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Burnt Orange on Middle Street in The Lanes is a sophisticated yet relaxed restaurant and bar and the latest in the successful Coal Shed and Salt Room family. Upstairs there is a private dining room for up to 10 guests, perfect for intimate soirees or impressive business meals. The attentive team of professionals will help you prepare the perfect menu and ensure your guests are given an enviably memorable experience.
The Chef’s Library at The Coal shed is a stylish private dining suite at one of Brighton’s most popular grill restaurants. The suite is available seven days a week, seats 15 diners and comes with a dedicated server. Guests can choose from a set three course menu or a feasting menu with signature sharing dishes for the whole table. The Coal Shed’s reputation is high held in a city of exceptional eateries, it’s produce is locally and ethically sourced and cooked using a Josper coal fired grill for seared in flavour.
Donatello is a Brighton institution, as well as winner of the BRAVO 2020 best family restaurant. Their wine room is available for private dining for parties of up to 18 guest. This popular Italian restaurant makes everything in house from fresh and offers excellent quality and value for money. Donatello is also available for private hire with the extensive venue catering for larger groups easily.
Etch is one of Brighton’s top restaurants, with three AA Rosettes, a Michelin plate, a score of five in the Good Food Guide and was declared Brighton’s Best restaurants in the 2019 BRAVO awards. Each dish in the ingredient led tasting menu features only two ingredients, to really hone in on the expert pairing and preparation. The Private Dining suite, Triclinium Sub Rosa is a Chef’s Table experience, suitable for nine guests. The restaurant is also available for full private hire.
Located in the historic Lanes, Gars is fine Chinese cuisine at it’s best. Around since 1983, they really do know what they’re doing. With Pan Asian dishes on the menu too, it caters for all tastes, styles and occasions. Two function rooms with a private bar, it’s the perfect place for your event. Catering for the small and intimate (up to 12) to the exciting and extravagant (up to 120).
Executive Chef Alan White offers a high-end and exclusive dining experience in one of Brighton’s most iconic hotels. The private dining experience at the Grand Hotel can be hosted in a choice of four unique spaces. Each room offers it own unique ambience with luxurious decorative touches, quality British furnishing and striking features; such as the statement art mural of Brighton seafront in the George 3rd suite, or the traditional wood panelling in the Regent Room.
Kujira Brighton is the newest addition to the set of bright young things rejuvenating the Preston Street area of the city. Food here is cooked on the Robatayaki grill, creating a wonderful intense flavour in the dishes. Kujira is also an Izakaya bar, serving Japanese inspired cocktails invented by their mixologist. As well as the small but sleek restaurant upstairs there is a downstairs lounge bar featuring a karaoke booth and games consoles. This space is available for private hire, but when not booked it is a great place to unwind with some cool drinks and entertainment.
One of Brighton’s most highly regarded restaurants, with national acclaim to boot. The Little Fish Market is a 20 cover restaurant with an emphasis on seafood. Chef Duncan Ray masterfully delivers an ever changing set menu. The Little Fish Market offers a unique intimate dining experience where dinner guests have their table for the whole night (no second covers). Exclusive hire of the restaurant is available for parties of 20.
Mange Tout can cater for private events, birthdays, weddings or other occasions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, or other nights if enough notice is given. They don’t have a separate private dining area so the whole restaurant would be hired for a private event. Minimum spend and terms and conditions would apply.
The private dining room at Market at 42 Western Road, (called 42d Downmarket) is an upmarket space ideal for parties both small and large. Seating groups of between 10 and 28 you’ll enjoy an array of benefits including the option of indulging in The Chef’s Menu (a sharing feast of many of their Spanish inspired tapas and small plates), your own dedicated waiting and bar staff and you can even play your own music. Events are tailored to perfectly suit each party’s needs, (Market also offers Set Menus) and there isn’t even a hire charge to pay. If you’d like to know more give Manni or Margo the FOH manager a call.
The Flint Barns is a beautifully restored 10 roomed guest house situated in the Rathfinny Wine Estate. With its own dining room and dedicated Chef, the Flint Barns makes for a beautiful getaway which is both family and dog friendly as well as a great venue for a celebration. The high standards of The Tasting Room continues here, although the overall feel is more rustic and relaxed. This is a special place for a special occasion, or a very luxurious mini-break.
With their catchphrase of ‘be more carnival’, it’s clear The Rum Kitchen on Black Lion Street is about more than just filling your stomach. Dining here is immersive. Live DJs at the weekend, daily cocktail happy hours and feel-good Caribbean food make this a place to party. On top of this, they have a private dining area that is so large it could constitute being another restaurant. It has its own bar and sound system and can seat over 60 or over 100 standing. Food is served up in cast iron pots. for you to help yourself, for your own private carnival by the sea.
The same owners as the critically acclaimed Coal Shed, they’ve created a new impressive venue oozing with style and a menu which tantalises the taste-buds with the freshest fish, seafood and local produce available. Whether it’s a business meeting, a birthday celebration or a wedding breakfast, their private dining room is perfect for any occasion. With spectacular sea views, it makes your event extra special.
Socialite Brighton has three private dining rooms for those who like to socialise with exclusivity and style in equal measure. For very intimate gatherings, The Snug is available for two to four guests. The Deck is ideal for parties for six to eight and features a large boardroom style dining table making it equally great for clinching a business deal or impressing guests. The VIP suite on the lower ground floor hosts up to twelve guests and has its own bar and server, making it ideal for special occasions that you only want to share with your most intimate people.
Wild Flor is brought to us by a team who all came from the acclaimed Ginger Man Group. So it is no surprise that within a very short time from opening they were quickly gaining high praise. The dining experience is simple quality food to compliment a really extraordinary wine menu. The second floor dining room is available for private dining for parties of 20, menus are tailored to your needs by the chef.
The Watershed is situated in the Brighton marina, on the waterfront of the inner harbour. The Captain Jack Voss dining suite is available for private dining. The kitchen at The Watershed is run by local catering company Space + Thyme who are more than qualified to deliver a professional and delicious feast be it a buffet or sit-down meal. The views here are a real selling point, few places capture the late sun while offering privacy such as The Watershed.
Tucked away in the sprawling Lanes is Bohemia an all-day eatery and cocktail venue. Bohemia is a spacious bar with many areas ideally suited to host your party. The mezzanine floor is a particularly good spot to have a view down into the main central bar. The team of chefs can provide you with a buffet or canapé menu, tailored to all dietary requirements.
Brighton Cookery School offers regular classes and private events run by professional chefs. The space here can be hired for special occasions or team building sessions where guests can cook their own dinner, learn professional techniques and have fun. Brighton Cookery School private hire options see guests learning, cooking and eating together. This can make a nice alternative to the standard get together and doesn’t just have to be for special occasions.
The Chimney House is a lovely pub in Sevendials with a fantastic local and seasonal menu and lots of character. They sell local jams and chutneys on the bar, and have a selection of interesting art on the walls. The upstairs function room caters for a range of different occasions from a sit down meal for up to 22, to a social mingle event for up to 40 standing.
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. The Cleveland Arms are also very happy to host private parties and events in their bright and open plan venue. They provide bespoke menus for all types of events and to find out more information please visit the Cleveland Arms website.
Modern, light and spacious The Freemasons is a fantastic option for those looking to host a private party or event. Located on Hove’s bustling high street, Western Road, this venue offers guests a large space for small and large groups alike. The bar serves a huge selection of beverages from classic and bespoke cocktails and shots to locally supplied real ales, beers and wines.
The Fire & Smoke kitchen is run by the award-winning team behind Bluegrass who serves up award-winning smoked American bar’b’que. The venue is well known for its quality entertainment, so you’ll find a decent PA on-site to help get your party started.
After an exclusively vegetarian venue with community values at its core? Then The Gardener Cafe could be for you. Located on Gardner Street in the heart of the North Laine area, this cafe is beautifully positioned to host your gathering. Working with surplus supermarket produce might mean that the menu will be dictated by what’s on offer but working with the acclaimed team and kitchen behind The Real Junk Food Project will also mean that you’ll be getting the best value, consistently high-quality service and a truly unique experience.
The Ladies Mile pub in Patcham has a large function room that is entirely separate from the main venue, offering privacy for your party. The space can host up to 120 guests and the kitchen can cater for everything from a buffet style reception to a sit-down meal with table service. The function room has it’s own bar and in-built sound system plus plenty of nearby parking and easy access to the rest of the city.
Lost in the Lanes describes itself as a ‘daytime restaurant’ so as to distinguish itself from a cafe. The food is mainly brunch and lunch but of a more refined, restaurant quality. The setting is simple and elegant making for an oasis of calm in The Lanes. As well as running evening pop-up events, Lost in the Lanes is available for private hire.
Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate is set in acres of beautiful countryside with views over the South Downs. The private dining rooms are decked in dark wood panelling and Tudor beams and windows and can accommodate 8 – 30 guests for tree or two-course seated dining. The vineyard is part of the Benguela Cove, meaning whatever the nature of your celebration it will be accompanied by excellent wines. Wine tasting has a 24 hour booking window on it and a 50% deposit is needed.
Planning a celebration and looking for the perfect party spot? We think we have just the place.. The Mesmerist in Brighton’s Lanes is a is a long standing favorite amongst us Brightonians and from the look of the queues that often snake outside the door here, there’s a lot of magic going on inside that party-goers are keen to be captured by, time and again. With four private areas, two floors and three bars the venue has so many options available when it comes to private dining. Included in the private dining options is the new buffet menu.
Brighton’s first Japanese conveyor belt style restaurant with an excellent reputation for its fresh and sustainable food. It’s located in the historic Lanes area with fantastic outdoor dining: the deck, called the Hiroba, emulates sitting on tatami mats and can be hired out for private parties, wedding receptions, and as a stage for performances and product launches.
The New Inn is a Grade II listed building with spacious third-acre south facing garden. The pub is divided into several rooms, including a large function room, the original village Corn Exchange, and smaller suites suited to presentations, private dining and parties. The garden features a large marquee, bar and wood-fired pizza oven which can be hired together with the Corn Exchange, perfect for summer wedding receptions, for which The New Inn are able to provide a range of services.
The Plough Inn in Rottingdean is a traditional village pub in a picturesque Sussex village, which is a 10 minute journey from Brighton centre; giving you the benefit of country feel but city convenience. The first floor private hire room has views over the village duck pond and its own bar and can hold up to 50 guests for a buffet style party or 30 for a sit-down meal. Its close proximity to local churches makes the Plough Inn a good choice for receptions.
Set on Brighton seafront between the two piers and swarming with fun, upbeat and positive vibes from the beach. Shelter Hall delivers an exceptional offering for folk who choose to host their private party there. The venue can take groups of up to one hundred and fifty in the main hall and up to sixty on the mezzanine floor. They don’t require guests to pre-order and all seven kitchens are available to order from, on the day, with flexible minimum spends.
The Station Hotel is available for full or partial hire. The kitchen can provide catering and the bar is at your parties’ disposal. This charming 19th-century pub has the added benefit of having three ensuite guest rooms upstairs, which can be booked for parties needing to kip down for a night or two after the event.