A new food joint has just landed in the heart of the North Laines – 1847 Brighton – specialising in high quality, locally produced vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. But why 1847? Because that’s the year The Vegetarian Society was formed… smart.
The restaurant is one of four in the 1847 group which was founded by Damien Davenport in 2011. Manchester was the first (and critically acclaimed). Birmingham, Bristol and now Brighton have followed.
I was invited down for a preview on Sunday and was very excited to see if it lived up to the hype. Spread over three floors with clean and contemporary décor, a striking live herb wall, spiral staircase and monochrome herringbone flooring, it certainly looked the part. However, not being veggie or a vegan, there was some serious work to do to impress me on the food front.
I dined with the manager Jay, so I had the privilege of having all the best dishes recommended to me. Jay was adamant that we try the fennel salad with ricotta, apple and raisins and if he hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have gone for it. But thank god I did, as it was the best salad I’ve ever tasted. Sweet, crunchy and layers of flavour.
The crispy eggs (to start) were also something else. Cooked perfectly, so they were warm and runny on the inside and crispy on the outside, and served on a generous bed of pearl barley, celeriac and radicchio base. I could have eaten two of these!
The standout main course for me was the winter veggies & coconut with spicy sweet potato cream, roasted vegetables and black beans. Dessert-wise we all fought over the cranberry with yoghurt & white chocolate truffles and edible flowers.
Price-wise it’s very reasonable. 2 courses are £19.50 and 3 courses £25.
The restaurant is still finding its feet, having been open for just six days, and Dandelion, the restaurant’s basement bar, will also launch soon, serving botanically-based cocktails concocted by expert mixologists. If it’s anything like the food I have a feeling it will be a hit!
PHONE: 01273 677776
ADDRESS: 103, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YW
*Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at 1847, but as always, my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest opinion on the whole experience.