The Mirabelle Restaurant’s New Head Chef Alex Burtenshaw will provide More Treats for Grand Hotel, Eastbourne Visitors

Authors Tony and Heather Flood with new Head Chef Alex Burtenshaw.

by Tony Flood

Pictures by Teri V Photography

The appointment by The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne of Head Chef Alex Burtenshaw to their elegant Mirabelle Restaurant means extra culinary delights for diners.
After attending a lavish food tasting at the impressively refurbished Mirabelle on Tuesday, I can highly recommend several of his dishes – the smoked Barbary duck breast, beef fillet and delicious pan tried scallops! A dessert to die for, as my wife, and fellow author, Heather will confirm, is sorbet accompanied by lemon tart.

Alex joins from Port Hotel in Eastbourne, and in his 14-year career has held Head and Sous Chef positions at award-winning hotel restaurants in Brighton, including Brighton Harbour Hotel and Spa, The Restaurant at Drakes Hotel and Hotel Du Vin.
The Mirabelle – one of two very popular restaurants at The Grand – has won multiple plaudits and awards, including being named in the top 50 restaurants in the UK in the Independent, and featuring regularly in The Good Food Guide.
Alex’s first endeavour has been to launch a brand new lunchtime menu at Mirabelle – a selection of exquisite courses featuring local Sussex fish, seafood, game, and vegetables for £25 for two courses, or £30 for three courses. Dishes include Cured Chalk Stream Trout with Lime Caviar, Venison Fillet with Ragu of Braised Haunch, and Honey Cake with Blackberry Compote.
Alex will also oversee a series of special events in 2024 and 2025, including a Best of Sussex Dinner featuring excellent local cheeses, fish and meats, and paired with Sussex wines.

New Head Chef Alex Burtenshaw (left) at work with Executive Head Chef Hrvoje Loncarevic

You can make reservations at The Grand by telephoning 01323 412345. Further details are available from or, for events, speak to helpful Sales and Marketing Manager Billie-Jo Clarke at 07870 778984.
A fuller review, including the plans of Alex Burtenshaw and General Manager Jonathan Webley, will appear in the March issue of Bournefree magazine. Meanwhile, Bournefree Live have posted Tony Flood’s review of the food tasting on their site at


  • Tony Flood

    Author Tony Flood, who lives in Eastbourne, has spent most of his working life as a journalist, initially on local and regional papers and then on nationals. He was also editor of 'Football Monthly', Controller of Information at Sky Television and enjoyed a spell with 'The People.' In his celebrity book My Life With The Stars - Sizzling Secrets Spilled', Tony recalls: “My work as a showbiz and leisure writer, critic and editor saw me take on a variety of challenges - learning to dance with Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag, becoming a stand-up comedian and playing football with the late George Best and Bobby Moore in charity matches.” My Life With The Stars provides revelations and amusing anecdotes about showbiz and sports personalities including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, George Best, Kylie Minogue, Eric Morecambe and Des O'Connor. Tony also writes in other genres and his crime thrillers have been endorsed by best-selling author Peter James. They are Triple Tease, Stitch Up - Killer or Victim? and Fall Guy - who really killed his wife?, and all feature compassionate copper DCI Harvey Livermore. In addition, there's a fantasy adventure for youngsters called Secret Potion and a book Tony has co-written with wife Heather, aptly titled Laughs and Tears Galore - short stories and poems with twists! Recently, Tony joined The Collective of seven local writers all contributing one character to family saga Driven by Desire, which is full of conflict, fierce ambition and passion as well as a dramatic kidnap. Tony also writes theatre reviews for the Eastbourne Herald, Brighton Argus and BourneFree Live, as well as playing veterans football for Sovereign Harbour Veterans. He is the oldest - and slowest - player in the team.

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