brighton’s new bib gourmand restaurants

It’s a foodie kind of month (our favourite) as hot on the heels of Brighton’s Best Restaurant awards comes the release of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand recipients.

Unlike the famous stars it hands out to restaurants all over the world on annual basis, the Bib is given to restaurants that “will leave you with a sense of satisfaction, at having eaten so well at such a reasonable price”. Good food at decent prices, in other words.

There was only one Sussex restaurant that got bumped up to Bib Gourmand status this year – the fabulous Flint House in Brighton.

The only other Brighton and Hove eateries on the list are Italian restaurant Cin Cin and late-night small plates hangout Burnt Orange.

And if you fancy venturing further afield, The Royal pub in the sleepier St Leonard’s also has a Bib. According to the Michelin Guide, its “appealing menu focuses on top quality seasonal produce and unfussy dishes have a British heart and some Mediterranean influences.”

And the following local restaurants may not have nabbed an award (yet), but featuring in the sought-after Guide’s recommendations is an accolade in itself:

64 Degrees
Chilli Pickle
Isaac At
Little Fish Market
The Set
Wild Flor
Etch by Steven Edwards
Ginger Pig
Ginger Fox
Rathfinny Tasting Room

And what about those Michelin stars? Brighton hasn’t got any (yet!), but we’ve got three one-starred eateries in Sussex: Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead and Interlude Sussex at Leonardslee Gardens held on to theirs and gorgeous spa hotel South Lodge secured one this year too.

Where will you eat first?

Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness