Review – The Globe
Ah student days. You either loved them or hated them. Personally, mine were a glorious combination of gin splattered nights in Soho often culminating in struggling to find the N9 toward Ealing, questionable kebab in hand. Oh and some occasional studying.
The Student Union bar at my former University I only ever visited once. Call me a snob but a television playing mid 00’s dance videos, a broken pool table and god awful reheated food wasn’t my ideal of a great night out. Perhaps it was because I was a little older, a little wiser and a little spoilt coming from Brighton; a city glittered with great watering holes.
Fast forward eight years and we’re now in a position where Student Unions are taking over pubs in town centres. No more starting the night on campus, no more rammed journeys on the 25 bus into town as the whole bar heads toward whichever club has the cheapest drinks. You can now start the evening bang in the centre of town and get some ideal stomach lining grub whilst you’re at it.
A Drink Inn Brighton venue, The Globe has been around for as long as I can remember. It’s a wonderful pub with a large downstairs that often doubles up as a cinema, live DJ sets and private hire space. At the start of 2014 the pub became part of the University of Sussex Students Union and had a complete menu overhaul to reflect the change in clientele.
The kitchen is now run by ’T’s Grill and Smokehouse’ and with a name like that the menu is unsurprisingly very meat orientated. Expect ten hour smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken, hot wings, cheese fries with beef brisket chilli, barbecue spare ribs and burgers made from rump steak mince and topped with a huge variety of homemade marinades and American cheese.
Like many Brighton pubs nowadays, burgers are a dominant force on the menu. The bun and pattie outlook clearly reels in the punters and this particular food trend shows no signs of slowing down. With this in mind, I ordered ‘The Texan’ a 1/2 pound pattie made from rump steak, served in a lightly toasted brioche bun with smoked pulled pork, lettuce and homemade barbecue sauce. To put it lightly, I barely touch my side of fries. This burger was an absolute beast.
Topped with a pickle, the toasted brioche help the burger together well. The pulled pork was a delight and melted in the mouth. However, I’d have loved the pattie to be cooked to medium and not well done as I felt this took away from of the flavour from the rump steak mince and some cheese would have finished off the super large burger nicely.
The Globe menu is ideal boozing grub. Large portions, packed full of meat and goes nicely with a cold pint. Whether you’re a student or not, it’s worth checking out the meat from T’s Grill and Smokehouse, especially if you’re looking for a pub in town with a lively, loud atmosphere and drinks deals over a weekend.
Originally printed in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 7/3/14
Words by Claire Beveridge