Oh - and the wheelie bin.
Surely, someone on Brighton's local council must have had a run in with the owners of Due South. How else to explain the dull yellow dumpster - or wheelie bin as the British call them - parked right in the middle of what has to be one of the best restaurant views on the south coast of England?
Nevermind. On a cool day, when I visited, the rest of the beach was nearly empty, framed by Brighton Pier in one direction and the haunting, skeletal remains of Brighton's West Pier, destroyed by fire several years ago.
The restaurant is simply furnished with modern wooden tables and chairs on dark, polished wood floors. The interior of the arch is painted white. Even if you don't bag one of the prize tables in the large, floor to ceiling window, the vaulted room seems remarkably airy.
Perspective on PricesThis is a moderately expensive restaurant. Lunch is about £30 per person with a glass of wine, dinner about £50 per person. With the decor provided by nature, it's reassuring to know that your money is being spent on a topnotch kitchen - which is, by the way, open to view.
It's worth putting the price in local perspective. At a currently trendy and incredibly over rated Brighton pseudo deli named after someone called Bill you can have coffee and a snack with little change from a £20. Even with its stunning sea view, Due South is all about good food and wine. Expect to dine on beautifully prepared seafood and luscious European wines.