Restaurant in Michelin Guide

Grand Bocca restaurant Grand Buildings Eastbourne. For 'etc' magazine feature. January 8th 2012
Grand Bocca restaurant Grand Buildings Eastbourne. For 'etc' magazine feature. January 8th 2012

A restaurant in Eastbourne which has been in business for less than a year has been given a boost after featuring in the Michelin Guide.

Grand Bocca, which opened its doors at the end of November last year, has been listed as one of the 500 best restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland.

It also appeared in a recent edition of The Telegraph ‘500 Best Restaurants’ run in conjunction with Michelin.

The achievement has been warmly welcomed by Grand Bocca’s owners and husband and wife team Keith and Sarah Burke.

The pair, who live in Meads, have experience in the industry with Keith having run a successful cookery school in Kent, while Sarah, whose father has been a publican for many years, being used to building up a rapport with customers. She has experience of working behind the bar, helping in the kitchen and at front of house. However, Grand Bocca, which is based in Compton Street, is the first restaurant the couple have taken on.

Speaking of the entry into the Michelin Guide 2014, Sarah said, “To be able to get this within a year is just a massive achievement for us and we are so, so pleased.

“We keep getting busier and busier.”

The business is known as a micro restaurant with 16 chairs and also six seats at the bar area. Diners can enjoy tapas dishes as well as seasonal main dishes, with the menu changing every evening.

Keith is self-taught, having had an interest in cooking from a young age, and has worked hard to build the business up.

Sarah added, “Keith has worked so hard, he has been doing double shifts and worked unbelievably hard to get the message out there.

“We do good, honest, and organic where necessary, food.

“There is a level of consistency with it and Keith has a great team working with him.”

The restaurant opens from 6pm until late Tuesday until Saturday.

The Michelin Guide 2014 has been published.