brighton’s first permanent food hall opens
Last summer we had Shelter Hall Raw and now, just as the UK prepares to open up again, Brighton’s first food hall has lost the ‘raw’ and is emerging perfectly cooked on Monday, 26th April.
The pop-up version of the seafront food hall opened last July and gave us a great taste of what was to come with a hot line-up of some of the city’s favourite local food traders, and a buzzy festival-like vibe.
This time around, the permanent fixture in the beautifully restored Victorian Shelter Hall is even bigger and better, with a fantastic food and events programme up its sleeve.
So… which of your favourite Sussex-based food and drink brands can you expect to see trading there? Joining the Shelter Hall line-up is the best of Sussex talent, including plenty of new offerings!
So what’s on the menu?
PAN from Lost Boys Chicken, featuring the boys’ signature fried chicken wings and buns, as well as veggie tempura dishes and more of their famous sauces.
Popular family-run Worthing restaurant Crabshack is launching Caught, which will offer local seafood and fish dishes bursting with big yet simple flavours.
The much-loved Sugardough bakery (everything that comes out of their kitchen is a delight) is launching Tart, which will feature a wide range of sweet and savoury treats – think lemon meringue twice-baked croissants and new puff pastry tarts – as well as Naked Barista coffee.
Purveyors of tasty and traditional Neopolitan pizzas, VIP Pizza are launching Amalfi. The family-run business’ new concept will feature their tasty sourdough pizzas, as well as meat and cheese direct from their Naples farm.
Ox Block is a brand-new barbeque-style robata grill concept by Kenny Tutt, the 2018 MasterChef winner and owner of Worthing’s Pitch restaurant. We can expect sizzling bacon baps, steak sandwiches with 40-day aged sirloin and beer-braised onions, as well as indulgent deep-fried Oreos with salted dulce de leche ice-cream. Yum!
The all-day destination will also be working closely with Sussex vineyards, craft brewers and artisan spirits suppliers, including Brighton Gin and Fitz Sparkling Wine, so you can be sure there are going to be some tasty tipples to wash your food down with.
The pop-up hosted some fantastic events last year and we can expect more of the same this time around, with live music performances and creative workshops on the agenda.
The food hall is the brainchild of Session Market’s CEO Dan Warne, previously managing director at Deliveroo. He’s worked with Brighton and Hove City Council over the last few years to restore the gorgeous 1880s building as part of a £19m seafront renovation and turn it into a buzzing community hub celebrating the city’s food, arts, entertainment and culture.
He’s also keen to support local chefs and start-ups via a fantastic four-month residency programme – The Incubator Kitchen. It’s designed to help talented people from all backgrounds grow food businesses without needing access to large financial resources. The programme also gives them access to mentorship and support from the Sessions Market team.
After something to look forward to (we know the feeling)? You can book to secure a spot at the dog-friendly site now, but walk-ins on the day are fine, too. And with 240 seats on the outdoor terrace overlooking the seafront and 200 indoors (hopefully allowed from 17th May), it’s safe to say there’s plenty of space!
We reckon this is going to be a great pick-me-up for the city, not to mention a fantastic way to support the hospitality industry after an incredibly challenging year – we can’t wait!
Opening Monday, 26th April, 2021
Monday to Sunday, 8am to midnight
Kings Road Arches, Shelter Hall, Brighton BN1 1NB
Shelter Hall opens Monday, 26th April, 2021