Restaurants Brighton guide to

August bank holiday weekend in Brighton

Eat, drink and be merry

It’s August bank holiday weekend in Brighton and we know how to ensure that you make the most of the extra time away from your desk. Simply follow our foodies guide to find all the best bits on offer over the bank holiday weekend in Brighton, Hove and Sussex.

sipping prosecco in glasses

Events and entertainment 

It’s the last bank holiday of the season, so let’s make sure we celebrate it in style. Our guide to what’s on over the long weekend will help you plan foodie fun for you and the whole family. 

Alfresco dining 

With sun sun sun on the menu, let’s check in with our alfresco dining venues. There are some treasures on there that we’re certain will add something special to your August bank holiday weekend in Brighton. 

A pebbled walled garden with round metal tables set for eating. A few tables have groups at them already

Beside the seaside 

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, and we do like to eat, drink and be merry beside the seaside. Here is our pick of seafront restaurants and beach bars which will have you diddly-om pom-poming with the best of us! 

brighton beach in summer

brunch out 

Brunch culture is at its hight in popularity, as a meal it sits between breakfast and lunch both in timing and style. More venues are now offering brunch as a celebratory type of dining – the bottomless brunch – where you can guzzle down Presecco and bloody Mary’s until your hearts content. While others maintain that it is a staple of a lazy weekend and might pair it with fresh coffee and people watching. Which ever is your flavour, you’ll not be short of choice. Here’s our pick of local cafes that boast a bounty of banging brunches, our top spots for plant-based brunches and the top 20 winners of the BRAVO best brunch. Let the feasting commence! 

A table laid for Brunch at Cyan, with four orange chairs and beautiful light streaming through the blinds

Stay and dine  

Whether you’re looking to book a staycation or visiting from overseas, Brighton, Hove and Sussex can host you.

We’ve put together this list of some of our favourite venues that offer superb stay and dine options so you and you family can enjoy the very best this August bank holiday weekend. 

A plate of steak with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy being poured over it

Roast royalty 

Crown the August bank holiday weekend with a Sunday roast worthy of royalty. Use the BRAVO top 20 winners of best roasts in Brighton. If you can’t find your favourite then see our top picks for local venues who offer a great Sunday roast. If you’re craving a plant-based plate, then here’s our cheat sheet of venues that offer the best vegan roasts around. 

visit Sussex 

Sussex has a wealth of restaurants and bars that offer more space to stretch out and room to breathe. While the inevitable influx of Brighton bank holiday day-trippers is great for the city, it gives locals the chance to go exploring. Use our guide to country walks in Sussex to get in some exercise as well as a few pints in quintessential country pubs. Check out our picks of the best restaurants in Sussex including Michelin and AA awarded eateries. And visit some foodie Sussex country pubs with luscious grassy gardens and spectacular vistas. Or, for a quick roadmap of where’s hot in Sussex head to the BRAVO Sussex finest top 20 list


Brighton is a massive playground whatever your age, it’s a draw for the whole family. When it comes to eating you’re also spoiled for choice. There’s a world selection of flavours all catering for small persons in Brighton. So if you’re looking to introduce the kids to fine dining, need a pit stop for a child that’s growing up green or want to take their palate on a world tour, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in our pick of the best family-friendly restaurants in Brighton and Hove. Or go by the people’s choice and use the BRAVO top 20 Family Restaurants to plan your broods outing around town.
Kids cheering inside Italian restaurant Nuposto