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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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, owner and event organiser Kate is always delighted to hear from you.
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.
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.
Chard offers a dining experience that is full of charm, comforting traditional food delivered with expertise and a life-style magazine worthy aesthetic. Chard is run by a family team of three, who clearly devote themselves to delivering an unforgettable experience. The small restaurant above the i-gigi store in Hove is over two floors, with the downstairs space seating 12 and the upstairs 20, both are available for hire for lunch or dinner.
Al Duomo is one of the city’s longest serving and largest Italian restaurants. Pizza and pasta are almost universally enjoyed, making this sizeable venue a good crowd pleaser for big groups. Al Duomo has multiple private hire options catering for sit down groups from 50 – 100 and standing from 60 – 250. With a central location, next to the Royal Pavilion and a short walk from the train station, it’s the perfect place to host a private dining event – big or small.
With seven private karaoke rooms available and over 9000 contemporary and classic anthems to sing your heart out to, Lucky Voice is a guaranteed great night out. Each private hire booth comes equipped with a “thirsty” button. Food is pretty limited (your can’t sing with your mouth full), but there are a selection of pizzas and snacks to serve as blotting paper for the cocktails.
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.
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.
The Sussex Ox is a picturesque country pub in heart of the Sussex countryside. With multiple spaces they are able to accommodate groups of 25 to 40 people indoors and with a massive garden and decking area it really is a beautiful spot for a big celebration. Exclusive venue hire is available during weekdays and options for outside parties during the summer months are available. The Ox party menu can be views on their website.
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.
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 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.
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.
Situated on Brighton’s Marina and serving the best of British produce, the GB Charcuterie is a great venue to hire. Whether it’s a party, celebration or work meeting, you can host it at the GB Charcuterie with a solely British menu. Only serving artisan charcuterie, cheeses, wines and other food items from the UK. There’s outside seating too and the expert team know exactly how to help plan your food.
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.
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 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.
The Walrus is a fabulously refurbished 200 year old pub that now boasts not only a beautifully designed restaurant, wonderful hidden two storey roof garden but also The Underbelly – a space for live music, cabaret or private function. Catering for up to 110 people, this venue is a fantastic Christmas Party option, or even for a music centred big birthday bash!
Kooks in the heart of the North Laine is a great central location for your private party or event. Kooks is all about good vibes, beats and bites, with an emphasis on a level of laid-back service that goes above and beyond. The whole venue is available for hire during the evenings, with a canapé or buffet style food service, great cocktails and you get to take control of the sound system.
Indian Summer is Brighton’s oldest authentic Indian restaurant which has long set the scene for the city’s exceptional standard of the cuisine. The food is of the highest quality as is the service, adding a sense of fine dining while being surprisingly well priced. All or part of Indian Summer is available for private hire for both daytime and evening bookings, offering both buffet and sit down dining options.
If you’re looking for somewhere that has serious edge then The New Club on King’s Road may be just the spot. The main restaurant has capacity for 70 while The Club Lounge takes a more intimate 18. Both are available for hire for private parties, from business brunches to wedding receptions or cocktails at an event launch. With views over the West Pier and urban NY decor The New Club leaves a lasting visual impression matched by its bold but straightforward menu.