A guide to Brighton’s best Christmas dinners

Screw the presents – the dinner is really the best thing about Christmas


Screw the presents – the dinner is really the best thing about Christmas. Whilst nothing can beat home cooking, perfecting a proper Sunday roast can be a challenge at the best of times, especially as a student. Some may want to venture out and let someone else deal with peeling potatoes and the washing up.

Save yourself the hassle, gather the troops and head into town to experience some of the best roast dinners Brighton has to offer at this wonderfully festive time of year.

The Bevy (Hillside, Brighton)

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The Bevendean Community pub (better and more suitably known as "The Bevy") is the first ever community owned estate pub in the UK. In light of the festive season, they have just launched "The return of The Roast", a delicious, fresh-made roast dinner served every Sunday 12.30-5pm. They cater for all needs, with a selection of Chicken, Pork and Beef for the meat lovers and Veg wellington or Nut roast for the veggies, along with all the essential garnishings of course. And if you book before 11pm on Saturday, it will only cost £7.95, a very student friendly treat.

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If you're feeling like splashing out they also offer an exclusive Christmas menu, for £16.95 for two courses, offering a free bottle of wine for parties of six.

Call 01273281009 to book.

Fiveways (Ditchling Road, Brighton)

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Fiveways offer all it takes to get you into the Christmas spirit, and their hearty Sunday Roast is one that is sure to tickle your taste buds. Their roast dinners are served all day Sunday from £8.99, with a choice of Beef, Pork belly, Chicken and Vegetarian served with all the Christmas dinner essentials. If that wasn't enough, they've got a special selection of festive drinks to really get you in the Christmas spirit, from Mulled Wine and Prosecco to a special Christmas Ale, Fiveways have your Sunday Roast outing down to a T.

Call 01273552005 for more information.

The Hartington (Whippingham Road, Brighton)

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The Hartington can promise a more luxury experience for those willing to splash the cash, with a Christmas Party menu that is sure to make you drool. Available through to the 23rd of December, The Hartington offer a three course meal for £21.95 per person, or £16.95 for two courses, along with a complimentary bottle of bubbly for parties of six. If a smoked salmon with crab mayonnaise starter and traditional turkey roast take your fancy, or just a traditional hearty roast dinner, then the Hartington is for you.

For bookings/enquiries, call 01273682874 or email [email protected]

Seven Stars (Ship Street, Brighton)

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The Seven Stars is a gin and craft beer pub situated in the heart of Brighton and brand themselves as a 'traditional pub grub with a French twist in the kitchen'. Along with their two/three course Christmas Menu, the Seven Stars offer a selection of Sunday roasts, from Roasted Stirloin Beef and Caramelised Chicken thigh to Vegetable gratin and Vegan aubergine and courgette frittata, they cater for everyone. I mean look at it. How could you say no.

For bookings/enquires, call 01273258800 or email [email protected]

East Slope (Sussex Campus)

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At the social hub of Sussex campus, our very own East Slope Bar provides us with one of the best selections of Sunday Roasts, and priced at £6.50, you can't really go wrong. They're so student friendly, they even throw in a pint of Fosters or Strongbow for only £2.50 with any roast. And if you needed any more reason to head down there for a flat Christmas dinner, with Sussex saying goodbye to East slope in the New Year, it will be your last chance to grab yourself a roast there, so head down and give it the recognition it so deserves.