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The Chilli Pickle

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17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN11GE, England
+44 1273 900383
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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
Modern curry in Brighton

Excellent food and staff just a bit slow on service. Would def go again. I have no more to say in this review except that I don't see why trip advisor won't let you post a review of less than 100 characters

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and staff just a bit slow on service. Would def go again. I have no more to say in this review except that I don't see why trip advisor won't let you post a review of less than 100 characters

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Wow. Superb food and a lovely environment to have a great dinner with friends. You can still have a conversation. The food is excellent. Very different a bit like street food. Not your normal curry house. I was with a group of 8 and everyone had a good word to say. Good value 2 courses and a couple or beers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Went to the Chilli Pickle for lunch with my partner. We both had a thali, me the Mutton, her the Chicken. Both were very tasty, could not fault any part of dishes served. The staff were helpful and over all it was a very nice afternoon, we will be going back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Food always innovative and exciting ..staff friendly and go out of their way to please....try to thalis. ..have been going regularly since it opened and have never had a bad meal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The mutton Thali is lovely, Good choice of sides and mutton curry that is one of the best I have tested.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went along with 7 friends. Everyone selected different dishes, and no one was left disappointed. The beer and wine was good as well. The staff are very helpful, and friendly. One of the best curries in Brighton

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

An excellent taste journey, completely different from any other Indian restaurant. My favourite place to eat in Brighton.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I was extremely disappointed with our visit to The Chilli Pickle last weekend.... I was in Brighton for the night with my husband for his birthday and booked a table here 2 months in advance as I'd been told how good it was. The service was ok, as was the starter .... however half way through my main course I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I find it difficult to understand why there are so many reviews raving about this restaurant and recommending it, it was really nothing special. A little different certainly but nothing more. The service was good, got the feeling we struck lucky there though. The food was ok, fresh and looked good but certainly nowhere near the best of its kind... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We were a group of 12 and all were happy of the tasty dishes. I ordered a vegetarian dish and i had 2 cheese ball in a tasty yellow gravy. I liked it a lot. I also ordered CHAI , loved it.. For the price is a bit expensive and if you are accustomed for a large dish this a... More 

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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 - 68
  • 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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