The Secret Restaurant

(27)
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Smart food; friendly and relaxed staff; knowledgeable and focused co-ordinators; delicious flavours and beautiful presentation; experienced and professional service; consistently outstanding.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£34
Details

General Services

Tastings
Last-Minute Orders
Tables and Chairs Provided
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Off-Site Preparation
Sharing-Style
Tableware Provided
Set-Up
Canapes
Clean-Up
Staff Provided
Alcohol Provision
Seated Meal
Physical Kitchen Premises
Bartending
Mobile Bar Services
Marquee Catering
Linen Provided

Dietary Options

Gluten-Free
Dairy-Free
Nut-Free
Vegan
Vegetarian

Food Type

Western / European
Bar / Cocktail Service
Full Description
One thing we have learned at The Secret Restaurant is that everyone approaches weddings in their own individual way. Some people like us to take care of everything, from the venue; the marquee; the toilets; the fireworks; and of course the food - while others do everything themselves and just ask us to provide the food in a venue they have chosen. You may want a formal dinner in a beautiful country house or a barbecue and gypsy swing party in a field in the woods. From elegant canapés to pulled pork rolls with Boston baked beans everything will be delicious. Have what your heart desires, it's your day and we will help as much or as little as you'd like. Whatever you choose, we will help you to make it perfect, with just a little free advice or as a project manager. We are happy to provide whatever level of service you require and then work to the budget you provide, making the whole experience trouble free and enjoyable! We are completely independent and do not work at one specific venue. The Secret Restaurant has earned its reputation in Sussex as a high end, quality caterer by consistently providing imaginative and tasty food for its clients. Now preferred caterer at Brighton Dome, Brighton Royal Pavilion, The Old Market, Florence House, Leeds Castle Grounds (Kent), Brighton Sea Life Centre, Hendall Manor Barns and other exclusive venues in and around Sussex, Surrey and the South East.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Nicola
The whole process can be daunting - but honestly, we'll do most of the work for you!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2005
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
30
Reviews
(27)
Nicole & Dan
Wedding: February 2019
March 2019
Exceeded perfection
Nicole and Dan here. We just wanted to say thank you SO much for the beautiful food on the day every one loved it and were absolutely blown away. WE were blown away by how accurately and thoughtfully yourself and your team replicated our seating plan and centrepieces we walked in and did an entire lap of the room with not one single change needing to be made which is incredibly impressive as every centrepiece was different and some a lot more complicated then others. You’re whole team put in such effort and it absolutely showed and we are so grateful for that. we will always recommend you from here on out! Again thank you to yourself and your fabulous team. Warm Regards, Nicole & Dan Bartlett. This, our thank you email to our wonderful caterers. If you want some thing unique, relaxed but professional look no further. And our wedding was on a budget but food was important to us and it showed through their hard work and beautiful creative ideas.
Emma & James Graham
Wedding: August 2018
November 2018
The most delicious food & the best service!
The Secret Restaurant were the perfect choice for our wedding! We had a venue which was pretty lacking in basic amenities and limited in facilities (I.e it had no kitchen!) but from the initial phone call with with Nicola and meeting both Nicola and Tamsyn at the venue for the first time, they completely put us at ease and were as excited about it as we were! We wanted a relaxed feel to the day and so we went with one of their BBQ options. The food was incredible! I’ve been so many weddings where the food has been mediocre but our guests are still talking about our food and how delicious it was... everyone was so impressed by how perfectly cooked the meats were with the set up they had and how they’d never tasted a Greek salad like the one at our wedding! Not only was the food amazing but both Nicola and Tamsyn completely put us at ease both the day before and the day of the wedding when the panic set in about certain situations at the venue. Having a DIY wedding is stressful but the professionalism and service the whole of The Secret Restaurant team gave was amazing, they ran the day for us and didn’t let us worry about a thing!
Zoya & Damian
Wedding: September 2017
November 2016
5 gold stars!
A huge heartfelt thank you from Damian and I, for making our day run so smoothly. The food was delicious, the service exquisite and the bar was run perfectly. We will recommend to anyone one and for any event. 5 gold stars! All the very best, Zoya and Damian
Lizzie & Will
Wedding: September 2014
November 2016
The food was exactly what we wanted ...
Dear Nicola, Thank-you and you team for providing such delicious food at our wedding. We loved it and know that our guests did too! The food was exactly what we wanted - interesting, original & delicious. The whole team really helped to pull everything together and we know that the weather constantly changing didn't help so thak-you all for being practical and thinking on your feet. You really made us feel at ease knowing that the catering was in safe hands. We hoe one day that we will have an excues to throw another party and be able to use you again. Many thanks.
Fern & Elliot
Wedding: July 2018
November 2016
I will be very quick to recommend you
Hi Nicola, Tamsyn, Ruth and the rest of the amazing team, I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say a MASSIVE Thankyou for everything you did for our wedding. The food, the drinks and the overall service was beyond anything we could have wished for. Thankyou so much to everyone! We are just enjoying some honeymoon sunshine but if you would like an official testimonial or anything else from us at all, just let us know and we will happily do this when we are back. Thankyou again! I will be very quick to recommend you to family and friends for future catering! Warmest Regards Fern & Elliot xx
Lucy & James
Wedding: March 2018
November 2016
... how delicious the food was ...
Dear Tamsyn & Nicola, This is just a quick note to say a huge, huge thank you to you both (and your team) for everything - you really helped to make our day so fantastic. It was all such a huge success in our eyes, so thank you for all your help in making it so. So many people commented on how delicious the food was, and I know I wolfed down that duck much quicker than expected (which made me laugh as i'd been told that brides are normally too nervous to eat - I think I was perhaps the exception to this rule...) Thank you for setting the tipi up so beautifully as well, and for being so good at navigating the chaos - not to mention the endless requests for more cake, and the somewhat tight spaces in between tables! If you'd like us to write you a review, please just say - we'd be more than happy to. Thanks again, and best of luck with the rest of your weddings this year! All the best, Lucy, James, Charlotte & Mark
Location & Contact Details

Address

Beach Road, Newhaven, Brighton, East Sussex, BN9 0BX

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

15mins east of Brighton

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M23 / A23 to Brighton then Turn Left!

Nearest Train Station

Newhaven Harbour

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Music, I think? haha, for me, freshly BBQ'd fresh fish on a hot sunny day with char grilled asapargus in the company of all my friends and family

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

The most memorable wedding are always the ones where the bride and groom really get involved. The one in the back garden where the bride had folded 1000 origami cranes and the groom hung them all from the ceiling of the marquee - I even remember the grapefruit gin and yuzu cocktail they invented for the day and the Kar age burgers for late night snacks with their silent disco!

What about your business are you most proud of?

Rustic, relaxed, fun, current, flavoursome!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Any of our chefs would wow the master chef judges!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Where the bride had folded 1000 origami cranes and the groom hung them all from the ceiling of the marquee.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Our fabulous staff and their approach to food and service - what a team!

How would you wow the judges on Masterchef?

That would be our secret...

What is the most innovative dish you have created for a wedding?

We meet the couple once we have worked out an initial quote. We try to do the tasting at this meeting and then talk through the whole day, creating a function sheet and fine tuning the menu. We might then need to do a site visit if the venue is not known to us. Beyond that we are there to answer any questions at any time and will lead the couple through the process until the day.

What is the food of love?

Relax, enjoy yourselves - get into it and don't let one person bear the whole burden!

What is your secret ingredient?

Joy