The four-year-old restaurant was mentioned in The Independent when it was awarded the prestigious hallmark of fine dining quality. Housed in a 16th-Century building in Stans Way, East Street, it also won the South Downs Business Award for best eating experience.
Chef Tristan Mason earned his first Michelin star aged just 29 at The Hare, Hungerford, after training at Marco Pierre White’s Mirabelle and further developing his skills at The Greenhouse, Mayfair.
Delighted Candy Potter, partner and front-of-house manager, told The Resident: “We wanted to get out of the rat race in London and when we found this building we really fell in love with it. We were looking to open somewhere in Sussex and we fell in love with the people and the town.
“We’re the only independent restaurant in the town that has a Michelin Star. It’s absolutely amazing. Tristan is over the moon. He has spent his whole life working towards this, working lots of long hours, and he has a fantastic team behind him.
“We’re a family-run business, so we are able to give a service that’s a little more personal. It’s a more relaxed service and we make a personal connection with our customers.”
Mr Mason often experiments, the menu changes seasonally and fresh local produce is always used when available. Restaurant Tristan has a set menu for lunch and dinner, with the choice of a two or three-course meal. Á la carte is available most evenings. Prices range from £16 per head at lunch to £32 per head for dinner.
Miss Potter said: “We want to urge people to come more often with the set menu and let people know they don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy the food.”
Tristan’s also offers a five-course tasting menu, including selections from the dinner menu. The menu includes wine or you can have it without.
Restaurant Tristan is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from midday to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 9.30pm for dinner. For more information, phone 01403 255688 or email email@example.com