Steam coming from a pan at the Talbot, Cuckfield

A very Happy New Year to you all! There were certainly some ups and downs throughout 2016, but one thing remained constant – the calibre of restaurants in our city!

Introducing the BRAVOs

We’re thrilled to be part of the vibrant food scene and have a busy year ahead with the launch of the BRAVOs – Brighton Food Awards – Vote Online.

Bravo Awards 2016 logo

The BRAVOs will celebrate the incredible variety of Brighton and the surrounding area’s food scene. There will be no panel of judges and no food critics, just a public vote cast online via the websitePeople will be able to vote for their favourite restaurants, cafes, and food pubs, so everyone is invited to participate. With 16 categories there is plenty of opportunity for all types of eateries to get involved and be recognised.

Celebrating diversity

This theme of celebrating diversity has always been at the heart of Restaurants Brighton, which is why we strive to represent all different types of venues – from fine-dining restaurants to quirky cocktail bars and child-friendly cafes. We continue to work with many independent food and drink businesses throughout the city and beyond, using our knowledge and skills to assist with high quality food photography and marketing advice to ensure that local independents are equipped to shout about their offerings.

Steam coming from a pan at the Talbot, Cuckfield

Keeping things local

We continued to expand our team in 2016, working alongside some of Brighton’s best food photographers, videographers, UX experts, bloggers and writers! This approach has driven the website to change and evolve, with a focus becoming the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to eating in Brighton.

Restaurants Brighton team

Eat out for less this winter!

Alongside the BRAVOs, we are introducing another exciting campaign, under the name ‘Restaurants Brighton Rewards’. This will be an ongoing campaign throughout the year, and kicks off with over 20 food venues in Brighton offering 20% (or more) off their menus from the 9th January- 3 March. With restaurants such as 24 St. Georges[now closed] and Terre à Terre on the list you can be sure that the winter months are going to be very tasty indeed!

24 St Georges Brighton, Kemptown Restaurant, Brighton

Who’s coming to Brighton in 2017?

By now you may well have heard the rumours that two big-name Chefs are about to open independent venues in Brighton and Hove. Steven Edwards of MasterChef fame is set to open a fine dining restaurant under the name of etch. in March 2017 at the end of Church Rd (the old Zafini site). Etch. will open Wednesday-Saturday evenings with a seven course tasting menu – a new concept for Hove and one that will hopefully thrive in this foodie community.

Steven Edwards, Chef at Etch

Another familiar face, Matt Gillan (recently seen on Great British Menu) has just announced his new venue, Pike and Pine which is also opening in the spring. Revamping the Red Roaster site in Kemptown, the venue will be a coffee shop and cafe in the daytime and will change to a high-end eatery in the evening, under the name Pike and Pine, showcasing Gillan’s incredible culinary skills. Definitely one to watch out for!

Food and drink trends for 2017

Who better to comment on what 2017 will bring to our plates than the people who are in the kitchen day in day out? Local Food Journalist, Tom Flint has been on the case of quizzing Brighton’s top Chefs and drink experts to discover what they predict will be huge this year, and the answers held many a surprise!

Isaac At Chefs - Emma Lewis-Griffiths, The Social Club, Communications

So there you have it – a quick overview of what’s going on in the Restaurants Brighton world, as always thank you to all our readers and followers, and here’s to a year of great food, wine and collaborations!