Brighton Michelin Star 2020 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’.

While Brighton is still yet to sparkle with its first Michelin star the 2020 roundup makes for some good reading as established favourites hold their own and new faces come into focus.

New to Bib Gourmand in 2020 is the 20 cover restaurant, The Set. The menu is British seasonal food with a strong focus on the providence of produce. The Set serves breakfast, an a la carte lunch and dinner menu and a Chef’s Table tasting menu.

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. New to 2020 is Restaurant Interlude in Horsham, who achieved this Star rating in the first year of opening. 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.

Michael Bremner’s 64 degrees retains its Bib Gourmand status for 2020. The popularity of this intimate fine dining venue remains as consistent and marks them out as a local gem and a destination attraction.

Also holding on to Bib Gourmand status 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.

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, Michael Bremner’s Murmur, and The Ginger Dog, The Gingerman.

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’. The Gingerman Group continues to roll out success stories with the hotel, bar-bistro The Ginger Pig also retaining a Plate for 2020. New kid on the block, Wild Flor, marks itself out as a destination earning a Plate in just over a year of opening.

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. New to 2020 is The Tasting Room at Rathfinny Wine Estate, and Tom Kemble at The Pass, both in Horsham. Those retaining their status in Sussex include The Crabtree, Jeremy’s at Borde Hill and The Ginger Fox.