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MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards has opened his first restaurant, in Hove; four, five and eight-course seasonal tasting menus, using local Sussex produce, will be on offer. Edwards previously worked at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and The Pass near Horsham, alongside Matt Gillan whose solo venture Pike + Pine has opened in Brighton.

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

“Exceptional food, wonderful service and great ambience” combine to provide an “amazing special-event evening” at MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards’s conversion of a former Hove bank, now with a basement ‘speakeasy’ bar. There’s a selection of tasting menus: from five courses for £70 per person to nine courses for £120. “If Etch was in London, it would cost three times as much”, agree local fans of its “always interesting menus”. “A very good selection of English wines is a bonus”.

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

“The remodelling of the restaurant has made it even better”, say fans, and with expansion Steven Edwards’s “high quality dining experience” in Hove (which occupies a converted bank near the seafront, complete with basement bar) is reaching an expanded audience. Serving the now typical 8-9 small course tasting menus, with chefs delivering dishes to the table, all reports speak of a “stylish, fun and friendly” venue “with a very professional front of house team” and “great focus on local produce, letting great ingredients sing”. The Indie’s Kate Ng is a fan of the new look too and her April 2022 review described “a glimpse into the future of modern British cuisine!”

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

Steven Edwards’s cooking is “breathtakingly good” at this converted bank in Hove, near the seafront, where diners can choose to eat five, seven or nine courses. The venue from a MasterChef: The Professionals winner has lived up to its early promise, generating enough trade to justify expansion and redesign, completed in late 2021, which has increased its size, taken on a new monochrome look and created a subterranean bar. There’s also a “great range of exceptional and different wines from across the world”.

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

“Fine dining experience without a fine dining ambience” – MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards continues to cook up a storm at his converted bank in Hove, which offers a choice of five-, seven- or nine-course menus. All reports are of “attention to detail, with a personal touch” resulting in food with “depth of flavour and delicacy that’s a level up from most other such places”. Top Tip – “juice flight for the non-alcoholic drinkers”.

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214-216 Church Rd, Brighton, BN3 2DJ

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Etch Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Etch Restaurant in BN3, Brighton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Etch restaurant.
Martina A
Delicious food assembled in front of us in ...
Reviewed 4 months, 7 days ago

"Delicious food assembled in front of us in the private room. Steve Edwards came to chat and was and was charming. Not as pricey as we feared."

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Mike W
Deserves its Michelin star and the snacks a...
Reviewed 11 months, 20 days ago

"Deserves its Michelin star and the snacks and soup were excellent. Fish course was lacklustre but everything else was good. However as always these Michelin star set menus feel very formulaic. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 4
Menu2 120.00 Always available 9
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £7.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
214-216 Church Rd, Brighton, BN3 2DJ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6:30 pm‑8 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
SundayCLOSED

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