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Michelin Star Restaurants Brighton and Hove

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Michelin star restaurants in Brighton and Sussex*

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’.

While Brighton and Hove restaurants still remain starless, there are some otherwise notable entries worth celebrating. The next Michelin announcement will be February 2025.

You may also like our BRAVO rated Top 20 restaurants in Brighton voted by the public.

*page updated Feb 2024.

New in 2024 – A Green Star for Restaurant Interlude

Restaurant Interlude proudly announces the retention of its Michelin Star for the fifth consecutive year! In addition to this, they are overjoyed to have been honoured with the much-coveted Michelin Green Star. This dual achievement reflects their ongoing commitment to culinary excellence and sustainability practices. 

The Michelin guide gives green Michelin stars to restaurants which combine “culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments”. It awards those who hold themselves accountable when it comes to their environmental impact, and who make choices based on how green they are.

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New in 2024 – Bib Gourmand – Palmito in Brighton

Palmito, one of Brighton’s newest restaurants, has earned the prestigious Bib Gourmand recognition. Palmito, a charming neighbourhood restaurant, delights patrons with small plates boasting bold flavours. Described as “spice-driven,” the culinary style draws inspiration from diverse global cuisines, offering an array of affordable dishes that tantalise the taste buds. While the décor remains simple and understated, the kitchen crafts bold and interesting dishes with meticulous care. Start your evening with a vibrant cocktail, and be sure to conclude it with a delectable dessert, completing a culinary journey that promises to leave a lasting impression. Located at 16 Western Road. 

New in 2024 – Bib Gourmand – Dill in Lewes

Dill in Lewes emerges as one of Sussex’s newest additions to the Michelin guide in 2024, earning the coveted Bib Gourmand distinction early in the year. This charming bistro offers a delightful selection of small plates, each brimming with originality and inventive flair. The menu takes a global approach, drawing from a diverse range of influences to create uniquely crafted dishes that stand out for their creativity and authenticity. Inside, the rustic decor and uniquely shaped dining room exude an intimate and welcoming Sussex restaurant, complemented by blackboard menus that add a touch of charm. The knowledgeable and personable service team further enhances the dining experience, making Dill a must-visit destination for culinary enthusiasts around Lewes in Sussex.

overhead shot of the white table and white plate with dessert on

Sussex Star – Ben Wilkinson at The Pass

Ben Wilkinson at The Pass has retained the Michelin star for 2024 which is their 2nd year. The Sussex restaurant is at South Lodge, a country house located in an historic estate and offers a unique dining experience. With Head Chef Ben Wilkinson leading his small team, guests can sit and watch as their dishes are prepared with skill and precision, in this intimate setting that seats up to 28 diners. The tasting menu, crafted with the finest seasonal and Sussex produce, showcases the exceptional talent of the kitchen. Expect an exciting and inventive culinary journey, where each dish is a true masterpiece, delivering both visual and sensory delight.

Retaining the Sussex Star for 2024 – Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor is a first-class restaurant located in a beautiful country house in Sussex. It boasts the Dining Room where visitors can enjoy seasonal menus made from produce grown in their own garden. Chef George Blogg is highly skilled at using the fresh, seasonal ingredients grown on-site to create dishes that are both visually stunning and delectable. Gravetye Manor has earned a reputation for being a dining destination that celebrates the best of local produce, and is the perfect setting for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Retaining The Bib Gourmand – Flint House

Flint House is a stylish and modern Brighton restaurant located in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes area. The restaurant offers a range of exquisite European small plates, served in a bustling and lively atmosphere in the main dining room. The founders, Ben and Pamela Mckellar, have an impressive track record in the restaurant industry, having established the highly acclaimed Gingerman Restaurant Group. At Flint House, guests can also enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar on the first floor or take in the surroundings from the rooftop terrace. The food is perfectly paired with an extensive selection of beautiful wines.

Table next to big window laid out with small plates and drinks. Burnt Orange, winner of best restaurants Brighton in BRAVO Awards 2023. Brighton's best restaurant in 2023. The Lanes Brighton. Best restaurants Brighton winner.

Retaining the Bib – Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange has become a firm favourite locally and nationally, winning the hearts and stomachs for a second year at the BRAVO awards. Burnt Orange is the youngest sister in the popular Brighton family that includes The Coal Shed and The Salt Rooms, and become an instant hit for its offering of flame cooked, world inspired seasonal sharing plates, fabulous cocktails and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere. As well as being crowned the Best Brighton restaurant in the 2022 and 2023 Brighton Restaurant Awards.

Retaining The Bib – CIN CIN

The small but perfectly formed Cin Cin in Hove 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.

Bright green ravioli at Cin Cin Italian restaurant in Hove. Hove restaurant

Bibs in Sussex

The Royal in St. Leonards is a warm and welcoming gastropub situated in the town’s historic region. Their focus is on seasonal and quality produce which allows them to create delicious British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Alongside their menu, they serve real ales and delicious wines, all in a relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for enjoying elevated classic pub cooking.

New to the Michelin Guide in 2023 – Dilsk

Dilsk offers a high-end dining experience with a modern British tasting menu that’s made its mark in the Michelin Guide. Their culinary artistry, marked by progressive cooking techniques and unwavering attention to detail, stands out. Dilsk’s commitment shines through in every aspect, from the meticulous selection of Sussex produce to the artful presentation of their elegant dishes and their handpicked wine suppliers. Located at Drakes of Brighton on Brighton seafront. 

New to the Michelin Guide in 2023 – Furna

Opening in November 2022, Furna offers a modern dining experience and has already been recognised by the Michelin Guide. Furna is chef-patron Dave Mothersil’s first solo restaurant where he offers diners a unique tasting menu which showcases an array of techniques and celebrates the seasons. It’s no surprise Furna has made it to the Michelin Guide.

New to the Michelin Guide in 2023 – Tutto Brighton

Making its appearance in the Michelin Guide is Tutto Brighton. A contemporary Italian restaurant that combines the best ingredients with friendly and knowledgeable hospitality and a fantastic selection of Italian wines. Set in a beautifully restored 1930s banking hall, the restaurant is just a short walk away from the bustling North Laine area. On sunny days, guests can enjoy the street side terrace or dine in the main restaurant, which also features countertop dining at the open bar so you can watch the action. Tutto’s small plate menu is crafted with high-quality ingredients and prepared simply, ensuring an authentic Italian dining experience that’s sure to delight any food lover.

exterior shot of Tutto, Italian restaurant in Brighton
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Michelin Guide – Brighton

An entry in the Michelin Guide recognises a standard of good cooking that sets restaurants above the average. In Brighton, there are many well-established restaurants that reflect the city’s culture and philosophy including the newly launched Embers, and Michael Bremner’s 64 Degrees along with Chilli Pickle and The Set.

Michelin Guide – Hove

In Hove, the Michelin Guide recognises 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’. The “well-cellared” Wild Flor earned itself a place in the Guide, and The Gingerman Group continues to roll out success stories with The Gingerman being listed for 2024.

Michelin Guide – 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. The Tasting Room at Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston remains in the Michelin Guide. Those retaining their status in Sussex include The Cat Inn, and more from the Gingerman group, The Ginger Fox. Other restaurants include Heritage by Matt Gillan, Tern restaurant in Worthing, The Star which is another venue in Alfriston, and many more esteemed Sussex establishments.