Nestled inside Brighton’s finest designer hotel, The Restaurant at Drakes is comparably stylish and provides one of the finest dining experiences along the south coast. The mellow tones of the restaurant, with the exposed brickwork and subtle lighting, create an elegant but unpretentious backdrop for low-key lunches and intimate dinners. The restaurant has once again achieved the highest score of all Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2016 for the seventh consecutive year.


The fine dining menus are fundamentally modern European, but do incorporate a selection of reworked traditional British dishes. Menus are changed every 10 to 12 weeks in order to incorporate the highest quality seasonal produce available in each dish. Set menus incorporating two or three courses offer several choices per course, or as a true gastronome, one could opt for the indulgent five course Chef’s Taster Menu. Wine matching is available, offering the opportunity to savour a selection from the excellent and extensive list.

A very pleasing lunch menu is served daily and provides slightly lighter options whilst retaining the same outstanding quality. At just £20 for two courses, the value is appealing and is perfect for corporate lunches as well as social outings with friends.

With up to 40 covers, the restaurant is the perfect size to hire exclusively for weddings, birthdays and occasions of all types. Bespoke menus to reflect individual requirements can be arranged with the chef to ensure a totally personal experience.


For an extra special touch, the private dining room is available for intimate parties of up to 12 guests and includes a dedicated waiter. During the day, this room is fully equipped to accommodate conference bookings, business breakfasts, or private lunch meetings.

Meet the Chef

Andy MacKenzie

Andy spent his childhood in the countryside of Devon which nurtured his love for nature and the seaside from an early age. His interest in cooking was initially influenced by his uncle who was head chef in a large hotel in Sheffield.

Andy attended the College of Food in Birmingham for two years before training under Allan Hill at Gleneagles, where his knowledge developed. Moving to London, he worked at the well-respected Mosimann’s Belfry in Belgrave Square and the famous Chez Nico in Park Lane where his passion for cooking evolved further.

A year spent travelling around the world and working in Australia influenced Andy greatly and is where he gained new inspiration using different styles of cooking and ingredients.


Returning to the UK in 2001, Andy settled in Brighton, continuing his career at Sevendials Restaurant. He progressed to head chef of The Gingerman at Drakes, resulting in a nomination for Best New Restaurant in the Harpers and Queen Awards.

Since the management of the restaurant was taken over by the hotel in 2008, Andy was retained in his role as head chef. Through his culinary skills and now being able to unleash his creativity, ‘the restaurant at drakes’ was quickly awarded two AA Rosettes and achieved the highest score of all Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide, now for seventh consecutive year. The restaurant was also awarded a Gold Top Diner Award by Toptable.

Opening Hours

Open daily for lunch from 12.30pm – 1.45pm (last orders) and dinner is served from 7pm – 9.45pm (last orders). Reservations recommended.

43-44 Marine Parade

T: 01273 696934
Twitter: @drakesrest
Facebook: /drakesbrighton