Fine Dining Brighton and Hove
An introduction to fine dining Brighton. Finding a fine dining restaurant in Brighton or Hove is a rather simple task these days since the culinary scene has well and truly upped its game in the past few years. On the other hand, the bar has been raised so high, it’s almost hard to know what counts as ‘fine’ dining now as so many of them seem very fine indeed.
Classic Fine Dining Restaurants in Brighton & Hove
There’s a real buzz in the air as Brighton and Hove celebrate ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ finalist, Steven Edward‘s first restaurant, ‘Etch’ which opened in March 2017. Etch is located on the corner of Church Road and Sackville Road, Etch will stand out as they offer something quite different to their neighbours. Etch offers exciting 5-6 and 7-8 course tasting menus that use the best local ingredients possible.
Award winning Restaurant at Drakes has been the best scoring Brighton restaurant in the Good Food guide for the past 6 years running. Situated in the sophisticated boutique hotel Drakes, it is perfect for long, leisurely lunches or luxurious dinners. The menu is updated regularly to reflect the seasons and availability of local produce. Highly acclaimed Head Chef, Andy really does have fine dining down to a tee.
Although not technically in Brighton, we think Restaurant Interlude deserves a mention on this page that highlights the best fine dining meals in the area. Located inside the mansion house at Leonardslee Estate just outside Horsham, Interlude’s chef brigade is lead by foraging enthusiast Jean Dalport. He and his team create much of the menu with produce grown and found within the estate gardens, making up their innovative and unique ‘Estate Experience’ and ‘Garden Experience’ 14 and 19-course tasting menus. Check out their Estate sample menus here.
French inspired cuisine with a British influence, the Bistro du Vin is situated in the luxurious boutique hotel, Hotel Du Vin. Nestled in Brighton’s famous Lanes, just a ‘pebble’s throw’ from the beach it’s a perfect place to experience fine dining in a really relaxed setting. Not only can you enjoy a fantastic dinner here, but afternoon tea and Sunday lunch are done superbly here too.
The Little Fish Market began back in early 2013, with chef-patron Duncan Ray (Previously Pennyhill Park and The Fat Duck) setting up stove in a charming, intimate 20-cover restaurant. The venue is simply laid out with comfortable wooden tables and fish themed local artist’s work adorns the neutrally themed walls. Duncan offers a fixed priced five course menu at £50pp, decided on what’s been landed by the local fisherman that day.
Petit Pois on Ship Street offers the highest quality French bistro cuisine at unbeatable prices in Brighton. Head chef David uses only the best seasonal produce and most of the menu is home made in house other than bread from The Flour Pot Bakery and macaroons from Julien Plumart. Expertly cooked fish, meat and vegetarian main courses are on offer, alongside classic French starters, sharing boards and puddings. Sunday roasts and set lunch menus are also popular amongst guests. Book here.
One of the most talked about restaurants in Brighton, the Coal Shed is a different take on the ‘Fine Dining’ experience. Here they cook the very best steak and fish over a specially imported charcoal oven, to produce quality food with exceptional taste. Using ethically reared Highland Beef, locally caught fish and offering some very tasty vegetarian options, there is something on the menu to suit everyone’s taste.
GB1’s philosophy is quality with simplicity. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers a fantastic choice of the finest and freshly caught seafood from Brighton’s shores. Executive Chef Alan White’s brigade of passionate and inventive chefs add a contemporary touch to classic British cuisine and seafood favourites. At GB1 you know you’re always getting the freshest ingredients. The modern feel of GB1 works in harmony with the hotel’s regency architecture and historic character. GB1 brings an energy to the iconic hotel and offers culinary experiences to suit any occasion.
Benny, Mae and Ciarán are devout foodies with a passion for refined dining. Their menu champions Sussex produce at its finest and their flavour combinations plus a lean towards lesser known ingredients makes dining at Chard an experience not to be missed. Their wine list has been created skilfully with a variety of styles from regions all over the world. With sold out nights a regular occurrence, definitely book and definitely get in fast!
A boutique hotel in the stylish and trendy area of Kemptown, Blanch House offers a private dining room which you can hire for any special occasion from a business lunch to a wedding. Oozing with elegance and luxury, it is a venue to impress. You can hire the restaurant for a more intimate affair serving 15-40 guests, or their ‘Belle Epoque Suite’ for something larger housing up to 75.
Featuring in many ‘Top’ restaurant lists, the Gingerman in Norfolk Square is a wonderful dining experience. Priding themselves on creating ‘uncomplicated, full flavoured dishes made from the freshest and highest quality seasonal produce’, it is unsurprisingly a popular choice for many. It is intimate and cozy, whilst sophisticated and classy at the same time. A meal here feels very special indeed.
The Set restaurant is part of the popular Artist Residence hotel, located in the heart of Brighton at the top of Regency Square looking down to the sea. The Set is an intimate dining experience seating just 20 people. There’s a liveliness involved as the restaurant faces the kitchen, so you get to see the chefs cook and prepare your exciting dishes. Serving their ever changing tasting menus which consists of four courses, you can opt for the wine flight where they match a wine according to the dishes.
One of the oldest and longest serving restaurants in Brighton. Cosy and intimate, it is perfect for a quiet exchange of gossip or business and serves the finest local seafood from the Brighton shores. The restaurant also has a spacious terrace and oyster bar and is based in a trio of former fishermen’s cottages. Fine dining from a time gone by.
Asian Fine Dining
Beautiful décor, slightly subdued lighting and friendly knowledgeable service will be the order of the evening as Indian Summer wine and dine you in boutique inspired surroundings. Offering street food treats such as masala dosas and bhel puris – plus the combination of Minesh’s/ Byron’s family recipes, Indian Summer offers a modern take on an Indian restaurant all served in an elegant and ‘fine dining’ style.
Located in the historic Lanes, Gars is fine Chinese cuisine at it’s best. Around since 1983, they really do know what they’re doing when it comes to ‘Chinese Fine Dining’. With Pan Asian dishes on the menu too, the menu caters for all tastes, styles and occasions. Gars doesn’t only provide fantastic modern chinese food, it provides an exciting and special experience too.
Fine Dining & Fine Cooking in Sussex
Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 by entrepreneurial couple Sarah and Mark Driver. In 2018, The Tasting Room restaurant was added to the vineyard and offers the ultimate dining experience. Overlooking vineyards in the valley, the stylish glass window fronted restaurant offers tranquility by the bucket load and is the perfect escape from the city. Celebrated head chef Chris Bailey runs the kitchen alongside local talent, and between them a menu showcasing the best local produce has been curated. A lunchtime menu consists of two or three courses whilst dinner is a five course set menu, arranged either as meat, fish or vegetarian. WINTER UPDATE: Rathfinny is closed during October 2019 for harvest, and will reopen for lunches only from Monday 4th November throughout the winter months.
The Pass, South Lodge Hotel
The Pass is a Michelin starred restaurant housed in this grand and regal looking hotel in Horsham. Apart from the exemplary food and service, the Pass is mostly famous for its layout which allows you the guest, to watch the creations of the chef unfold right in front of you.
‘Where vegetarianism is indulgence not abstinence’, Terre Terre has been changing views about vegetarian cuisine for the past 21 years. Situated in the historic Lanes, it is somewhat of an institution. Imaginative and daring, the team at Terre a Terre use their skills and experience to really push the boundaries of traditional cooking creating the most exciting dishes. An experience to behold, vegetarian or not.