The Restaurant at Drakes, Brighton – dining delights
PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 21 May 2013
Situated on the seafront, just a stone’s throw from Brighton Pier, this 2 AA Rosette ﬁne dining restaurant recently added to its extensive list of accolades
Drakes Boutique Hotel
43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE
Tel: 01273 696934
Open seven days a week
Lunch: 12.30pm to 2pm
Dinner: 7pm to 9.45pm
Situated on the seafront, just a stone’s throw from Brighton Pier, this 2 AA Rosette ﬁne dining restaurant recently added to its extensive list of accolades. Its celebrated chef Andrew MacKenzie was invited (and it is by invitation only) to take his place alongside the ﬁnest chefs in the country on www.GreatBritishChefs.com.
Growing up in Devon, MacKenzie paid close attention to his uncle, who was Head Chef at a Shefﬁeld hotel.
After training at Birmingham’s College of Food, he honed his craft working for Allan Hill at Gleneagles and the famously mercurial Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico. A year travelling and working in Australia inﬂuenced Andrew greatly and is where he gained new inspiration with different styles of cooking and ingredients.
Exuding contemporary style, the restaurant is gently lit and affords just the right level of intimacy.
An atmosphere of comfortable elegance prevails, topped off by unobtrusive, friendly and extremely knowledgeable waiting staff.
Andrew creates his Modern European menus using only the ﬁnest seasonal ingredients with particular attention being paid to using local produce whenever possible. Menus change on a seasonal basis to reﬂect the quality, taste and selection available.
The current menu includes some great winter favourites, with that creative twist which Andrew is famous for. Squid Ink Risotto with Poached Lobster or Ballotine of Wood Pigeon with Date Puree and Hazelnut Salad are two appealing starter options. Six fabulous mains include Roasted Red Leg Partridge with braised mountain lentils, pancetta, fondant potato and baby turnip or Fillet of Brill with Garlic Leeks, Salsify, Poached Oyster and Lobster Sauce.
For afters, choose a sweet or savoury course – Welsh Rarebit with poached Oysters on Sour Dough Toast to ﬁnish your wine with, although the Victoria Plum soufﬂé will tickle the seasonal taste buds.
The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, offering set menus for both. With two courses at £29.95 and three courses for £39.95, this represents exceedingly good value for such outstanding food. For those wishing to enjoy a real gastronomic treat, select the ﬁve-course Chef ’s Menu for £55 per person, or £90 with wine pairing.
For the ultimate indulgent experience, the restaurant’s Private Dining Room is available for up to 12 people. This stunningly elegant and intimate space is perfect for special celebrations and comes complete with a dedicated waiter for that extra personal touch.