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Restaurants in Brighton are celebrating after being named in a prestigious restaurant guide.

Now in its 28th edition, AA’s The Restaurant Guide 2022 provides food lovers a reference guide to all the places to dine across the UK – this year no less than 11 Brighton establishments have made the grade.

Broken down into regions, the book includes a description of each destination along with information on the type of cuisine, price guide, opening times and the all-important AA Rosette Award rating.

Restaurants can be awarded 1 to 5 Rosettes based on a meal visit or visits by one or more hotel and restaurant inspectors.

Brighton’s AA’s The Restaurant Guide 2022 entries

Two Brighton & Hove restaurants picked up three rosettes in the guide. They are:

etch. by Steven Edwards

216 Church Road, Hove

CUISINE: Modern British

WHAT THE GUIDE SAYS: “The person leading the young team in this exciting new-generation Brit eatery is a former BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner, and since he set up shop at the western end of Hove’s main drag in 2017, the cooking has really gathered momentum.

“Monthly-changing set menus of five, seven or nine courses have their heart in Sussex produce.

“Among them sea bass with cauliflower in various incarnations, apple, capers and shrimps, then outstanding South Downs smoked venison loin, with a crisp samosa of haunch, plus pickled, roasted and puréed squash.

“As for sweet ideas, cranberry Bakewell tart is matched with cinnamon ice cream, cranberry gel and poached and puréed pear.”

The Little Fish Market

10 Upper Market Street, Hove

CUISINE: Modern, fish

WHAT THE GUIDE SAYS: “Tucked away in a little side street off Hove’s Western Road, chef-patron Duncan Ray’s modest little operation certainly punches above its weight.

“After stints at The Fat Duck and Pennyhill Park, here he works with meticulous attention to detail in the kitchen, and the results speak for themselves: stunning local and sustainable seafood cooked with exemplary accuracy and an intelligent creative edge.

“The tersely-worded fixed-price menu offers five no-choice courses and delivers dishes of pure seafood-driven flavour, witness a powerful trio of 18-hour cooked featherblade with oysters done three ways and pointed up with dashi and a vibrant watercress sauce.

“The bright, clean flavours continue in stunning Dover sole with cep foam and purée, Roscoff onion with Comté cheese and the intense Marmitey jolt of yeast.

Three more restaurants in the Brighton area picked up two Rosettes. These were:

  • 64 Degrees, 53 Meeting House Lane, Brighton
  • Isaac At, 2 Gloucester Street, Brighton

Six further Brighton restaurants picked up one AA Rosette. These were:

  • Chard, 31A Western Road, Brighton
  • The Chilli Pickle, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton
  • The Ginger Dog, 12–13 College Place, Brighton
  • The Gingerman Restaurant, 21a Norfolk Square, Brighton
  • Hotel du Vin Brighton, 2–6 Ship Street, Brighton
  • The Salt Room, 106 Kings Road, Brighton
  • Terre à Terre, 71 East Street, Brighton

In addition to restaurant listings, the guide includes interviews with some of the most exciting culinary talent in the UK, such as 26-year-old gastronomic prodigy Tom Booton (Dorchester Grill, London W1), Paul Leonard (Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria), and Nathan Outlaw (Outlaw’s New Road and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall).

:: The new Restaurant Guide 2022 is available to buy now priced at £16.99.