendly joint. Dogs are welcome in the bar and garden but not in the restaurant – just as long as they are kept on a lead, even in the garden.