Johnny Stanford announces the launch of his new Sussex restaurant Tern

Alex South

Alex South


Johnny Stanford has announced the opening of his new fine-dining restaurant Tern on Worthing Pier in Sussex later this summer.

Johnny, who held position of head chef at AG's Restaurant at Alexander House, has confirmed his new venture would be located on the first floor of the southern pavilion of Worthing Pier.

Commenting on his recent announcement, Johnny said: "My inspiration comes from seasonality and my relationships with suppliers, hearing and seeing first-hand the dedication, passion and effort that goes into creating their products. From wine and spirits to fish and cheese our small island produces some of the best artisan ingredients that I have ever used."

Before joining AG's at Alexander House Hotel, Johnny worked as sous chef at Michelin-starred The Pass at the South Lodge hotel in Horsham under Matt Gillan.

In 2017 he took the reins at Pascere in Brighton as head chef.

Tern’s menu will include dishes such as razor clam with elderflower and crème fraiche, English pea with lavender and Riesling vinegar, Jersey royal with smoked roe and wild garlic, lamb with turnip and nettle, Chalk Stream trout with Spring cabbage and horseradish, and strawberry with nasturtium and rape seed.

Commenting on Tern’s menu, Johnny added: "I believe that fine dining isn't just for expensive ingredients like lobster, truffles and caviar. It's what you can do with humble ingredients like a cauliflower or peas. Taking something familiar and transforming it into something special is what excites me the most about cooking."

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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 30th May 2023

Johnny Stanford announces the launch of his new Sussex restaurant Tern