The first time I went to the Half Moon in Brighton I was dubious…was pub food, albeit in Brighton, really what I had in mind for pre theater dinner? I can now answer, after having returned a second time just to be sure the first wasn’t a fluke, that this place is great.
I met Dee and Bean there on a crowded Saturday night where arriving early (this rarely happens to me) I grabbed a glass of my favorite wine, Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc and pulled up a chair. The bar at about 6pm was busy without being packed and a great blend of everything from late teens to the pensioner set (but naturally the stylish end of both sets).
The girls arrived and we moved through the well appointed bar, past the indoor courtyard and towards the back where it featured a really nice dining room. We also all noted the gorgeous looking private dining room- definitely on my hit list next time I need a private room. The dining room is of a generous size with natural light streaming in from both ends and a fireplace!! I do love. Nice fireplace.
The team are friendly and the menu varied with very reasonable prices. There is plenty here on offer for meat eaters, seafood fans, gluten free and the vegetarians. I should imagine they can also cater to vegans without too much fuss.
I however needed no menu to know I was going to select the misnamed (in my opinion) roast pumpkin salad. I have dreamed of this amazing dish. The reason I say it is misnamed is because the roast pumpkin clearly takes second place to the amazing fresh pomegranate that makes this salad pop. There is something so fun about the way pomegranate bursts and blended as it is with a date dressing and some fetta – this salad is delicious!
The table also selected a sweet potato gnocchi that sounded and looked amazing but had no stripes on the salad and a beef burger that got the thumbs up from Bean.
The slightly differently pickled cucumber was a new taste as well and a thoughtful touch to the burger combo.
I really like the Half Moon and would happily travel out this way to dine here one evening even without the lure of great local theater performance.