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Foodie Friday - Was Oddsocks such an odd choice?

Whole roasted free-range chicken cooked in a special rotisserie oven in a maple syrup and lemon thyme sauce; served with thick-cut chips, ruby slaw, corn on the cob and a jug of gravy in a light-filled, comfy setting, centrally located and only two minutes from Brighton station. 'On paper', an expression I picked up lately, 'this place was just my type of dining experience'. So, why was it that it wasn't on my radar and would odd socks be required for the dress code?

Foodie Friday - Was Oddsocks such an odd choice? photo by modernbricabrac

Oddsocks is the one-year-old bar and dining concept devised by the team at Jurys Inn hotel recently opened at the back of Brighton station and a place where non-residents of the hotel are positively welcomed. Accessed via Jurys Inn main foyer, the entrance is on the left and from there the dining area spreads over quite a large space.

Inside are a series of areas separated by sofas and armchairs around coffee tables, interspersed with dining tables with benches and counters with stools against exterior windows. It's a bright hotch potch of colours and styles that suits the ethos of the lounge. The overall feeling is one of a relaxed and informal loft style living space, perfect for light snacks and informal dining.

As I scanned the menu one item stood out and seemed perfect at this oddsock venue, an indoor picnic box replete with miniature bottles of lemonade, half a rotisserie chicken, warm homemade hen's Scotch egg, Sussex blue cheese quiche, Brighton Sausage Company sausage roll and thick cut chips. It sounded amazing.

With chicken ordered and an enjoyable bottle of Merlot to provide a little internal warmth, I went back to the menu to discover more about Oddsock's rotisserie chicken. On the menu I learnt that it's their signature dish, they only use free-range chickens and they cook it in a special rotisserie oven. Available as a leg and thigh, half or whole to share, the dish comes with a variety of sauces.

This sounded hugely tempting but I was looking forward to my order, of the Picnic for two to share for £20. Our box of delights soon arrived and after taking loads of photos, I packed my plate high with a little of everything. The chicken tasted succulent and delicious as did the comfortingly warm hen's Scotch egg. Oh joy! I also loved the thick cut chips and the little bottle of lemonade, although I'd happily have taken a much bigger helping of that.

We were so full but I couldn't leave without trying their other signature dish first, the Brighton Seaside Sundae for £6. Combining vanilla ice cream with toffee sauce, toffee popcorn and pieces of Brighton rock it arrived in an impressively tall glass. After feeling delighted at my seriously indulgent dessert the thought occurred to me that I hadn't actually had a sundae since I was a child. It felt incredibly decadent but it tasted creamy and sweetly caramel, with an odd soft squish of popcorn. To taste it was to be reminded of the fun of childhood.

From my first entering Oddsocks I had loved the interior of candy pink and teal sofas and even more so the fabulous welcome my friend and I had received. The Manager Georgi and Sergio could not have been more friendly and accommodating, and from what I could see it seemed that everyone else enjoyed the same level of service too. I'd highly recommend the Chicken Picnic Box and their Brighton Seaside Sundae, both were full of flavour and lots of fun. I enjoyed the food and experience so much I plan to go back for more chicken, this time to share a whole chicken served with stuffing, thick cut chips, ruby slaw, buttered corn on the cob and a jug of chicken gravy, with my Welsh One who loves a lot of gravy.

With huge thanks for the complimentary food, drink and fabulous welcome.

NB: I didn't wear socks in the end.

Oddsocks Kitchen, Jurys Inn Hotel, 101 Stroudley Road, Brighton BN1 4DJ

Happy Munching

Sarah xx

Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac

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