FOOD REVIEW: Budget dining at Charles Street

Besi Besemar January 2, 2015

Charles Street’s new winter menu is presented in clear categories, easy to navigate and excellent value for money.


There is something for everyone: starters and sides, sharing platters, burgers, pasta and rice and the HOME COMFORTS and STREET FOOD categories.

PIZZAS make a welcome return to the menu, ranging in price from £6.95 to £8.95. We tried the Dallas Deli with pepperoni, sweet cured streaky bacon, ham, mushroom and red pepper, costing £8.95. Excellent pizza, crispy base and great value.

The SHARE SECTION features excellent value sharing platters. We tried the All America Platter, costing £8.75, with half potato shells loaded with cheese and bacon, BBQ chicken wings, slider cheeseburgers, chilli slaw and deep fried pickled gherkins. Excellent value and worth trying just for the deep fried pickled gherkins which are delicious and original, naughty on the hips but very nice.

Other platters include: The Ultimate Combo at £8.25 and the Chicken Wing Challenge, costing £9.95, which gives you 50 chicken wings to dip into your favourite sauce.

HOME COMFORTS: includes all the regular favourites including traditional fish & chips. We tried the tasty Carolina-Glazed pork belly with chips, BBQ beans and tangy gold BBQ sauce at £6.75. A real winner, tasty but not dry!


From the RICE and PASTA Section we tried the Chicken Tikka Masala served with rice, naan bread, a poppadom and mango chutney. Great value at £5.95 and as good as you will get in any Indian restaurant.

Charles Street burgers have a well earned reputation for quality and excellence. They start at £5.95 for a classic burger and rise to £7.70 for the Pulled Pork Burger and Sloppy Mac Burger with chopped bacon and macaroni cheese. All burgers are served with salad, mayo, a bowl of chips and a gherkin spear.

Charles Street

All dishes in the STREET FOOD Section are served with chips and a drink for just £5. Drinks on offer include pints of Guinness, Carlsberg, John Smiths, Greene King IPA, Strongbow and a selection of soft drink options. We tasted the Southern Fried Style Chicken Goujon Wrap, which is the most popular dish on the menu and deservedly so. I can also recommend the Classic Hot Dog served with fried onion and American mustard and the BBQ pig flatbread.

If you’re looking after your waistline there’s a selection of dishes with fewer than 500 calories such as the chicken fillet burger at £5.75. We finished our food-tasting evening with a wonderful Espresso Martini from the new cocktail menu, at £7.95.

The popular 2 meals for £6.95 deal remains, which includes dishes marked with the special icon. For £6.95 you can have fish & chips and a cheese & bacon burger. Couple that with the 2 desserts for the price of one deal and two of you can have two courses for just £11. Better still, Sunday Lunch for two people is just £10!

Charles Street

8 Marine Parade, Brighton,
Telephone: 01273 624 091                                                                                                                                       Food served: Noon-8pm Monday-Saturday; Noon-7pm Sunday

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