West Beach Bar & Kitchen is now open at British Airways i360, with décor, atmosphere and menus which celebrate the “unique spirit” of Brighton and Hove
West Beach Bar & Kitchen is now open at British Airways i360 on Brighton seafront, offering a fun and unique dining experience which celebrates this vibrant city by the sea.
West Beach Bar & Kitchen is a stylish all-day seafront venue which is zoned into four distinct areas – a restaurant offering dishes inspired by Brighton; a lounge bar serving cocktails and other drinks; a café serving coffee, afternoon tea and cakes; and a secluded area for groups.
The interior is designed by the award-winning creators of British Airways i360, Marks Barfield Architects. Colourful local art adorns the walls thanks to a partnership with Gallery 40 in North Laine, and Brighton neon artist Andy Doig has created a bespoke piece for the lounge bar area inspired by the murmurating starlings above the old West Pier.
West Beach Bar & Kitchen is right on Brighton’s beach and offers one of the best views of the city’s much-loved West Pier. The new décor is inspired by the colours of the sea, beach, pier and sky. Timber table tops are a nod to the timbers out on the beach while colourful upholstered seating adds softness and comfort.
Many of the ingredients served in West Beach Bar & Kitchen are grown, reared or caught within sight of the viewing tower and the menu celebrates the distinctive character of Brighton & Hove.
Head chef Alan Parker said: “Brighton & Hove is home to an eclectic mix of interesting people and alternative lifestyles which provide an endless source of inspiration for our chefs, encouraging us to be playful with our culinary creations and not be constrained by any single style. We are also passionate about showcasing finest local ingredients and creating delicious dishes that can be enjoyed with friends, while they savour the stunning views of the sea and the old West Pier.”
Dishes include modern takes on seaside favourites such as ‘Panko Crumbed Catch of the Day’ with seasoned chips and lemon salt; alongside fun sharing dishes such as ‘Beside the Seaside Brighton Bucket’ with mussels, cockles and langoustines steamed in cider cream sauce; and ‘Melting Jaffa Pudding’ with zingy orange syrup and melted chocolate lava – a spectacular feast for the eyes as well as the palette.
The bar serves delicious cocktails and a range of locally sourced drinks including Nyetimber award-winning sparkling wine, Harvey’s Ale, Brighton Gin and Wobblegate juices.
West Beach Bar & Kitchen replaces the former Belle Vue restaurant, and the refit comes as British Airways i360 marks its first-year anniversary.
Executive Director Steve Bax said: “We are very excited to be opening West Beach Bar & Kitchen in time for our first-year anniversary. Customers tell us they enjoy popping into our restaurant for coffee, afternoon tea or pre-dinner cocktails, as much as they love coming here for a family meal or a special group dinner. So, we have zoned the space accordingly and given each area its own individual atmosphere. The results are spectacular. West Beach Bar & Kitchen is open all day, from weekend brunch through to evening cocktails and dinner, and is set to become a new landmark in stylish seafront dining.”
West Beach Bar & Kitchen is run in partnership with specialist catering and events company, Heritage Portfolio, which has numerous venues across the UK.