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Breaking news

June 2021:  Dan Kenny has found a new home for his project -- within one of the branches of local coffee chain, Café Rust (moved from 33 Regency Square).

December 2020: The restaurant will close in Spring 2021. Message on Instagram..."After almost six years residing and working alongside Artist Residence this chapter is coming to an end. We will be leaving our residence at the hotel on 31 March 2021. We want to close the chapter by putting out the best food we have ever cooked, so please do book in to come and say goodbye with a final meal with us.

"There are too many people to mention but you know who you are are. Again a huge thanks; your help, support and compassion has fuelled the restaurant and made it something we are proud of.

"We hope the Set will live on. The new year may bring us a new home, or we may look at new projects such as pop-ups, exclusive private dining and some other stuff (once we think of it). We shall keep you posted."

50 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In June 2021, Dan Kenny found a new home for his project in Café Rust, not far from Preston park and underneath the viaduct. It’s a small place, with a two-person team in the kitchen aiming for big, umami flavours from a fixed 14-20 course tasting menu over two-and-a-half hours, and though it inspires somewhat limited feedback, fans say results are “just flawless”.


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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Eat from a “tempting short menu” (“there’s no longer just a set menu”) at Dan Kenny’s funky former pop-up that’s now permanently parked in a “relaxed and quiet” location, within a trendy boutique hotel. “How can kale taste like heaven? How can sultanas make such an intense jam? How can rhubarb zing in an eclair? Go visit The Set and discover for yourself!” But hurry – in December 2020, Kenny announced that the restaurant would cease trading at the end of March 2021.

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Owner's description

We open Wednesday to Friday with drinks from 6.30pm and dinner service starting at 7pm, please arrive at 6.45 pm at the latest to enjoy the full experience.

We serve between 14-20 courses during the evening to just 12-16 customers.

Your dining experience takes approximately 2.5-3 hours, the table is yours for the night, there's no rush or pressure so please relax and enjoy.

We serve 1 menu using the finest ingredients and cook food we love eating with lots of big flavours, fat, fire and umami along the way.
We’re not a fine dining restaurant and play music to follow the dining experience.

Working with British micro-seasonal ingredients, heritage slow grown vegetable and fruits, sustainable seafood, native rare breed meats and fine food specialists.

We offer a drinks pairing using an array of delicious alcoholic beverages from around the world.

Due to us being just a 2 team kitchen we don’t cater for dietary requirements, please don’t be offended its not a statement we just don’t have the space, chefs or time to do so.

All bookings are available online, so please click the book now button to secure a table with us.

We reside within Cafe Rust, 50 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF, not far from Preston park and underneath the viaduct.
‏‏‎We really look forward to welcoming you along for the night.


  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 16
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Service 12.50%

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The Set Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Set Restaurant in BN1, Brighton by users of Also see the editors review of The Set restaurant.
Neil H
13 course tasting menu. Interesting food bu...
Reviewed 4 months, 18 days ago

"13 course tasting menu. Interesting food but expensive "

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Iain B
After hearing about this place for some yea...
Reviewed 8 months, 17 days ago

"After hearing about this place for some years we finally got there and were not impressed, it is an evening operation in a basic cafe, which is fine but the lighting was extremely poor with two fairly dim hanging ceiling lights and many of the offerings were in small deep wooden bowls so it was almost impossible to see what you were getting. The food was not particularly wonderful anyway. So a disappointment. As it is run solely by the 2 owners we were suprised that they had a 12.5 % service charge I had always thought this was to compensate for poor staff wages. Wine pricing is also rather fierce."

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50 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
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Opening hours
Wednesday6.30‑11 pm
Thursday6.30‑11 pm
Friday6.30‑11 pm
Saturday6.30‑11 pm

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