etch. by Steven Edwards

“Exciting, on-trend cooking in a vibrant hot-spot” - AA Inspector



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The man leading the young team in this exciting new-generation Brit eatery is a former BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner, and since he set up shop at the western end of Hove’s main drag in 2017, the cooking has really gathered momentum. The space is cool with its midnight-blue walls, brass-edged tables and open kitchen adding to a buzzy air of all-round vitality. Monthly-changing set menus of five, seven or nine courses have their heart in Sussex produce, and, the palate primed with an umami hit from Marmite brioche with seaweed butter, creative and intricately detailed combos score hit after hit, among them sea bass with cauliflower in various incarnations, apple, capers and shrimps, then outstanding South Downs smoked venison loin, with a crisp samosa of haunch, plus pickled, roasted and puréed squash. As for sweet ideas, cranberry Bakewell tart is matched with cinnamon ice cream, cranberry gel and poached and puréed pear.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
etch. by Steven Edwards
216 Church Road, Hove, BRIGHTON, BN3 2DJ
Phone : 01273 227485


  • Seats: 32
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12.15
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 6.45
  • Dinner served until: 8.15
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 22
  • 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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