My Brighton: Michael Bremner

October 2, 2017

Chef and owner, 64 Degrees and Murmur

 

 Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

 

Are you local?

 

I’m not. I’m from Scotland. But I’ve lived in Brighton since 2004, and I very much see myself as a local. I may not have the accent, but I love the place.


What brought you here?

 

I used to come down for weekends while I was working in London, just to be by the sea really, though I enjoyed the nightlife. Initially I got a job at the Seattle Hotel, which had just opened at the Marina. Then, after travelling in Canada, I came back and met Rob Shenton from Due South, and became their chef.


What do you love about it?

 

I love the fact Brighton is a city with a small-town feel. It’s very friendly. Also - and this will sound weird - I really like stormy days, so I like the beach when it’s rough and brutal. I used to love working at Due South when a storm was coming in.


Where was the first place you ate?

 

It was a place called Saucy near Palmeira Square. The food wasn’t that great - I can’t even remember what I ate - but I remember thinking it was a fantastic location for a restaurant.


Where do you live?

 

I live next to St Ann’s Well Gardens with my partner Carla Grassy, who’s a photographer. We met at Due South when she was working as a waitress. We’ve got two girls, Bonnie, seven, and Heidi, five.


What do you make of the food scene in Brighton?

 

There’s a lot of curiosity in Brighton, and people enjoy something different. There are some great chefs here – I get on really well with Steven Edwards of Etch, Matt Gillan of Pike and Pine, and Duncan Ray of the Little Fish Market – and I think the standard of food is just going to keep getting better. I predict there will be a Michelin-starred restaurant in the future.


Where do you eat?

 

I could eat at Chilli Pickle every day, and I absolutely adore Pho. I also spend a lot of time in the Flour Pot Bakery. If I was going on a night out, I’d go to Meat Liquor for their dirty chicken burger. It could well be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.


And your worst dining experience?

 

I got barred from Buddies once. It was a misunderstanding…


What would you change about Brighton?


It will sound petty, but the parking. I hate driving in Brighton. It kills me. I drive in and out, no worries, but I’d rather do anything than drive around the city centre. Other than that, I think it’s pretty perfect.


When did you last swim in the sea?


I went skinny dipping a few years ago, but I haven’t been in since. I’ve not been a massive fan of open water since I had a really bad snorkelling experience in Australia where I met a massive fish.

 

 

 

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

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