Seafood Sunday Brighton Food Reviewer, Finola Robinson, June 2014 Book a table at GB1 Seafood and Oyster Bar Book Close Stunning dining with sea views The Grand Hotel is a Brighton institution, a landmark that’s as well known today as the Royal Pavilion and both piers. The seafront hotel was designed by Victorian architect John…

A Sunday in Sussex Last Sunday was a perfect day for a foray into the country, so we jumped in the car from Brighton and headed in the direction of Sayers Common to The Duke. Prawn, Smoked Salmon and Crayfish Cocktail The Duke is just off the A23 and around the corner from Hickstead; the pub is…

‘A place I felt completely at home.’ When it comes to city centre locations, it’s hard to beat House restaurant. Slap bang in the middle of everything in East Street, it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle yet just moments away from shops, the sea and the verdant tranquillity of the Pavilion Gardens, one…

Waterside Sunday Last Sunday nanny and grandad agreed to have our 4 and 5 year old boys as we were off to the Waterside Bar and Brasserie at the Rendezvous Casino. Waterside Bar & Brasserie, Brighton Marina Maybe they’re getting a bit weird with their old age or something – otherwise why would they? 🙂 Our…

Chimney House, Seven Dials area Exquisite & Unique Unless you live in Seven Dials or are visiting friends in the area, The Chimney House is somewhere that you wouldn’t just stumble across during a weekday walk or a Sunday stroll. Located a short 5 mins walk from the Seven Dials shops, the Chimney House is…

 Simplicity. A Benchmark of Quality. Thai spiced crab fritters I think you’re pretty much guaranteed a good meal when a restaurant or pub owner is also the head chef. Having such a sizeable investment in a business acts as a great incentive in the kitchen. That’s definitely the case at The Jolly Poacher on Ditchling…

Oki Nami – Performance and Cocktails Oki Nami Hana cocktail What started out as a visit to a popular local Japanese eatery turned into a feast of perfectly formed proportions followed by a plethora of delicious cocktails. Everything created in Oki Nami was lovingly prepared and beautifully presented – from the tiny maki rolls to…

Some Things Are Just Meant To Be! Book a table at Curry Leaf Cafe Book Close The story as to how the Curry Leaf Cafe came about is quite inspiring as it shows that sometimes things are just meant to be – and this was certainly the case when Euan met Kanthi. Two guys that shared…

A Feast of Chinese Gar’s was nicely busy and buzzing last Wednesday when we went for our meal there. Tempura and scallops We are not generally in the habit of having a mid-week feast but, Gars’ seemed to warrant it. Mr RB is more of a curry man so we don’t often get to go…

Welcome to Dosa World Poppadum’s and chutneys Great food, whatever the genre being experienced, has the ability to make the eater sit back and briefly contemplate whether this possibly is as good as it gets. This fleeting notion took place just after my first bite of a vegetable dosa at the Eastern Eye restaurant. A…

Environmentally Friendly Pub The Earth & Stars pub is centrally located just off Queens Road; a stones throw from the heart of the North Laine area and yet Windsor Street, which the pub is on the corner of, somehow still feels tucked away just off the beaten track. The pub has always been well known…

Indian Summer is all those things and more..   Book a table at Indian Summer Book Close Located on East Street When was the last time you were handed a leather-bound menu? No, it doesn’t happen to me very often these days either. So many restaurants have taken to presenting their menus on loose sheets…

Local Legends That Keep on Trucking. With there presently being more burgers in Brighton than you could shake a lorry load of brioche buns at, there was hardly a stampede when Restaurants Brighton head honcho (nobody knows his real name) announced that a review of well known local burger establishment Grubbs was on the cards.…

Memories to Savour From the Punsab Continent A few minutes on the bus, east of the city centre is the Brighton Marina complex. It’s soaked up a lot of investment over the years and as a result there’s something here for everyone. Should the cinema, casino, bowlplex, health club and numerous boutiques fail to float…

Little things that make such a difference Shoulder of Sussex lamb As a committed foodie I feel fortunate to know a fair bit about Brighton’s dining hot spots. As gluttonous as it may sound, if I’m not eating or cooking I’m often thinking about food or discussing culinary trends and restaurants. And yet I’d never…

Boys Night at the Bar B-Q shack The World’s End, situated on the no frills London Road, is a large cavernous pub with a long bar, pool table, TV screens, replete with tables and chairs. On this particular night it’s brimming with buoyant youthful folk drinking with enthusiasm and probably some abandon. As well, there…

Sunday Style, with all the Trimmings Located on Middle Street Sundays when I was young used to be about relaxing at home with Bergerac on the telly and a whacking great roast dinner in the oven cooked by my mum, filling the house with glorious smells and steaming up the windows. Now more people talk…

Classic French Homeliness at the New Steine Bistro We decided to go and try the New Steine Bistro at the New Steine Hotel last Thursday. Amuse Bouche The New Steine Hotel is off the New Steine Square so it really is in the very heart of Kemptown and only a 10-15 minute walk from Hanover…

Familiar Favourites at the Breeze Brasserie Last Thursday was an atmospheric evening, which seems to be the general trend right now! Feeling brave, Steve and I decided to venture out as Nanny Pat was fine to babysit and we’d be mad to pass that up. Although we have had some stressful times with our little…

Away From The Madding crowd Last Saturday was a tough day by anyone’s standards. Our little boys had once again driven us to the edge, at 3 and 5 years (did I say BOYS) they’re no walk in the park, in fact if they’re not walked at length nor on a regular basis; so I…

Decadent Dining Brighton Food Reviewer, Mrs RB, February 2014 I realised the other evening that I have never been to Drakes. In my defence, moving to a town as a young teenager doesn’t really lend itself to checking out boutique hotels or their restaurants. Did you know that  Cate Blanchett actually used one of their…

I will never stop.  I love it. For those of you who haven’t heard, if you’re new to this lovely town, or have simply passed it by, Bali Brasserie really is a great night out.  Which is actually a bit of an understatement really. I’m not just talking about the mind blowingly delicious food made…

LA Indie Coffee House meets New York Bar & Diner Book a table at The New Club Book Close Any meal that starts with a Cucumber and Elderflower cocktail is showing great promise and, on this blustery Wednesday evening promise delivered. The New Club at the bottom of Preston Street, on the seafront, is a…

‘Delicate, beautiful, magical perfection.’ Imagine being asked to go and taste a variety of cakes and macaroons, made by one of the UK’s leading patissiers. Just imagine for a minute that you LOVE cakes and desserts and chocolate, and your good friend asks if you would like to accompany her to this fabulous tasting. Now…

The Hampton – A Serious Contender For Brighton’s Best Burger Brighton is blessed with some lovely pubs but the Hampton Arms on Upper North Street is one of my favourites. You may also like.. Brighton’s Best Food Pubs Brighton’s Best Burgers Foodie Things to Try in Brighton The Restaurants Brighton Top Ten What I like…

Josper Grilled Steak Burger Book a table at The Coal Shed Book Close The Josper Oven at the Coal Shed I think it is safe to say that we all know The Coal Shed for its quality meat and its real charcoal oven and this time we were popping along with one purpose in mind:…

Brian’s Beautiful Burger Bar Tonight was burger night and I must admit I was really looking forward to it. I was catching up with Miss R once again and I think last time we dined together we had a wonderful night at the Coach House on Middle Street – so quite a while back. This…

Come Hungry. Leave Rather Drunk. Meatliquor has been one of the much talked about openings of the year. To set the scene for you, it’s a little bit of a rock n roll style environment. I’m thinking Fangtasia (Vampire bar from True Blood) meets street food, with a psychedelic cocktail bar twist. Can you picture…

You don’t need to polish something that already shines. I don’t often go to pubs these days.  I have a two year old daughter and rarely get the opportunity. When I was asked to review The Sussex Yeoman as part of Restaurants Brighton’s ‘Best Burger’ feature, I was really pleased – I love the atmosphere…

Thick, juicy and seasoned well for taste. On our hunt for the “perfect burger” we decided to try Busby & Wilds in Kemp Town. Every Tuesday Busby & Wilds have a burger night, where for just £12.00, you can pick a burger which comes with chips, coleslaw and a glass of wine or a half…

The Food of India, Not Just Indian Food.   Normally we hold off until the weekend for a curry and then it’s more likely a takeaway, but after a stressful week we decided that we would venture out on Thursday night – to try Chaula’s in Brighton town centre. Steve and I both love a…

Burger Diaries: The Hunt For Brighton & Hove’s Best Burger! So here we are – in the enviable position of researching the burger scene in Brighton and Hove and one I am taking very seriously. It’s been a month or so since I last enjoyed a burger meal, so when I was asked to write…

Burger Diaries: The Hunt For Brighton & Hove’s Best Burger! When I was asked to take part in the ‘Best Burger In Brighton’ feature for Restaurants Brighton, I thought I’d finally found my calling.  Other people find religion or art, or literature, or politics; for me, it’s all about the meat.  And the cheese.  And…

‘This must qualify as one of the best burger joints in Brighton.’ In the relentless pursuit of burger perfection and in order to feed the hungry consumer our nations eateries are still spilling forth with all manner of beef and bun interpretations. You may also like.. The Brighton Guide to Burgers Foodie Things to Try…

6C – Terrific Tom Yum This week I met my friend Michelle for lunch and so I thought I would combine it with a visit to Unithai on Church Road in Hove – a visit to arguably one of the best little lunch hideaways in Hove in our opinion and serving exceptional Thai food. You…

On Thursday night, myself and a friend decided we fancied some pub grub and we agreed on the Thomas Kemp, in Kemptown. The Thomas Kemp is located on St George’s road in the heart of Kemptown. It’s a busy area with some gorgeous interior shops, which were still open at 8pm!! After it took us…

Tasty Traditional Pub Grub   If you you’d like to try some great local Sussex Ales, with generous and well-prepared traditional pub dishes then Pub Du Vin is a venue you should definitely pay a visit to. Located in what used to be the Sussex Arts Club several years ago, this venue is definitely one…

Tasty Indian food Just in case you haven’t been along to the Eastern Eye it is on the London Road on the left as you are heading out of town; near Preston Circus and the Duke of York’s cinema, that neighbourhood. If you haven’t been and like curry then you really should pop along. The…

Hove Place – Bang on Trend My mother isn’t really a pub type, but then again, neither is the new look Hove Place now that it’s had a facelift and makeover that Gok would be proud of. It’s taken years off.  The last time I went was for a friend’s 40th Birthday (an older friend)…

Restaurants Brighton in Q & A with Mike Dodd Born in Japan, Mike Dodd (or Masao Mitsuishi) moved to England at the age of 7. His life long passion in food and Japanese cuisine led him to open his first restaurant, Oki-Namiin Hove in 1994. 2008 saw Mike re-locate the restaurant to the buzzing seaside…

On a wet and miserable Tuesday evening my partner and I ventured out to Pho, which specialises in Vietnamese street food, in the Laines. At just a stones throw away from the beach, the chilly sea breeze forced us to scurry to the nearest available place to grab a bite. Unexpectedly we were greeted with…

Chef and Owner at Cocoa Patisserie and Julien Plumart Boutique Beginning his career at an early age, under the watchful eye of his father, Julien embarked on his quest for perfection. Over the last 20 years, Julien has trained and worked in top establishments; recently accredited to ‘L’Ecole de la Pattisserie Lenotre Paris, for his…

Tonight we had the pleasure of returning to the Coach House once again.  A restaurant/ bar we have frequented on a number of occasions over the years and a place where we have enjoyed plenty of summer evenings on their gorgeous terrace. The Coach House is one of those independent and rare places that has…

The Cricketers is Brighton’s oldest pub, and stands proudly in The Lanes in a beautiful and central location. Established in the 1500s, The Cricketers oozes Victorian charm and character and is one of the few Brighton food pubs that keeps this type of charm intact. On one side of the building is the bar area,…

Sashimi Elegance at the Oki-Nami Restaurant and Cocktail Bar Brighton Food Reviewer, Mr RB, May 2013 It was a very cold evening when we took ourselves along to Oki-Nami on New Road. If I am honest, I don’t think Japanese food springs to mind on a cold night but as I love Sushi and Sashimi…

Seafood at The Grand The GB1 Fish and Seafood Restaurant sits within Brighton’s famous Grand Hotel, which itself stands proud, overlooking Brighton’s famous seafront. Opened recently, in February 2013, GB1 boasts a wide range of seafood dishes from the English South, combined with some exotic and intriguing flavours. The array of dishes is such that…

The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington. On Friday 1st February Mr RB and I went over to the Jolly Sportsman in East Chiltington, Sussex for an evening meal. There was something very nice about taking a 15-20 minute out into the countryside and even though it is winter and it was too dark to see much…

Tapas, AguaDulce Style Last Friday it was the turn of AguaDulce, the Spanish restaurant just on from Little East Street. Mr RB and I arrived quite early for a Friday – just after 7 – and the restaurant was just starting to get busy when we arrived. I haven’t been there before and I was…

January 2013 is looking like a brilliant month for the Restaurants Brighton team of food bloggers, with numerous food reviews penciled into the calendar which means that there is lots to look forward to with many genres of cuisine to try and report back on. It could be argued that Mr and Mrs RB enjoyed…

Meet Andrew Scott, Head Chef from The Curlew Restaurant in Bodiam, East Sussex The Curlew’s Head Chef is 30-year old Andrew Scott. Andrew has spent his entire career in Michelin-starred kitchens, training at Lords of the Manor and L’Enclume before joining Mallory Court. In 2010 he became Mallory Court Head Chef. Since joining The Curlew…

Meet Executive Chef, Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson is located at the Anderida Restaurant at the Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex. Ashdown Park is about award winning gourmet cuisine served in a relaxed bistro setting. Andrew Wilson has been Executive Chef at Ashdown Park Hotel since October 2011. He previously worked at…

Foodilic restaurant, Healthy Eating, Brighton Foodilic isn’t described as cafe nor restaurant but in our opinion it is more like a cafe in its delivery. As per their website – they provide “quality, great tasting and healthy food options.” I’d heard so much about Foodilic long before I was asked to do a review on…

The Profile of a Sussex Chef – Dan Catford Here is Dan Catford who has taken over taken as the head chef role at the newly refurbished Lamb at Angmering. You may also like.. Restaurants and Food Pubs in Sussex Brighton’s Best Food Pubs Foodie Things to Try in Brighton The Restaurants Brighton Top Ten…

Dining in the Shadows of a Prime Minister – The Duke Last Tuesday we had the enviable task of trying the Duke of York in Sayers Common and we were not disappointed. It was an express visit as we dashed in between a few different Sussex appointments and the experience was cosy, functional and delivered…

Chef Profile: Phil Bartley, Hove Place Meet head chef Phil Bartley who is heading up the stylish Hove Place Bistro Pub and Gardens. With the best pub garden in the area, this popular venue is located just off Church Road in Hove (near Palmeria Square). Having undergone a stylish refurbishment in March 2012, Hove Place Bistro…

The Plough Inn, Rottingdean – A Chef Profile This week we meet Poitr Lyszyk, the Head Chef from the Plough Inn in Rottingdean. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your training and your ethos? I have been here in the UK for six years and trained here for my NVQ 3. I have been…

Indian Summer, head chef, Jaswant Singh Rajpurohit Chef Jaswant Singh Rajpurohit of Indian Summer Born in the imperial world of ‘Marwar’, Rajasthan. Jaswant Came to England in 2003 after meeting Minesh’s family (the owner) in India. Jaswantsingh is responsible of the day to day running of the kitchen. Did you cook when you were growing…

Sinan Kalan, chef-owner of the Sylvan Oak in Findon has a serious food pedigree. Born in Scotland to Turkish parents, Sinan started helping out in father Tony’s restaurant from an early age. In fact Tony and Sinan are quite a fixture in the quiet village of Findon, between Washington and Worthing. The family have operated…

Restaurants Brighton in Q & A with Tina Horvath Photo credit Julia Claxton Tina launched her Brighton and Hove based events cooking business in June 2010 and her Supper Club, hosted from her cosy living room, in 2011. Receiving both local and national applaud CanTina offers friendly dining for small groups and private parties. Which…

Restaurants Brighton in Q & A with Ben McKellar Ben McKellar is also known as The Ginger Chef and has opened 4 food driven venues in Brighton and Sussex. Ben works alongside his wife and business partner Pamela McKellar. The Ginger Group consists of The Gingerman, The Ginger Pig, The Ginger Dog and The Ginger…

Meet Charlie Tayler, Demi chef de partie – Pass restaurant  (1 Michelin star 4 AA rosette) in South Lodge Hotel Charlie Taylor is an aspiring young chef who has recently been nominated as a finalist for the young chef of the year award at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards. These take place towards the…

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) Sponsors of ‘Best Bites on a Budget’ at the 2017 BRAVO Awards The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 working towards the vision of a healthy, sustainable, fair food system for Brighton and Hove. Improving health and wellbeing We aim to use the…

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