Amarillo at Drakes

Amarillo offers guests fine dining at affordable prices. Tapas style small plates bursting with a Spanish flavour.
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Amarillo at Drakes Hotel

Amarillo Brighton began life as a pop up at Lost in the Lanes cafe in the historic Brighton Lanes, before relocating to a permanent residency at Brighton’s luxurious boutique hotel Drakes of Brighton. Amarillo is brought to us by Michelin starred Chef Ian Swainson, formerly Head Chef at The Pass.

Amarillo Brighton
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Meet Ian Swainson

Ian Swainson is well known on the Brighton food scene and Amarillo, as his first unique venture, gives diners the opportunity to experience this skilled chef’s repertoire up close. Ian has been cooking in renowned kitchens for 18 years, including Michelin starred L’Ortolan in Reading; he led The Samling Hotel in Cumbria to a Michelin star and took over from Matt Gillan at The Pass at the South Lodge Hotel, Horsham.

Ian’s aim with Amarillo is to bring a relaxed and fun dining experience without letting the possible stigma of fine dining get in the way.

Amarillo Brighton

Bold Spanish flavours

Since opening, Ian has been wowing the city’s food lovers with his love of bold Spanish flavours and confident delivery of unexpected dishes.

Amarillo Brighton is definitely one to watch offering a high-end fine dining experience but at a far more reasonable price point (around £40 per head) and in a more casual setting.

three pincho
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The menu

The menu at Amarillo is divided into equal parts fish, meat and plant served as sharing plates. A pair of diners would be anticipated to share two to three pinchos, a fish dish, a vegetarian dish, two mains, two sides and desserts. Ian’s emphasis is not to fill you up in one go, but to take you on a journey with little tastes packing exciting and enjoyable experiences.

venison in black pepper and juniper
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Mouthwatering dishes at Amarillo Brighton

Example dishes might include raw salmon belly with avocado and Siracha mayonnaise pincho. Black rice with cuttlefish and cracker, roasted lamb rump with black garlic and nettle puree and truffled Scotch egg arancini with wild mushrooms and truffle sauce.

striking plates and flavours
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Amarillo at Drakes Hotel

The coming together of Ian Swainson’s Amarillo and one of Brighton’s most luxurious Boutique hotels on the Brighton seafront is a combination that is set to reach new levels of epicurean delight. The hotel’s reputation sets it high in Brighton for service, comfort and lavishness and the restaurant had long held a reputation for excellence. The new injection of seasoned prowess may well mean that in a city crying out for a Michelin star, this may well be the one to watch.

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