Brighton’s newest projects and restaurants

Brighton’s newest projects and restaurants

Brighton is an ever-trending and evolutionary place. Named the most hipster city in the UK, it is known for being in vogue and always having something new to offer its inhabitants. From major projects like the i360 to the myriad of independent businesses, there have been many new and exciting projects keeping Brighton the exciting and modern place that it is. The next couple of years are to bring even more major changes to the city, mainly to Brighton’s most unique and iconic feature, the seafront. From changing face to changing taste, the city’s similarly iconic culinary scene has also seen many businesses bring new and innovative concepts to life. Here we have put together a small overview of just some of Brighton’s new places and spaces.


Brighton Marina development

To the very east of Brighton, one of the major current projects is the Brighton Marina development. Since 2006 there have been plans to develop Brighton Marina, in 2016 the first phase of development was competed and it is now entering its second phase of the build. The aim of the project is to improve the marina, not just commercially but environmentally too. Once completed, accessibility to and from the area will also be improved. The development has been constructed on a platform over Spending Beach and includes 11 buildings with commercial and community spaces, two pedestrian and cycle bridges and outdoor recreation areas. The site is a clear sign of moves towards modern and sustainable living standards with renewable energy features incorporated into the designs. In addition, 40% of the residential apartments will be part of an affordable housing scheme, with 20 of them being sold as shared ownership social housing.

Soho House Brighton

Construction has also started for Soho House, which is an international brand that builds luxury houses. Providing ‘a home away from home’, this brand is known for creating comfortable and relaxed private members clubs for people in the creative industries. High profile celebrities such as Madonna, Hugh Grant and Johnny Depp have been known to stay with Soho House. This new development is part of the regeneration of the Madeira Terraces area and will be built above the Sea Life Centre aquarium. It intends to not only provide a private members club but add to Brighton’s tourism and hospitality industries. The site will hold luxury accommodation, a private pool and outdoor bar but it will also have restaurants and cafe for the public to enjoy.

The Waterfront Project – Churchill square/The Brighton Centre/Black Rocks

The following construction projects are still in the planning stages and will see further progress over the next couple of years. As part of what is called the Waterfront Project, Churchill Square along with the Brighton Centre and the Odeon Cinema are to be demolished in order to construct a new commercial site. The plans propose for Churchill Square to be extended down to the seafront, expanding on the current shopping centre. This development will help Brighton’s ambitions in becoming a regional shopping destination in order to rival neighbouring cities like London and Southampton. The plans also aim to tackle the city’s congestion problems and accessibility to the sea from Western Road. If the Waterfront Project plans come to fruition then Brighton will also see a renovation of the Brighton Centre. It is proposed that a new venue to replace the Brighton Centre will be built at Black Rocks. Located east of the Pier, the Black Rocks site has been derelict for 30 years and is the chosen place in the council’s plans to build a new conference centre and arena. So far, the plans have received £12 million in funds from the Government’s Local Enterprise Partnership in February 2017 but plans are still to be agreed and confirmed.

King Alfred redevelopment

An additional project to the west end of the promenade is also taking form. The King Alfred Leisure Centre has been subject to public complaint for some time. Many people have called for it to be pulled down arguing that its facilities are not up to standard and the building itself is in need of a renovation. Finally in February this year Brighton council’s £15.2 million bid to build a new sport centre by was accepted. The plans propose to include a 25 metre swimming pool, sports hall, 120 station gym, spinning room, workout studio, quiet activity room, sauna suite and gymnastics centre. Additional features include an indoor bowls hall, martial arts dojo, cafe, creche, soft play, and a 200 space car park. The site will also have four apartment buildings with around 560 flats. There is still a long way to go until building works start however as the planning proposals are not due to be submitted until around 2020.

Coppa Club

This famous London brand will be bringing a futuristic alfresco experience to Brighton Square. The company aims to revive the area with a modern twist, following the same style as the alfresco igloos at their Tower Bridge location. Outdoor dining is not something British establishments have often been known for, mainly due to the temperamental nature of our weather, but this innovative concept will bring stylish outdoor dining to the Brighton Lanes. The pod will be made up of a translucent cover that allows diners to see through but it will also protect them from the weather, allowing year round alfresco dining. Five of the shops in the square are set to be converted into one restaurant with the pod surrounding the central dolphin fountain. This design intends to mirror the pod of the i360 on Brighton seafront. The venue will be open to all offering all day dining, from coffee in the morning, a place to relax or work in the day, and a chic location to eat and drink with friends in the evening.

Third Avenue Hove

Luckily, the following restaurants are already open! Third Avenue is a setting suitable to any time of day and is a hybrid establishment made up of two restaurants, a bar and a nightclub. It is the go-to place in Hove to relax, socialise and celebrate – or eat, drink, dance, as their slogan says. Warm tones and upholstered furniture give the interior a lounge-like quality which provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The Grill Room holds brunch, lunch and dinner and serves a range of seafood and meats, including their signature premium quality steaks. 72, the sushi bar and lounge, offers an alternative place to dine. Giving a modern twist on traditional sushi, 72 also provides hand selected wines and handcrafted in-house cocktails. Finally, Third Avenue is also open on Friday and Saturday nights until 2:30am with DJs hosting R&B lounge music. Mixed-venues are not common in and around Brighton & Hove area and Third Avenue gives you no reason to leave by catering for every time of day.

7 Bone

With eight other locations around the south of England, Matt and Rich opened their Hove restaurant to the public in late 2017. Famed for its American-sized portions and style, the brand’s ethos is geared towards delivering quality and classic American comfort food. Served in food baskets and wrappers, you may think this is a typical American diner but the popularity of this Hove restaurant can attest to its high quality food. Their burgers take on some interesting names, such as the ‘Prince Charles is Overrated’, the ‘Robert Johnston’, and the ‘Juicy Boris’ burger. This burger joint is a place to go when you are famished.

Patty and Bun

Burger restaurant Patty & Bun has come to Brighton for its first move outside of London. The company has made quick progress in setting up its chain of nine restaurants, starting out as a London pop-up and only launching its first restaurant in 2012. Prime location sees this restaurant perched on the corner of Meeting House Lane and Ship Street. With outdoor benches, this place offers a more casual dining style in the Lanes. It’s American diner-style interior is cheery and colourful to match its creatively-titled burgers which take inspiration from American pop-culture offering diners choices such as a the ‘Lambshank Redemption’ and a ‘Smokey Robinson’ burger. Catering for meat-eaters and vegans alike, the ‘Whoopi Goldburger’ will see that Brighton’s vegan population are more than satisfied.

Cin Cin

True authentic Italian food. Cin Cin in the North Laine has been around since 2016 but is still one of Brighton’s food hotspots. 2018 has seen founder David Toscano open a second location on Western Road which opened in January this year. The unique dining style of Cin Cin is what sets it apart from the many other Italian restaurants in city. Its open kitchen is surrounded by the dining counter which allow customers to sit and watch chefs prepare the food. As a more intimate and wholesome experience, diners can see the process from creation to consumption. Each of the two locations offer a different menu with daily specials. The restaurant featured in Brighton’s Best Cookbook less than a year after opening its first spot and more recently has been in the Waitrose Good Food Guide.

The Ivy

The grade II listed post office on Ship Street is now home to The Ivy Collection’s first coastal venue. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails The Ivy is an exciting and sophisticated venue. The long awaited venue opened in June 2018 with Fat-Boy Slim and MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt in attendance. The Ivy is an upmarket venue, but more of a casual spin off from the original Covent Garden restaurant. The menu offers a selection of classic dishes combined with international influences, reflecting the city’s creative and rich identity. Likewise, the interior is unique mixing classic features with bright colours and a range of eye-catching textures and art work. It is the overall experience which excites, with details carefully selected from the ornate teapots to the elegant chandeliers. Tucked away at the back of the restaurant is The Tidal Room which seats 20 and takes inspiration from Brighton’s seaside location with an eclectic mix of vintage prints and oceanic creatures. The room is suited to private parties and celebrations and is also used for corporate breakfasts and client lunches.

Etch.

Another upmarket venue that has established itself in one of the city’s old buildings. It is located in the old bank on the corner of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove. This fine dining restaurant is ran by MasterChef winner Steven Edwards, and currently holds a Michelin Plate and 2 AA Rosettes. On top of that, it has consistently attained a 5 in the Good Food Guide, winning the joint top score with Little Fish Hove this year. It uses the very best of Sussex produce with a changing menu every month. The set up has an open kitchen and bar with 12 tables, it offers 5, 7 or 9 course tasting menus only and prices vary between £50-£70. The food is exquisitely presented in conceptual and creative ways that form kaleidoscopic patterns on the plate.

Shiraz Grillhouse

The newest restaurant which features on this list is Shiraz Grillhouse.  Opening in July, this restaurant is still in its first few weeks of business. Located on Church Street, this 50 seater restaurant serves traditional Persian and Iranian cuisine. The name comes from the Iranian city Shiraz the old capital of Persia and has long been associated with a rich cultural heritage. The interior aesthetic exhibits Persian style in the dark wooden tables and chairs and the elaborate mosaic work that contrasts the exposed brick walls. The charcoal grill is used to cook many of the meat dishes but there are also vegetarians and vegans options. The menu features traditional foods such as hummus, baba ganoush, dolmeh, saffron rice, kababs and salads. Enjoy traditional Persian tea and, of course, finish with the deliciously rich baklava for dessert.