Lunch with Your Bunch: The Cow, Seven Dials, Brighton

On Monday, I posted a couple of photos of The Cow and a ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED‘ comment on the Little Lewes Facebook page. It received a lot of views – and likes – and one reader has already eaten there with her kids. Since not everyone following the blog is on Facebook, I thought it worthy of a short share here.

That day, we met some mates and did what I suggested on Little Lewes in the ‘All Rain, No Pain Part 1’ post from a few days back – the Booth Museum and Dyke Road Playground.

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Neon signage at The Cow
Image via thecowbrighton.co.uk

Famished and feeling deserving of a treat (it was the first day of half term, after all), we walked to Seven Dials and found The Cow.

This is a craft beer pub with a part Americana/part Brit feel. There’s neon-lit signage, but there’s also a smidge of Farrow and Ball and tartan in places. I like the parquet wall and the huge tromp l’oeil one papered in black and white to look like a real bookcase.

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Bookcases that are not bookcases at The Cow
Image via thecowbrighton.co.uk

The pub has space – a must – and is super accommodating. We retreated to the back and spread out, pushing tables together. There were high chairs, crayons and colouring-in print-outs (outlines of monsters for the kids to give whatever faces they fancied).

The staff were friendly, working around our different food/drink needs and returning to us often to see if we were OK.

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The Cow – spacious, friendly, nicely done
Image via thecowbrighton.co.uk

The children’s menu is made up for £4 dishes of the fish-finger-and-chip variety, but it’s all made fresh. Nothing more annoying than paying for a pile of Birds Eye and McCain. The fish fingers and the chicken goujons were chunky and crispy, and not deep-fried to within an inch of disgusting.

My youngest had a ‘tasting plate‘ of what we call ‘bits and pieces’ – carrots, cheese, grapes, cut up apple, bread and hummus. It was generous and the ingredients were good quality.

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Homemade fish fingers and chips

For adults the menu is split into ‘bite size’ plates that priced between £2.95 and £5.95, and bigger mains. We all ate from the bite size – superfood salads all, with one coupled with some arancini, mine coupled with some chilli-fried squid. (Think I don’t know how middle class that sounds? Hang it, it was delicious).

The food was fresh and toothsome – decently sized to the point that none of us went down the Mini Milk road with the kids afterwards.

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A good ‘bits and pieces’ plate

We left The Cow feeling not stressed. Six children ranging in ages between six months and six years, sat at a table with three mothers, for one hour. Somehow, it worked, in no small part thanks to The Cow. So often you go into these places en masse, and there’s eye-rolling – from staff and other punters. Not here.

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How many bottles, standing on the wall?

Like I said: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (And also I would fully choose this for a night of adult drunkenness. Craft beer? YES PLEASE. It is most definitely not ‘aimed’ at kids and families – but it does a good job adapting to them in the day time.)

Address: 95/97 Dyke Road, Seven Dials, Brighton
Tel no.: 01273 772 370
Website: thecowbrighton.co.uk

Disclosure: I did not accept – nor was I offered – any freebies or money for this post. We stumbled across The Cow and I felt it was value to share it with Little Lewes’s readers.

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