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Kindling, Brighton, East Sussex

Kindling

4.7
4.7
513 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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Booked 3 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

Menu

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What 513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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    Healthy

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    Neighbourhood Gem

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    Romance

  • Brighton

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Brighton

    Best Overall

  • Brighton

    Best Food

  • Brighton

    Best Service

  • Brighton

    Best Value

  • Brighton

    Fit for Foodies

  • Brighton

    Healthy

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    Neighbourhood Gem

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    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. HS

    HaniaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would highly recommend sitting at the bar if you dine here! We sat at the bar and spent a lovely evening watching all the food being prepared and having a chat with the chefs between courses. The food was sublime and the prices were just right, it wasn't a cheap meal but it wasn't crazy expensive either which is what you might normally expect for food of this standard. The presentation was fantastic and as a fussy eater myself, there wasn't a single plate that I wasn't tempted by!

  2. SB

    SusanB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great cocktails and great service. Would definitely recommend it.

  3. KB

    KerryB

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The whole experience was lovely. We would like to go back and try all the dishes.

  4. DH

    DrHildi

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was informative and helpful. The food was amazing with portions just about perfect and some complex flavours with a lot of depth. Textures were interesting and the puddings were awesome! Tarragon icecream was just delicious. We will definitely be returning.

  5. JG

    JamesG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Original and delicious food, beautifully presented. Served with great charm. Highlights for me were a razor clam stew special started and Sussex cheese that was somewhere between cheese and dessert. High class cooking in simple unfussy surroundings. Highly recommended and reasonable value for food at this level.

  6. AK

    AdamK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and great service. But low key enough to not feel stuffy.

  7. AT

    AlanT

    Brighton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The more I visit Kindling the more I appreciate the effort that goes into producing their range of original dishes.

  8. IW

    IzzieW

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best priced restaurants I’ve been to for the quality of the food and service. Starters priced around £10, mains around £20. The staff were so friendly and the food was delicious!

  9. L

    Lily

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love eating at Kindling, the food is excellent and lovely atmosphere and service. It’s clear how passionate the whole team are to make it an unforgettable dining experience. Thank you, we will be back

  10. CS

    ClaireS

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, brilliant little find. Would definitely recommend.

  11. NM

    NeilM

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2

    The food was not great and did not represent value for money when compared with other restaurants in the area.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service, interesting menu. Cocktails and wines very good too.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time dining at Kindling and we loved everything, the food and service was great with excellent wine choice to accompany the meal. We will be back.

  14. DN

    DaisyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food, fabulous service. Would highly recommend

  15. P

    Philpot

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal at Kindling. Sat at the bar watching the chefs create our dishes. They have a great selection of fresh produce and the steak was particularly good. Very friendly staff and lovely atmosphere- we’ll definitely come back to try the other dishes.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really fantastic. Lovely ambience, super friendly and attentive service and absolutely fantastic food. The amouse-bouche courses were an unexpected (and delicious) surprise! Can’t wait to go back.

  17. NH

    NickH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Enjoyed a very good meal at Kindling again. Spring on a plate!

  18. HK

    HelenK

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous inventive food with great service. Will be back.

  19. H

    Hollin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrating my husband’s birthday here. The food was brilliant, service attentive and friendly but not too much. Staff were v knowledgeable about the menu. Would definitely recommend

  20. JN

    JohnN

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A new favourite. The food was amazing, the service informative without being intrusive, and its a lovely ambience. Not hectic or too noisy. Will definitely be going back.

  21. L

    Lhwork

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommended would definitely visit again- food was excellent

  22. LP

    LuciPea

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time visiting Kindling. We were very impressed by the warm welcome we received. The food was out of this world. It was an incredible dining experience.

  23. Q

    Quineditmot

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really lovely lunch at Kindling in Brighton with my daughter, and we enjoyed the small plates menu, choosing two/three dishes each. Kindling is tucked right into the lanes but a stones throw from the beach, it's the perfect people watching spot. And a very elegant spot it is too. Attentive but not pushy service, thoughtful, flavoursome locally sourced dishes coupled with a bright wine list means that you will feel very well fed and looked after upon leaving, ready to join the Brighton bustle.

  24. PW

    PeterW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent, the wine very good and the service very helpful.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food, simply served

  26. KH

    KarenH

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3

    We feel the website should have made it clearer it was a small plate’s restaurant. I’m not a huge fan of small plates as I don’t think it’s great value for money compared to traditional 3 courses. We are foodies and happy to spend £100-200 on a meal if it’s really good and something a bit special that maybe we wouldn’t cook at home. We had 2 small plates each and a side salad plus a dessert each spending £113.00 for 2 with a 3 alcoholic drinks and a bottle of water. We left a little hungry. This was meant to be our main meal of the day. I feel that’s poor value for money. The skin on my trout was burnt and I get a bitter taste can work as a balancing element, but after eating the fish I had an overriding bitter taste left in my mouth rather than the other flavours on the plate. We also felt some of the cauliflower on the cauliflower dish had been taken a little too far resulting in burnt edges, but the majority was good and the taste was not so overwhelming. The other dishes we tried were lovely and the service was very good and friendly, but on balance considering small portions, value for money and errors we probably would not return again sadly as I was very interested in trying Kindling

  27. IM

    IanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit and we really enjoyed the evening. Excellent service , without feeling over attentive a great choice of wines and wonderful food, locally sourced and presented by chefs who are clearly passionate about their craft. Would highly recommend.

  28. JB

    JonB

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely phenomenal food. Delicious, different and delightful. Amazing service from staff with such knowledge and nothing is stop much trouble.

  29. a

    awnclksdajcn

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there, loved it, thank you.

  30. SD

    SteveD

    Brighton

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Finally back at Kindling after too long a break. Delighted to say the food & team are as good as ever. Great to introduce our friends to the considerable delights of Kindling. So much thought goes into their dishes.

  31. CL

    ChrisL

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food, lovely ambience and vibe to the place. Our server was very friendly, talked through the menu and made us feel at home. They especially encouraged sharing of plates, which was certainly appreciated by this customer!

  32. TM

    TeresaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely superb - food, drinks, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Would highly recommend! 😊

  33. A

    Ainsworth1000

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing attention to detail. Fantastic flavour combinations from simple, but high quality ingredients.

  34. DG

    DanielG

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    One of the best restaurants in Brighton. Great for special dates or celebrations.

  35. LC

    LucaC

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    You can tell there is some research behind the proposed dishes on the menu: found them interesting and tasty. The service is impeccable, courteous and attentive. The atmosphere is relaxed and very pleasant with low noise levels so you can have a conversation.

  36. H

    Hjulietl

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best food in Brighton for a while. Excellent service and a thoroughly good time had by all.

  37. C

    Cara

    Kent

    95 reviews

    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Kindling is ‘nice’ but not overly special. There was little explanation re the food & provenance either on the menu or from the staff which was odd given the website and the prices charged. The outstanding food item was the soda bread. I wouldn’t go back purely because ‘nice’ as it was, it wasn’t worth the money.

  38. W

    Wewentout

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was good. Not exactly quick but lovely when the food came.

  39. MS

    MattS

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, friendly service, Perfect as always! Thank you for another great meal!

  40. E

    Ellpt18

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Something really special and different - a real experience. Warm and friendly servers who were happy to make suggestions and had a real passion for the food they were serving, which was all locally grown/produced.

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 513 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 3 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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