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£850 raised for Trafalgar Street Regeneration Project

Jan Etches, Caspian Armani and Nathalie Gomez de Vera - credit Julia Claxton

An independent restaurant and Sussex gin producers have raised £850 for the Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s Trafalgar Street Regeneration Project, writes Nick Mosley.

The event at the end of April was created and delivered by local food group BITE Sussex and Isaac At restaurant in Gloucester Street in Brighton as part of an ongoing series of experimental dining events that began last year with an Under the Sea supper at the Sealife aquarium.

Head chef Caspian Armani and restaurant manager Connor Harris – both of Isaac At – served guests five snacks inspired by retro sweets and vintage toys including shortbread jenga, gummy bears, edible play dough, handmade toffees and ‘train drivers sandwich’.

Chef Caspian Armani and Rachel Blake of Brigthon Gin - credit Julia Claxton

The event was also supported by local distilleries with Brighton Gin, Madame Jennifer Distillery and Slake Spirits each presenting a cocktail inspired by a toy in the collection.

“The Toy Museum has such a wealth of amazing artefacts, walking around for even ten minutes there was so much that spoke to me and the team”, said Caspian Armani, head chef of Isaac At.

All profits from the event have been donated to the museum’s Trafalgar Street Regeneration Project, that will see a new facade to the museum to improve the streetscape beneath Brighton station for locals and visitors alike.

“The regeneration project isn’t just good for the museum but also for the wider community”, said Jan Etches, general manager of the museum.

“The top of Trafalgar Street is one of the main gate ways into North Laine and it hasn’t looked its best for a long time”.

“Thanks to exciting events such as this and the support of businesses and customers, we’re well on the way to our £100,000 target to start the build”.

Wendy Hewitt Hayes modelling the edible play dough - credit Julia Claxton.

Throughout 2023, BITE Sussex are hosting a monthly pop-up supper club – Meanwhile Mondays – at Meanwhile on Jubilee Street. Each month a leading chef or restaurant – including Boho Gelato, Arissy Kitchen, Pulpo Negro, Nanima Asian Kitchen, Momma Cherri, You Juice, Angelica Food and Chef Simon Mckenzie – takes over the venue and presents at £35 meal. The organisation are also working on chef and student collaborations at Brighton Metropolitan College and a forthcoming banquet in one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

“We love working with our hospitality and producer partners on quirky one-off events”, said Nathalie Gomez de Vera of BITE Sussex.

“It’s a real bonus when we can also raise money for great causes in the city and surrounding Sussex”.

To discover more about the Trafalgar Street Regeneration Project and how you can support, visit


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