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Tip Jar in December
  • Brighton's newest restaurant openings 
  • Food and tech trends in 2020
  • Meet Kirk Johnson, Head Chef at Cyan restaurant
  • Five tips to drive more bookings
  • Brighton Palace pier goes green
  • New hospitality jobs this month
  • Industry discounts and new offers
Brought to you from the team at Restaurants Brighton. 

Recent Brighton openings

Hot off the press for late 2019

The December round-up of the recent restaurant openings in the ever-evolving and fast-moving food scene in Brighton and Hove.

Featured venues include news of Kindling restaurant which opens this week, Cyan restaurant which opened late November, Ian Swainson's Amarillo residency at Lost in the Lanes, Nostos in Hove, Coppa Club and more. 

Pictured: Kindling restaurant

Pictured: Amarillo restaurant (photo credit XDB Photography)

Pictured: Nostos in Hove

Pictured: Coppa Club, Brighton Square

Are you opening a new restaurant or know of one and would like it featured on the Restaurants Brighton New Openings Page?

Tell us about it on we'd love to share the news! 

A look ahead to 2020

Six food trends

This year’s biggest food trends hone in on health and sustainability.

We’re becoming ever more conscious of the impact our food choices have on both the planet and our bodies. In response, we’re seeing a host of new plant-based products and innovative ideas that are helping us to eat well and eat responsibly.

Here are six areas which we think will be significant food trends in 2020. 

1. Part-time veganism
2.  Low and non-alcohol luxury beverages
3. Vegetarian and vegan cookery courses
4. New superfoods
5. Star fruit and squid ink
6. Rethinking the kid's menu 

Read the full article. 

Three tech trends

With more customers using the latest technology to interact with their chosen restaurant, it is important owners take a look at how technology is being adopted by restaurants and its impact on the dining experience.

Here are the things you should be staying on top of: 

A massive 87% of UK diners use customer reviews to influence their restaurant choice. Ensuring your Google reviews are responded to regularly and looking healthy across all the main review platforms (such as Facebook, Restaurants Brighton, resDiary) is key to gaining the trust of customers.

Top Tip: Set yourself a business minimum standard to always respond to, and resolve online feedback daily.

Increasingly people look to make their restaurant reservations online with 60% now preferring the convenience of this method via a smart device. Make sure your customers' experience of your website on a smartphone is a flawless one, otherwise they are likely to book elsewhere.

Top Tip: Make sure your booking platform is prominent across all social channels. 

Fully integrated electronic bills direct to the customer’s smartphone are likely to become more prominent in 2020 as restaurant-goers look for more seamless and quicker user experiences. Think pre-ordering via your smartphone, and full bill payment direct to your phone. 

Top Tip: Get ahead of the game to keep the increasingly tech-savvy customer impressed.  

Find out more about 2020 tech trends.

Kirk Johnson, Cyan restaurant

We catch up with Cyan Head Chef, Kirk Johnson, and find out about his career, the inspiration for Cyan and his top picks from their newly launched menu.

Handy hints

Five tips to drive more bookings 

1. Make sure your booking availability is optimised for your busiest times.

2. Make sure your booking link is prominent on your website homepage and all social channels.

3. Ensure the user booking journey is as simple as possible; not too many clicks. Think about the user journey.  

4. Add offers or opportunities, like a Tasting Menu or Wine Events, to add value to the guest dining experiences.

5. Ensure your booking system clearly confirms booking details with guests and your team.

6. Consider sending SMS or email reminders to all bookings, to cut down on no-shows.



Where to donate food, time or money this Christmas 

Find out where you can donate food, money or time over the festive season to spread some goodwill, benefit people experiencing hardship and do something good for yourself as well. 

Read more. 


In the news

Bookatable is sold 

Michelin owned Bookatable has been sold to the Trip Advisor Group. This means all restaurants featured in the Michelin guide, will now have their bibs, plates or stars featured on Trip Advisor. 

On we have already implemented a similar feature showing Michelin, AA, and BRAVO awards.



Brighton Palace Pier goes green

The Brighton Palace Pier is going green with big changes affecting packaging, the power supply and the way that waste is dealt with. Read more.


Brighton Junk Food Cafe Crowdfunder

The Pay-As-You-Feel Crowdfunder for the Junk Food Cafe in Brighton is gathering great momentum with over £23k of their £25K target reached. 

If you wish to be part of this great cause which tackles food waste then find out more here

"Take One Leave One" Coat Rack For The Homeless

Winter is not an easy time for the homeless, and staying warm can often be a matter of survival.

While most of us take our warm jackets for granted, there are many homeless who lose their jackets during the hot summers, as they have nowhere to keep them until the next winter.

Find out how a compassionate Restaurant in Dallas, Texas, set up a "Take One Leave One" Coat Rack For The Homeless.


New hospitality jobs 

Latest roles on RB Jobs this week include: Find out who's recruiting this month.

Do you work in the hospitality industry?

Take advantage of the incredible industry discounts available to you, exclusively through Restaurants Brighton. 

Join the Restaurants Brighton Industry Facebook group, share our poster with your work colleagues; and begin making the most of your next night off!

See all Brighton and Sussex industry discounts just here.

Brighton's new seafront food hall 

Brighton's renovated Shelter Hall is set to become home to up to ten independent local restaurants and street food vendors. Sessions Market has signed a lease to turn the rebuilt seafront building into a food hall, while the Rotunda Cafe above will become champagne and oyster bar Riddle & Finn's new seafront location. Read more. 

Industry Mondays at The Walrus

Enjoy a roast dinner plus a drink (beer/wine/soft) for just £13.95 (Mondays only) at The Walrus on Ship Street. 

Have a look at all our industry discounts here. 

Forward it to your friends, and let them know they can sign up here.

Got some industry news you’d like to share, then get in touch?