The Chimney House
With its mission statement inscribed in chalk on a blackboard and a vibrant open kitchen, The Chimney House is rightly proud of its conscientious culinary process. A stone’s throw from Seven Dials, this modern gastropub places strong emphasis on local, organic and sustainably sourced produce. The restaurant feels friendly and unassuming – ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a relaxed meal with friends.
Owner Charlie Brookman and his team create familiar dishes with a wonderful twist. The staff certainly know their stuff, offering their recommendations and background information on all of the dishes. The menu changes regularly, taking advantage of seasonal vegetables, locally landed fish and foraged foods. Why not start with a couple of small sharing plates? You could sample the house pâté, wild mushrooms in sourdough, or wild boar bacon with pak choi and plum barbecue sauce. The pick of the mains is the 35-day-aged minute steak. It’s served with fried potatoes – delightfully crispy and perfectly seasoned – but it’s the lacto-fermented wild garlic that steals the show. The slightly vinegary garlic flavour cuts through the richness of the steak. Finish with one of the Sussex-made ice creams or sorbets. Vanilla and raspberry are classics, while the Baileys and fudge offer a unique taste sensation.