gingerman restaurant group’s latest venture is now open
We love new restaurant news and we reckon this tidbit is particularly exciting. We’ve mentioned the Hannington Estate redevelopment before; you know, where Habitat popped up. Well, there’s a much wider development going on behind there and at the centre of it all is Flint House, a new 50-cover restaurant from the couple behind the Gingerman restaurant group, Pamela and Ben McKellar. And now they have an opening date – they’ll be introducing their new foodie baby (complete with a Ridgeview wines-sponsored rooftop terrace with views!) to the world on 19th April, making it a very good Good Friday. Admittedly, it’s slightly later than the original planned January open, but we do love a springtime treat!
As the name suggests – yep, there’s no ‘ginger’ in there, for starters – Flint House is going to be rather different to its Ginger cousins, in terms of both food and style. “We’ll have the same great food suppliers, but a different style of dining with small plates, beautiful wines by the glass and cocktails made upstairs in the bar area,” Pamela told us. “We want to create the perfect place for food, drinks and a get-together with friends – we’re very much hoping to make this a glamorous space to eat and drink in the heart of town,” she added.
Speaking of food, what can we expect? Our tastebuds are already tingling with anticipation at the likes of dishes such as Scrumpy-battered oysters with apple purée; shaved hispi with brown shrimps and dill; large tiger prawns with crispy garlic; ham croquettes with mustard mayo; flattened chicken with honey soy and pea shoots; and beetroot tartare with pickled yolk and toast. YUM.
The two-storey, flint-clad building is a thing of beauty – especially that green living wall *swoon* – but the couple knew exactly what they wanted the inside to look like, too. Needless to say, we’re loving it all. Their vision was for a “bright, light and airy space filled with green plants during the day and candles and soft lighting in the evening”. The colour scheme includes lots of dark warm colours like greens, greys and charcoals, as well as beautiful fabrics from luxury interiors brand House of Hackney on the chairs and lighting from Belgian lighting company Wevre & Ducré. But they’re championing local businesses, too, with stunning bespoke bar and benches from Brighton-based Method Furniture Makers and plant design by Ali from Brighton’s own Go Botanica. We reckon it’s going to look pretty damn special.
You’ve probably also read about their plans for another addition to the Ginger stable, the Ginger Fish. Sadly, with the Soho House development seemingly on hold, they’ve shelved that one for now.”It’s gone very quiet and we decided to keep growing our business instead of just waiting for it. I hope it does get developed, though, and hopefully Soho House will still be coming to Brighton. It would be great for Brighton if they came down – we need a Soho House by the sea!”
Still, as they (don’t quite) say, there’s plenty more (Ginger) Fish in the sea, not least the lovely Flint House. Roll on Good Friday!
Flint House, opening on Friday 19th April
13 Hannington’s Lane, Brighton, BN1 1GS