Review on The Restaurant at Drakes

Drakes now claims its place as Brighton's finest boutique hotel. It's a gem of a double-fronted Georgian townhouse overlooking the town's highly desirable seafront, and boasts an eclectic interior that fuses oriental influences with a splash of Indochine-French colonialism and a touch of decadence.

Things are no less stylish in 'The Restaurant at Drakes', with its exposed brickwork, discreet lights, low ceilings and a feeling of understated class. Andrew McKenzie's cooking is defined by bright modern flavours, with touches of sophistication running through the repertoire. Expect plenty of lively ideas in the shape of, say, pickled fillet of rainbow trout with pickled summer vegetables and salted cucumber, rump of new season's South Down lamb with broad bean purée, young leeks and rosemary sauce, and fillet of wild turbot with grilled violet artichokes, spinach trompette mushrooms and red wine fish sauce.

Ingredients are sourced with care (most fish arrives each day from the South Coast boats), while the dessert menu is an ever-changing feast (think chocolate brownie with passion fruit bavarois and chocolate sorbet or cherry soup with poached cherries and Greek yoghurt sorbet). Alternatively finish with something savoury - perhaps Welsh rarebit with oysters or port and Stilton on toast. The wine list was shortlisted by Louis Roederer for the Best Wine List in the UK.

The Restaurant at Drakes is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Modern European


Andy Vitez

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.30 - 10.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Sat & Sun (last orders)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.05pm (last orders)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Restaurant at Drakes

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 40 covers


Accomodation is available, (20 rooms)


The Restaurant at Drakes
Drakes Boutique Hotel
43 - 44 Marine Parade
Brighton and Hove

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