SHOPPING: Steamer Trading Christmas Edit

Range of Christmas cookware

My love for Streamer Trading is all year round, not just for Christmas and you'll often see me in the Brighton branch stroking and cooing over the equipment (sorry). When me and Mr GF were fresh faced and moved in together in our first teeny Brighton flat those many moons ago, we scrimped hard and bought a few quality kitchen bits here that we still have now. Steamer Trading certainly stocks some great quality brands that stand the test of time. They have expanded now across the country and I was delighted to see their cutest branch in Alfriston on my way to review Wingrove House recently. So pretty with its low ceilings and period features! 

Anyway, here is my Christmas edit for essentials, drinks, baking and gift from their range. 

Christmas food kit essentials


Carving knife set and baking tray

Sabatier Carving Set
Now the main event is always the turkey/goose and you DO NOT want to cock up the carving ceremony with blunt knives, let me tell you. You can spend silly money on knives and sometimes it's worth it and sometimes it's just kitchen gadget sport. Sabatier are a decent mid-priced option of decent weight and quality. I'll be happy to use these on the day and they'll last for years to come.


Circulon Roaster & Rack Set
A good tip is always check your  roasting tin size before the big day! This one from Circulon is big enough to accommodate most family sized birds. The rack is a good to have as wrestling a turkey out of the tin or trying to drain the juice for gravy is never fun. And because the meat is raised from the base of the pan, it won't stew in the juices at bottom which can be used for gorgeous gravy.


Ultimate gift
stainless steel pepper mill

Peugeot Paris USelect Mill
This is a brilliant gift for the foodie in your life. Now I thought Peugeout made cars but no, they made a darn fine pepper mill too and actually started out in 1840 as coffee mill makers. Bit of trivia there. Le Moulande Des Grands Chefs is a weighty, stainless steel beast and best of all has SIX grinding grades. This pleases me no end as I use a lot of freshly ground pepper but always irritated me seeing the big chunks in dishes. Love it and it will last years. 

£49.95


Drinks

drinks dispenser and novelty ice cube tray

Kilner Drinks 5L Barrel Dispenser
Although you can't use boiling liquid in this, I'm seriously eyeballing it for mulled goodness for the kitchen elves on Christmas day, who, lets face it, always get left out whilst everyone else gorges themselves, opens presents, snoozes in front of the TV. Yeah, Christmas was SO MUCH FUN until you become a real adult. Gah. Anyway, there are a few of these about but Kilner, of jar fame, is a super brand and this is functional, well built and ideal for the party season. Spiced punch anyone? 


ZOKU Naughty or Nice Ice Molds
A cheeky little touch to Christmas drinks. A silicone ice mould for easy release. I know which one I'd get.

£9.99 

Baking
red traditional mixing bowl and cookie cutters

Red Mason Cash Bowl
Can this scream Christmas any louder? It's so pretty and begs for a Christmas pudding or cake to be made in it. I remember growing up we had the original brown caneware versions of these traditional mixing bowls. They are still as fresh looking today as they were in the 1800s. 

29cm version £24.50 

Dexam Cookie Cutters
Christmas without spiced cookies? Unthinkable! These are great stocking fillers and pretty hung straight on the tree for foodie decorations. 

£1.75 

And erm....

Ps. if Santa does read my blog (obvs) then hint hint >> http://www.steamer.co.uk/homeware/outdoor/zio-ciro-wood-fired-pizza-oven.html

Thanks to Steamer Trading for sending over a range of products. Words and thoughts, as always, my own.

Christmas Party Menus Guide Brighton 2016

Graphic Foodie Brighton festive food guide

The annual eating season is upon us. Christmas is just a few weeks away (!) and time to get that Christmas dinner party booked. Here are some ideas for where to book your Christmas party in Brighton from traditional Christmas dinners with a twist to some alternative dining options. There are also a couple of ideas if you don't fancy sitting around a table at all but still want something delicious to do.

Great quality, traditional food with a twist


Busby and Wilds
The East Brighton super restaurant/pub that is consistently good. Think all the trimmings in a smart but relaxed environment and you have the perfect Christmas venue. On the menu are two bird roasts, slow braised beef shin and some enticing fish and vegetarian options too. B&W are also knocking everyone else out of the Christmas pudding game too. They are making Christmas puddings that Boho Gelato will make into ice-cream to serve with their steamed ginger puddings **DOUBLE PUDDING KLAXON**. There's also a chocolate mousse with pistachio genoise sponge and clementine jelly with my name on it too.

2 courses £24/3 courses £32
busbyandwilds.co.uk

the ginger pig - christmas food brighton
The Ginger Pig

The Gingerman Restaurants
Of course you'd have to include the Ginger group. All of the four sites will have their own menu with slightly different styles. The Gingerman is more formal, the Ginger Dog and Pig are relaxed with a refined edge and the Ginger Fox is an upmarket country pub. I'd eat happily in all of them. Also James Villiers, Head Chef from the Dog is currently is on Masterchef Professionals, raising their profile and cooking refined, quality food that you really want to eat. Which is what the Gingerman Group is all about.

Prices vary gingermanrestaurants.com


Something a little different



chilli pickle - christmas food brighton
Banquet at The Chilli Pickle

Chilli Pickle
For those really not interested in a Traditional Christmas dinner, then this is it. All the spice, all the warmth, all the vibrancy. The menu has some old festive favourites like the Goose Momos to some new dishes like the smoked salmon marinated in honey kasundi, coriander and spice, parsnip and curry leaf pakora. For mains the mutton curry with ginger, cardamom and cashew or pannier shaslick with glazed pumpkin sound a treat. Finish with a vanilla and buffalo milk kulfi or pineapple gingercake and coconut ice.

2 courses and nibbles £24.95/3 courses and nibbles £27.95
thechillipickle.com

Giggling Squid
Giggling Squid have a couple 3 course evening menus on offer with plenty of the fresh, vibrant Thai food we know and love them for. There is also a lunch option with a selection of Thai tapas sets too. Read my full review here where I try the Christmas evening options out. 

3 course menus £24.95 or £29.95. Lunchmenu £18.95.
gigglingsquid.com

silo - christmas food brighton
Slow cooked duck, parsnip purée, smoked walnuts, orange oil and coriander shoots - Silo Christmas 2015



Silo
I would love to try Silo's take on Christmas. As usual there is a herbivore and omnivore menu with dishes like Venison Tartar & Sprouts, Shitake Mushroom, Worksop Blue & Dumplings and Salted Pear, St James & Elderflower. Amazingly they do have Turkey on the menu, but it will be unlike anything you've had before with with January King (I had to Google that too) & Sourdough sauce.

£36/38 per menu
silobrighton.com

senor buddha - christmas food brighton
Senor Buddha

Senor Buddha
I really loved my visit to Senor Buddah despite my huge reservations and preconceptions of Asian Spanish fusion food - I was sold!! For Christmas they are offering 3 tapas dishes with half a bottle of wine and complimentary pintxos.

£25 set menu
senorbuddha.co.uk

The Manor
The cafe in the North Laine? Yes, that's the one. But set aside the scrambled eggs on toast as their evening Christmas menu is stunning. 5 courses, with meat or vegetarian options, that reads so well and has zero turkey content.  Instead expect smoked duck breast w/ spiced plum chutney & celeriac remoulade, Slow braised pigs cheeks, Guinness & Clementine mushrooms finishing with spiced poached pears.

At £35 pp, this is a steal.
themanorbrighton.co.uk

Rootcandi
Obviously no turkey on the menu here at this vegetarian restaurant, but I guarantee you won't miss it judging by my last visit. Instead, expect globe artichoke ravioli and braised fennel shank with parsnip purée, black truffle and a mushroom and thyme jus. I love the sound of their parsnip doughnuts with apple parsnip cider for dessert too! All mains are served with a ‘christmas tree’ of accompaniments on their bespoke stands.

5 courses £32.50
rootcandi.co.uk


Cheap and cheerful


burgers at Coggings and co - christmas food brighton
Christmas at Coggings & Co

Coggings & CoThis is a great for groups. In fact, I pointed Mr GF and his team there last year who had a great time. Start with sharing platters of dips, breads and nibbles then choose from a selection of their festive burgers. The pork & sage burger with wholegrain mustard mayo, pork & chestnut stuffing, apple sauce and salad would be for me. Desserts here have always been good and the choice doesn't disappoint from the Chocolate & cognac parfait to the crowd pleasing sticky toffee pudding.

£21.95 per person for 3 courses
coggingsandco.com

pizza at fatto a mano - christmas food brighton

Fatto a Mano
Brighton's fallen a bit in love with Fatto a Mano and embraced real Neapolitan pizza (on the whole - you Domino stuffed crusters are still out there I'm sure). They will have some festive specials as well as their regular menu. There is a lovely private room at their Hove branch which seats 14, perfect for an intimate, yet informal dinner party.

fattoamanopizza.com

Blow the budget

pork at little fish market - christmas food brighton
Little Fish Market

Little Fish Market
Probably my favourite Brighton restaurant. When I think of a treat meal, I think of this place. They aren't doing a Christmas menu as such, but their winter tasting menu uses seasonal ingredients and a visit to this restaurant will always feel like a celebration. Read about my last visit here. 

£50 for Five Courses
thelittlefishmarket.co.uk

Issac at
Have the team done particularly well this year and profits are up? Or are you just a lovely boss? The young team at IssacAt are still finalising their menu (perfectionists that they are) but they will be adding a festive twist to their set and tasting menus. The food is elegant, modern and exciting.

www.isaac-at.com


Not a meal

If you don't fancy a sit-down meal but still want something delicious, how about these for an alternative?

brighton food tours - christmas food brighton


Brighton Food Tour
I really enjoyed my food tour with this company, it's really good fun. They are hosting a Brighton Food & Drink Christmas Special Tour that will give you the chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping with festive tastings, tipples and exclusive discounts on Christmas food and presents. It's also a really fun thing to do as a group and meet some local producers and retailers along the way. You can then decamp to the nearest pub.

£40 per person including all food/drink tastings + exclusive discounts

Ten Green Bottles
This place is great for learning more about wine in an informal, stylish  setting. They do lots of different tasting events for groups large and small, and exclusive events for larger groups. I like the sound of their Cheese and Wine Challenge which includes a competitive element. Perfect for that office-angst that builds up over the year.  The challenge includes a glass of fizz on arrival, tasting samples of six wines, a cheese matching challenge, a selection of breads, olives and nuts and a bottle of fizz for the winning team.

£30 p/head, including prize (for larger groups, from 6 people to 30)
www.tengreenbottles.com

REVIEW: Christmas at the Giggling Squid, Brighton

lamb shank massaman curry - giggling squid brighton

Here I am back at Giggling Squid Brighton having only recently reviewed the standard menu. This time I'm tucking into the Christmas menu (yes my life is hard).

I'm glad to see they haven't tried to be clever with giving turkey and spouts a Thai twist but the menu is full of the fresh and vibrant food I remembered from my last visit.

There are two three-course evening menus to choose from, one at £24.95 and the other at £29.95 (includes a glass of fizz). I could easily have ordered from either really so dipped into both. (There is also a lunch option with Thai tapas sets for £18.95.)

prawn crackers - giggling squid brighton

As before we had drinks and a huge bowl of those awesome prawn crackers (they need to outsource these to pubs).

duck pancakes - giggling squid brighton

We started with the duck spring rolls which arrived in four huge pieces. They were filled with plenty of sweet shredded duck meat wrapped in a fine, crisp Thai pastry and served with a plum sauce. Utterly crowd pleasing, I don't know anyone that wouldn't enjoy these. Apart from vegans maybe.

pork dumplings - giggling squid brighton

The pork dumplings were beautifully presented (shout out to the kitchen porter for all the washing up they need to do). Texture wasn't my favourite being wrapped in some sort of pastry and steamed. A stronger lemongrass and more seasoning would have helped too.

The wine list here is great. I admit I chose my glass of Kung Fu Girl Riesling based on the name alone (wine connoisseur that I am) but there was a lot of love for it on my social feeds after I posted about it. And it wasn't just smart branding with crisp, fruity, aromatic and just sweet enough, it's perfect with Asian food.

The lamb shank for the main was incredible. Everyone loves a massaman curry and here it was everything I wanted it to be; fragrant, rich and sweetly spiced by star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. The lamb shank was tender and fell off the bone, the vegetables still had some bite which I liked too. The nature of food at Giggling Squid is that you want to share so we had this in the middle of the table. Even after we finished we were still drinking spoonfuls of the leftover sauce. But I've been with my husband 18 years so we can behave like this in front of one another thankfully!

salt and pepper prawns - giggling squid brighton

Our other main was equally as good. Four plump, sweet and juicy King prawns, beautifully butterflied with a salt and pepper batter. Scattered on top was plenty of fresh chilli and spring onion. So simple yet so delicious.

boho gelato black sesame ice cream - giggling squid brighton

Desserts are the same on both menus - I rarely want chocolate after a meal so opted for just a scoop of the Black Sesame ice cream made by Brighton's Boho Gelato. This is such an odd ball flavour yet so good in practise. It's more delicate than you would imagine with just an after taste of that toasted sesame flavour. There are also other flavours like Rose Yogurt, Lemongrass & Basil and Banana & Honey too.

mango cake - giggling squid brighton

We also tried the Caramenlised Mango cake which could have been a little sweeter but was fine with the vanilla ice-cream. If you did like chocolate, the Feuillantine would definitely be a good option having seen it.

chrstmas menu - giggling squid brighton

Giggling Squid continues to be a relaxed and fun restaurant, perfect for small group bookings for Christmas. Fine dining has its place but so does a mid-market, good value and decent quality restaurant like this. The atmosphere is intimate and bustling and even Mr GF remarked that it had been a while since we've been out and had such a laugh at a restaurant.

Giggling Squid Brighton
11 Market St, Brighton BN1 1HH

(Also at)
Giggling Squid Hove
129 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2AE

I was invited to review Giggling Squid. Words and thoughts, as always, are my own.

OUT AND ABOUT: Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Hotel Du Vin, Brighton

Beaujolais Nouveau glasses with wine

When I think about Beaujolais Nouveau I imagine 80s yuppies, big phones and long expensed lunches. The bottles were probably flown in by Corncorde for goodness sake.

But here we are today and there's a resurgence of the Beaujolais Nouveau glory days, albeit with better clothing and more conveniently sized communication equipment.

What the hell is it? Well each year on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is made available to enjoy to the public. Winemakers and wine shops are not allowed to sell it until this precise date, hence the celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau Day to make the occasion.

Beaujolais Nouveu is made at a frantic rate (bottled just 6-8 weeks after harvest) resulting in an alarmingly drinkable, fresh, light and fruity red wine. Its fast production means there the tannins are low and the colour is a gorgeous light red. There's no point in keeping it locked up in the cellar for 30 years and is best drunk soon after release. Hell, just drink it all on the day I say, I was totally sold and have already marked next year's date in the diary.

Food at Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Hotel Du Vin Brighton

I was a guest of Hotel Du Vin to celebrate what is the World's largest annual wine bash and were served the perfect meal to wash down our Beaujolias with; slabs of rich pate, beef bourguignon, coq au vin and a classic tart tartin. Sommelier Robin Roux also selected other complimentary wines for the meal, served family style on the large banqueting table, which was a nice touch.


It was also a good excuse to check out Hotel Du Vin Brighton's refresh of the dining areas. I was quite fond of the Disney French style decor before but the fresh new colours have elegantly modernised the area. The light mint and grey is trés Brighton and I look forward to dining there again soon. The last few years have seen a dip in quality in the restaurant sadly but I think change is in the air judging by the meal I had (and a cheeky plate of their octopus!) and it could well be worth a look again. I noticed the infamous cheese cart is still there!

Octopus and pasta at Hotel du Vin Brighton


Many thanks to Hotel Du Vin and Brighton Food Festival for hosting the event and for my invitation. 

PRODUCT REVIEW: Bluebird Tea Co. Christmas range


I know it hasn't been too long since my last Bluebird Tea Co. post but the John Lewis ad is out and Marks and Spencer are dicking about with bizarre crisp flavours, which means it's perfectly acceptable to start talking about Christmas.

Bluebird Tea Co Brighton Mulled Tea

Blubird Tea Co. have totally changed my mind on fruit infusions. You think those supermarket fruit teabags are rank? Me too. This stuff is another level. I have already finished the packed of Mulled Cider tea, fruity apples and warm spices (also good with a splash of liquor too). The Sugar Plum is also good, much like a very grown up hot Ribena.

Bluebird Tea Co Brighton Sugar Plum tea

This is a great store to pick up Christmas gifts (whilst supporting and independent retailer). People are going crazy for advent calendars full off beauty items or booze. Well how about a festive tea calendar with luxury tea bags, mini matcha pots, tea scented mini candles, vegan chocolates for a change?

Bluebird Tea Co Brighton Mulled Wine Tea Candle

Also in the collection are various mulled spices for wine. I love the smell in the house with a pot on the go. (A mate of mine also admitted to using her slow cooker for a constant supply of it! What a gal.). Less boozy are the tea baubles, tea filled Christmas crackers and their new range of scented tea candles. I have the mulled wine tea versions and I couldn't wait to light it, it's glorious.

There are also lots of gift sets and fancy brewing equipment for the tea lover in your life.

Have a look at the full range over at bluebirdteaco.com

Bluebird Tea Co. kindly sent me over a range of products for review. Words and thoughts as always my own. I love this brand! 

REVIEW: Wingrove House, Alfriston, Sussex

Wingrove House Alfriston salmon starter

"A Martini tastes better when you are wearing heels" opens a recent article I've read by Douglas Blyde. (An impeccably dressed man himself, that I expect, will still be in perfectly pressed trousers sat in front of a Netflix box set binge.) He goes on to say that there's a new cultural shift in dining, away from the exposed brick canteen style dining towards a more elegant, yet modern refinement. I've certainly been craving more ceremony in dining lately and believe that the environment and tone of a restaurant, as well as the implied dress code to an extent, really does makes a difference to your experience.

No doubt you'll be arriving in a taxi or car as it's a half hour from Brighton in the gorgeous village of Alfriston, but that's a bonus. No eating quickly and running on to somewhere else, the dining is the occasion here. Your experience of Wingrove House starts from the car park itself, for as soon as you step out you are faced with the elegant terrace (worth coming back in the Summer for) and towards the 19th century colonial-style country house. The smell of log fires and history welcome you at the door but the interior is fresh, luxurious and modern, yet sympathetic with the age of the house.

Wingrove House Alfriston interior and exterior

You peruse the leather bound menu in the lounge with an aperitif if you wish (of course) before being taken through to the dining room, a bright, modern space in white with a surprising coral accent. I loved the style and the mood of it.

Wingrove House Alfriston dining room

We started with Springs Smoked Salmon arranged in a rose on top of paper thin beetroot carpaccio. Smoked salmon is not the best display of the cooking quality but I'm a sucker for it, especially from Spring's down the road in Henfield. The earthy and sweet beetroot is perfect with it as would have been the gin crème fraiche with more of a gin hit to it, the taste was far too subtle. (I'm a working mother of two chef, just leave me the bottle.)

Wingrove House Alfriston pate starter

The pate was a refined example, silky smooth and full of flavour with a sharp pickle to contrast. The best part was being given enough toast to sensibly finish it. Not enough restaurants do this!

Wingrove House Alfriston venison main course

Now we are in the Autumn it's time for heavier meats and game so the venison called. The source of all of the main produce is listed on the menu and the meat was from South Brockwells Farm near Uckfield. Star of the plate surprisingly was the braised red cabbage, softly acidic, warmly spiced and full of juicy blackberries. I almost got nostalgic for Christmas, and I hate Christmas. The venison itself could have been more tender, it was cooked to my liking and rested well but just needed a decent chew. Which was fine as it had great flavour.

Wingrove House Alfriston pork belly main

The pork belly special was enjoyable too. I didn't get too much of a taste of it from the husband's plate but he didn't complain at all. The little sage and pork ball was delicious with it.

Wingrove House Alfriston chocolate cheesecake

It's rare that I could eat pretty much any dessert on the menu as it's not my favourite part to a meal but I don't know what possessed me to choose the Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake. Cheesecake and chocolate are neither of my first choices! Maybe I was thinking of some brilliance from the salted caramel and banana ice cream as head chef Mathew Comben is formally from the celebrated Hungry Monk in Jevington where the banoffi pie was invented. And it indeed worked together really well although making a cheesecake out of the Valrhona chocolate dilutes the rich, decadent nature of it somewhat.

Wingrove House Alfriston walnut and honey tart

The caramelised walnut and honey tart was more up my street, sweet enough, sticky enough and crunchy enough. The spiced apple compote and simple vanilla ice cream was all it needed for the season.

Our meal was all nicely presented and of the quality you would expect. There was a good selection of wines with a sensible price range too. And talking of price, when you think that burgers are hitting the £8 in fast food joints like Five Guys, or even £20 at the i360 (iRoll), the meal here at £35 for three courses is fantastic value. 

As I mentioned, there is a gorgeous terrace that begs for summer lunching and Alfriston itself is beautiful. I'm embarrassed to admit that I've only been as far as Drucillas Zoo at the entrance of the village, but go beyond that and there's a quaint square surrounded by the glowing windows of the most inviting pubs I've ever seen - think low beamed ceilings and buckets of character.

Wingrove House is absolutely worthy of getting those heels out and getting out of town for. The whole evening was the occasion and a very pleasant one too.

**Excuse the photography - I'm battling whether to start bringing a decent camera to reviews but not sure I want to slap out a big DSLR that screams BLOGGER to the rest of the room or irritates other diners. Stay with me while I debate this or better, leave me your tips in the comments!**

Wingrove House
High Street
Alfriston
East Sussex BN26 5TD

I was invited to review Wingrove House. Words and thoughts, as always, my own.

REVIEW: Fatto a Mano, Hove


Fatto a Mano have had a huge success so far in Brighton after opening their first branch on London Road. And deserve it they do. They brought authentic, Neapolitan pizza to Brighton when we were starved of the real deal. Although we are now lucky to have a small selection of excellent pizzerias, they still hold their own in the top three.

The premises at Hove are larger and I a fan of the interior. Whereas London Road is simple, bright and intimate, Hove has deeper tones and, indulge me for a second, the dreamy colour of the year - Hague Blue. The kerb side terrace in the summer no doubt will be full of clinking Prosecco glasses and chatter. Their imposing wood-fired oven is there centre stage where you can choose a table to enjoy the theatre of pizza creation as you dine. It never gets old.


Typically I have a personal rule not to have a starter when at a pizzeria. For some reason this went out of the window and I chose the special menu with the Tronchetto. This arrived as an enormous rolled pizza dough stuffed with Brighton Blue cheese and wrapped with good quality Parma Ham. As a lunch this would hit the spot beautifully and it was delicious with that melting cheese centre, but as a starter was far too large for one person. And, because I like being right, my rule still stands as it took the edge of the enjoyment of my pizza.


Mr GF, who has been a part of the family for a good 18 years, decided to take life into his own hands and chose the Melanzane Parmigiana to "see if it was better than his Mother-in Law's". Now my Italian mamma makes a mean Melanzane Parmigiana, but regional Italian food being what it is, hers is sandwiches of aubergine slices stuffed with cheese, lightly battered and fried before soaking up a rich tomato sauce. Honestly, and with my inheritance in mind I would say they were different and both glorious to eat. Again, I would happily return for this dish as part of a lunch. Cooked in the ceramic dish, it was vibrant and succulent, the thin layers of aubergine giving a beautiful squish rather than sogginess in the well-seasoned tomato sauce.

They also offer chips as a starter too which is beyond my understanding. But lots of people order them so there you go.

Fatto offer the perfect number of pizzas on the menu. Not too many, but enough of a choice, split into red sauce bases and "white" versions without.

I chose the Sussex Pancetta, mushroom, potato, mozzarella, parmesan and sage. The dough was as I would expect from Fatto. Pillow soft crust with a slight chew, thin and tasty as it comes from the char of the oven. Just look at that leaoparding (the black blisters) and underskirt (base char) - perfect. I like how they honour local produce in a lot of what they offer and the selection of toppings here were just right. For me, pizza is about the base first, then the toppings, so I normally go very simple with Margarita or a Napoletana to enjoy the dough, but aside from a dulled appetite, I polished of the majority.


Mr GF went for the salsiccia and friarielli, a broccoli-hybrid not commonly found in the UK which to me, is the ideal partnership with that fennel seed rich sausage. I love a little heat on pizza too so the healthy sprinkling of fresh chilli was welcome.

I like to end my pizza meals as simply as possible so a scoop of gelato or an affogato  and a digestivo does the trick. They offer a small selection of desserts including the scugnizzielli, Italy's answer to churros, but a trio of dough for a meal is too much even for this carb, loving gal.


Although I enjoyed my meal, I think I ever so slightly preferred my visits to Brighton. Maybe it was the Hove air (it takes a LOT for me to cross that Palmeira border!), but the nature of fresh dough is that it's going to be different in the hands of different people on different days. Saying that, the people of Hove should be beside themselves that they now have this gem on their doorstep.

You can be guaranteed of a great meal here that won't break the bank. Staff are great. Quick (as every pizzeria should be), efficient and friendly. This is very much a perfect neighbourhood restaurant.

My Brighton branch review can be found http://www.thegraphicfoodie.co.uk/2015/09/review-fatto-mano-pizzeria-brighton.html

A complete review of all the key Brighton pizzerias, good and bad, can be found on my Brighton pizza listing here http://www.thegraphicfoodie.co.uk/2015/02/gf-guides-best-and-worst-pizza-in.html

Fatto a Mano Hove
65-67 Church Rd
Hove BN3 2BD

I was invited to the launch of Fatto a Mano Hove. Words and thoughts, as always, are my own.