I’ve been wanting to tick Bills off my list for a while now but fate had always conspired against me. I had either been unable to scrape together the pennies or they had been packed to the rafters whenever I had been passing by.
It turns out that all it takes is a bit of forward planning. My boyfriend and I managed to book a table on a Saturday night and excitedly hurried down to Brighton to see what all the fuss was about.
Starting life as a humble grocery shop, Bills first opened in Lewes, East Sussex but now has new restaurants springing up all over the country from Brighton to Bristol.
Nevertheless, the chain hasn’t lost its grocery shop roots, with jars and cellophane wrapped goodies lining the walls.
Despite being housed in a lofty, industrial-style space, Bills still feels homely and welcoming. The exposed brick walls bounce excited chatter around the large open room. The noise and style of this sort of communal dining may be off-putting for some but the brash, animated atmosphere is contagious.
With wine poured we checked out the menu. Bills definitely isn’t the cheapest place to eat out but their food promises to erase any doubt over its value. We decided to opt to share some side-dishes to start, choosing the Bills big olives and home-made tortillas.
The tortillas were incredible and whizzed to our table in no time at all. A twist on the traditional fast-food!
Next up was the mains. Fish-pie for me and chicken and chorizo burger for him.
I’m a sucker for anything served on a wooden board so was instantly won over with the presentation. However, it may be my gargantuan appetite but I would have liked the pie to have come with some sort of accompaniment? £12.95 for a single, solo dish is pretty steep. Saying that, it was pretty delicious.
Seeing as it was date-night it would have been rude to leave without dessert. To save the pennies we shared the Strawberry Pavlova which was more than enough for two! Pavlova is my all-time favorite and this one was creamy-heaven. Gorgeous, but perhaps not as good as Jojo’s massive offering.
With full tums and empty pockets we left Bills feeling pretty content. It had lived up to my very high expectations and had been well-worth the wait. I just might have to do a bit of saving before I head back there again!
You can check out Bills website here.