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Kindling, Brighton, East Sussex

Kindling

4.7
4.7
557 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Kindling Restaurant is about more than just the food, it is a community of people: staff, customers and suppliers all sharing and celebrating food and knowledge. Nature writes our menu as the seasons inspire the food we cook.
We promise to entice, surprise and stimulate.


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Team Kindling

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, Grill

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01273 732534

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Holly Taylor and Toby Geneen

  • Private party facilities

    all enquiries bookings@kindlingrestaurant.com

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Cross Street

    Old Steine

  • Parking Details

    Brighton and Hove City Council - The Lanes car park is a 4 minute walk away on Black Lion Street, BN1 1ND.

  • Public Transit

    Local bus routes stop on nearby Old Steine and North Street. Brighton Station (Southern, Thameslink) is a 10 minute walk away. There is a Brighton and Hove Taxi rank on East Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 557 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Romance

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    Good Vegetarian Options

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Best Food

  • Brighton

    Best Service

  • Brighton

    Best Value

  • Brighton

    Fit for Foodies

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    Healthy

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    Romance

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    Special Occasions

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    Good Vegetarian Options

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. G

    Greg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and an even better experience. My girlfriend is coeliac and struggles to eat at most restaurants, however the staff on hand were extremely knowledgeable and guided us through the menu perfectly. The food is sourced locally, sustainably and crafted to make a seasonal menu that regularly changes with suppliers which we loved. We even had a surprise course which was unexpected and awesome. Will definitely be coming back here and bringing family and friends next time.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A place to visit when in Brighton. I went for my birthday and the Kindling team were warm, welcoming and the food is outstanding.
  3. Y

    Yalek

    San Francisco

    185 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    185 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Visited Brighton, heard about Kindling. The restaurant is chic, the service is friendly and welcoming. The food is creative.
  4. SB

    SueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kindling never disappoints! Delicious seasonal food and exceptional service. Highly recommend visiting.
  5. HB

    HarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stunning food and even better service. Simply fabulous.
  6. B

    Beth

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing menu, wine and service. The chefs were informative and so happy to share about the dishes and their processes. The open kitchen provides an interesting insight into the care and attention each plate receives. A wonderful experience all round.
  7. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, locally sourced, and served with love and expertise. Strongly recommended.
  8. MM

    MissingMelbourne

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kindling really is a special place. The great food, service and relaxed, friendly but stylish vibe always makes it so enjoyable.
  9. PM

    PM40

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great cocktails, very warm service and delicious food. Portions a little on the small side so order plenty!
  10. S

    Sonic

    London

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sherry, olives and delicious smoked almonds set the scene for this interesting menu. Cauliflower was a particular highlight, but nothing disappointed. Staff knowledgeable and friendly.
  11. AB

    AnnaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful evening spent at Kindling. The food was delicious. Seriously good. Staff excellent and clued up. Highly recommend!
  12. PW

    PeterW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a most warm welcome, super fresh creative light local cuisine. Perfect in all aspect
  13. BH

    BeckyH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite simply flawless. Great food, exceptional drinks, and effortless, informed and skilled service.
  14. RR

    ReeRee

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A memorable experience with great food
  15. NH

    NickH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another lovely meal at this excellent restaurant. Professional, friendly and relaxed service. ‘Modern British’ high quality food with an emphasis on sustainability. Vegetarian and vegan options feature prominentlyI ate asparagus with beef, pork seasoned in pepper and salt with broad beans, puree of apple etc. and an almond and blackberry tart. All very good. Noisier than usual, but our neighbours were having a good time ….
  16. JF

    JackF

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was perfect: friendly, attentive and informative. All food and drinks incredible.
  17. J

    Justin

    Brighton

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, mutton was perfect, cuttlefish in squid ink great too.
  18. JO

    JackO

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time enjoying Kindling, thoroughly enjoyable for an intimate setting and innovative menu.
  19. LC

    LisaC

    Brighton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and everything is GF! Fantastic. Delicious food, super service and not too pricey
  20. A

    Anne

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible meal in a beautifully relaxed setting. Attention to detail was made at every possible point of the meal. The best meal out I have had in years. I will most definitely be back soon. Thank you.
  21. R

    Rory

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great small plates lunch menu. Delicious food, great service, great atmosphere. Would recommend
  22. SG

    SarahG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Service was great. Wine superb Cuttlefish starter and amuse bouche Excellent. Very disappointed With the leek starter Mutton Bass Which is a shame I had high expectations. So probably will not return
  23. CD

    ChloeD

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a fabulous evening celebrating my other half’s birthday
  24. BG

    BenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible and varied menu, land and sea concept meant for a diverse menu for all tastes and starter/main combinations. Cuttlefish stew from the specials menu was perfectly flavourful without being too rich or salty. Fluffy butter and bread starter was a great start to the meal with the cold soup amuse bouche to refresh the palette. Waiting staff were attentive, charming and never invasive and provided wine recommendations and on hand to answer questions about the menu. Our seat at the counter provided great entertainment seeing our Wild Bass being prepared along with an up close view of the famous grill. Hispi cabbage an essential. Finished off with a desert wine pairing with our Eton mess and even a little birthday treat. Would highly recommend but perhaps a more ambient soundtrack would lift it slightly. Would love to come again next time we are on the south coast to see what the menu has in store for the next season!
  25. PV

    PaulV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Ate some great food here on a Saturday lunchtime. Lovely presentation and the cooking was assured and delicious. Two pieces of feedback: the « small plates » really are tiny, so don’t go hungry, or be ready to spend £40 a head; and for a restaurant that majors so much on local produce, having one English wine on the list would be good. The list isn’t comprehensive enough for such excellent food. Working with an independent supplier like Vincognito would take Kindling to another level.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and really attentive service.
  27. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 1 choice restaurant to go to in Brighton. Nice food, nice service, nice atmosphere 🥰
  28. K

    Kate74

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Food was pretty good, not amazing. Lacking in atmosphere, feels like a posh cafe. Waiting staff polite and doing their jobs well, but it lacks atmosphere and is not fine dining. Much better places to go locally and will not be going back. Explains why you can book a table on the same day.
  29. LE

    LucyE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and innovative food with very charming service.
  30. T

    Toms

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding evening at kindling. Food was well explained and beautifully presented. Service was attentive but not overly so. And ambience was lovely. Being able to sit at the counter and engage with the chefs while they were cooking was a fantastic experience and would whole heartedly recommend.
  31. RM

    RizM

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely little restaurant with interesting food combinations, but very well matched. Fantastic service.
  32. BC

    BenC

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super service in a cool environment. Thoroughly recommended.
  33. PS

    PamelaS

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Lovely cocktail. Very nice starter. But our main course of Pork was a bit too fatty and we felt the pork chop wasnt quite cooked enough to comfortably eat the fat. Great people running it and may well try it again another time but at the moment, not keen to rush back.
  34. j

    jonesp

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food wth a friendly and knowledgable staff. Would have welcomed larger portions.
  35. JC

    JasonC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Couldn't fault the staff, attentive and knowledgable. Food and portion size were a little meagre. Yes I get and have been fortunate to dine in many restaurants over the years where its quality over quantity and to expect that. However, one of us who had the pork received a very thin slice, of which a significant part was the fat rather than the meat. A starter of asparagus, though beautifully cooked and presented....3 pieces, is well, verging on the farcical in season. It was great to know all the ingredients were locally and ethically sourced. Would I go there again...not sure when compared to the many fantastic restaurants Brighton is blessed with.
  36. AC

    AlexC

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Bit of style over substance really. The service was very average at best, we had to keep asking the waiters to be served, as did the guests on other tables. This was the running theme for the night unfortunately. Food was nice but slightly dissapointed with the whole experience. Not sure I will head back.
  37. SN

    SamanthaN

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stunning food, top class service. We’ll most certainly be returning.
  38. SS

    ShaniS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great restaurant with an innovative menu - the mutton main dish I had was amazing, one of the best dishes I've ever had. Also, the wine menu is good with reasonably priced choices available. Although portions not big, I was too full to have a desert, they looked fabulous though, and now I wish I'd made the effort. The espresso martini for desert instead was great. Excellent service rounded off a lovely evening. Would highly recommend for something a little more special than the norm.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from start to finish. Super-friendly staff, great food. My only suggestion would be a longer wine list - too few selections for such a large price range
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Kindling is rated 4.7 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Kindling

69 East Street Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HQ

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Old Steine

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, Grill

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Brighton and Hove City Council - The Lanes car park is a 4 minute walk away on Black Lion Street, BN1 1ND.

  • Public Transit

    Local bus routes stop on nearby Old Steine and North Street. Brighton Station (Southern, Thameslink) is a 10 minute walk away. There is a Brighton and Hove Taxi rank on East Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Holly Taylor and Toby Geneen

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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