EATING OUT: The Setting Sun

Besi Besemar August 31, 2015

You will find The Setting Sun Terrace Bar up the hill behind American Express at the crown of Sussex Street.

The Setting Sun: Views from the Terrace
The Setting Sun: Views from the Terrace

It’s a bit of a walk to get there, but well worth the¬†effort¬†as the outside patio affords impressive sweeping views across the city.¬†On the evening of our visit we watched the sun go down to the west. The views were quite stunning.

Outside the pub appears quite small, once inside there are plenty of places to sit in the farmhouse styled dining areas,¬†there’s a lovely conservatory and a large terrace with a covered outside lounge area.

Jon and Matt Henwood-Wardle
Jon and Matt Henwood-Wardle

The couple behind this new venture are partners Jon and Matt Henwood-Wardle.

The menu features:

‚ô¶ Lite Bites,

‚ô¶ Mains Section,

‚ô¶ Burgers Section and

‚ô¶ Puddings

and changes every week. You can check out online whats on offer before you go.

Houmous with pitta bread
Houmous with pitta bread

We started with 3 Lite Bites: Houmous with pitta bread (£5.95), garlic feta seasoned french fries (£3.50) and grilled haloumi and tomato (£5.25).

The garlic feta cheese was to die for, moist, strong on the garlic and served with crispy fries. This signature dish is highly recommended.

Grilled haloumi and tomato
Grilled haloumi and tomato

At the best of times haloumi can be quite rubbery when it is served, making it somewhat a hit and miss choice. This haloumi was¬†spot on retaining a clear flavour of goat’s milk and melted in the mouth. It was served with large slices of tomato¬†and a drissle of balsamic vinegar.

The houmous was just as I like it slightly crunchy and perflectly complemented by the olive oil used.

One word of caution, all three dishes were large and two would have been fine, bearing in mind we had main courses to follow.

Greek salad with chicken
Greek salad with chicken

For mains I chose the Greek salad with chicken (£9.95). Wonderful flavoured leaves, crunchy red onions, peeled cucumber, crispy crutons, creamy feta cheese and marinated chicken strips. It was stunning, the chicken was moist, tender and full of flavour while the salad was a meal on its own.

Blue cheese burger and chips
Blue cheese burger and chips

Mrs Ledward tried the blue cheese burger and chips and reports the burger meat was lean and moist and the blue cheese complemented rather than overpowered the beef in the burger.

Sadly we left no room for any of the puddings on offer which included sticky toffee pudding with cream or ice cream (£4.95) and home-made berry cheesecake with fresh cream (£5.95).

The Setting Sun

We did not try any wines but Jon says his wine list evolves every month and they only lists wines he and Matt personally like and would be happy ordering a second glass of.

For lovers of beer they have on offer a monthly rotation of three ales that reflect the ales available from the many breweries opening up around Brighton & Hove in East and West Sussex.

If you want a tip go up mid to late afternoon for afternoon tea and clotted cream scones, and, oh yes the mandatory glass of champagne!

Despite only being open for a month, Sunday lunch is already very popular and costs £10.95.


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You will find the Setting Sun at 1 Windmill Street, Brighton.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday noon – 11pm. Saturday 12-12 and Sunday 12-10pm.
For reservations telephone: 01273 626192

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