Big Eats Co. takes over the kitchen to compete with Brighton's best BBQ joints

3.5 £15pp

Big Eats Co. @ The Druids Arms, Brighton Review

The Druids Arms is a friendly independent pub with an eclectic range of constantly changing real ales and ciders, as well as an extensive BBQ menu by Big Eats Co.

It’s now one of nearest pubs and the old man and I dropped in for lunch after trying to eat at Hobgoblin only to find the kitchen was closed for the day.

It couldn’t have been much quieter at The Druids with only a couple of other punters hanging around. The kitchen is now run by Big Eats Co. who serve up a range of BBQ and home-smoked goodies till 10pm Tuesday to Saturday with traditional roasts on Sunday till they run out.

Everyone likes a bargain and there are a few weekly deals on offer here, including 2 meals for £10 every Tuesday, Wings Wednesday (5 free wings with every burger), and on Thursdays you can get a meal and pint for just £10.

We ordered a couple of beers while we looked over the menu – I had a tasty pint of Dark Star Summer Solstice (£4.15) from the good range of real ales (mainly Dark Star) available at The Druids Arms and Dad had an Amstel (£3.80).

The Big Eats Co. menu is truly mouth-watering for a BBQ fan like myself, with dishes like this on offer;

  • Cajun Pulled Pork (£10) – free range pork shoulder is brined overnight, cold smoked during the day and hot smoked over the following night, making for a 2+ day process! The pork is then shredded and finished with Cajun spices and served with meaty BBQ beans & smoked cheddar cornbread + a side of your choice
  • Ribs ‘n’ Wings (£15) –  twice smoked ribs marinated in Texan spices and cooked ’til they’re proper tender, served with 5 buttermilk fried chicken wings and fries
  • Dirt Dogg (£9.50) 7” smoked Bratwurst served up damn right dirty with smoked cheddar and smothered with chilli

I’ll be making my way through those dishes over the next couple of months but Scoff Senior and I were both in a burger mood today. He went for The Classic (£8) – 5ox smoked beef patty topped with home smoked cheddar and as a sucker for a bit of fried chicken, I couldn’t resist The Red Head (£9.50) – buttermilk fried chicken breast, chorizo and home smoked halloumi. Wait… Fried chicken, chorizo and halloumi in the same burger?! OMG.

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    The Red Head

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    The Classic

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    The Red Head

We were both starving but although kept up to date, we were made to wait for at least another 30 minutes while the fryer was cleaned. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer a clean fryer to a dirty one but surely this should have been done before the (non-existent) lunch rush.

Luckily, when our food finally arrived we were both happy bunnies. Dad’s was a good size and had plenty of smoky elements to it and my chicken burger was cracking. Crispy, juicy chicken with smoky, slightly spicy chorizo topped with halloumi was a great combination. Maybe a little heavy on the salt but very tasty nonetheless.

The chips were nothing special and may well have been from frozen but had a nice crunch to them but the tiny portion of heavily pickled veg didn’t feel right and could do with a rethink.

Staff from both The Druids and Big Eats Co. were friendly and as a big BBQ fan, I’m keen to come back and test out more of the dishes on offer here. Lunch was definitely worth the wait.

Posted in: 3 Star, BBQ, Brighton, Burgers, Lunch, Pubs & Bars, Review

The Bill

2 Diners
The Classic£8.00
The Red Head£9.50
Per person£12.73

Contact Info

79-81 Ditchling Road,
Brighton BN1 4SD

01273 680596

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The Author

Gary Simmons

Digital designer by day, food blogger by night and in to all things foodie, Gary has eaten 13 meals in one day, a tarantula, a scorpion, the world's hottest chilli and most expensive soup.

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