The Secret Restaurant

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

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General Services

Last-Minute Orders
Tables and Chairs Provided
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Off-Site Preparation
Tableware Provided
Staff Provided
Alcohol Provision
Seated Meal
Physical Kitchen Premises
Mobile Bar Services
Marquee Catering
Linen Provided

Food Type

Western / European
Bar / Cocktail Service

Dietary Options

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!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Nicole & Dan
Happy couple married in February
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.
Caroline & Ian
Happy couple married in October
October 2018
The food really made the day
Hi Nicola, I just wanted to say thank you so much for last weekend! All the guests absolutely raved about the food and thought it was absolutely delicious, which it really was :) People also commented on how lovely the staff were. The food really made the day so thanks for all your hard work. Caroline
Emma & James Graham
Happy couple married in August
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!
Ian & Phili
Happy couple married in August
August 2018
We couldn’t have asked for more ...
Dear Nicola, Tamsyn and team, Phili and I are recently returned from honeymoon and wanted to let you know how excellent we think you are! As was predicted, we felt the day fly by and only over the last week have been able to remember the details that made the day run so perfectly; fantastic canapes to behind the scenes cake movements to keeping our special bottle of champagne close to hand and creating a truly delicious meal. Tamsyn, you were always on hand, no request ever too much and all handled with a smile. We couldn’t have asked for more. Likewise, the team you had supporting you were friendly and helpful throughout the day which meant a great deal to us. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved, we hope to be able to share a few photos with you as soon as we have them from our photographer. With warmest regards, Ian & Phili
Siobhan Smith
Wedding: August
August 2018
I felt totally at ease.
Hi Nicola I just wanted to thank you personally and your team for taking such care of me from the coeliac point of view. After you explained the menu to me and how I would be served I felt totally at ease. I also thoroughly enjoyed the food. I would also like to comment on how pleasant your team were and in particular Heather (I hope I have the right name). Once again many thanks. Kind regards Siobhan Smith Ireland
Orla & Ben
Happy couple married in August
August 2018
The food at the wedding was outstanding ...
Nicola, Just a quick email, card to follow. The food at the wedding was outstanding, it all tasted delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The staff were amazing and everything went so well, thank you and all the staff so much. Kind regards, Orla and Ben
Location & Contact Details


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

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


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What is your most memorable wedding?

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!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Rustic, relaxed, fun, current, flavoursome!

What about your business are you most proud of?

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

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

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

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.

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.