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Dine and stay in Brighton
To lift a quote from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t go looking further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it in the first place… Oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like Brighton!”
Even if you live here, a treat away from home can be a decadent delight. Whether you’re on the hunt for a pub with accommodation or a five star suite in a sea facing hotel, it will of course be best coupled with some top quality food. Here are just a few venues that we think offer the full package if you just want to spend a special night somewhere local.
The coming together of Ian Swainson’s restaurant, Amarillo, and the beautiful boutique hotel, Drakes is a tour de force. Swainson’s career is studded with Michelin stars and while this is still early days for the new restaurant we expect great things. The food is a Spanish inspired tasting menu offering both a meat or fish and vegetarian option. This is fine dining without the pretence, with Swainson guiding you through his creative prowess. Some of the hotel rooms boast bay window baths with beautiful sea views in which to luxuriate before your meal. Then why not end up quietly tucked away in the hotel’s bijou cocktail bar before sinking back into luxuriously deep beds with rich cotton sheets.
Love good Indian food? Love Brighton? Combine the two with Curry Leaf Cafe’s rental apartment in the heart of the Lanes. This 17th century fishing cottage has three bedrooms and is fully modernised. You’re just a minute’s walk from the sea and directly above one of Brighton’s most loved Indian restaurants. You’ll also get 15% off your food bill while staying there. The apartment sleeps six in total, perfect for parties looking to bed and bhaji by the sea.
The Gather Inn in Hove combines a friendly neighbourhood pub with a palatial dining room and 20 guest rooms. There are sea views and a patio beer garden looking out to Hove Lagoon. The spacious and brightly lit venue is available for private hire and is a great spot for celebrating special occasions with room upstairs for out of towners so your party can go on into the night.
Rooms at the Gather Inn received a full makeover during the 20/21 lockdowns with the addition of seafront balconies for some. Take a virtual tour here.
There are a great deal of Brighton seafront hotels, with a great deal of food offerings. But there is only one Grand Hotel, Brighton. This seafront icon still radiates Victorian grandeur with its sweeping staircase and sea view lounges. There are two in-house dining experiences. The Victoria Terrace Grill serves a classic grill menu that has been expertly created sourcing premium quality local produce. Cyan is an all-day bar and eatery of a more modern and relaxed style, which nonetheless has a quality menu that is to be expected from this bastion of the golden age of opulence
Tucked away in the Preston Park area of Brighton, is the local gem The Station Hotel. Here you’ll find a menu of well-crafted pub classics and superb Sunday lunches. The bar is cosy and run by a super friendly team. The Station Hotel is spitting distance (but don’t spit) from Preston Park train station, granting easy access into the city and a quick getaway from the hubbub. There are three ensuite guest rooms making this a really cosy, and now very rare style of local pub-hotel and ideal for a Brighton staycation.
Dine and stay in Sussex
There’s never been a better time to adventure close to home. Sussex has a perennial beauty that’s well worth exploring. Combine that with a harvest that is as bountiful as it is diverse and you’ve got the perfect mini break or staycation, right on your doorstep.
And at this time of year, what can be more appealing than a country walk, followed by a lovely meal in a picturesque venue. Then not having to worry about travelling home.
Here’s our choice of where offers accommodation so you can to dine and stay this season.
A countryside pub offering supreme staycation opportunities is the Crown Inn Dial Post. The family-owned pub close to the famous Knepp Estate rewilding project. For nature lovers, this really is a spot to visit and see how this once intensely farmed estate has bloomed into a haven for wildlife. After your trek pull up a seat at The Crown Inn for some homemade, locally and seasonally sourced classic pub fare and local ales. Once you’ve had your fill, retire to one of the 16th-century inn’s deluxe rooms which have been tastefully and sympathetically refurbished.
There are three double rooms and one family room. A room service continental breakfast is included with your stay.
Within a year of opening, Restaurant Interlude at Leonardslee Estate earned a Michelin Star. The tasting menu which runs to some 21 courses draws extensively from the estate’s grounds and the local area. You can watch Head Chef Jean Delport take us on a foraging tour of the estate here. Restaurant Interlude is situated on the ground floor of the Grade II listed Italianate style house. The second floor guest rooms have been renovated and restored to the very height of luxury, perfect for ending an exceptional evening of epicurean excellence. If you’re looking for a show-stopper for a foodie lover then an evening and night at Leonardslee is one to consider.
Hurstpierpoint is just a short skip away from Brighton but presents an entirely different pace of life. The beautiful high street is filled with independent boutique shops. There are plenty of nearby walks and quaint country pubs. Morley’s Bistro offers seasonally led modern bistro cuisine, right on the charming high street. Accommodation wise, they have one triple room, three double rooms and a twin room. And after your lovely night’s sleep in their luxurious rooms, you’ll be able to enjoy a classic full English breakfast, including veggie and vegan options, before heading on your way.
Pay a visit to our coastal neighbour Eastbourne and check in to the contemporary and boutique Port Hotel. Idyllically located in the grounds of a beautifully restored, sea facing Victorian townhouse, this hotel is majestic and luxurious. Rooms here range from sensational sea facing suites to cosier basement dwellings. Expect modern interiors that compliment the building’s stunning original architecture. The restaurant bar has an offering of equal opulence. However, the breakfast and brunch menus are varied and versatile, offering something for every palate. Lunch to evening service is elevated to a more fine dining experience, where you can enjoy small and sharing plates that champion premium local ingredients. Bar service is available throughout the day until late at night and with the exceptional array of local wines, beers, spirits and seasonal cocktails to accompany the breathtaking views you’ll want to savour the experience.
Ever wanted to staycation in a vineyard? At Rathfinny Flint Barns you can. The Flint Barns is located at the western end of the Rathfinny Wine Estate. The historic building has been lovingly transformed into a luxurious ten-room bed and breakfast and dining room. Expect breathtaking views of the Cradle Valley year-in-year-out, vineyard tours and wine tasting on your doorstep. You can also take advantage of the exquisite seasonal cuisine that’s served in the Flint Barns dining room. Take a look at their offers for lavish short breaks.