The Ginger Fox

If you know me, you’ll know I don’t need much of an occasion to go out to eat. And my birthday gives me even more of an excuse! Every year I make sure I choose somewhere that’s been recommended and therefore, I have little doubt will be good. I used to live down the road from The Ginger Pig on Hove street, but nothing ever drew me to go there. I’d been for a drink and didn’t find it had much of an atmosphere. May just have been the day I went. I have driven past The Ginger Fox many times and always thought it looked lovely.

I’m lucky that my birthday usually falls on Bank holiday weekend. We booked for Sunday night. It was pretty full when we arrived. Whenever you go for a meal in a two, you are often sat quite close to others but it wasn’t too much of a problem this time.

I’d had a party the night before and was feeling pretty fragile so couldn’t stomach any wine. Instead, I went for a non-alcoholic Seedlip gin and chose a Fentiman’s pink rhubarb tonic to go with it. Lovely combination.

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The menu is based around seasonal produce and extremely varied. Whether you’re a meat lover, fish lover or vegetarian there something exciting for all.

The starters were very fresh and perfect size, leaving enough space for mains and dessert!

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Mackerel scotch egg, green beans, olive tapenade, confit lemon and red pepper and fromage blanc
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Burrata, confit Nutbourne tomatoes, baby artichokes, basil oil, and balsamic pearls and crisp breads

*****

Choosing a main wasn’t hard for me, the Brill with truffle mash sounded so tempting!

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Brill, English asparagus, truffle potato puree, red wine jus and parsley oil

I would never have thought to put red wine jus with fish, but it worked very well, especially with the truffle potato!

My husband chose the lamb rump from the incredibly local Saddlescombe farm. He said the lamb was perfectly cooked and melted in the mouth.

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Rump of lamb with fondant potato, green beans, pea puree and mushroom jus

*****

Now, I have to admit that nothing on the dessert menu immediately jumped out at me. Nothing chocolately on there at all. However, seeing other people’s desserts made me give it a go, and I am SO glad I did.

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Strawberry and pistachio clafoutis, clotted cream and strawberry ripple ice cream

We weren’t entirely sure what a Clafoutis was but the accompaniments sounded delightful and it was. A type of sponge cake.

As much as I loved my first two courses, the star of the show for me was my dessert! The peanut butter was indulgent and worked fabulously with the raspberry!

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Raspberry and peanut millefeuille with raspberries, peanut butter mousse and raspberry gel

So after not being that tempted by the desserts, it turned out to be the stunner for me!

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable birthday meal, attentive service, cosy ambience with just enough of a buzz. At just over £100 for 2 people it was mid range (for me), not something you’d have every day but totally worth it for a special occasion. That was for 3 courses and drinks.

We’ll definitely be back in the Summer to enjoy the garden with stunning views of the South Downs.

Thank you to the team at the Ginger Fox.

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