Brighton Michelin Star 2021 Round-up

The Michelin Guide is considered the gold standard in the culinary industry, its awarding of one to three Stars representing the pinnacle of achievement for a restaurant. In addition to the Michelin Stars, Michelin Bib Gourmand is awarded to establishments offering a more casual experience than would generally be considered for a Star, but whose ethos and delivery is noteworthy as a local ‘hotspot’.

Despite one of the worst years imaginable blighting the hospitality industry, Michelin has still published its awards for 2021 – here are the Brighton, Hove and Sussex highlights.

Restaurant Interlude

Sussex stars

While the majority of stars are focused in major cities such as London, New York and Paris, Sussex holds enough to make a small constellation of its own. Retaining their star for a second year is Restaurant Interlude in Horsham, who achieved this Star rating in the first year of opening in 2020. You can read our interview with Jean Delport of Interlude here. Also in Horsham is Restaurant Tristan featuring a fusion of traditional and modern in both decor and menu. A little further afield in East Grinstead is the delightfully picturesque Gravetye Manor 

The small but perfectly formed Cin Cin on Vine Street entered the ranks of Bib Gourmand in 2019, designating it a venue offering quality cooking at an affordable price and representing an ethos and philosophy worthy of note.

Also holding on to Bib Gourmand status for another year and showing no signs of letting go is Brighton favourite The Chilli Pickle whose street-food inspired menu has gleaned many a national and local award. For a larger, busier restaurant the Bib Gourmand shows popularity has not lessened integrity.

Bibs in Sussex

Very much a village and locals pub, The Cat Inn also retains its Bib Gourmand status for the sixth year running. A simple menu focuses on pub classics that are excellently executed including Sussex game and locally caught fish. Enjoy a sun-filled patio during the summer and a warming log fire in the winter.

Adding a Michelin Plate to its collection of esteemed accolades this year is The Salt Room. Modern design, sea views and a menu that emphasises quality ingredients without compromising on sustainability makes The Salt Room a well-recognised gem in the city’s signing scene.

Creative food at Kindling Brighton

New Michelin Plate - Kindling

Kindling was open less than half a year before the March lockdown of 2020 cast a cloud over this rising Brighton star. But that was enough time for it to spark an interest in the hearts of Michelin judges who have already awarded this fledgeling a Michelin Plate.

Michael Bremner’s 64 degrees now holds a plate for 2021, having previously held a Bib Gourmand. The popularity of this intimate fine dining venue remains as consistent and marks them out as a local gem and a destination attraction. Sister restaurant, Murmur, also holds a Plate for 2021

The Set earned itself a Bib Gourmand in 2020. In 2021 The Set continues to hold rank with a Michelin Plate. This accolade is a mixed bag for fans of the restaurant since The Set will be departing from Artists Residence at the end of March. We’re sure it’s not game over for Dan Kenny and his team though, watch this space…

Michelin Plates - Brighton

Michelin Plates recognise a standard of good cooking that set restaurants above the average, in Brighton, there are many well-established restaurants who reflect the city’s culture and philosophy including vegetarian bastion Terre a Terre, local produce champions Isaac at, and The Ginger Dog, The Gingerman and youngest member of the Ginger family, The Flint House, joins its siblings at the table for 2021.

Little Fish Market. sustainable Brighton. Brighton Restaurant Awards

Michelin Plates - Hove

In Hove, Michelin Plate restaurants go out to some pretty spectacular local talent, including Steven Edwards’ etch, and Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market, both of which also hold places in the National Restaurant Awards ‘Top 100’. New kid on the block, Wild Flor, earned itself a  Plate in just over a year of opening back in 2020 and hold onto it for 2021.The Gingerman Group continues to roll out success stories with the hotel, bar-bistro The Ginger Pig also retaining a Plate for 2021.

Rathfinny tasting rooms

Michelin Plates - Sussex

If you’re looking to take a jolly out into the Sussex countryside then there’s a good selection of venues that are marked with distinction and represent some of the best qualities of the county. Retaining the Plate for 2021 is The Tasting Room at Rathfinny Wine Estate, in Horsham. Those retaining their status in Sussex include The Crabtree, Jeremy’s at Borde Hill and The Ginger Fox.