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“An absolute stalwart gem, with many years serving Brighton” – the Gingerman group’s flagship is turning twenty this year and this small, unpretentious dining room near the seafront is still a big favourite with locals and out-of-towners alike. The only drawback is that the room is “rather cramped” – the “concept-free” food is “terrific” and the “friendly, knowledgeable and diligent” service particularly stands out.
“Brighton’s best ‘fine dining’” is still – despite increased local competition – to be had at Ben Mckellar’s “tiny”, “utterly unpretentious” backstreet dining room, near the seafront – an “intimate” space, which “has been improved by its recent refurbishment” (“a win!”). Service is “totally charming”, and the “increasingly inventive and adventurous dishes” are “fantastic and amazing value for the quality”.
“The original, and still the best, of the Ginger-collection” – this “small” favourite, “just back from the seafront” has a “new, bare-brick look” nowadays. It’s a “cosy, neighbourhood-style” (rather “cramped”) place, with a large, loyal clientele, and its “always dependable” cooking (“never cutting edge, and the better for it”) maintains it as “Brighton’s best restaurant” for many reporters.
With its “well-judged, utterly reliable cooking”, this “tiny side street restaurant” – the original member of the Gingerman chain – “is still tops”, says one of the many fans of “Brighton’s best place to eat, by a country mile”.
Gingerman Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Always popular and deservedly so, the consistent excellence of this tiny Brighton stalwart, tucked away from passing trade, has never failed to please me in many years of patronage. Friendly, informal but attentive service matches the kitchen's excellence."
"Perversely I welcome the recent, modest and overdue price rise, which has restored a wider range of dishes to the set menu after an over-reliance upon fish cakes and cheaper cuts. A whole plaice on the bone was very competently done with a complementary but delicate sauce, and the soufflÃ©s with home-made sorbet or ice-cream are a sure-fire winner and well-worth the wait."
21a Norfolk Sq, Brighton, BN1 2PD
Lunch- 12.30pm â€“ 2pm, Tues â€“ Sun. Dinner â€“ 7pm â€“ 10pm, Tues â€“ Sun
Last orders: 9.45 pm