New Brighton gastropub to serve simple, seasonal dishes
The owners of the two Gingerman restaurants in Brighton are to launch a new gastropub called the Ginger Pig.
Husband and wife team Ben and Pamela McKellar are planning to create fresh, simply cooked seasonal dishes.
Chef-owner Ben said, "We want to give people a warm, friendly pub with good, honest, traditional food that has a modern twist."
The pub, which is set to open in April, will use the same suppliers as the Gingerman restaurants, such as The Ginger Piggery and Chapel Down wines in Kent. Dishes will include Colchester Oysters with Merlot and Shallot Vinegar and Slow-roasted Boyton Farm Pork Belly with Creamed Leeks and Apple Sauce. There will also be an extensive connoisseur's whisky list.
The McKellars are spending two months refurbishing the pub and eventually plan to return the pub to its original hotel status by adding 10 bedrooms.
The first Gingerman restaurant opened in Norfolk Square in Brighton in 1998 and The Gingerman at Drakes opened in the basement of the seafront hotel in 2004.
Ben McKellar trained under John Burton Race at L'Ortolan before returning to his home town of Brighton to work at One Paston Place, in between which he worked in Paris and New York.