Fine Dining, Brighton & Hove
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
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.
Isaac At is a fine dining restaurant in the North Laine of Brighton, focusing on locally sourced ingredients and exclusively English wines. Owned and run by chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland who is extremely passionate about Sussex produce and brings this passion to life in every dish. During each event the chefs prepare all food in front of diners to make the service more interactive and engaging.
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.
Pike & Pine is located at the bottom of St.James’ Street not far from the seafront and offers a menu which focuses around locally sourced ingredients, with dishes changing to reflect the seasons. The main dining room features a small plate a la carte menu alongside 6 and 8 course tasting menus. Another option is to dine at the counter. Ten guests can be accommodated along an eight metre marble counter, which is where Matt and his team will showcase 10 or more dishes in his signature style, and where guests can enjoy the energy of the kitchen and engage with the team.
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.
Brighton’s first ‘Zero Waste restaurant’ is a unique experience providing ethical, guilt-free dining. The chef and visionary, Doug McMaster describes it as a ‘pre-industrial, primitive food system that generates zero waste’. Fittingly located in the North Laines, they have their own compost machine inside. Big on purity and ‘zero processed’, all the produce is locally and ethically sourced. Definitely a must visit.
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.
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.
Michelin Starred Chef Matt Gillan and Brighton Restaurateur, Mike Palmer (Lucky Beach) have opened a highly anticipated restaurant/coffee shop concept in Kemptown. Transforming from a contemporary coffee house into Pike and Pine in the evening (6.30pm) they offer a menu which focuses around locally sourced ingredients, with dishes changing to reflect the seasons. Watch this space, Pike & Pine are shaking up the food scene in Brighton!
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. Has spacious terrace and oyster bar and is based in a trio of 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 trendy area of Jubilee Square, Chilli Pickle is fine dining with a bit of a kick. Indian cuisine served up in a setting which is unique and ‘little bit boutique’ . Recipient of several awards, Chilli Pickle are dedicated to providing authentic Indian food, in a variety of innovative ways. Not got time to fine dine? Try their street food cart or take away from the Chilli Pickle Canteen.
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
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.