Local restaurateurs celebrated at Brighton's Best Restaurant Awards 2018

(L-R) Pamela and Ben McKellar with chef Simon Rogan
01/03/2018 - 07:00
20 local food and drink businesses celebrated at Brighton’s third annual Best Restaurant Awards on Monday night (26 February), which saw The Little Fish Market crowned the Best Restaurant award 2018.

Spanning Brighton and Hove, all entrants were voted for by almost 200 local food writers, chefs, restaurateurs and business leaders, who each “boast an intimate knowledge of the city's restaurant landscape.”

As well as taking home the top spot, The Little Fish Market founder and chef, Duncan Ray was also name Best Chef, commenting: “It was quite surreal hearing hundreds of people cheering so loudly when we won. These awards are really special because they are voted for by my peers. To win both Best Chef and Best Restaurant means so much.” 

Meanwhile Japanese grill, Bincho Yakitori, was voted runner up for the second year running, while last year’s winner, 64 Degrees, dropped two spots to third place.

A number of new names also featured on the 2018 top 20 list, including: Pike & Pine (14), 1909 (16), Murmur (18), Petit Pois (19), as well as Pascere which came in eight place and also won the Best Wine List award.

Held at the Komedia cinema, the event welcomed chef-patron of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant L'Enclume, Simon Rogan, as its special guest, who said: “I've always loved Brighton and really enjoy coming back (he used to live in Sussex). It's great to see so many amazing restaurants here.”

Brighton’s top 20 restaurants are as follows:

1) The Little Fish Market

2) Bincho Yakitori

3) 64 Degrees

4) Cin Cin

5) The Set

6) The Chilli Pickle 

7) Etch

8) Pascere

9) The Salt Room

10)  The Ginger Pig

11) Silo

12) Isaac At

13) Plateau

14) Red Roaster/Pike & Pine

15)  Fatto a Mano

16) 1909

17) Fourth & Church

18) Murmur

19) Petit Pois

20) The Gingerman

As well as this, a number of other accolades were also celebrated on the night, including:

  • Outstanding Contribution - Ben and Pamela McKellar, Ginger Restaurants
  • Best Chef - Duncan Ray, The Little Fish Markert
  • Best Barkeep - Jake Goldstein, Plotting Parlour
  • Best Welcome - David Toscano, Cin Cin                                             
  • Best Wine List - Pascere
  • Best Sunday Lunch - Dizzy Gull at the Brighton Beer Dispensary   
  • Rising Star - The Ginger Pig
  • Highest New Entry - Etch
  • Best Dish - Al and D's Toddy Shop, The Chilli Pickle 
  • Best Sunday Lunch - Dizzy Gull at the Brighton Beer Dispensary pub        

Ben McKellar, co-founder of Ginger Restaurants and this year’s Outstanding Contribution winner, commented: “We really weren't expecting that at all.

“We love what we do but to be recognised by a room full of fellow chefs like this is really very special. The Brighton restaurant scene has changed a lot since we first started. Competition is strong but that's good for everyone - a rising tide raises all boats.

“Brighton is now a seriously good dining destination and more people are visiting just for the food.”

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