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New ethical chicken restaurant called h.en opens in Brighton

This is just a quick post to share with you details of a new ethical chicken restaurant opening tomorrow in Brighton. Billed as Brighton's first local and happy (high welfare) chicken shop, politically involved, design led and with quick service. What's not to love. Thanks to a sneak peek I tried their burgers, salad and chicken tonight and it was delicious! In particular the chicken burgers.
h.en restaurant, Brighton
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Choose from grilled or fried chicken, or a vegetarian halloumi option, with sweet potato fries and seasonal nutritionally crafted salad bar. The chicken is marinated in a secret h.en sauce and either grilled or battered and fried in a healthier rice bran oil. 

Ethical chicken restaurant in Brighton H.en, owner Philip Ilic
~ h.en Owner Philip Ilic and sister, Interior Designer Amy ~
Ethical chicken restaurant in Brighton H.en, salad
~ h.en Brighton salad ~
Owner Philip Ilic is passionate about sourcing the right produce. He buys his chickens from Brookland Farm in Surrey, where the birds have the highest quality of life with plenty of outdoor space. Chris Pinard, the owner of Brookland Farm, produces 85 per cent of his own feed.

Ethical chicken restaurant in Brighton H.en, chicken burger
~ h.en restaurant, Brighton ~
~ h.en Brighton chicken burger ~
Philip Ilic said: “For me, it’s all about knowing our chickens have had a healthy, happy life, so I’m pleased to be Britain’s first fully ethical chicken restaurant. The current labelling system lulls people into a false sense of security. Ultimately, you can’t trust it and you have to make the effort to visit the farms to really know the conditions. It has been incredible to collaborate with Chris and see his passion for his chickens, and knowing they have had the highest welfare possible.”
Ilic further added “We aim to be completely transparent about where we source our ingredients from, and are also working hard to reduce waste and minimise any environmental impact,”
h.en restaurant menu, Brighton
h.en restaurant, Brighton

Ethical chicken restaurant in Brighton H.en
~ h.en ethical chicken restaurant, Brighton ~
h.en restaurant, Brighton
~ h.en restaurant, Brighton ~
The restaurant will also be serving brunch with eggs cooked in various ways (including traditionally soft boiled), as well as coffee and Dutch stroopwafels, which are apparently gluten and sugar free and made by an in-house nutritionist.

h.en’s interior design and emphasis on reusing materials comes from Philip’s sister, Amy Ilic and David Pentland, both from Ardour Design.

Find them on Trafalgar Street, just down from the Albert or on Twitter @HenBrighton
h.en restaurant, Brighton
h.en restaurant, Brighton
h.en restaurant exterior, Brighton
~ h.en restaurant, Brighton ~
Huge thanks to Sarah London for allowing me to include some of the photos she took at the event.
To find out more click on Sarah London Photography, or follow on Twitter @slondonphotog

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