AN AWARD-WINNING restaurant is coming to a new £80 million city centre development.

The company behind the creation of the new Hanningtons Lane, in The Lanes, Brighton, has announced the Gingerman Group will anchor the development with a new tapas restaurant.

In a break from tradition the restaurant will be called Flint House – unlike stablemates the Ginger Man, Ginger Pig, Ginger Dog and Ginger Fox.

It will open in the detached two-storey flint building at the centre of Hanningtons Lane, providing 50 covers and a roof top terrace with adjacent green wall and views across the Lanes.

“Ginger chef” Ben McKellar, together with wife and business partner Pamela McKellar, started the Gingerman Restaurant Group in 1998 with their flagship restaurant The Gingerman, close to the seafront in Brighton.

Ben said: “Flint House is about casual dining, small plates, simple local ingredients cooked well, and a wide range of quality wines served by the glass.

“The Lanes is somewhere people want to linger and we have the perfect rooftop terrace for them to grab a glass of wine, bite to eat and do just that.”

Pamela said: “We plan to open in January 2019 and are very excited to be creating a new concept restaurant for central Brighton.

“Morgan Carn Architects have designed a beautiful flint clad centrepiece to Hanningtons Estate and we are working with Landivar to create an equally first class interior finish, with a full length kitchen bar and outside tables.”

Andrew Foulds, portfolio director at developers Redevco comments, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better restaurant operator to occupy the jewel in the crown of this scheme.

“Gingerman Restaurant Group has four existing local businesses within its portfolio and a strong Brighton following.

“Their philosophy is to offer really good food and great service, within a relaxed setting, which is perfect for The Lanes.”

Considered among the best restaurants in Brighton, The Ginger Pig in Hove was ranked by GQ as one of the top ten pubs in the UK and has had rave reviews from The Guardian, Telegraph and Grazia.

Licensing permission is now being sought for the new restaurant.