We had planned on heading to Seven Sisters for a bit of pre 3 Peak Challenge Training. On route however my attention was grabbed my the huge black monolith that is the Burger & Bird – Peacehaven building. To be honest I had forgotten all about it opening up in sunny Peacehaven. There was quite the buzz when it opened a few months back. Would it be able to pack the sort of punch that The Woods Burger Kitchen has in Worthing (who currently sit 2nd in our burger league)?
The walk ended up being binned and we were parked up at 11.30am (when it opens). Free parking out back people. A real bonus when heading to these out of town establishments. Fuck me Brighton is a dirty rip off these days.
We walked in through the back entrance through the little outside eating terrace they have tucked away out there. The first thing that struck me was the size of the place. Its massive! One thing that annoyed me in somewhere like Honest Burger
, is that you are literally on top of each other. No chance for a private conversation there.
Here though I think they have the opposite problem. Its almost too big so the tables look a little lost. I am not sure how many covers they can do but I think it could benefit from a couple more tables in there. We were met by a cheery lady and chose to sit outside as it was sunny.
ORDERS AT THE BAR
You have to order at the bar, so in we trotted. The lady was very helpful explaining the menu to us. We opted for a Bacon Cheese Burger, with Salsa and Jalapeños. A naked Bacon Cheese Burger (which comes with salad & dressing), some chicken thighs for my son and sides of Fries, Corn on the cob and a side of chicken gravy! A starter of chicken wings to share was also decided upon to get things going. There are non burger items on the menu and a few desserts but alas no milkshakes (Woods
has me hooked on them).
We paid, and once again the joys of being out of Brighton meant that you didn’t have to remortgage to pay the bill. I think the food came to barely £30 (with drinks on top). I can spend that in McDonalds so was feeling rather chuffed about that.
START YOUR ENGINES
Our starter arrived, 3 wings brushed with mango and habenaro, with a side of blue cheese sauce and a few celery sticks. The first thing that struck me were how puny these wings were. They were minuscule. Must have come off a chick. These were polished off in literally 10 seconds. The sauce was tasty but the skin wasn’t very crispy which was a shame as because there was so little meat on them all you really got was the chewy skin texture. If you are ordering wings, just order double what you normally would. These left me craving Lost Boys Chicken
Wings, who are still the best in town.
THE MAIN EVENT
A short while later out came the mains. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful char on the outside of my burger (could of done with some of that on the wings). Other elements all looked pretty standard though (lettuce, onion and pickles). Everything looked appetising so I dived right in.
The burger was indeed very tasty due to the char, if not a little overdone for me (no pink inside). The bacon was also really tasty. Strangely, I noticed my burger additions of salsa and jalapeños were in little dishes on the side rather than in the burger itself. So I quickly added them.
Everything else in terms of garnish (including buns) all just felt a bit off the shelf. Nothing made them stand out. No home pickling, bog standard raw onions. To hit the lofty heights of the BBB League we like see a bit of craft. Home pickling, home made sauces (Troll
spends a week making his chilli). Trailing of numerous buns until you find a truly unique one that sets you apart from the others (think Humbles
Pretzel buns). Don’t get me wrong these were nice, just not ground breaking.
The corn on the cob was again like a million other cobs I’ve tried in the past. One thing I absolutely loved are their fries!!! I thought these were delicious! Lathered in salt and vinegar, these were some of the best fries I have eaten in a long time. These, along with the char on my burger were the highlights for me. It was a good sized meal too (if we’d ordered more wings that is) and felt like real good value for money.
Don’t expect any home made sauces here like the boys at Pig & Jacket
(they have loaaaads). As far as I could tell pretty much everything was standard out of the bottle condiments (apart from the brushed sauces over the chicken). Maybe thats a necessary evil in a venue this size. I would love to see a house sauce though that you can add to your burger or squirt over your fries. Think that would really add something.
All in all I enjoyed my meal at Burger & Bird – Peacehaven. They are pretty new to the Burger scene down here so may well be still finding their feet a tad. Which could explain my missing chicken gravy (I only realised once I had finished) and the missing bacon from Mrs Hasburglars meal. A few little additions/tweaks here and there would really elevate them. Is it the best burger in Brighton? Not yet. Is it the best burger in Peacehaven? Most probably. Definitely worth a visit if you are heading east.