The Tin Drum
95-97 Dyke Road, Brighton, United Kingdom
The Tin Drum Brighton Reviews
Good food, service and value in the Dials Jun 14, 2012
The Tin Drum has a lot of competition nearby being based in seven dials but if you are after affordable modern British cuisine this is one of the best around.
The specials are updated frequently by blackboard at the back of the bar. On offer is plenty of fish dishes, mussels, pork and on the menu you can get various burgers, sausages and mash as well as salads and vegetarian options. I chose to opt for a regular Sunday menu fixture of crispy pork belly on a bed of bubble and squeak with winter greens and carrots. My dining companion went for the special containing sea bass, creamed butternut squash and seasonal vegetables.
The presentation of the food is nothing short of excellent and when we tucked in we were not disappointed. The food was prepared to perfection and this didn't seem to be a lucky one off as everyone around us seemed to be enjoying their food too. The restaurant seemed to have quite a few regulars and I came here upon the recommendation of a local to this area which tends to be the sign of a good place.
The pork belly was very tender and the cracking on top was crispy yet didn't need the force of a hammer or jaws of a shark to break apart and chew (quite the accomplishment). The gravy was delicious and the taste and amount complimented the vegetables and bubble & squeak perfectly. My Dinning companion was equally thrilled with his sea bass meal.
The food on average seems to be priced around the £10 mark for a main course in here and desserts around 5 with appetisers ranging from £3 to £5 which is average for most of Brighton but cheap for this kind of food and cheap for the dials.
The service in here is equal to the food, in one word excellent. The staff were friendly, polite and attentive so we didn't have to wait long to get drink and place orders, drinks were kept topped up and the bill arrived promptly.
The Tin Drum presents itself a little as a gastro pub (more restaurant than pub) and also has a bar area where you can enjoy drinks without frequenting the restaurant section but the main reason to come here is for the food as there are cheaper and better bars a short walk away.
That being said the Tin Drum serves as an inexpensive place to eat in the dials where the food quality is consistently brilliant. Despite all the competition on offer here it still manages to hold its own and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
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