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MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS BRIGHTON 2023 ROUND-UP
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 in March 2024.
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*page updated March 2023
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 fourth year is Restaurant Interlude in Horsham, who achieved this Star rating in the first year of opening in 2020. For some behind the scenes action watch our Foraging at Interlude with Chef Jean Delport.
Ben Wilkinson at The Pass has been awarded a Michelin star this year. The 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 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.
Retains Sussex Star – 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.
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.
Burnt Orange has become a firm favourite locally and nationally, winning the hearts and stomachs for a second year. 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 Brighton Restaurant Awards.
‘Food that is kind to the environment and good for the soul.’
Kindling has proudly secured its place in the renowned Michelin guide, solidifying its status as an exceptional dining destination. Known for its ‘freshness’ and variety of tasting menus, Kindling impresses with its innovative approach to cooking, their ‘detailed dishes’ and their commitment to using locally sourced ingredients. A remarkable 85% of their dishes undergo the magic of flash grilling, resulting in a spectrum of flavours and enticing aromas. Kindling is one of the rising stars in Brighton and one to watch for the future.
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.
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.
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.
Making its debut 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.
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 plant-based Japanese restaurant, Kusaki, local produce champions Isaac At, and Michael Bremner’s 64 Degrees along with Kindling, 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 2023.
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, The Star which is another venue in Alfriston, and many more esteemed Sussex establishments.