OctoberBest Restaurant Festival 2017

by Eshé Brown

OctoberBest restaurant festival returns to Brighton for its second year

Napkins at the ready… OctoberBest, one of Brighton’s best culinary calendar events, is set to return at the start of October and there’s more than ever to tuck into.

Eat for £20 at Brighton’s top 20 restaurants during OctoberBest

From the 1st – 15th October, each of Brighton’s top 20 restaurants will offer a one-off, special edition, menu for the bargain price of £20* as part of the restaurant festival. The 2017 top 20 restaurants taking part and compiled by Brighton’s Best Restaurants are as follows:

1. 64 Degrees
2. Bincho Yakitori
3. The Chilli Pickle
4. The Little Fish Market
5. The Set
6. Cin Cin
7. Plateau
8. The Salt Room
9. Silo
10. Semolina
11. The Gingerman
12. Terre a Terre
13. Curry Leaf Café
14. Isaac At
15. The Ginger Pig
16. Fatto a Mano
17. The Urchin
18. The Coal Shed
19. Riddle & Finns
20. Fourth and Church
*Except Little Fish Market which will be offering a 20% discount on the cost of the menu with paired wines.

Three new restaurants are taking part in the festival for the first time Cin Cin – which offers casual Italian dining, The Urchin – a Hove seafood and craft beer gastropub and Fouth & Church – a wine and small plates specialist.

Highlights from this year’s OctoberBest menus include Isaac At‘s Brighton Gin dessert bar that will serve two cocktails and three Sussex-inspired desserts; an OctoberBest pizza (designed by the public) from Fatto A Mano and Michael Bremner’s Great British Menu-winning dish “The Grass is Greener.” Full details of all the festival menus can be found on the OctoberBest page.

silo and mr lyan OctoberBest

New Dawn at Silo with Mr Lyan
Tuesday 3rd October | 7pm | £34pp

In addition to its OctoberBest menu, Silo is offering a six-course dinner paired with specially crafted drinks from Ryan Chetiyawardana, AKA Mr Lyan, dubbed “King of Cocktails” by The Telegraph. The one-night-only event promises to blur the lines between food and drink and celebrates Silo’s new partnership with Ryan Chetiyawardana.

Visit silo.dinesuperb.com to book.

Claw & Craft at The Urchin - OctoberBESTClaw & Craft at The Urchin
Thursday 5th October | 7pm | £50pp

The Urchin will host a shellfish and beer-matching night with a pan-Asian twist. Think Chilli saffron mussels with Thai Thai Belgian Tripel, or Salt and pepper squid with a strong IPA. The event’s menu is still to be confirmed, but with regular dishes at the pub including Malaysian-style crab and Prawn and ginger wonton cups, you’re guaranteed food with bags of flavour.

Call 01273 241881 to book.


OctoberBEST restaurant tour

OctoberBest Restaurant Tour
Saturday 7th October | 11:45am – 3pm | £45pp

The OctoberBest restaurant tour, hosted by Brighton Food Tours is brand new to this year’s festival and another one-off. The extra-special mystery food tour will stop off at a selection of the 20 restaurants shortlisted for Brighton’s Best Restaurant Award. Plus, tour-goers will get the chance to meet chef’s, owners and restauranteurs, to hear behind-the-scenes stories, and to sample dishes that showcase each restaurant’s contribution to Brighton food culture.

Visit brightonfoodtours.com to book.

Cheese & Beer: The Final Frontier - Brighton Beer Dispensary

Cheese & Beer: The Final Frontier – at the Brighton Beer Dispensary
Monday 9th October | 7pm – 8:30pm | £20pp

Brighton’s Best Restaurant’s co-founder and cheese aficionado, Patrick McGuigan, will host a beer and cheese pairing event at the Brighton Beer Dispensary pub on Dean Street. Cheese and beer will be served alongside daring accompaniments by Dizzy Gull – the sister kitchen to The Set restaurant. Warning.This will be a chutney-free zone.

Call 01273 710624 to book.

Tim Hayward at The Ginger Pig

Demonstration from Tim Hayward at The Ginger Pig
Thursday 12th October | 7:30pm | Price TBC

Renowned broadcaster, food writer and Financial Times restaurant critic Tim Hayward will be at The Ginger Pig in Hove to give a demonstration based on his bestselling book Knife. According to Brighton’s Best Restaurants, “this is a great chance to hear from someone who knows the industry inside-out, and who has an above average sense of humour and command of the English language.”

Call 01273 736123 to book.


Andy Lynes, co-founder of Brighton’s Best Restaurants alongside fellow Brightonians Patrick McGuigan and Euan Macdonald (co-founder, 60 Second Reviews) says:

“The inaugural OctoberBest festival was hugely successful in bringing Brighton’s rapidly evolving restaurant scene to greater local and national attention and this year the participating restaurants and we, as organisers, have gone the extra mile to make the event even better.


“There appears to be some friendly rivalry with each restaurant trying to out-do the next and so the menus are even more inventive, delicious sounding and better value than last year, which is great news for the dining public.

To see all the offers and events during the festival and book, head over to www.brightonbestrestaurants.com and click on the restaurant logos.

Photo credit: Doug from Silo and Mr Lyan by xdbphotography.com

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Mary October 10, 2017 - 6:31 PM

What a fantastic way to experience the tastes of Brighton! Food fests like this open the door for people to try new things they would normally not – whether due to price, or stepping out of their comfort zone. Thanks for sharing this!

Eshé Brown October 11, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Yes isn’t it just! I’m going to Little Fish Market tonight, which has 20% off for OctoberBest. It’s a real treat and somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. The restaurant has just secured 3 AA rosettes today too making me all the more excited to visit! Have you booked up any of the menus Mary?


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