Restaurants Brighton guide to

May Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton

Eat, drink and be merry

It’s May 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 May Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton, Hove and Sussex.

Shelter Hall

Events and entertainment 

Whether you’re aching to bust out some moves or simply sit back and be entertained you can rest assured that our bustling city is back on top form and ready to immerse you. Many of our favourite Brighton venues have programmed some extra special Bank Holiday events for you to enjoy. Use our events guide to find out what’s going down in town.

Alfresco dining 

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

outdoor dining area at the market
sunday roast

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 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. 

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! 

side shot of three people sitting and having brunch
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Explore the lanes 

One can easily loose hours in boutique and bespoke shop hopping but when you come up for air you’ll need refueling. Fortunately, both the North Laine and 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 won’t 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.

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.
West Beach Bar and Kitchen