Gingerman Restaurant Group has revealed plans to open Flint House, its fifth venture in Brighton.
The 50-cover restaurant will feature a roof terrace and occupy a standalone two-storey building on Hanningtons Lane when it opens in April.
Andrew Foulds, portfolio director at European retail real estate investment manager Redevco, which agreed the deal with Gingerman Restaurants, said: “Gingerman Restaurant Group has four existing local businesses within its portfolio and a strong Brighton following. Their philosophy is to offer really good openifood and great service, within a relaxed setting, which is perfect for the Lanes.”
The ‘Ginger Chef’ Ben McKellar, launched the group with his wife and business partner Pamela McKellar, in 1998 with their flagship restaurant the Gingerman. The group has since added the Ginger Fox, Ginger Dog and Ginger Pig to its portfolio.
Flint House will be the first venture in the group not to feature the Ginger moniker, which Ben McKellar told The Caterer was down to diversifying the business.
“The offering is a move away from what we have traditionally done and [we don’t want] to confuse our customers,” he explained.
“Flint House is about casual dining, small plates, simple local ingredients cooked well, and a wide range of quality wines served by the glass. The Lanes is somewhere people want to linger and we have the perfect roof top terrace for them to grab a glass of wine, bite to eat and do just that.”
Pamela McKellar added: “We are very excited to be creating a new concept restaurant for central Brighton. Morgan Carn Architects have designed a beautiful flint clad centerpiece to Hanningtons Estate and we are working with Landivar to create an equally first class interior finish, with a full length kitchen bar and outside tables.”