Harden's survey result
“This tiny stalwart” just up from the sea front is “always popular and deservedly so”. “Cosy but not stuffy, it has a lovely atmosphere and booking is a must” given the allure of its consistently “imaginative and skilful” cuisine. It’s been “a fixture of the local food scene” for 20 years, with founders Ben and Pamela McKellar opening a series of spin-off Gingers – Dog, Pig and Fox. Scheduled to open soon are Flint House tapas in the Lanes and Ginger Fish in the new Soho House Brighton.
“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.
Gingerman Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We had not been here for some time but the standard is still high in this small restaurant. The a la carte fixed prce menu offers an intersting selection of choices at a reasonable, £40 + for three courses and a not to expensive wine list."
"Utterly reliable and competent cooking at decent value prices in a side street just up from the sea front."
"The first time we've tried the Gingerman's tasting menu and overall it was a great success. We were a table of six and a couple of our dishes arrived lukewarm but other than that it was delicious. Always fantastic service from Jamie and the rest of the front of house team."
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