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Kindling

4.8
4.8
429 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 6 times today
  • 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

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

Menu

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What 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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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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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Brighton

    Best Ambience

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    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. EY

    EdithY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food outstanding - a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Service and friendliness of the staff superb.

  2. PO

    PhilO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Courses delivered far too quickly, taste buds need time to settle down, chef seemed a bit perturbed at our request. Venison was served practically raw, we understand that this meat should be served rare but this was inedible in our view.

  3. KH

    KimH

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All food was delicious especially enjoyed the ragu and gnocchi

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our meal at Kindling. The food was all delicious - the textures and flavor combinations were a total delight. The meal felt like a real treat and I definitely want to go back again to see what else they’ve magicked up. Can’t recommend one specific thing as everything was incredible. We enjoyed starters, mains, sides and all the deserts! Go support this amazing restaurant - that was unfortunate enough to start just before the pandemic. You won’t be disappointed.

  5. T

    Tiffany

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience from start to finish. Food is outstanding as is presentation. Little extra touches that really make it standout - bread wasn't vegan so brought kindling made black pepper crackers as an added addition to the order of bread. Home made fudge and chocolate with our bill. Staff couldn't do more. My favourite fine dining experience in Brighton 🥰

  6. L

    Lucinda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic find! We chanced upon this gem and had the best restaurant experience we have had in a long time. The small menu was so intriguing it took us a long time to choose and we had to order three starters between two of us because we couldn’t decide. And we weren’t disappointed. Everything was surprisingly and delicious. To finish off the Sussex Slipcote dessert was one of the most simple, clever and delicious desserts we have ever had. A fantastically refreshing, contemporary fine dining experience with the added bonus of an open kitchen. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere where the passion and integrity of the chefs shines through.

  7. T

    Tadc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was generally very good. Their butter was the best I’ve had. The duck appetiser was really amazing. The dessert was just okay! I could have done with more honey on the cheese dessert, fruits were really sour. My partner had the chocolate one, we were just put off a bit with the little clementines added to it on the side. It looked a bit out of place.

  8. BS

    BrightS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kindling is a really special restaurant. Delicious food and excellent, attentive service. Already looking forward to returning.

  9. VM

    VictoriaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a wonderful evening - delicious and inventive food. Charming staff

  10. CS

    CSam

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Pleasant enough, but we both ordered the mutton, which was very chewy and difficult to eat. When we pointed it out, we were told desserts were on the house, except they weren’t! Overall a pleasant experience but didn’t like the backtracking on the bill

    KindlingResponded on 15 December 2021

    Hi Sam, sorry for the misunderstanding. I've been informed by a member of staff that your friend didn't enjoy the mutton. After offering an alternative, which they refused, I have offered them a complementary dessert instead (which was taken off the bill). I now understand that you thought the offer was for both of you, but I had no idea you were unhappy as well as there was no mention of that. I hope that this didn't put you off visiting us again and I apologies for the misunderstanding David

  11. DB

    DavidB

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Surely must be one of the best restaurants in Brighton. Innovative, sophisticated dishes and friendly, professional service. An exciting dining experience.

  12. a

    andy

    Brighton

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We enjoyed Kindling with it's short but imaginative menu using seasonal produce. Service was good and helpful. Drinks were good value. Will return

  13. J

    Jawa61

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Excellent small dishes, very well presented. Good service.

  14. AT

    AlanT

    Brighton

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Another wonderful meal at Kindling. Always something new to try and cooked to perfection, with friendly and efficient service. Talking to the chefs is an added pleasure to make an outstanding restaurant experience.

  15. N

    Nakedpea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant service- great food n drinks. The parsnip was exceptional.

  16. PK

    PKelly

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Relaxed and knowledgeable service, with exceptional food, from an exceptional team of chefs. A stand-out night.

  17. GB

    GaryB

    Brighton

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food, great service, nice cocktails! Thank you.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Food nice (but not amazing) and overall an enjoyable evening, however for the price there are many better restaurants in Brighton.

  19. LT

    LozT

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing seasonal food in a fantastic and super friendly environment. We sat at the counter infront of the open kitchen talking to the informative chefs about their innovative dishes and the inspiration behind their creations! Highly recommend for a special occasion and cant wait to go again as the menu changes throughout the year. An excellent new find!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful innovative food - wonderful flavour combinations. Great staff especially the chefs!!

  21. SO

    StephanieOlivia

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A long lunch to celebrate my husbands birthday. Wonderful small plates with enough variety to satisfy me as a vegetarian and my meat loving husband. The mutton chop special was an especially huge hit as were the cocktails. Service was impeccable; attentive but in no way overbearing,knowledgeable and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

  22. K

    Karl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant food, brilliant service, not much else we could ask for.

  23. AT

    AlexT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere for a reasonable price. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

  24. j

    julianp

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    first visit and greatly impressed.a genuine fine dining experience

  25. CB

    ClaireB

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely superb food. Every single course was beautifully prepared, served and so so delicious. Cannot recommend enough!

  26. HH

    HeatherH

    Kent

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious vegan tasting menu, very imaginative and great wine pairing. A superb evening.

  27. N

    Natsw

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful restaurant. Relaxed but with amazing food - and gluten free too (not that you’d ever notice). I can’t wait to return.

  28. TB

    TimB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    An interesting and varied menu led to lovely food beautifully presented.

  29. KP

    KpPortslade

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner for my partner's birthday. First time eating here and won't be the last! Lovely staff and beautiful food. Fine dining without being pompous. Relaxed with an open kitchen to se what's cooking. Highly recommend!

  30. KB

    KarenB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very warm welcome. Food interesting and full of flavour. Excellent service.

  31. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great meal, they were very accomodating! Will be back again and again and again!!

  32. D

    Divya

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food with so much attention to detail.

  33. A

    Anissa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    We went for lunch, which comes in plates. The food was interesting and tasty, and I appreciate the local ingredients, however, the plates are very, very small. They are smaller than the sides! We shared 3 plates, 2 sides and a dessert, and were left hungry. I would expect to be well fed for the money it cost, so it was quite disappointing. Maybe best for drinks and nibbles, or a first date, when you're too nervous to eat.

  34. CR

    ClareR

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved it. Small menu so easy to choose.

  35. HB

    HarryB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good, great service and excellent food! Would recommended :)

  36. S

    Siobhan

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Delicious food, but the portions are sooooo small perhaps eat before you go! Great if you’re on a diet.

    KindlingResponded on 9 November 2021

    Hi Siobhan. We're glad you loved the food but we're sad to hear that the portion sizes didn't meet your requirements. As a sustainable restaurants we try to make sure that the plates we create are minimal waste and we are very careful in not overloading the dishes with food that cannot be finished. Our lunch menu is in fact created from smaller, sharing plates. By keeping the quality of the produce to our usual high standard and prices lower we just can't plate bigger portions for lunch service

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great to have something of this quality in Brighton. Not gimmicky, just well thought out, relatively simple dishes, executed with panache. Decent wine list (perhaps room for some English wine?) and relaxed, but attentive service. Definitely one to return to.

  38. N

    Nicky

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience3

    At first it seemed promising, whilst the food itself was good (not exceptional but good), the portions were so ridiculously small that it tuned out to be an exorbitantly expensive meal and we left hungry and unsatiated. The service friendly and efficient. All a bit underwhelming, consequently I would not recommend..

    KindlingResponded on 9 November 2021

    Hi Nicky. We wish we were informed about your concerns at the time of your visit so we could have had a chance in rectifying any issues. Our lunch menu is in fact created from smaller, sharing plates. By keeping the quality of the produce to our usual high standard and prices lower we just can't plate bigger portions. We are taking all the comments seriously and we will be having a further chat with our managers and kitchen on how we can improve future services if this is needed.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great atmosphere for lunchtime dining. Quite a limited menu but very tasty all the same. The staff were lovely. I would recommend this little restaurant

  40. MC

    MrsCookston

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    The restaurant is trying so hard to be what it is not yet. A long way to go if want to survive in Brighton. Food wise was average. The Kindling ketchup is not necessary.

    KindlingResponded on 9 November 2021

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're very new to the Brighton restaurant scene as we have opened just before the first lockdown, meaning we didn't have a lot of time to establish ourselves. Nevertheless, we have been awarded some prestigious titles, like a place in the Michelin Guide. We never wanted to be perceived as we are “trying too hard” so reading this did hit the whole team. I wish we were given a chance to talk about your comments when you were dining with us

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Kindling is rated 4.8 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Kindling

69 East Street Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HQ

  • 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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