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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Robust pub cooking à la McKellar

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A once run-down corner pub in Kemp Town village has been given a makeover, with clean white walls and bright pink banquettes in the main dining area. Begin with a pairing of seared squid and breadcrumbed pig's trotter in smoked paprika pesto to get the taste buds fired up, or perhaps a bowl of velvety celeriac soup with truffled croûtons and a splash of Muscat vinegar. Main courses are earthy and filling, so expect a chickpea and aubergine stew under roast hake, or roast lamb rump with a sugared pastilla, rainbow chard, giant couscous and pomegranate. To finish, go for cherry clafoutis with almond cream and cherry sorbet, scented with meadowsweet.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef: James Villiers

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 23
  • Wines over £30: 27
  • Wines by the glass: 26

Price guide

  • Starter from : 6.50
  • Main course from: 11.50
  • Dessert from: 6
  • 2-course lunch from: 12.50
  • 3-course lunch from: 18
  • 2-course dinner from: 12.50
  • 3-course dinner from: 18
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22

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College Place Eastbound, turn right opposite Brighton College

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Three-course lunch from£18**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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