Review – Lucky Beach
As the dismal grey slog of winter passes and we frog march into Spring, what better opportunity to seek out the places in Brighton that are well equipped for lazy sun drenched afternoons. Lucky Beach on Brighton seafront is an ideal spot to spend such time with its small yet enticing menu and appealing inside and outside seating arrangement.
Hidden away in one of Brighton’s famous arches, Lucky Beach is nestled slap bang in the middle between the Brighton Pier and the ailing West Pier. Opening its doors amid a flurry of press and media excitement back in the summer of 2013, the Guardian called Lucky Beach the “undoubtable standout of all the beachside cafes and bars”. If it’s good enough for the Guardian, it’s good enough for Places I Eat Brighton.
The menu at Lucky Beach is a stripped back affair that clearly targets trends and what the general public would love to eat on a summers day. Hamburgers, sandwiches, fish & chips and salads paired with ales, American bottled lagers and a decent wine selection. You can leave the pints of warm beer to other beachside bars, Lucky Beach has the real deal when it comes to booze.
As the clouds began to drift in from the west, we chose to sit inside on the glorious upper floor, next to a huge window over looking the promenade, beach and pier. Too early in the day for a cold beer, we opted for a refreshing can of Lilt (£1.80) and browsed the well branded menu.
The main focus is burgers, however, there are plenty of other options for those adverse to the current meat in a bun trend. The fennel hummus wrap with carrot slaw, beetroot, seeds and leaves sounded refreshingly healthy and it was a blessing to see breaded scampi making an appearance alongside Shoreham line-caught cod and chips.
Choosing between the five burgers on offer, I very nearly ordered the ‘David Van Day’ with its blue cheese and double aged pattie but instead opted for the lighter Lucky Beach Royale – double cheese, 2 x beef pattie, mayo, pickled onions, ketchup and veg, served on a brioche bun (£6.95) and added a side of fries for £2.50.
Served in a paper lined metallic dish, the burger was beautiful to look at and so delicately assembled. The double cheese dribbled over the sides and added a greasy yet enjoyable element to the burger. Using 35 day dry-aged beef from local conservation cattle was a wise choice and the quality of the meat really shined through. The pink and pert pickled onions gave a satisfactory crunch to the burger and the brioche held the contents together well.
My only qualm would be the size of the burger; I’d demolished mine within minutes and was hungry for more. Luckily, the chips were great and I was able to fill up on these. Next time I think I’ll order an extra beef pattie (£1.95) and bulk the Lucky Beach Royale up slightly.
Appealing both visually and in terms of taste, this was a great burger and far superior to other some establishments, especially those that line the shore. Coupled with piping hot, well cooked skin-on chips and delightful sea views, I can see myself not being able to get a table at Lucky Beach for love nor money come summertime.
Affordable, great service and splendid quality, this hip seafront hangout is guaranteed to be a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. Hats off to Mike Palmer from Lost in Catering for having the creative vision to open a much needed, high quality seafront establishment such as Lucky Beach.