Gingerman Restaurant Group, the Brighton & Hove-based operator, is to launch casual dining concept, Flint House, in the city’s long-awaited Haningtons development.

The group, which was founded by Ben and Pamela McKellar in 1998 and now operates four sites, is the first restaurant to be signed for the development by Redevco.

It will operate over two storeys at the centre of the new Hanningtons Lane and will provide over 50 covers with a roof top terrace.

McKellar told MCA that the decision had been taken to create a new concept rather than roll out the Ginger format because of the need to turn covers in a smaller unit with good footfall. He said the offer would be centred around counter dining with small plates and sharing platters. Entry prices will be £3 or £4 for starter dishes with exit prices at around £25.

Gingerman has also been earmarked for the Soho House development on Brighton seafront. McKellar said he had been given no further information on when work might start and if Gingerman still figured in the group’s plans.

Andrew Foulds, portfolio director at Redevco, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better restaurant operator to occupy the jewel in the crown of this scheme. Gingerman Restaurant Group has four existing local businesses within its portfolio and a strong Brighton following. Their philosophy is to offer really good food and great service, within a relaxed setting, which is perfect for the Lanes.”

Pamela McKellar said: “We plan to open January 2019 and are very excited to be creating a new concept restaurant for central Brighton. Morgan Carn Architects have designed a beautiful flint clad centerpiece to Hanningtons Estate and we are working with Landivar to create an equally first class interior finish, with a full length kitchen bar and outside tables.”