Russell Norman and business partner Richard Beatty have revealed plans to open POLPO Brighton at 20 New Road in December 2015.
Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near to the famous Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal. POLPO is modelled on the scruffy wine bars of Venice and feels urban, rustic and stripped back. Guests enter through a heavy red velvet curtain to find a zinc topped bar and linen-draped lamps. The interiors feature a reclaimed timber floor, rusted tin ceiling and a huge 3-metre skylight that floods the restaurant with light. POLPO’s trademark deep red leather banquettes line the walls alongside old chemistry lab tables, classic bentwood chairs and antique maps of Venice.
‘Having visited Brighton with my grandmother Gwen every summer as a child, POLPO Brighton has a special place in my heart. I have such vivid and fond memories of the pier and sitting on the beach with soggy chips and a stick of rock. For me it’s the quintessential English seaside town. As an adult I have loved Brighton for its uncompromising bohemian identity. It’s a place driven by culture as well as commerce and I’m delighted POLPO will be a part of this vibrant community”, says Russell Norman.
Following on from the traditions of its sister restaurants, POLPO Brighton is a bacaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food, and good, young northern Italian wines. Open all day, signatures on the menu are cicheti such as fried stuffed olives; arancini; and chopped chicken liver crostini (from £3). Small plates include fritto misto; pizzetta bianca; spicy pork and fennel meatballs; and sliced flank steak (from £4) while the dessert list features affogato al caffe; gelato cone; flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake; and Tiramisu pot (from £4).
POLPO would not be complete without a spritz, and served with both Aperol and Campari, alongside Negronis and Bellinis. There’s also an exclusive All English Martini made with Blackdown’s Vermouth & Gin (both made in Sussex) and garnished with a bay leaf. The exclusively Italian wine list begins with POLPO’s own label Garganega, Corvina and Prosecco, from £18 per bottle.
POLPO Brighton 20 New Road Brighton