momma cherri’s returns to brighton

Long-time Brightonians and foodies will fondly remember Momma Cherri’s restaurant in Brighton, and the very sad day that it closed its doors in 2009.

We were delighted to hear that the soul-food chef is back in action, hosting a month-long pop-up from 1st – 23rd April at 53 Gardner Street.

With a set (veggie or meat) menu priced at £27.75 a person, dishes will include favourites from the restaurant such as jambalaya, jerk chicken, ribs, sweet potato salad, desserts and more, with a BYOB invitation.

She’ll also be open for brunch and her famous ‘Soul in a bowl’ dishes to take away or eat in.

Momma cherri brighton pop up

Momma Cherri (real name Charita Jones) shot to fame in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares in 2005, when Gordon Ramsay visited the restaurant and was blown away by her cooking. She’s apparently still the only restaurateur to date to have received a clean plate back from the hard-to-impress TV chef.

Cherri is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support to give back to those who’ve supported her family, after her husband was diagnosed with cancer last year.

There will be scannable QR codes in the restaurant’s window, while diners inside will have the option to add a donation onto their bills.

Momma will also be running a cooking course on 23rd April – a fantastic opportunity to learn how to cook her most famous dishes, as well as getting the lowdown on what it was like appearing on Kitchen Nightmares, before you sit down to feast together.

With only a month to get down for some beautiful food and warm hospitality, we certainly hope this won’t be the last time Momma Cherri opens her soul shack in Brighton. 

Saturday 1st – Saturday 22nd April; open daily (except Sunday 2nd April due to the Marathon) from 11am – 3pm to sit in and take away, and Wednesday – Friday evenings by booking only. You can book tables here
53 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1
Momma Cherri

By Lucy Sambrook