Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Alfresco Dining

Our top picks

Brighton

At TEN wine bar and restaurant is on Church Street, opposite the iconic Corn Exchange. Here is a lovely spot, just off the edge of the hustle and bustle of the North Laine with a few street side tables to accommodate your people watching. At TEN is a specialist in cheese, charcuterie and fine wine – a perfect combo to indulge in on a sunny day. Cheese and charcuterie are all sourced from the UK’s finest artisanal producers while the wine list is curated by local sommelier, Steve Pineau.

Bohemia benefits from having two fantastic areas for its guests to drink and dine alfresco. The front of Bohemia is set on the cobbled streets on the Lanes, offering guests the perfect spot for people watching from the comfort of the heated terrace. Bohemia’s “Veuve Clicquot” Roof garden has been revamped with now has additional heaters, speakers and offers guests ample space for safe socialising. Bohemia is open seven days a week from midday each day.

Burnt Orange on Middle Street in The Lanes is the newest venue to join the Coal Shed and Salt Room family. Located in the old coach house there is a beautiful gated and secluded alfresco dining space with original cobbled floor and walls strewn in jasmine. Burnt Orange is all about fusing quality with a relaxed atmosphere and this sheltered yet sunny courtyard is the perfect place to while away a few hours over creative cocktails and jewel-like flavoursome small plates.

Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself is a modern, light but cosy and welcoming space. The Cleveland Arms boasts a beautiful outside suntrap terrace overlooking Blaker’s Park on a residential and quiet street, great for kids to let off some steam while you enjoy a pint in the sunshine.

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Photo credit: Coppa Club

Brunch in a bubble to dinner in a dome. The Coppa Club, in the Lanes offers all day dining with four Igloos providing shelter and a sense of exclusivity. The menu is modern mix of every day dishes and something more celebratory so well suited to any occasion. Making Coppa Club a good alfresco all-rounder whatever the occasion and whatever the weather. 

Donatello won the 2020 BRAVO award for family friendly. The large venue has ample outdoor seating in the South Lanes and a raised terrace where families and groups of six (or two households) can enjoy famed hospitality and freshly made pizza and pasta in a venue that sits at the very heart of the city in more ways than one. 

The outside seating at The Dorset spills out onto the pedestrianised North Laine during weekends and bank holidays. The crowd at The Dorset present an enviable view, filling up benches, sipping cool beers, tucking into quality pub-grub and filling the street with laughter and good times. You’ll be sorely tempted to join them, and why not? Some moments are there to be seized and the shops will still be there tomorrow.

This lively pub, venue and kitchen are some of Brighton’s best-known spots. They serve popular pub grub daily and cater for a wide variety of dietary needs. If you’re looking for a great Sunday roast, then The Black Lion is a top option and has been awarded a top 20 position for Best Roast in Brighton in the BRAVOs 2020. All can be enjoyed outside in one of their wooden booths, all offering heating, cover and table service.

Doing Brighton in the sun with burgers, beer and beats are Honest Burgers. The successful chain started off in our fair city and after conquering the coolest of cool parts of London returned home. Keeping with their roots they have a partnership with the from local musos Resident Records. With seating on the pedestrianised Duke Street between the main shopping attractions and the beach.

Chow down on some of the best brunches Brighton has to offer, mix it up with a cocktail or two and you have yourself a truly kooky time. Kooks is set in the popular North Laine’s area of Brighton and offers guest street-side dining and the perfect spot to watch the local hustle and bustle go by.

Now with three fantastic venues for you to choose from (we say check them all!); St Georges Place and the winner of the BRAVO‘20 Best Cocktail are serving their prohibition strength cocktails and food on their sun terrace. Find yourself further up the hill and towards Seven Dials then check out the second jewel in the LDV crown. The champagne garden is open and drinks are being served alongside delicious sharing plates. Queen’s Square now boasts the diamond of the LDV empire, with its huge sun terrace, guest can now enjoy the award-winning cocktails in the heart of our bustling city. 

Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret, with its beachfront location and fresh, funky and sustainably led menu you’ll have to get in early to nab a seat. But it’s definitely worth a short wait in order to fill your boots with delicious brunch offerings and top-notch burgers. Seats 100 across its patio and beachfront tables.

Enjoy Southern-style cooking from the kitchen at The Mes every weekday as well as their brilliant bottomless brunches every Saturday and Roasts every Sunday including ‘Funday’ Bottomless Roasts! The Mes has heated covered seating in the gazebo at their Bartholomew Square entrance. Upstairs you’ll discover the lush roof garden. So get to the rooftop sharpish to secure your alfresco feast spot.

Moksha Café is the quintessential family café. The home-made cakes and meals, along with lovingly made coffee and friendly staff is what makes Moksha a fond favourite in the local area. Located on York Place in the London Road area, the café has an east-facing aspect ideal for enjoying their award-winning brunches in the sun.

Japanese restaurant Moshimo is the city’s original conveyor-belt sushi bar serving handmade and sustainable sushi, the perfect kind of food for some alfresco dining. And what better place to eat it than on Moshimo’s Hiroba deck which emulates the experience of sitting on tatami mats in Japan.

Situated at the bottom of Preston Street with views of the West Pier, The New Club takes full advantage of its enviable position. With full glass doors opening onto the streetside dining area this is the place to be for brunch, lunch and cocktails when the sun’s out.

The place to be on a summer’s evening and a great spot to enjoy a West Pier sunset. When the sun’s out OhSo gives you a beachside atmosphere like nowhere else and if you’re after a perfect sundowner cocktail then look no further. Ideal for breakfasts, lunches and dinners – always open when the weather is good.

This stylish, sustainable and effortlessly cool, award winning cocktail and wine bar is set in Brighton’s South Lanes. Serving a simple but exquisite menu of locally sourced modern sharing plates and an enviable wine list of sophisticated, biodynamic and organic wines. Classic cocktails are made fresh using the best spirits and locally sourced ingredients. Street side terraced seating is available so guests can enjoy the high city centre vibes as they dine.

Redroaster has fantastic south-facing, floor to ceiling windows which can be opened out completely to create an indoor/outdoor atmosphere. St James’ Street is sometimes called the Café Quarter of Brighton, and Redroaster is the undoubted monarch if this is so. Connecting bohemian Kemptown with Brighton central, this is a fine spot to watch the colourful local characters over a spot of superb brunch and ethically sourced, locally roasted coffee.

Enjoy some of Brighton best plant-based cuisine from one of the sunny streetside booths at The Roundhill. This community focused and extremely friendly pub has made quite an impression on us here in Brighton. Serving a seasonally changing menu of exclusively plant-based food, that offers guests ultimately, delicious and nutritious dishes. 2020 saw The Roundhill win first place in the BRAVOs for Brighton’s Best Sunday Roast. While operating from a 100% animal free policy one might think that this could see them limit their clientele. Not at The Roundhill, they have shown us that their progressive approach does not only succeed but wins them trophies.

The Salt Room boasts a large outside terrace with 60 covers and outstanding views overlooking the West Pier and a stone’s throw from the iconic Brighton British Airways i360. Offering award-winning seafood and a beautiful cocktail list.

Down on Brighton beach, set between the two piers, Shelter Hall creates a whirlpool of bustling energy. Diners in search of a beachfront destination will want to make sure they come down and experience the full glory of the food hall. Seven caterers deliver exceptional feasts for all. From award winning meats and locally sourced seafood to uncompromisingly authentic Italian and fresh flavours to sweet treats, there is something for everyone. The impeccable location lends itself to unbeatable alfresco dining opportunities, spacious, with panoramic views of the seafront and food delivered to the table.

Socialite Brighton is in the centre of the Lanes set among the pedestrianised area between East Street and Market Street. This is a lovely spot with a very continental feel to it with many restaurants opening out into the cobbled street. For something a little more glamorous head upstairs to their stylish and secluded roof terrace, where you’ll really feel those holiday vibes while sipping expertly mixed cocktails or a glass of fizz.

Dining at Terre à Terre is a culinary experience like no other. With intense flavours, sublime textures, and a combination of ingredients that few have the imagination or daring to put together, it will change the way you view vegetarian cuisine forever. Iconic and acclaimed Brighton institution with small rear terrace.

Nourishing whole-food and unbeatable delicious real food can be enjoyed alfresco at the Smorl’s Kitchen in The Open Market. Their menu is made up of plant-based wonders which are both flavoursome and vibrant. You really need to try it all. So treat yourself to a Smorl’s and get supercharged from within.

A family-run, charming 19th-century pub that is minutes away from the picturesque and popular Preston Park. The Station Hotel offers guests a menu of well-done gastro classics, a well-stocked bar of cask ales and a thoughtfully presented wine list. The venue benefits from a secluded courtyard to the rear, where both covered wooden booths and tables are available.

Tapas Revolution on North Street has a large street-side dining area with views into the Pavillion Gardens. There’s a comfortable booth-like arrangement with large parasols to provide shade or cover and extra heating when needed. Spanish food naturally lends itself to alfresco dining, add a little sangria to the mix and Tapas Revolution has created an authentic experience that’s almost as good as a holiday.

Taste Sussex offers a large diner-style experience but with one vital difference. The food is freshly made to order using locally sourced produce that is the perfect balance between price-point and quality. Situated on Brighton Marina’s boardwalk, this is a great spot for families or groups looking for enjoyable unfussy food and drink with integrity.

Dining at Terre à Terre is a culinary experience like no other. With intense flavours, sublime textures, and a combination of ingredients that few have the imagination or daring to put together, it will change the way you view vegetarian cuisine forever. Iconic and acclaimed Brighton institution with small rear terrace.

With two sites in town, Trading Post Coffee offers two distinct alfresco Brighton options to go with their excellent coffee and wholesome daytime menu; sit outside and watch the world go by on the busy Ship Street or rise above it all with the rooftop terrace on Kensington gardens.

Head down to the Brighton marina and follow the boardwalk down past all the big chain restaurants to the jetty. Here you will find a gem on the water’s edge. With food by Space + Thyme you know you’re getting good quality freshly prepared food. There’s an emphasis on sharing platters, with classic plates as well, and a good roast on Sunday. Come for the food, stay for the west facing aspect and late evening sun. 

Hove

Cafe Coho, Hove follows in the footsteps of its older sibling on Ship Street in that it provides diners with unbeatable cafe culture and the perfect spot for street-side alfresco dining. With West facing tables guests can enjoy the afternoon sun rays while dining on dishes from the all-day brunch menu, and drinking European wine by the glass (or bottle). Or, in wetter weather out pop the awnings and on come the heaters to enable all-year-round alfresco dining comfort.

The Hove Place Bistro and Gardens is a popular casual bistro style pub in the heart of Hove located close to the seafront in the Palmeira Square area. With arguably the best outdoor space in the whole of Hove, here you have plenty of outdoor seating in their beer garden, a great mix of people and it is a super place to enjoy an evening drink or a bite to eat from the bistro menu.

Serving food from the popular and award winning kitchen of Russell Tisbury, Libation in Hove has a comfortable sun deck with large comfy seating and an equally ample menu of sparkling wine. Graze over a bottle of something fizzy and a few sharing plates for an afternoon or evening of indulgence and libations aplenty. 

Share modern tapas style small plates and drink fine wine with friends in true Spanish style at MARKET Restaurant. Street-side alfresco dining, captures the true ambience of Spain. Framed by the vibrant exterior of the building and caught in its sun trap, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Hove, actually! 

We may not have the weather of the Med but thanks to Nostos we can have the cuisine. Let your tastebuds transport you to the Aegean islands with the authentic Greek food from this popular neighbourhood restaurant. Its open vista and street side seating is a lovely sunny spot wiling away an afternoon dreaming of distant shores. 

The Urchin in Hove offers its diners and drinkers a unique culinary experience in that it pairs home brewed beers with its menu of seafood delights. Oysters and ales, scallops and stoats can be enjoyed together from their beer garden. They scooped first place in the BRAVOs for Best Team in town, so you can rest assured that you’ll be well taken care of.

Sussex

The Crown Inn Dial Post has a classic country beer garden situated at the rear of the pub, as well as a front patio overlooking the village green (perfect for keeping an eye on the kids). The menu is locally sourced and includes foraged ingredients. In addition to the alfresco spaces there is a pleasant sunroom dining area and cosy traditional pub, making it a fine stop for typical capricious summer weather. 

Morleys Bistro is a relaxed, comfortable and dog friendly restaurant that is nestled in the heart of the historic village of Hurstpierpoint. They have a beautifully spacious and sunny garden where you can enjoy a glass of quality wine while dining on delicious, classic bistro dishes prepared with seasonal and local ingredients.

Offering a 100% plant-based menu that can be enjoyed on the grounds of the Lewesian relic, The Needlemakers. This charming and historical building is set just minutes away from the town centre and a 5-minute walk from the station. Meet here with family and friends to enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch classics, coffee and beers and organic wines from local suppliers.

The alfresco dining space is generous in size, a guaranteed sun trap and is set off beautifully by vintage red brick, flint and lush plant life.

The New Inn in Hurstpierpoint has a south-facing garden that gets all day long sun during the summer months. The kitchen garden provides much of the vegetables that go into the gastropub menu, while the beer garden itself is a beautifully maintained example of the English country garden. There is also an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven which gets fired up during the summer months.

Emerging out of the Coronavirus lockdown the Michelin Plate Awarded Tasting Rooms at Rathfinny wine estate take full advantage of their exquisite views and ample space. Serving Wednesday to Sunday Rathfinny offer two alfresco dining experiences, with luxurious three-course picnic hampers and the “Seafood and Wine Kitchen”. Both can be enjoyed in the beautiful estate grounds with limited seating on the Tasting Rooms decking available for visitors dining from the locally landed seafood menu. Enjoy English summer at its very best, with picturesque Sussex views and award-winning food and wine. 

This tradtional country pub serves home cooked food from breakfast through to evening meals. During summer days and evenings there is dining seating in both the rear garden and on the green at the front. Additional cabin pods have been added, providing a rustic intimate outdoor dining experience, suited to all weather alfresco dining.