Lunch for a Fiver - The Elephant & Castle

Lunch envy? - mere child’s play. Try ordering lunch with indecision and selective menu blindness. We’re in the Elephant, checking what the new chef had to offer, and things start well. I scan the menu and select three things to make my final selection from. It looks easy with a wide range of sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes within the £5 budget we aim to strictly stick to this week. Sadly, a few items, including Dave’s initial choice of the Ellie Burger (£5.50), go tantalisingly out of reach. (A quick chat with regular consumers of the beast however, assured us that both the Ellie, and its controversial cousin the Smellie, appear to be in safe hands.)

Dave orders sausage, egg, beans & chips and my affliction kicks in. I forget everything I was going to order and can only offer a weak “the same”. I sit down feeling ashamed. Then I look up and the specials board saves me. ‘Sausages with Carrot and Swede Mash, Peas and Onion Gravy - £5’, it screams at me. I change my order, and within minutes I’m enjoying succulent sausages with light and tasty mash and perfect onion gravy. With Dave confirming that his food is also excellent, we’ve achieved the highly improbable: Indecision and Selective Menu Blindness 0 - Lunch Envy 0. And both bang on budget - what a result. NW

Give us a bash of the Lincolnshire Sausages with Carrot
and Swede Mash me mamma used to make
White Hill, Lewes
When? Noon - 2.30pm
How Much? Pay attention at the back…
Elephant & Castle
(t) 01273 473797