Restaurants Brighton guide to

Bank holiday weekend Brighton

Eat, drink and be safe.

Eat, drink and be merry. It’s bank holiday weekend Brighton and we know how to ensure that you make the most of the extra time away from your desk. Simply follow this guide and you’ll soon be making magical memories in the month of May. 

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Brighton Festival and Fringe  

This year’s Fringe will be running for an extended period, so you’ll have ample time to binge on the arts. For the high-brow culture vultures, aspiring aesthetes and those on thespian pursuit the Brighton Festival is a real feast. It also provides us with a wealth of opportunity for socialising, dining and drinking; Use our Festival Food and Drink Guide to ensure you’re making the most of the culinary delights on offer.

Dine in time, book online 

It’s the closest we’ve been to “normal” for while so let’s celebrate the bank holiday weekend in Brighton with style. Book a table at your favourite local cafe, restaurant, bar or pub and raise a glass to the return of in-door dining. 

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Gravy being poured over a Sunday roast, with roast wellington, Yorkshire pudding carrots, broccoli and cabbage. Red wine and a side of cauliflower cheese are in shot.

Sunday roast 

The Sunday roast has got to be the most popular and anticipated meal of the week. So when it comes to choosing where you’ll be sabbath day indulging, one must choose wisely. The BRAVO top 20 winners of best roast in Brighton is a great place to start on your quest for the perfect roasty. However, if you cant 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. 

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 2020. Let the feasting commence! 

Bunch feast including a full English, poached eggs, Vegan Breakfast Bowl and porridge
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Explore the lanes 

One can easily loose hours in boutique, bespoke and bejewelled shop hopping but when you come up for air you’ll need refuelling. Fortunately, both the North Laine and South Lanes are well laden with some of the best cafes, bars and restaurants in town. So should you find yourself lost down the lanes, rest assured you wont go hungry. 

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 are our picks of seafront restaurants which will have you diddly-om pom-poming with the best of us! 

People enjoying cocktails on a sunny day on the terrace with the West Pier in the background.
Rathfinny wine estate picnic

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

FEED THE FAMILY  

Brighton is a massive playground whatever your age, it’s a draw for the whole family. When it comes to eating you’re also spoilt 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 peoples’ choice and use the BRAVO top 20 Family Restaurants to plan your broods outing around town.
West Beach Bar and Kitchen

Things to do – Bank Holiday Brighton

Despite COVID restrictions still being in place there are still plenty of fantastic options for you, your family and friends to get stuck into this bank holiday. Use this guide to guarantee you make the most of that bonus time away from your desk or home office.you’ve got three whole days to eat, drink and socialise (responsibly).

Come rain or shine outside is still the safer place to be, especially when catching up with friends. Besides we’ve all been cooped up for long enough, our guide covers Alfresco dining Brighton, Hove and Sussex for everything from sundrenched sundowners to vineyard picnics, burgers in the bustling Lanes to tucked away courtyards and gardens. Alfresco dining is so much more than defending your chips from seagulls.

With space at a premium in the city and social distancing still being in place, you may need to get inventive with where you go to drink in the sunshine. You could follow the masses to greedily guard your meterage of beach with a few tinnies (Google search “where’s the nearest loo?”), or you could rise above the hoi polloi in style, with some rooftop dining. Our guide to restaurants with a rooftop terrace will have you looking down on everyone else in no time!

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, and we do like to eat beside the seaside, here are our picks of seafront restaurants that will have you diddly-om pom-poming with the best of us! 

It’s no surprise to us that Brighton beach has seen hoards in their thousands ascend its pleasure shore for their first port call since the easing of lockdown. Knowing where to dock and enjoy that sundowner when there are so many great drinking options along our stretch of coastline might be tricky if you don’t already have your goto. Now, with our guide to Brighton’s beach bars, you can preplan and b-line through the crowds to our favourite destinations.  

Oh, how we’ve missed our favourite pubs, missed the local banter, gastro classics and the tankards of local brews that fill our bellies with warmth and our hearts with love. Over the past few months, many a beer garden has been revamped and refurbished to ensure that you can eat and drink outside, merrily and in optimum comfort, until the cows come home (which by our clock is generally 10/11pm) it’s time to revive our lust for the public house and here’s our guide to the best beer gardens around.

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

The top trending craze for all in 2020/21 has got to be the “takeaway”. While we are now allowed go out and eat out, many of you may still choose not to. So, if you don’t fancy the crowds (and it is busy out there) then here are our picks for the best takeaway options around

It’s been a tough year, perhaps you need to re-kindle the spark a bit? Or after several months of zoom parties, you’re ready to meet someone you’ve been eyeing up in the flesh. First impressions count so use our guide to the best romantic restaurants in Brighton to inspire Cupid’s reach for his quiver. Or perhaps pizza and movie dates have been milked too long, so it’s time to up your takeaway game. We suggest some at-home fine-dining, so here’s who delivers the best.

Brighton is a massive playground whatever your age, it’s a draw for the whole family. When it comes to eating you are also spoilt 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 palette 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 peoples choice and use the BRAVO top 20 Family Restaurants to plan your broods outing around town.