Sunday Lunch with Jazz & Fizz

Living in Eastbourne I am spoiled with choices for a traditional Sunday lunch, but let’s face it, this popular weekend treat can vary in quality.

Top of my list is The Langham Hotel overlooking the sea on Royal Parade. The hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and super friendly staff who greet you on arrival with a smile.


My husband and I decided to try one of their popular Jazz lunches and chose a sunny, but bitterly cold Sunday in February, when we knew a brisk walk along the seafront would work up our appetites.

Once seated in the attractive restaurant, a waiter brought us a sparkling glass of Prosecco while we perused the menu and enjoyed a spot of jazz being played by The Carl Greenwood Trio. Thoughtful touches such as the Prosecco, fresh flowers on the table and crisp white linen all combine to enhance your experience.

Moules in a rich and creamy sauce

There is a good choice with 2 courses costing £18 or 3 courses just £27. A few of the dishes carried a small supplement such as my husband’s starter of Moules Mariniere, but as he declared the garlicky mussels the best he had ever tasted, it was small price to pay at just £2.50   extra.

A light and fruity starter

I chose carefully as I could see the roast beef on offer was a hearty portion, so I enjoyed a refreshing bowl of melon and raspberries in a light syrup.


Then the main event – the trolley appeared, I do like a trolley! A huge copper dome was lifted to reveal a serious joint of beef accompanied by some gargantuan Yorkshire puds. Horseradish was offered, and a selection of fresh vegetables brought to the table.


Roast beef with all the trimmings

Dessert was a real problem as all the choices sounded delightful, crepe suzettes dramatically flambéed at your table, steamed plum pudding, ice cream confections or a refreshing lemon fool. The plum pudding and lemon fool got our vote and completed a really delicious lunch. Coffee, tea and mints are also included to round off your meal.

If you are vegetarian or vegan the hotel offers suitable alternatives that are a tasty treat. On Sunday the menu offered a spicy vegetable tagine served with rice from the lunch menu, or they have a separate coeliac and vegan menu with a choice of imaginative dishes.

As well as regular Jazz Lunches, The Langham has a full programme of events which can be found on their website If you are not lucky enough to live in or around Eastbourne, why not stay over as the hotel has some great deals throughout the year.


Ask for a table by the window so you can enjoy the beautiful sea view.



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