Muddy Eats: Skyfall, Hove
NOTE: SKYFALL HAS NOW SADLY CLOSED AS OF SUMMER 2017
Nope, not a chance of seeing Daniel Craig here – at least not until he reads my review and finds out how good it is. Nothing at all to do with 007 except a little homage in the phone number but it does give you a licence to eat, drink and be merry.
Skyfall celebrated its first birthday this summer. It describes itself as a ‘restaurant and live music lounge’ with performers on Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings and Sun afternoons. Somehow, from pics on social media of some extravagant burgers I had in mind it was a kind of Coggins & Co with bands. I was wrong, but in a good way.
Skyfall was far more up the fine dining end than I expected and the music was the chilled background sort that goes rather better with digesting food – good for a date rather than a lively night out.
It’s situated on the South side of Church Road, one of the main arteries in Hove, so it catches the sun and as I went a little while back when days were still warm they had the whole front opened up, blissfully catching the rays into the evening.
The first thing worth mentioning is the design – all cool and contemporary with a grey, yellow and white palette and geometric wallpaper but with a relaxed vibe. This piece of art had me guessing, yes it’s a wine rack!
The lightbulbs are bare, the tables are copper topped and there’s lots of lovely plush banquette seating – helping it live up to that ‘lounge’ description.
The menu was interesting. First, I had tempura vegetables. For my main, yes there was a burger on the menu, but I plumped for wood pigeon, which, despite my concerns it might be dry, was cooked to perfection and so good I was doing that mental lip smacking thing (just me?) when thinking about it days later.
Mr Muddy came over all summery and ordered a goats cheese salad with an interesting twist as it contained avocado and blueberries. He’s still talking about getting round to recreating it at home. We rounded it up by sharing a fab brownie with honeycomb.
There’s a cocktail menu besides the usual wine and beer (always a plus in my book) and I had a Bellini.
The autumn menu currently includes a mussel and clam chowder or pig’s jowl and ham hock starters and there’s braised oxtail or pork belly among the mains. If you’re in the area in the morning instead check out their brunches including a full English or eggs benedict, florentine or royal served 9.00 am to 11.00 am with Bloody Mary or Bellini if you’re feeling extra indulgent. There are also afternoon teas or cream teas (book those 48 hours in advance) and roasts on Sundays – this weekend they’re doing two roasts for the price of one if you book ahead.
We had a lovely acoustic Irish singer/guitarist on the night I was there who sat in a corner and played some traditional music and cover versions (no, not including Adele’s Skyfall). It was all very low-key and relaxed, something you carry on eating and chatting to rather than stop and watch, so much so that he slipped away at the end without applause while I was busy scoffing, prompting me to rush after him in a fluster and say how much we’d enjoyed his set. After all, even Bond never forgets his manners.
The Muddy Verdict
Good for: a date or double date, a relaxed catch up with a friend. Foodies, music-lovers, and those after something a bit different.
Not so good for: Dinner would be wasted on children, though I’m sure they’d be made to feel welcome for a family lunch or afternoon tea. From the atmosphere on the night I visited I’d say you might spoil others’ enjoyment if you came as a big noisy group of friends.
££ Starters mostly £7, mains £12 – 18. A set menu (Mon – Sat. noon to 18.00pm) is £11.50 for two courses, £14.50 for three. Afternoon tea (book ahead) is £14.95 including unlimited hot drinks.
Skyfall, 42 Church Rd, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2FN, 01273 041007, email@example.com, skyfallhove.com