Brighton locavore Isaac@ to close

Hyper-localist pioneer Isaac@ in Brighton is to close down this summer after eight years’ trading. The restaurant will serve its last meals on 26 August, offering a ‘best of’ menu for its last two months to long-time fans and first-timers who don’t want to miss the experience.

This year’s Harden’s guide hails Isaac @ as “so original and never the same twice“.

The tiny, 20-cover North Laine restaurant was launched on the back of a £25,000 investment in 2015, with the radical idea of using only ingredients sourced from within the county – “Sussex on a plate“. Wines were sourced from a little further afield, but the restaurant could still claim to offer the country’s first all-English list.

Founder Isaac Bartlett-Copeland announced the imminent closure on Instagram without giving any explanation, saying “it’s now a time for new beginnings“. Earlier this year he opened a new restaurant called Embers in Brighton’s Lanes, in partnership with former Terre à Terre chef Dave Morrow, cooking Sussex produce over a wood fire.

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