Looking forward to trying something new in 2016? Be sure to head along to the new eateries and events opening in Brighton in the upcoming months, and find something that’ll tickle your tastebuds.
We have the lowdown on new places to eat and drink in and around the city in the first half of the year.
Polpo is a very newly opened restaurant in New Road, and takes inspiration from the scruffy wine bars of Venice. Although Polpo, which means ‘octopus’, has established itself firmly in London with five branches, the Brighton restaurant is the group’s first eatery outside of the capital. If you’re feeling adventurous and you want to try a few new things, then try the cicchetti, which is the Venetian term for bite-size savoury snacks – pick some of the smaller plates, which are priced between £3 and £10, and enjoy with a glass of something from the exclusively Italian wine list.
20 New Road, 01273 697361, polpo.co.uk
January: Stock Burger Co
Set to open to the public in January, Stock Burger Co, a burger bar and restaurant, will be heading to Brighton as part of the £3.5m development of the Holiday Inn on the Seafront. The venue is planned to seat 146 people inside, in addition to 40 people in the al fresco dining terrace. The burgers will be made from 100% Glenarm Shorthorn beef, sourced from Northern Ireland. As well as hot dogs, salads and desserts, beef short rubs and rump steak will also be available. Craft beers and cocktails will feature on the drinks menu inspired by the growing gourmet burger and craft beer market.
137 Kings Road, BN1 2JF, 01273 828274, stockburgerco.com
April: Silks Restaurant
Getting your posh frock on and watching the action at Brighton racecourse this April? Check out Silks restaurant, a suite which serves as the perfect dining spot on a raceday. The sample menu’s currently showing tasty treats such as Charentais melon, Jurancon wine granite and black forest ham for starters, feta, spinach and pine kernel tart, with sautee potatoes, roasted peppers, and rocket salad for mains, and mango charlotte torte, with strawberry and coriander salsa and sugar crystal for dessert.
May: Brighton Hove Lawns
This May Bank Holiday, Brighton Hove Lawns will be hosting Foodies Festival. Not your usual staple Brighton eatery, but well worth heading along to check out on April 30, May 1 and May 2. The Foodies Festival team will have top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre, as well as wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre, and a Children’s Culinary Theatre, where kids can learn to cook. In the Wine and Champagne Theatre, experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide visitors through the season’s best bubblies, and Melissa Cole, beer expert, will be hosting masterclasses in beer tasting and tutoring in the Beer Theatre. Exciting stuff.
Hove Lawns, BN3 2PE, 0844 9959673, foodiesfestival.com
June: i360 Restaurant and Brasserie
Expected to open in June this year, the i360 is the viewing tower currently being built on Brighton seafront. In addition to the attraction itself, the i360 will incorporate a fine dining restaurant and brasserie and a café. Although the restaurant is under wraps at the moment, it is expected to be serving locally sourced food from Sussex and Kent where possible. Steven Edwards, MasterChef winner in 2013, will be designing the menu for the i360 brasserie as the eatery’s ‘creative consultant’. Watch this space!
Lower Kings Road, BN1 2LN, 0333 7720360, britishairwaysi360.com