I always like restaurants which are in old houses, divided up into cosy rooms rather than a purpose designed large space with artificial partitions. This one dates back to 1872.
The husband and wife chef/waitress combo add to the feeling of dining in a private home.
The art collection includes heirloom art from the hosts' time in Hamburg. There is also a collection of model German cars.
It's a nice, comfortable place to have a relaxed meal.
The menu is quite short and limited, with mostly fine dining classics and a few German specialities.
The starters were good - onion soup, a green salad with petals and cheese, and a mushroom soup. My wife and I tried the Beef Rouladen, beef rolled with bacon and mustard in a thick dark gravy. I found it too dark and salty and my wife was also unimpressed. Our guest had the duck which was good.
The dessert menu is also a short list of common staples but we had a trifle waiting for us at home. Coffee was good. The wine list was reasonable with several options if you wanted less than a full bottle.
Overall we enjoyed the atmosphere and the hospitality more than the food. For the price I think it's reasonable to expect more.
I would not go out of my way to eat here again, but if I wanted a fine dining meal in Brighton I would come back and choose a different main course.
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