Why we love Drakes of Brighton

Beneath the boutique bedrooms of Drakes of Brighton hotel is The Restaurant at Drakes, a multi-award winning fine dining restaurant known for its modern European cuisine and exceptional service. 

Drakes of Brighton offers fine dining in a discreet city hideaway, and here are a few reasons why we love it. 

Head Chef Andy Vitez conjures up seasonal specialities made from local ingredients, crafting modern European dishes that you won’t find anywhere else – think cocoa nib crusted venison, cured sea trout with seaweed, and banoffee soufflé with rum and raisin ice cream. For the full Drakes experience, choose the five-course Chef’s Taster menu with wine pairing – a superb experience.

The service at Drakes is exemplary without being stuffy or overly formal. Every member of staff is warm and welcoming, and they’re fantastically knowledgeable about the restaurant’s food and wine. Nothing is too much trouble here, and the entire Drakes team has an innate understanding of what exceptional service really means.

Drakes is in beautiful Grade II listed double Georgian townhouse, and sitting almost opposite the Pier, is a short stroll from central Brighton. Despite the easy access into town, The Restaurant provides a glamorous yet relaxing escape from the city hubbub. Set below ground level, you’re tucked away from street view in what feels like a secret Brighton hideaway.

The Restaurant at Drakes is one of Brighton’s top fine dining venues but don’t just take our word for it. The Good Food Guide has bestowed ten consecutive years of accolades to Drakes and they have earned their reputation as one of the city’s very best. It’s also been voted as Brighton’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Conde Nast.

Open daily to walk in and hotel guests from 7.30-10.00am, breakfast at Drakes is anything but ordinary. The buffet includes a comprehensive range of cereals and homemade granola; sourdough breads and freshly baked pastries; live yoghurts, Smoothie of the Day and freshly squeezed Orange Juice. The full English is elevated with locally sourced produce or homemade vegan sausages. Other options include Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict/Florentine or Scotch Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. We think it’s perfect for a sophisticated business breakfast or weekend treat.

Forget soup and a sandwich, book a table at Drakes and do Lunch properly on the weekends. Here, Saturdays and Sundays are about great food and free-flowing Prosecco or Bloody Marys. Served from 12-2 (last orders), get ready for baked figs with Harrogate blue cheese, Sussex Wagyu beef, and chai crème brulée or Granny Smith terrine.

Adjacent to the main restaurant, Drakes’ private dining room seats 6 to 12 guests and is bookable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Complete privacy is guaranteed, so it’s perfect for a special celebration or occasion of any kind. You’ll even be treated to your own dedicated waiter so, unlike other restaurants, you won’t be vying for their attention.  There is no room hire charge either which does make this an extra special option!

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