Chard – permanently closed

Family run restaurant serving elevated classic and homely dishes in a charmingly rustic setting.
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Chard is now permanently closed, a truly sad loss to the Brighton dining scene due to the covid pandemic. While you’re here you may like to try:

Chard Brighton

Chard Brighton is now permanently closed,

Chard Brighton first opened its doors as a pop-up in Cafe Rust near Preston Park. Within a year the success of the pop-up meant they could move to a permanent residence above i-Gigi general store in Hove, increasing their hours of operation to meet demand.

Fruits and cream

A real family team

The family team of three consists of Benny in the kitchen and Mae and Ciarán running the front of house and day-to-day operations. Chard is a tightly run ship where the strength of familial bonds and a combined love of their offering feeds directly into the experience as a whole.

Bread board at Chard Brighton

Within the first year of moving into their new home, Chard rose to local and national acclaim receiving prize reviews and awards including an AA Rosette, The Good Food Guide, Brighton’s Top 20 and fourth place in the 2019 BRAVO for Best Restaurant.

pickled swede and egg yolk

Home-cooked innovation

Benny’s cuisine is at once innovative and nostalgic, bringing together homely comforting flavour with creative ingredient combinations. Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, Chard serves a five or seven-course tasting menu that is available as meat or vegetarian and can be paired with a wine flight from local wine expert, Henry Butler, of Butler’s Wine Cellar.

dippy egg at Chard

Lunch is served Friday and Saturday from midday until 3 pm, with an a la carte menu that also includes vegetarian and vegan options.

Waffle cone and icecream

The Chard Brighton experience

Any venue where the team evidently take pride in what they do bring a little extra to the dining experience, but at Chard, the pride is a deeply familial one. Mae and Ciarán at the front of house, jostle, as couples do, but ultimately this is endearing rather than awkward. And Benny, whose fabulous cooking launched the venture, is rightly and frequently praised with heartwarming sincerity and love.

To dine at Chard is more than a special occasion, it is to become part of something special.


  1. montplaisir

    We have been eating at Chard since the days when it opened at night in the Café Rust on Preston Road and in all that time whether eating as a couple, with friends or in a large party, I have never had an indifferent meal! How many restaurants can I say that about? None…

    Simply put, the family team at Chard offer creatively delicious food served with great charm along with a well chosen wine list all at a reasonable price and it has been my favourite go-to restaurant in Brighton since they opened…

  2. Rhys Trussler

    Guaranteed an incredible night, beautiful creative food served by a wonderful team. Felt well looked after and a bit “food drunk” by the end of the evening

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