Newly opened at the recently refurbished Grand Brighton hotel, GB1 Seafood Restaurant & Bar serves up a treat for lovers of fresh and expertly prepared fruits of the sea.
Case in point is Executive Chef Alan White’s gratuitously gourmand lobster burger. No ‘either or’ hype about this dish – it’s briny yum served with smoked bacon in a brioche bun alongside some especially tasty fries and creamy slaw. For a more delicate flavour experience, consider trying the chef’s signature South Coast turbot with samphire, seafood casserole and a gorgeous girolle fish sauce.
A well stocked and locally sourced selection of oysters, ‘fruits de mer’, crustacea and shellfish (plus caviar), a “Taste of Sussex” menu featuring nearby delights of the land, a range of signature cocktails expertly mixed at an expansive and attractive bar and a no-fuss white list (for a potent and fun conversation starter go for the Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah!) add to a delicious list of reasons to dine at GB1.
Another fine excuse to visit GB1 is the opportunity to check out the results of the Grand’s £5 million makeover. And of course, if you were to linger a little longer than planned over your dinner, staying the night and making use of the beach literally across the street wouldn’t be such a bad idea. With all 201 rooms (about a third have a sea view) now updated with Egyptian cotton linens, smart LCD flat screens and free WiFi, comfort is to be expected. Four ‘deluxe sea rooms’ feature hand sprung mattresses, roll top baths, walk-in showers, iPod docks and telescopes. New conference and meeting rooms and the soon-to-be opened spa and wellness centre ensure guests arriving for business or pleasure (or a blend) are to be accommodated in equal measure.
GB1 Seafood Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner offering an a la carte menu, specials from the blackboard and set menus. The Grand is located at 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton BN1 2FW. Find out more about the hotel’s offerings and about GB1 at devere-hotels.co.uk/hotel-lodges/locations/the-grand.html.
Written by Chris Osburn