Top Chef Returns to Brighton With New Restaurant

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The chef known as the man behind Flank at the Royal Sovereign Pub is returning to Brighton with a brand new restaurant.

Pascere will open in the Lanes this spring with Tom Griffiths as head chef and will seat 30 people.

Tom will be joined by Senior Sous Chef Johnny Stanford who was previously Senior Sous Chef at Horsham’s three-AA-rosette winning South Lodge hotel.

Speaking to The Caterer Tom Griffiths described the restaurant as “intimate, warm and welcoming”.

“Flank was nose-to-tail cooking, and I will stick to that ethos,” he said. “The way we source our ingredients and the produce we use are the most important things. Our produce will be second-to-none.”

The restaurant gets its name from the Latin word meaning ‘to nourish’ and the menu will include “simple, seasonal and sustainable dishes, ranging from small plates such as smoked mackerel with crispy soft egg, or croquette of cauliflower with gouda, Parmesan and truffle, to a full a la carte menu featuring dishes such as braised lamb pappardelle or roast hake with coco beans, black cabbage, girolles and sea kale.”

The owners describe the design of the restaurant, which will feature a terrace during the summer, as “elegant and luxurious, yet informal”, with a “relaxing environment”.

Pascere will be owned by Platinum Business magazine food and drink editor Amanda Menahem.

She said: “As a huge fan of the Brighton food scene and someone who is motivated by nurturing talent, I want Pascere to be a launch pad for talented chefs who will hopefully go on to launch their own restaurants.

“Pascere will provide an ideal environment to showcase Tom’s exquisite food. Tom already has a loyal ‘foodie’ following and brings with him the ability to create a first class dining experience within our exquisite environment.”

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