A top drawer burger restaurant with sustainability at it's core
Coggings & Co. Brighton Review
After eight years at the helm of The Preston Park Tavern, Andrew Coggings sold up and announced his intention to open a locally sourced, sustainable burger restaurant in Brighton.
The Preston Park Tavern was voted ‘the most sustainable pub in The UK’, by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2013 under Andrew’s ownership and those values are equally evident in every part of Coggings & Co’s offering, which has already earned it ‘The Three Star Sustainability Champion Award’ by the SRA since opening last year.
The refurb was carried out using as many local and ethical craftsmen as possible with tables made from of recycled pine by the fantastic Brighton Woodstore and all painting and decorating done by local eco painters Pure Decoration.
Coggings & Co received the accolade of ‘Best burger restaurant in Brighton & Hove’ in January 2015 from The Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper and has managed to keep itself on top of most if not all of their local competition, and there’s plenty of it!
Their beef is freshly ground daily and is supplied by Henk from Redlands Farm, Horam. All burgers are served with triple-cooked chips, cooked in a choice of beef dripping or organic vegetable oil and all beef burgers are gluten free – they even offer gluten free buns.
Mrs Foodie Brighton and I had hastily planned our first anniversary weekend to include several meals out (of course) but after a mix up with our booking at Isaac at and an unsuccessful ring round to Silo, Salt Room and Gingerman amongst others, we managed to get a table at Coggings, which admittedly isn’t the most romantic of settings but by this point, some great food was all we cared about!
We were greeted by a warm, open space with plenty of wood and exposed brickwork and friendly staff who gave us our choice of table. There’s a great selection of local bottled beers available from brewers like Longman, Naked Beer Co and Dark Star and we opted for the very tasty Firebird Bohemia Pilsner, which went down very nicely.
After plenty of deliberation, and a bit of advice from our waitress, Mrs Scoff ordered the 6oz beef with Barber’s cheddar, dry-cured honey-glazed streaky bacon and bacon jam instead of mustard mayonnaise & salad (£10.95) and I went for the 6oz beef with Brighton blue cheese, slow roast tomato & bacon jam, crispy onions & salad (£11.50).
Both of these were excellent, with plenty of flavour from the juicy beef patties and various fillings and the bacon jam added an extra layer of depth and hint of sweetness. The only negative apart from the lack of a plate was that I only really got a hint of Brighton Blue, which was a shame – I think even twice as much cheese wouldn’t have overdone it.
Our House-dressed green salad (£2.95) was beautifully fresh and the Beer-battered onion rings (£2.95) were textbook – crunchy, chunky and not in the least bit greasy. We also even managed a Chocolate peanut butter fudge sundae (£5.95), which was pure nostalgia and wonderfully indulgent.
While Coggings & Co. are clearly serving up quality here, the burger I had recently at Burger Brothers delivered a little something extra, which these couldn’t quite match up to and with so much competition around it’s really hard to know who’s serving up the best burger in town.
But if it’s setting you’re after, Coggings is hands down the ‘nicest’ place for sure, with a more formal restaurant setting than the very casual style you’ll get from the likes of Troll’s Pantry, Burger Kult and so on.
One thing you can be sure of, is that Coggings & Co. won’t let you down.
|6oz beef, Barber's cheddar, dry-cured honey-glazed streaky bacon, bacon jam, salad||£10.95|
|6oz beef, Brighton blue cheese, slow roast tomato & bacon jam, crispy onions, salad||£11.50|
|House-dressed green salad||£2.95|
|Beer-battered onion rings||£2.95|
|Chocolate peanut butter fudge sundae||£5.95|