National Restaurant Awards Top 100.

The Astrella Damm National Restaurant Awards are a yearly celebration of the UK’s best 100 restaurants and Brighton has been no stranger to making the list. In 2019 both Etch and The Little Fish Market retained positions on the Top 100 list for a second year, singling them out as two of the best restaurants in the city.

This year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Top 100 Awards and ceremony was unable to take place.

Montage of chefs and food top 100 restaurants auction

National Restaurant Awards Launches the Top 100 Auction.

In place of the annual awards ceremony Estrella Damm National Restaurants Awards are partnering with industry charity, Hospitality Action in order to raise substantial funds for those whose livelihoods are at risk of disappearing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Together they will be holding a charity auction, which will go live on August 24th, via The National Restaurant Awards Auction website.

A plate of food and chef's knives

Restaurants and chefs from the Top 100 list, past and present, are donating mouthwatering experiences. The auction also includes international experiences including meals at world-renowned Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, Barcelona, with flights and accommodation included. Other lots include Private masterclasses, overnight stays at world-class hotels with private dining and many more. By bidding on the lots diners have access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Steven Edwards, owner of Etch, Hove

Auction highlights from Brighton and Hove

Among the lots going on Auction from August 24th are a Chef’s Table dining experience for six, donated by Steven Edwards at Etch. On donating the dining experience Steven said:

For us (Etch) it was an easy decision. Hospitality Action is a hospitality charity created to help vulnerable members of the industry. COVID-19 has badly effected restaurants, hotels and bars and I couldn’t think of a better charity to help raise as much money as possible for.

The Coal Shed and The Salt Room has donated “The Brighton Experience” which consists of a day spent with the team starting with a fishing trip with Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales and a bespoke four-course meal for six, prepared by their executive chef, and wine pairing.

Monkfish feast at the coal shed

On the Top 100 Auction, Hospitality Action commented:

Independent operators are the lifeblood of our industry, developing the most innovative concepts, championing local ingredients, and employing and nurturing the best talent. Their recovery is vital to the health of our industry and the enjoyment of the vibrant communities they serve.

To register for the event, go to The National Restaurant Awards Auction website and enter your email address.