Individual Awards

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Best Restaurant

Bincho Yakitori

Diners are transported to a Tokyo backstreet at this authentic izakaya style diner that, since opening in 2015, has become what one of our voting panel called “a Brighton institution”.

Chef Dave Miney began his career working for the likes of Rick Stein, Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum and Henry Harris at the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge before spending three years in Japan. His intention was to learn about kaiseki fine dining, but found himself drawn to the more casual izakaya restaurants, the Tokyo equivalent of a gastropub.

Now, whenever Bincho Yakitori (bincho is a Japanese charcoal grill and yakitori translate as ‘grilled bird’) is open, Dave is there manning the grill, preparing signature dishes including skewers of chicken and spring onion, slow-cooked pork belly skewers and the addictive kara age (Japanese fried chicken) that customers book weeks ahead to eat and return for time and time again.

“The place I recommend to people the most,” said an enthusiastic voter. “I took a Bincho virgin with me last time I went and the look on his face as the pork belly melted in his mouth was a joy to witness. I’m sure we can all remember our first time at this restaurant.”

Bincho Yakitori
63 Preston Street
Brighton BN1 2HE
01273 779021
www.binchoyakitori.com

Best Chef

Duncan Ray

Little Fish Market chef/owner Duncan Ray has clinched the award for the fourth year running. The Surrey-born chef has worked in some of the best kitchens in Europe, including L’Ortolan, The Fat Duck, Lettonie and the three-Michelin starred Georges Blanc in eastern France. After several years travelling, he returned to the UK at the age of 23 to take the head chef role at Penny Hill Park Hotel, before spending several years as a private chef, cooking for A-listers and royalty. He then ran The Five Alls in the Cotswolds, before opening The Little Fish Market in 2013.

The Little Fish Market
10 Upper Market St, Hove BN3 1AS
01273 722213
www.thelittlefishmarket.co.uk

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Best Front of House

Wild Flor

“Comfort, tradition and warmth” are the watchwords of this welcoming bistro on Church Road, which opened in 2018 and became an instant hit for its warm, intimate vibe that demonstrates classic hospitality exactly as it should be. Attentive without ever being intrusive, Faye and James Thompson make guests feel like diners at the home of an old friend, expertly working the room with an ease and comfort that encourages locals to return again and again.

Add in Brighton’s Best Wine List (as decided by our panel of wine experts at this year’s awards) and an excellent-value midweek lunch, and you have the perfect neighbourhood restaurant that ticks all the boxes.

Wild Flor
42 Church Road
Hove BN3 2FN
01273 329111
www.wildflor.com

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Best New Opening

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange opened in May 2021 and within less than six months had bagged a Michelin Bib Gourmand, as well as rave reviews in the Guardian, Times and Independent, making it something of a culinary destination. The fourth restaurant in Razak Helalat’s Black Rock Restaurants portfolio, its location on Middle Street in the former site of The Coach House offers a welcome reprieve from the bustling town centre, with its shady courtyard and relaxed, cool interior. The menu is built around socialising: think simple, flavour-packed dishes designed for grazing, often cooked over fire and always changing with the seasons, alongside stellar cocktails and wonderfully attentive, warm service. Chef Peter Dantanus is quickly making a name for himself as one of the best in the city, and this place is always buzzing, be it Monday lunchtime or Saturday night. Their Sunday brunch is the most grown-up in town and not to be missed.

Burnt Orange
59 Middle Street
Brighton BN1 1AL
01273 929923
www.burnt-orange.co.uk

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Best Sunday Lunch

The Ginger Pig

Listed as one of the ten best pubs in the UK by GQ Magazine in 2020, the Ginger Pig serves up traditional food sourced from some of Sussex’s best suppliers. The a la carte Sunday lunch here could begin with Irish rock oysters and shallot vinegar, followed by roast sirloin of beef or a chicken and ham hock pie. It’s a Sunday pub lunch with bells on.

The Ginger Pig
3 Hove Street
Hove BN3 2TR
01273 206577
www.thegingerpigpub.com

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Best Wine List

Wild Flor

More than a dozen restaurant wine lists were nominated by voters for this award in 2022, with final standouts including Fourth and Church, English’s and Burnt Orange. But it was Wild Flor’s list which was a clear winner in the end for our judges Johan Claesson of Ten Green Bottles, and wine expert Georgie Kinsella of Brighton Wines. The panel was impressed with the range and balance of the list, which mixes familiar grapes and regions with more idiosyncratic choices from Wild Flor co-owner and wine expert Rob Maynard, who works with numerous suppliers to secure unique and hard-to-find labels.

There was also praise for the fair pricing, plus a large range by the glass or carafe. Consider this award alongside their other 2022 accolade of Brighton’s Best Front of House, and you have a winning combination.

Wild Flor
42 Church Road
Hove BN3 2FN
01273 329111
www.wildflor.com

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Best Resident Kitchen

Baby Bao at The Pond

A new award for 2022 to recognise the brilliant food being served up from pub kitchens across the city. North Laine pub The Pond not only boasts an ever-changing menu of guest beers from across the globe, but seven days a week the much-loved Baby Bao crew also knocks out seriously moreish Taiwanese fare to feed hungry drinkers. They’re best known for their pillowy steamed bao, which might be stuffed with Pork belly, hoisin and peanuts, or Panko squash, sriracha mayo and house kimchi, as well as sharing plates such as Corn riblets, Korean-fried tofu and the unmissable BB house chips with miso mayo. Everything is ideally washed down with a pint of the Pond’s own Pondwater Pale Ale.

The Pond
49 Gloucester Road
Brighton BN1 4AQ
01273 660277
www.thepondbrighton.com

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Best Takeaway

The Chilli Pickle

Another new award for 2022 to recognise the sterling work by our restaurants to keep us fed and happy during the multiple lockdowns of recent years. Brighton institution The Chilli Pickle have been doing takeaways for ten years, and for the past four have won Best Takeaway at the British Curry Awards, as well as Best Indian at the Deliveroo Restaurant Awards. Their BBQ at Home kits were a true highlight of lockdown and such an innovative way to bring their flavours and style to diners’ homes, too.

The Chilli Pickle
17 Jubilee Street
Brighton BN1 1GE
01273 900383
www.thechillipickle.com

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