Having re-opened its doors just a few months ago after a hefty makeover, the Seven Stars completed its transformation with a brand new menu offering tasty treats from favourite local street-food mavericks the Little Blue Smokehouse. Known in Brighton for their delicious fare, needless to say we were looking forward to the opportunity to sample a
few offerings from the menu.
After perusing the plethora of options on small plates, sandwiches, the chip menu, sides and an amazing comfort / hangover food section (just genius!), we opted to keep things relatively classic – even though we were intrigued by the pigs head fritters.
Our first choice was the house smoked beef brisket sandwich, which comes with BBQ mayo, fragrant rocket, hot sauce, home-made slaw and pickles, served inside sourdough bread. The beauty of this little beast (aside from the pinkish, succulent beef) is that the mayo and hot sauce soak into the bread, making for a soft juicy texture and a heavenly first bite.
This was accompanied by sides of gorgeously thick, golden-brown baby mac & cheese, and the curiously named “Angry Fries”, which came served with tangy blue cheese and Little red hot sauce. In terms of personal taste, we decided that the fries are a bit closer to ‘disgruntled’, than angry. That said, they’d be great for all tastes, and represented the perfect ‘booze-mop’ – good enough to kick any hangover back into touch!
And finally, no trip to the smokehouse would be complete without the compulsory BBQ wings – served with more slaw and some home-made pickle. For just shy of a tenner, these wings are a decent portion size for two. The dark sticky sauce is deep, with rich finger-licking flavour and be warned – they’re seriously moreish!
As an extra surprise, the homemade coleslaw is some of the very best we’ve tasted, with just the right amount of dressing and none of that sickly sweetness you sometimes get with the processed stuff. Drinks wise, all of that tasty food needed washing down with something, and with so much in the way of choice, including specialist Sipsmith gins and craft beers from the Camden and Beavertown breweries on tap, Seven Stars is packing enough game to satisfy even the most insatiable appetites. Plus, with themed kitchen days throughout the week and live jazz music to listen to whilst you enjoy some tucker on Sundays, they’re mixing it up in all the right ways. We may well have found our new favourite city centre hangout!
Seven Stars, 27 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD
01273 258 800
Words by Jimmy Volts