Newly Opened Restaurants in Brighton & Hove
Our pick of the newest restaurants in the forever changing and fast-moving food scene in Brighton and Hove.
Baqueano is Brighton’s newest Argentinian restaurant, run by husband and wife Jorge and Adriana. The menu ha authentic Argentinian and they are the only Argentinian restaurant in Brighton to serve Entraña (skirt steak) and Mollejas (sweetbread). Expect wonderful friendly service, delicious steak and excellent quality wines; it’s clear already that this small restaurant will make a big impression.
L’Atelier du Vin, Seven Dials
Not long after relocating their award-winning, nationally acclaimed speakeasy wine and cocktail bar to St George’s Place the team behind L’Atelier du Vin have opened a second venue, this time in Seven Dials. Taking over the former Coggins & Co restaurant L’Atelier du Vin Seven Dials is bigger than either of the previous two venues with fantastic outdoor space and the same signature recipe for laid back quality and style. Despite all the extra room we’re still trying to work out where they actually fit the 600+ wines and 300+ spirits they stock.
The Flipside, Prince Albert Street
The Flipside is Brighton’s newest and grooviest cocktail lounge taking its design nods and inspiration from the era that heralded the iconic Soul Train movement and D-I-S-C-O! The cocktail menu features classics that were all the rage in the 70’s with a few modern twists while small plates and sharers are served up using fresh, local and seasonal produce. The décor is unashamedly retro, where kitsch meets cool and the laid-back soul and funk music creates the perfect atmosphere for lounging and sipping on your expertly-mixed cocktail. The Flipside cocktail lounge is open for table reservations Thursday to Saturday evenings, and available for private hire Sunday to Wednesday. Visit their website.
Flour Pot, Portland Road
The newest member of the successful Flour Pot Bakery has opened its doors on Portland Road. Flour Pot is well known for having an aesthetic that is every bit as tasty as their freshly baked goods, but for this newest branch they’ve really pulled out the stops going into collaboration with Gunns Florist adding flower pots to mix. Be prepared to have your senses captivated by this powerhouse combo of bouquets, colour and cake!
Honest Burger, Duke Street
Growing burger chain ‘Honest Burgers’ arrived on Duke Street in Brighton in early 2019. Honest serves a menu of classic British beef burgers as well as chicken, a vegetarian patty and are the first in the UK to serve the vegan Beyond Meat burger, all served with homemade salt and rosemary chips. Honest has also teamed up with Holler Brewery to create a bespoke Honest Brighton beer.
Jo&Co, Church Road
Jo&Co is the new food and drink offering to open in Hove at 115 Church Road. Jo&Co offers a full brunch menu ’till 4 pm then small plates pulled meats and pizzetta in the evening. The venue has benefitted from being fully renovated, with a bright new look and a cocktail bar on the mezzanine level. Expect relaxed afternoons and evenings matched with good food and cocktails.
Harby’s Bar and Diner, Seafront
Harby’s Bar and Diner is the new food and drink offering for the seafront Harbour Hotel. Previously the cocktail bar and restaurant presented two very different experiences under one roof but this has now been levelled to a fun and colourful take on the seaside culture, with pimped up seaside classics making an appearance on the menu and a rainbow of cocktails that perhaps gives a little nod to the city’s celebrated LGBTQ+ scene. The new Harby’s suits holidaymakers, and locals alike and is suitable for all the family, or just friends.
The Flint House, The Lanes
One of Brighton’s leading restauranteurs Ben McKellar has opened a new restaurant in The Lanes. Ben and his wife Pamela are co-founders of the ever popular ‘Ginger’ group, and The Flint House grows their portfolio to 5 venues across Brighton. The new restaurant is located centrally on a newly created street behind the old Hanningtons department store and diners will be able to enjoy a tapas-style small plate menu in their botanical inspired interior, sipping on a glass of something wonderful from their extensive wine list. The Flint House does not take reservations, and guests are served on a first come, first served basis.
Wild Flor, Church Street
Recently opening its doors on Church Street in Hove is Wild Flor. This foursome really knows their stuff, having all worked previously for as part of the Gingerman restaurant’s group. James Thomson and Faye Hudson can be found running the floor, while Robert Maynard heads up the wine list and Oliver Darby runs the show in the kitchen. Expect a traditional bistro-style, short, A La Carte menu brilliantly paired with an expertly chosen list of wines. Topped off with a warm and welcoming interior, we predict a flying start for this new opening in Brighton.
Free Haus, Hanover
Brighton Bier has added another string to their bow, opening Free Haus in Hanover, Brighton. Free Haus which was formerly The Reservoir, is describing itself as a modern tavern, setting itself apart from its sister venues, Haus on the Hill and Brighton Bier Haus. We have been promised the ‘biggest array of cider in town’ and food from Papa Pitta, we can’t wait to check this new opening out.
No.1 Broad Street, Cuckfield
No.1 Broad Street opened its doors on the 26th March 2019, specialising in refined food, innovative flavour and beautiful plates. Heading up the kitchen will be Jonny Stanford, previously of The Halfmoon in Kirdford and Pascere. Stanford is known for his relaxed fine dining style, with his menus focusing on seasonal and produce lead plates.
Trading Post Coffee, Kensington Gardens
Opening its third venue and filling the gap in a prime location on the busy Kensington Gardens is Trading Post Coffee. Their successful formula of masterfully roasted coffee and wholesome, well-crafted brunch and lunch dishes, will no doubt go down a storm. As will their intention to open up the roof terrace for what may well prove to be one of the best places for coffee and eggs (or tea and tofu) from spring 2019 onwards.
Lucky Khao, St. James’ Street
The team behind Brighton favourites Lucky Beach, Red Roaster and Pike and Pine have launched their new project called Lucky Khao Brighton. The food is inspired by Northern Thai cuisine with dishes cooked over charcoal, most Thia restaurants serve Southern Thia cuisine, but the Nothern style is much more suited to the British climate. The menu will feature marinaded and barbequed meats and vegetables, curries and small batch sticky rice, with the usual emphasis on sustainability we have come to know from the Kemptown Projects group. The team have been trained in top restaurants in Thailand to deliver authentic modern Northern Thia cuisine, the likes of which is a first for the city.
The Paradiso Social by Wolfsmouth
Quite literally taking over Brighton’s proper pub grub scene, the lovely team at Wolsmouth are returning to their roots opening up The Paradiso Social on Preston Road. Specialising in cocktails and small plates, this restaurant is a world away from the much-loved burgers, tacos and pizzas Brighton knows these guys for. Fear not though, you will be in safe chef hands as Jack and Will have worked in some of the city’s best restaurant kitchens such as Plateau. The Paradiso Social by Wolfsmouth open their doors on the 9th February and we are expecting great things!
The Cloak Room, St James’ Street.
The Cloak Room at the top of St James’ Street is the new tap room for Cloak + Dagger brewery. In keeping with its hint of medieval punning they describe themselves as “Kemptown’s beer castle” and with 13 taps they’re certainly well fortified. Half of what’s on offer is from Cload + Dagger whilst the rest is a good mix of local and international beers, lagers and ciders. Long benches make it a great venue for big gatherings or getting friendly with fellow beer enthusiasts. And with the gang from Lost Boys Chicken taking over the kitchen, there’s sure to be a fine amount of feasting and merrymaking to be had.
Crunch & Co, Church Street.
Indulge in the retro delights of grilled cheese sandwiches with Crunch & Co, new to Church Street. The formula has been updated with campainou and sourdough breads, and a choice of great quality fillings like slow-cooked Mexican spiced pork or roasted Mediterranean vegetables all with lashings of gooey, stringy béchemal and cheese mix sauces, grilled to crispy. Add homemade soups for some delicious dunking or on its own for a lighter, healthier bite. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
Golden Pineapple, Ship Street
If you’re tired of waiting to get a weekend seat or just not very good at remembering to book a table at your favourite cocktail bar, Golden Pineapple on Ship Street may be just the tonic you’re looking for. New in October 2018, Golden Pineapple is decorated simply with a dark interior and a classy splash of gold. Already receiving praise from those in the know, this is a laid back bar with excellently mixed cocktails and social vibes. The venue affords a little more space than the average cocktail bar, whilst keeping it close and friendly.
Easy Tiger, Upper North Road
The lovely lot that brought us The Pond bring a super exciting new bar and kitchen to Upper North Street, Easy Tiger. Expect similar good vibes and warm welcomes, along with banging beers and top notch Indian street food from ex Curry Leaf Cafe chef Kanthi Kiran Thamma. Keep your eyes peeled on our pages for more info.
Kindling, East Street
Kindling is set to open on East Street in the summer of 2019 and will present an omnivorous menu that is kind to the planet, sourcing locally and sustainably from land and sea and cooking with fire. Kindling is the brainchild of Ramin Mostowfi, formally of Food For Friends, so naturally, expectations can be set high. With a relaxed but sophisticated dining experience, this is set to become a popular destination sitting high amongst established Brighton favourites. Live fire is used to enhance and flavour quality ingredients as well as provide the central focus for the restaurant concept; communities have, after all, been drawn to fire for company and nourishment since time out of history.
15 Vine Street, Brighton
From the chef who brought us the ‘Four’ pop up series, Aaron Dalton has announced the new opening of a permanent restaurant on Vine Steet, Brighton. Previously having worked in well-renowned restaurant kitchens such as Fera and The Smoking Goat, Dalton then went on to bring Brighton a series of well-received pop-up supper clubs, before revealing plans of his new restaurant, 15 Vine Street. Aaron Dalton cooks experimental and well-refined dishes of modern, seasonal, British food using techniques from around the world with an emphasis on quality, fresh ingredients that are locally and the UK sourced wherever possible.
MasterChef Winner, Kenny Tutt is set to open his first restaurant in his home town of Worthing March/ April this year. The restaurant will span two floors with a cooking academy opening on the second at a later date. The Food will be a homage to Worthing and the Sussex countryside as well as drawing on Kenny’s memories and early love of experimenting with fresh flavour and produce.
Boxpark, Shoreham Beach
Plans have been revealed for ‘the seafront project’ on Shoreham Beach. Boxpark claims to have teamed up with The Big Beach Cafe, owned by none other than Norman Cook (Fat Boy Slim), and aim to covert the cafe into Shoreham’s Big Beach Box. There are plans for the space to have a central restaurant and cafe hub, with a roof terrace and a dedicated water sports centre!
Soho House, Madeira Terrace
Soho House is coming to Brighton and will be creating a new private members club to the East of Brighton pier. The worldwide brand of luxury private houses is aimed at those in the creative industries. In addition to private clubs, Soho House, bring restaurants, spas, workspaces and bedrooms to the cities they inhabit. The Brighton venue has been years in the planning, but finally got the go-ahead following a long consultation process. The development will be part of a regeneration of the Madeira Terraces area, which overlooks the pier and seafront with the Sea Life centre in the basement of the building. It will include a modern seafood restaurant in addition to a pizza, burger and chicken restaurant on the seafront.