RestaurantsEast SussexEastbourneBN21

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Since the day it opened its doors, the Mirabelle Restaurant in Eastbourne has celebrated numerous awards, accolades and critical notices from the UK's top food writers. As well as being considered one of the finest restaurants in Eastbourne, The Independent voted the Mirabelle in the top 50 best restaurants in the UK. The Mirabelle serves a modern European menu of seasonal specialities that play creatively with flavours and textures, and which are complemented by an extremely well-chosen wine list. Just as impressive is the elegant splendour of the beautifully furnished dining room itself, which you can enter either directly from the hotel or via its own discreet side entrance, and is a quiet haven that attracts romantic couples, small business groups and devotees of gourmet dining.

survey result

Summary

£85
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The only true fine dining restaurant in Eastbourne” – Hrvoje Loncarevic “continues to gradually restore the reputation of the fine dining room of the elegant Grand Hotel”: a large, 150-bedroom grande dame of a property on the seafront and “an excellent venue for business or celebrations”. “Beautifully laid out courses” are provided by “service of the high level you’d expect from a five-star hotel, and the wine list has a very broad range of fine vintages”. “We had a table in the window overlooking the garden on a lovely summer’s evening, all the while being accompanied by an excellent pianist playing a mixture of standards and modern jazz”.

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£83
 ££££
2
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3
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still the grand doyen of the Eastbourne eating scene”, this “delightful” and “slightly theatrical” traditional chamber inspires affection amongst everyone commenting on it, including its critics. There has been a concerted attempt in recent years to modernise the approach, which leads to some regrets – “there used to be a piano player in the old days, a touch which seems to have been dispensed with”. New (he’s been here three years) chef, Michael Sutherland “appears to be finding his feet” and a fair middle view is that “whilst in no way spectacular, the kitchen’s output is at least now consistent (an improvement to before)”. But “given the prices, there is substantial room, indeed need, for the kitchen to further improve”. Still, some diners report a “fantastic variety of dishes from the tasting menu, with lots of unusual aspects that make talking points with the serving staff”. Top Tip – No complaints at all about the hotel’s “gorgeous” and “good value” afternoon teas.

Summary

£78
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3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This grand seaside hotel is a “fine-dining stalwart which continues to outlive its long-deceased Mayfair namesake” – and also to provoke the ire of traditional fans who regret “the abolition of cloches and other touches of distinction in the name of foolish modernisation” a couple of years ago. Michael Sutherland, a former Sussex Young Chef of the Year, has run the kitchen since January 2020, and reporters disagree on how he’s getting on. “Small portions and high prices” (“we bought sandwiches on the ride home”) feature in a couple of reports, but for a majority he’s “turned the corner” with “safety-first but highly commendable cuisine”.

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£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Old-style in the nicest way” – this white-linen dining room in a grand old seaside hotel can still be a “lovely spot for dinner when taking a trip to the coast”. It has, though, become a battleground between traditionalists and modernisers following the 2017 appointment of Stephanie Malvoisin to head the kitchen and moves to update the 30-year-old interior. For some, the process has not gone nearly far enough: “what an antediluvian and over-rated place!”, whose, “refurbishment was a terrible waste of time and money”. For others “things seems to be picking up a little under the new lady chef (but while acceptable, it’s in no way memorable)”. And at best, “a really pleasant surprise!”

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Jacket required
50
Yes

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 80.00 Dinner only 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.30 £30.50 £4.00 £10.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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