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The Chilli Pickle

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17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN11GE, England
+44 1273 900383
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 8 Years ago when Dawn and I were working in Dubai and she was expecting...
8 Years ago when Dawn and I were working in Dubai and she was expecting Stanley, we decided it was time to settle down and shed the expat lifestyle. After working as a chef for over a period of 20 years overseas, gaining experience and knowledge in a range of eclectic cuisines in world class hotels and restaurants with the latter years spent leading kitchen brigades, I felt it was time to "go it alone". Having both traveled to India on numerous occasions with a shared passion for it's food and culture as well as an inspirational stint at 'The Cinnamon Club' and there being a big Indian influence in the kitchens in Dubai which I also embraced, the decision for our future restaurant to be Indian felt very natural to us both and so The Chilli Pickle was born. The last time I worked in Brighton 28 years ago was as a silver service banquet waiter at the Metropole Hotel whilst studying catering at Brighton Tech (now City College). Dawn has always loved Brighton from regular visits whilst living in London and I've always had a soft spot for Brighton and the fact we were doing something quite different we knew it was the perfect place to start. After searching for the right property for nearly a year we found a spot in the cobbled lanes amongst the jewellery and antique shops in Meeting House Lane. The space was perfect. 50 Covers with a real bistro feel to it and a functional but small kitchen space. With an initial slow start The Chilli Pickle gradually grew through word of mouth and the support of our now regular clientele. As we got busier and gained feedback from diners we knew we were on the right track and so our confidence grew and our style became more clearly defined. After two and a half years at Meeting House Lane an opportunity came our way that we felt we could not refuse... A move to the restaurant space at myhotel Brighton. We knew this was a big step for us, but believed we had something special in The Chilli Pickle and had the passion and drive to continue to make this work along with the constant support of our original core team as well as some new additions. After 3 years in our new venue we have gone from strength to strength. The restaurant has grown in reputation nationally as well as locally with numerous awards and most importantly we continue to welcome our regulars back and enjoy meeting new customers. Last January we started The Chilli Pickle Canteen - a delivery service offering a unique experience of in-home Indian dining. Bespoke boxed Grand Thalis, Railways Trays & Biryani Sets all inspired by our travels to India. Managing the logistics of delivery proved more difficult than anticipated, controlling the demand from customers all wanting similar times and having enough cars both have both been problematic and we were concerned the standards that we have worked so hard to achieve and maintain were being compromised. We have worked hard to come up with solutions to this. We have purchased another smart car as well as updated the website and created a time slot reservation system which has helped us to prevent uncontrollable blocks of demand and give our customers the piece of mind their delivery will be with them when expected. We are very proud of what we have achieved and are excited about the future. But be sure we will retain our standards all the way with attention to detail, consistency and a love for what we do. Alun Sperring Chef/Director
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Birthday treat

I was taken here for my birthday treat and treat it was. Amazing street food like ice never tasted before. The staff were very helpful in advising me what to choose from their vast menu to my taste. Cant wait to go back again

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Kerry K
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I was taken here for my birthday treat and treat it was. Amazing street food like ice never tasted before. The staff were very helpful in advising me what to choose from their vast menu to my taste. Cant wait to go back again

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Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We've eaten here the last two nights, with different members of our family, on a visit down from Wales. Very friendly and can do welcome. Food quite wonderful. I can especially recommend the seafood pot (4 of us had it first night), and the sea bream and the mutton stew. Prices reasonable for the high quality. The place has good... More 

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Laindon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Couldn't get in on Sat night so booked for Sunday and so glad we did! Friendly welcome and good table service (waitress advised portions were generous so we cancelled some sides). Refreshingly different menu from the usual Bangladeshi takeaway, nice decor and a reasonable bill. Couldn't ask for more... Except a franchise closer to home

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited on 28 Feb. Good starters and cocktails. Service was ok but the main meal was very bland. Unfortunately the chilli pickle didn't live up to the hype.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I've often recommended this place to people and my visit was ok but I couldn't help notice a few things that were missing. The staff were nice but took too long before they asked if we would like to order our mains, no one asked if our meals were ok and no explanations of what was on our plates particulalry... More 

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Sussex
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I had lunch at this wonderful restaurant today and as always the food was fantastic and the staff went the extra mile. Very happy to be a regular!

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I do like the modern twist which Their dishes have. I had a chickpea curry and my girlfriend had a cheesy curry from the lunch menu and it was lovely. The popadoms were different with some cumin seeds on and were very tasty. The best part of our meal was the peshwari naan it was the best I ever had.... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I went here for my birthday as I had been here before and had a good night with a ok meal. This time round was appalling to say the least, our table was booked for 8 and we arrived 5 minutes early. We were told to wait a while, when we were finally sat down it was at a dirty... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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182 reviews 182 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Been recommend this place by a few people and I'm so glad I listened. I had the King Thali and it was fantastic. I chose the Persian Mutton curry and it was delicious, as was everything else. Good cocktails too! Very friendly helpful staff, who were good at explaining things as we had no idea what everything was. Thank you!... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We loved the way this restaurant put a modern twist on classic Indian food. Really recommend the seafood hotpot!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN11GE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 900383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 69
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

8 Years ago when Dawn and I were working in Dubai and she was expecting Stanley, we decided it was time to settle down and shed the expat lifestyle. After working as a chef for over a period of 20 years overseas, gaining experience and knowledge in a range of eclectic cuisines in world class hotels and restaurants with the latter years spent leading kitchen brigades, I felt it was time to "go it alone". Having both traveled to India on numerous occasions with a shared passion for it's food and culture as well as an inspirational stint at 'The Cinnamon Club' and there being a big Indian influence in the kitchens in Dubai which I also embraced, the decision for our future restaurant to be Indian felt very natural to us both and so The Chilli Pickle was born. The last time I worked in Brighton 28 years ago was as a silver service banquet waiter at the Metropole Hotel whilst studying catering at Brighton Tech (now City College). Dawn has always loved Brighton from regular visits whilst living in London and I've always had a soft spot for Brighton and the fact we were doing something quite different we knew it was the perfect place to start. After searching for the right property for nearly a year we found a spot in the cobbled lanes amongst the jewellery and antique shops in Meeting House Lane. The space was perfect. 50 Covers with a real bistro feel to it and a functional but small kitchen space. With an initial slow start The Chilli Pickle gradually grew through word of mouth and the support of our now regular clientele. As we got busier and gained feedback from diners we knew we were on the right track and so our confidence grew and our style became more clearly defined. After two and a half years at Meeting House Lane an opportunity came our way that we felt we could not refuse... A move to the restaurant space at myhotel Brighton. We knew this was a big step for us, but believed we had something special in The Chilli Pickle and had the passion and drive to continue to make this work along with the constant support of our original core team as well as some new additions. After 3 years in our new venue we have gone from strength to strength. The restaurant has grown in reputation nationally as well as locally with numerous awards and most importantly we continue to welcome our regulars back and enjoy meeting new customers. Last January we started The Chilli Pickle Canteen - a delivery service offering a unique experience of in-home Indian dining. Bespoke boxed Grand Thalis, Railways Trays & Biryani Sets all inspired by our travels to India. Managing the logistics of delivery proved more difficult than anticipated, controlling the demand from customers all wanting similar times and having enough cars both have both been problematic and we were concerned the standards that we have worked so hard to achieve and maintain were being compromised. We have worked hard to come up with solutions to this. We have purchased another smart car as well as updated the website and created a time slot reservation system which has helped us to prevent uncontrollable blocks of demand and give our customers the piece of mind their delivery will be with them when expected. We are very proud of what we have achieved and are excited about the future. But be sure we will retain our standards all the way with attention to detail, consistency and a love for what we do. Alun Sperring Chef/Director
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?