etch. by Steven Edwards

“Assured cooking of quality local produce” - AA Inspector



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etch. is BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards’ flagship restaurant in the west end of Hove. Previously a bank, the space is modern with its midnight-blue walls, brass-edged tables and open kitchen adding to a buzzy air of all-round vitality. Regularly changing tasting menus of five, seven or nine courses have their heart in local and British produce with dishes created using two main ingredients. Among them, superb hake with mussels and chervil in various incarnations, then outstanding South Downs venison fillet, plus pickled, roasted and puréed celeriac. As for sweet ideas, a riff on apple and marigold delivers a clean, fresh and light finish with a great array of textures.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
etch. by Steven Edwards
214–216 Church Road, BRIGHTON & HOVE, East Sussex, BN3 2DJ


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 25 December, 1 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 175
  • Wines by the glass: 32
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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