Review: Fried chicken at The New Club, Brighton

I’m going to have to come clean about something now and I expect to be fully gunned down for it too. Every now and again, when I’m revoltingly hungover, I indulge in a KFC.  I know I know, I bang on about Nandos being the scum of the earth, when actually, my guilty pleasure is far worse. In my defence though, there was no other higher welfare alternative, to either eat in, or take away in Brighton… until now.

Anyone who’s familiar with me, my blog or any of my social networks, will know that I am a devoted fan of The New Club.  I reviewed it only a couple of months ago, and have been back a couple of times since too, but seeing the above photo (on their Facebook) was an absolute game changer…

The only thing that upsets me about this is the fact it’s only one night a week. It is, in my opinion, fantastic value for money, a proper, full on meal, with organic meat, all for a tenner? Yes please.

I’d been full on obsessing about it all day (not exaggerating) and even rang ahead to check there’d be some left. So intent was I on securing my chicken supper, I left my flat with wet hair and zero makeup on, if you know me, you will know that this is insane. No amount of money  or peer pressure would’ve got me to post a ‘no makeup selfie’ online (I did donate to Cancer Research though).

Maple popcorn with bacon £3

This was incredible.  For those of you who are dubious about sweet and savoury together, get a grip and get some of this in your gob. It’s life changing.

It really was everything I’d hoped it would be.  I’d built it up SO much in my mind so was kind of expecting it to be a bit of an anticlimax, I needn’t have worried at all.

The chicken was steaming and tender inside with a deliciously crunchy and well seasoned coating.  I could’ve eaten twice that amount, and that’s not even a reflection of my greed, just how good it was.

Chips were a tiny bit droopy but still tasted great and I happily at them all, and the remainder of my mate’s as well.  The corn was so buttery and cooked perfectly, and I’m not really a fan of red ‘slaw, but this was gorgeous.

The moans of delight coming from our table were actually a bit embarrassing, I’m pretty sure my friend and I now both have an idea of what the other sounds like having sex. Ewww.

Whatever they’ve done to this dish since I last visited… I like it, I like it a lot.  The stringy, oozy cheese that you normally find just on the top of macaroni cheese was running all the way through this dish, and oh.my.god. I just didn’t want it to end.  At eight quid it’s pretty pricey, but I’d say it’s well worth it.

They have different themed nights throughout the week so check out their website for the deets or follow them on Twitter for regular delicious updates.  

Have you been to the New Club?  What do you think?  Is there anywhere else in Brighton that sells fried chicken worth eating?  Tweet me or comment below x

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