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Brighton Bucket List

100 Food and Drink ideas for Brighton

Here at Restaurants Brighton, our philosophy is that between birth and death you should do as much living as possible. This is our Bucket List, the 100 foodie things in Brighton and Sussex we think you must try before catching the express diner cart to The Other Side, because food is life, and Brighton is full of it.

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Since opening in 2013 The Little Fish Market has garnered more national and local praise than any other restaurant in Brighton. The bijou 20 cover restaurant serves a single tasting menu that is predominantly fish-based and which changes with what’s seasonal and what’s been landed. The restaurant currently holds the BRAVO for Brighton’s Best Restaurant, three AA Rosettes, a Good Food Guide Score of Five, a place in the National Restaurant Awards top 100 UK restaurants and is Michelin recommended – to name but a few!

Chef Ian Swainson is resident Chef at Brighton’s foremost boutique hotel, Drakes, and  is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings serving up a strong Spanish influenced menu of small sharing plates. Having worked in several one and two Michelin starred restaurants, Ian’s offering is taking the Brighton food scene by storm. Offering a fine dining experience at a much more affordable price point, Amarillo is one to watch.

Brighton Bier Brewery has brought an unrivalled gift of a beer garden to our sunny city. With a capacity of 66+, internationally award winning beers brewed on site and a fantastic schedule of pop up vendors including; Mexican caterers Prickly Pear and Japanese snacks. You can be sure that this venue is set to be hot on Brighton’s social scene this season. The bar is fully loaded with house brews, wines, spirits and soft drinks for the drivers. Covered seating is available on booking and Brighton Bier Brewery offer a home delivery service. 

Overlooking Palmeira Square in Hove, Nostos is a new Greek restaurant on Holland Road. Serving deliciously fresh, flavour led food to guests looking to enjoy authentic Greek cuisine in a modern, stylish restaurant. Prepared daily, fresh ingredients are made into traditional Greek dishes, known and lesser known, creating a Mediterranean dining experience for all who visit.

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Supplier to top London and Brighton hotels and restaurants including The Grand and Michelin Star awarded Restaurant Tristan,  The Great British Charcuterie also has an online shop with next day delivery for retail customers. So, if spending a day at sea or climbing the Seven Sisters, order yourself picnic hamper showcasing some of the best British meats, cheeses and maybe a bottle of award-winning Sussex sparkling wine from Nyetimber. Specialise couriers will ensure your picnic arrives in perfect condition for you to enjoy wherever your adventure takes you. 

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Slap bang in the middle of the North Laine you will find some of the city’s finest eggs Benedict brought to you by Kooks. Fresh homemade hollandaise sauce on top of perfectly gooey eggs, the real treat is in the home made, maple smoked ham hock underneath, rounding up mouth fulls of salty, sweet and creamy delight. They’d probably be more of a talking point if people could stop eating them long enough to talk.

Head through the Hilton Metropole to the Met Bar; with its deep wingback chairs, epic views over the West Pier and a good dose of old-world charm there’s plenty to luxuriate over. For a bit of an adventure try one of the signature cocktails, all themed around the imaginary adventures of one Admiral Neil Halverston Hilton, a debonair adventurer of the British Navy. Cocktails include “Cocktails at Cannon Hour” a gunpowder tea smoke infused Gin Gimlet and “Message in a bottle” which is an Old Fashioned served sealed in an ice ball with a small hammer! Pull up a chair at the bar and hear the outlandishly fictional inspiration behind the equally outlandishly tasty cocktail.

Planet India began life serving home cooked authentic Indian food from the back of a corner shop, progressing over the years to the now legendary Planet India in Richmond Parade. The DIY Thali is a mix of two of their main dishes served with a feast of extras including rice, flat breads, chutneys, dhal, samosas and Indian sweets. The recipes have been passed down through the family and the homely eclectic setting is a no-frills feel-good experience, elevated to cult status by Brightonians in the know.

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As great as pubs in Brighton are, few can rival a country pub for outdoor drinking and eating. Take a 15-minute trip out of Brighton to Hurstpierpoint and there you will find The New Inn. In fine weather, the South-facing garden gets all day sun and is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine from nearby Albourne Estate. A good children’s play area keeps little ones entertained and the beautiful kitchen garden provides fork-to-plate ingredients for the menu of locally sourced, modern cuisine.

Drakes is the place to go for a special occasion or to make an occasion special. The boutique hotel’s restaurant provides a snug place to wine and dine with an ambience of relaxed sophistication. Every inch of the Drakes experience is special from the pristine table setting to the well-selected wine list, to the seasonal and local menu of modern European cuisine. After your meal why not retire upstairs to the cocktail bar, or if it’s a really, really, special occasion to a romantic room with a slipper bath in the sea facing bay window.

It is slightly ironic to stock a bar with over 800 fine wines, age cocktails for two years in wine barrels before opening them and source classic spirits made to recipes that represent the brands at their zenith, then give it a prohibition theme and hide it behind a shop sign for a confectioners. But enter the L’Atelier du Vin ‘speakeasy’ and you’ll soon see the appeal of not talking too loudly about where you’ve been, it’s a homely treasure you’d much rather keep to just you and yours.

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Who was it who once said “golf is a good walk spoiled”? Agree with them or not the subject of an afternoon tea is much less divisive (unless you get into the jam first, cream first argument). The Mannings Heath club house is set in beautiful surroundings and the dining area is full of classical charm, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the quintessential English tradition, served here daily (booking essential). And if golf really isn’t your cup of tea, finish off your visit with a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting session. 

Head through the Hilton Metropole to the Met Bar; with its deep wingback chairs, epic views over the West Pier and a good dose of old-world charm there’s plenty to luxuriate over. For a bit of an adventure try one of the signature cocktails, all themed around the imaginary adventures of one Admiral Neil Halverston Hilton, a debonair adventurer of the British Navy. Cocktails include “Cocktails at Cannon Hour” a gunpowder tea smoke infused Gin Gimlet and “Message in a bottle” which is an Old Fashioned served sealed in an ice ball with a small hammer! Pull up a chair at the bar and hear the outlandishly fictional inspiration behind the equally outlandishly tasty cocktail.

Head out to The Sussex Ox, Polegate where local and seasonal dining is about as real as it can get. Their steak, along with all the other meat on the menu, comes from their own family owned organic farm just 5 miles from the pub. Their chips are made from their own farm potatoes and their fruit and veg are often grown in their kitchen garden. Round it all off with a pint of something local in the gorgeous pub garden.

Head into Hanover for the winning combination of late serving Sunday Roasts and live jazz, helping you draw out the last of the weekend with a toe-tapping “we can just stay for one more” kind of vibe. The Sunday roast list is reflective of the area’s community with strong vegetarian and vegan options and hearty portions being quite fitting for a pub affectionately known as “The Harty”.

The Plough serves home cooked lunch and dinner daily, 12-3pm and 6-9pm Monday-Friday, all day Saturday 12-9 and roasts served until late on Sunday, 12-7pm. If you fancy a little bit of exercise the Plough Inn is only 30 minutes or so walk from Brighton Marina, along the under cliff walk – so not far to go if you want to stretch those legs and get out of the busy city.

Getting lost in the lanes can be a hazard for locals and seasoned visitors of the world-famous shopping area of the city. The hustle and bustle of it all can put you in quite a spin. Dive into Lost in the Lanes on Nile Street for an oasis of calm. You’ll be greeted by a relaxed atmosphere and a welcoming smile, specialist teas and coffees and a deli of freshly prepared homemade goods. As suited to a relaxed breakfast with friends as it is to a quick lunchtime fix or an early afternoon of small plates over wine and conversation. Just leave a trail of breadcrumbs when you go, you’ll want to find your way back again soon.

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A quirky mix of cabaret and carnival styles are served over two floors and a roof terrace at The Mesmerist in the Lanes. Regular live bands and late night weekend DJ’s enthral fun seekers whilst a bewitching cocktail menu captivates the inquisitive. But three floors up and it’s the festival feel roof terrace and outdoor bar that will keep you coming back.

Laidback and unpretentious meets effortlessly stylish, sustainable and inclusive, Plateau should find itself high on your Brighton bucket list. Kick back to the sweet beats in the South Lanes and enjoy the exquisitely prepared small plates. The cocktails here are classic, made fresh to order and they boast one of the best wine lists in town. Plateau’s team have carefully sourced the best low intervention, organic and small yield wines to bring you wine like how it should really taste.

Sunday roasts are a competitive business in Brighton and so the pressure’s on to create one that’s truly standout, The Coal Shed really punches high with their show-stopping sharer-for-two roasts. There’s always the option of 500g of 35-day dry-aged roast sirloin of beef, cooked on the coal grill, with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. The sharing style makes this a great one for families adding an extra level of social dining to a traditionally very family oriented meal.

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Brining the sustainability trend to the cocktail trend in Brighton is GungHo, cocktails are made using small batch foraged botanicals and local ingredients championing all types of fruit and veg; from green strawberries and elderflower to chicory root and basil. Cocktails at GungHo are an event not to be missed because, being season dependent, once they’re gone, they’re really gone

Manju’s is a small, family run, Gujarati restaurant in the heart of the North Laine. From the opening, Manju’s established itself a fantastic reputation and popularity. What is really special about Manju’s is the story of the eponymous Chef. Manju arrived in the UK in 1972 after the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, expelled all East African Asians; with two small boys she went straight to work in a factory in order to survive, but nestled in her heart was the dream of owning her own restaurant. Six decades later and that dream was realised, with Manju, now in her 80s, cooking and creating all the menu’s dishes.

The iconic Moshimo in Bartholomew Square has at its heart a strong sustainability ethos whose ‘Lovefish’ campaign is one of the most successful global campaigns to tackle over fishing. Surprisingly for a sea food restaurant Moshimo have also been awarded a ‘Progy’ by animal rights and vegan champions Peta, get 50% off all vegan sushi on their Vegan VVednesday’s and it becomes pretty clear why.

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Lucky Khao, which shares its roof with Redroaster Cafe (# 43), is Brighton’s first Northern Thia restaurant. Northern Thia differs from Southern Thia in that the cuisine is more hearty, reflecting the climate which in the North is wetter and similar to that of the UK. Lucky Khao cook using a green egg barbeque for meats that are fall off the bone tender and zingy and spicy flavours that will change how you think about Thai food forever.

For unabashed 80’s fun, karaoke still holds power over many revellers. At Lucky Voice you get a booth from which you can order cocktails and pizzas to be delivered to you, so there’s no need to miss out on any of the fun, but there’s also a good sized bar area should the next person up be known to murder any song and you need an excuse to get away.

It stands to reason that the best place for a fish restaurant is by the sea, and what better way to eat it than with uninterrupted sea views. The Salt Room is Brighton’s award-wining fish restaurant which champions local and sustainable produce cooked over a coal grill and boasts a seafront terrace with far stretching views. For a fun end to your meal try sharing the Taste of the Pier dessert with mango ’99’, passion fruit pops, edible pebbles, lime yum yum, clotted cream and strawberry fudge and peach and raspberry mallow.  

Offering a tasting menu only Wednesday to Saturday, Masterchef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards presents his ingredient led concept etch. Since opening in 2017 etch. has scooped Michelin Plate, 5 Good Food Guide and two AA Rosettes, clearly etch. are leaving their mark.

One of Brighton’s most popular restaurants and celebrated in the National Restaurant Awards for three year’s running (2015-17), Michael Bremner’s 64 Degrees offers intimate dining in a restaurant where the kitchen really is the heart. The tasting menu showcases local producers through genius technical delivery utilising specialist equipment such as dehydrators and water baths. A vegan tasting menu has also been introduced.

Kujira is the newest addition to Preston Street bucking the revival in this part of the city. The sleek, moody decor sets the scene for stylish dining and a karaoke booth downstairs makes for some fun evenings. The real entertainment, however, is the open kitchen and robatayaki grill on which marinaded meats and vegetables are expertly cooked. The in-house mixologist has prepared a unique cocktail offering, making Kujira one of the most distinctive hot-spots in a city of hot-spots. Even if you don’t need to, make sure you visit the loos, they’re something special! 

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Just when you think you’ve done the full gamut at The Walrus on Ship Street you find something new. The spacious ground floor is neatly divided into booths and nooks, keeping it intimate, up a floor and you come to the neatly laid out restaurant, home to monthly supper clubs, up again and you’ll find a two tier roof garden. Think you’re done? not a chance; descend into the belly of the beast for late night dancing and live music. Luckily with great food, drinks and a friendly atmosphere getting lost isn’t that much of a problem.

Cyan is the all day dining experience at The Grand, the name of which is inspired by the colour which is somewhere between the blue of the sea and the green of the land. Cyan draws on local produce and world flavour for all day eating. Local inspiration also fills the drinks menu with local wines, and spirits featuring heavily. Come by for coffee, set up fora day of remote working, or meet up for casual, yet stylish evenings. 

It can be hard these days to plan for the weather thankfully Morleys Bisto has it covered. There is a good sized outside terrrace and garden, making this a great family spot for balmy days whilst the comfy sofas and armchairs inside make for a perfect setting to cosy up with a bottle of wine and shelter from less hospitable conditions.

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If you’re up for the challenge the Lost Boys Chicken are offering a house T-shirt for anyone who can defeat them in ‘The Duel’. Not for the faint hearted, this is a mountain of ten wings served in a perilous double helping of their XXX Hot Shadow Sauce and rolled in a Reaper chilli flake crumb (that’s up at the top of the Scoville scale in case you wondered). So will you rise like a phoenix or plummet like Icarus, the gauntlet has been cast!

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The Curry Leaf Cafe in the Lanes is the first of three outlets for the group. The cafe is laid back and cheery, with bright decor and friendly service. The street food offers a tour of some of the tastiest dishes South India’s street vendors have to offer at affordable prices, including classics such as the ubiquitous samosa to the more surprising masala fish and chips.

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Hove Place is a strong local favourite, in part for its fine selection of wines, craft ales and spirits, in part because of its beautiful Italian inspired garden and in part because of its carefully created seasonal and locally sourced menu. More than the sum of its parts Hove Place raises the bar for fine pub fare, drinks and atmosphere.

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Afternoon tea is without a doubt the most delicious English tradition. Every visitor to the beautiful Leonardslee House should expect to enjoy the very finest food, spectacular views and the ultimate tea experience. Afternoon tea is set within the drawing room of the two-storey Italianate mansion, dating back to 1801. Guests enjoying one of the three options for afternoon tea can also enjoy impressive views over the gardens and South Downs.

Filling a Brighton niche is The Roundhill Pub with its menu of constantly changing menu that is a cut above the standard pub fare. The menu, and all the drinks, at The Roundhill are vegan by default (some dishes can have cheese added to them). The venue itself is beautifully presented, lots of greenery, an eclectic mix of furnishings and big windows taking up two walls make for a light and friendly space. Serving food all day with lots of events keeps this plant-powered pub a hub of activity.

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Winner of BRAVO 2018 ‘Best Brunch’, Starfish & Coffee’s aim to have you “brunch like a boss” seems to be working. Nicely placed on the corner of Queen’s Park, a stack of super indulgent pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and blueberries feels less naughty if you bookend it with a good walk. If you’re not a fan of sweet with savoury, go for one of the equally excellent breakfasts, from full English, to all kinds of eggs and hashes.

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There’s so much good about Redroaster it needs its own list. The fair trade, organic coffee is hand roasted daily and dispatched throughout Sussex as one of the most popular roasts going. The award-winning interior with gleaming white marble and high vaulted botanicals is sustainably built and powered. Profits from Redroaster contribute to social projects in the UK and Rowanda. Want some tasty goodness? Turn up midweek for Wellness Wednesday, for an organic, locally sourced menu full of vitalising yummy superfoods.

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The gothic inspired Hotel du Vin in The Lanes is a bastion of sophistication, featuring 49 unique suites, a modern French bistro, bar and vine covered pergola where you can enjoy alfresco dining or an afternoon tea. Originally build by a wine merchant the impressive building houses an equally impressive wine cellar which you can tour as part of their regular wine tasting masterclasses with the resident sommelier, a perfect way to whet your appetite for some fine dining in the light, elegant bistro above.

Terre a Terre has long been established as one of the finest vegetarian restaurants in Brighton, if not the country. Modern cuisine is experimental and inventive, pushing plant based dining to new heights, for the new comer its menu can be a little overwhelming supercharged as it is with a mixture of the familiar with the exotic, the Terre Tapas is a good way for two to share their way round some of the highlights of the menu. Be prepared, the Terre Tapas looks like a tropical rainforest, and its just as easy to get lost in.

The Better Half pub has traditional furnishings with a modern twist, and a small lovely beer garden out the back for the warmer months. The menu has been impressing foodies all over Brighton since opening, and their Sunday roast offering is no exception. The menu is impressive mix of tradition and intelligent modern additions which respond to seasonality and needs, vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs will find some refreshing and well considered alternatives to the standard alternatives.

The Wardroom in The Old Ship Hotel, lends a sense of old world nautical distinction to its dining experience. Captain of the ship, Head Chef Phil Mesquitta, brings a menu rich in global influence, experimenting with the flavours of France, Jamaica and Korea to name but a few; this is a first class cruise through modern dining, where every table is the captain’s table.

Interlude is a contemporary restaurant located in Horsham, set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. On offer, is a tasting menu like no other. Choose from either a 14 or a 19-course menu, from the ‘Garden’ or the ‘Estate’. Heading up the chef brigade here is South African born and raised Jean Dalport, who brings his unique and unusual cookery to Horsham for the lovely people of Sussex to enjoy.

Wild Flor has an a la carte menu offering diners option from familiar and modest comfort food alongside more luxury items. But on Mondays, you will find an extra special special; Bangers and Bordeaux, which consists of a sausage based main course and a glass of claret at a fixed special price! You can be certain that the meats are sourced from the finest local suppliers and the grapes from only the most thriving vineyards.

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Opening on Duke Street in 2019, Honest Burgers took a long time getting here considering they launched at the Brighton Food Festival in 2010. The prodigal sons are none the less welcomed back, having spent nine years conquering London’s hippest quarters, the Brighton venue keeps what works in the big smoke, things like pure 100% Brittish beef made in their own butchers and homemade rosemary salt fries, but adds to it a little sprinkle of Brighton’s own fairy dust with a play list curated by the musos at Resident and a bespoke beer from the  hop-meisters as Holler Brewery.

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Centrally located The Black Lion pub offers a great place to get your good times started with live music and top DJ’s throughout the week. Keen to deliver well on everything they do, The Black Lion serves some great traditional pub fare but with an emphasis on supplying a product that can hold its head up in very foodie city. Drinks too cover fun cocktails to good craft ales, making The Black Lion something of a ready made party in a box.

Dating back to the 1800s, The Sportsman Pub in Goddards Green was originally two buildings before being knocked through to make the now well sized traditional village pub. Situated only a pleasant meander away from Hickstead and Burgess Hill with a large children’s play area and a Cask Marque award. The Sportsman is a great stop-off point whilst exploring Sussex or as a destination itself with plenty of local entertainment and private events catered for.

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Bohemia is a substantial bar restaurant in the Lanes open from Breakfast through to evening meals daily. For a night full of atmosphere try their Live music Thursday’s, dine on a menu of freshly prepared modern, global-inspired cuisine, enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and listen to local talent into the evening; it’s the perfect combination to turn foot-tapping into shape popping and a Thursday night out to a Friday morning in.

Weekends in the summer months are a great time to see the North Laine burst into colour as shops, bars and restaurants spill out into the pedestrianised streets, one such place that nearly always induces a sense of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is The Dorset, long benches fill the street as boundaries between parties break down and conversations roll over the top of live music from local performers, golden beer catches sunshine and generous plates of good pub grub spills out from the kitchen. Go on, ask someone to budge up a bit and grab yourself a pint, the shops will still be there tomorrow but some moments are made to be seized.

Delivering more for visitors to Sussex’s award-winning vineyards. Rathfinny’s tasting rooms offer a place to do a spot of impromptu tasting at their feature copper bar or enjoy a menu crafted by Michelin Star Chef Chris Bailey. A five-course tasting menu is available for evening meals Friday and Saturday whilst a two or three-course lunch is available Wednesday to Sunday, the menus celebrate Sussex with a Spanish and Iberian finesse.

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Combine your trip on the BA i360 with a meal in the stylish and modern West Beach Bar & Kitchen with their flight and set menu offer available Friday’s and Saturday’s. Start with a trip in the worlds tallest moving observation tower with spectacular views over Sussex and beyond before gently returning to earth for a seasonally and locally inspired menu, if the trip has left you a little giddy the bar’s extensive menu is sure to feature a remedy. 

The Talbot is a gorgeous country pub in the heart of Cuckfield with a traditional warm welcome at its heart. They pride themselves in using local growers, brewers and products and are a dog friendly venue too, making it a perfect place to head out for a countryside visit. Refurbished in 2014 the Hayloft is their 70 seater restaurant with original feature oak beams, high ceilings and wooden floors, a great venue for private functions out of town.

Lucky Beach are as passionate about their burgers as they are about sustainability, helping t ensure there’ll be burgers for everyone forever. Meat is locally sourced and high welfare whilst the vegan option is a Moving Mountains B12 Burger, a plant-based patty so convincing it almost moos. They’ve clocked up awards for their burgers and their sustainability work, holding the highest rating from the Sustainable Restaurants Association in the world.

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Heralded by national and local trend setters, The New Club has been listed as one of the best places to brunch in the UK by Stylist Magazine and listed by Worlds Best Bars. The urban NY decor is matched with confidently crafted diner style food, craft beers and signature cocktails. Turn up for brunch, stick around for a burger at lunch or hang out for dinner and drinks, do what you like – just be there.

Take your tastebuds on an adventure or relive those backpacking days with brunch at Longrain Thai. Try the Balinese breakfast with yellow coconut rice and crispy Thai fishcakes, home-made Indonesian spiced crispy tempeh, and a fried egg. Served with Longrain Chilli Jam and fresh juice or smoothie of your choice. It’s a far cry from a bacon butty, but you’ll be sold from the first bite. 

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Served in the botanical and beautiful Victoria Terrance at The Grand Hotel, afternoon tea here is really something special. Three tiers of culinary excellence, curated by executive head chef Alan White, are served alongside luxury loose leaf teas and sparkling wine for a little extra magic. Think poached salmon sandwiches and home baked cakes, pastries and scones. For G&T lovers, a Brighton G&T afternoon tea option is available, along with a Moet Moments offering for those who think afternoon tea is just not fancy enough…

The West Hill Tavern, or “Westie” to its friends is a community pub-hub, providing a social spot for drinking and eating or out of office working. The Great British Charcuterie runs the kitchen with hand stretched fresh sourdough pizzas making up the menu. These aren’t just any pizzas, these use the finest British ingredients from artisanal producers. Pizzas are made fresh and baked at 400º so all that luxury produce flavour gets sealed in perfectly. 

From sunrise to sunset and beyond, OhSo on Brighton’s seafront is a great all rounder. Family friendly by day and party loving by night, there’s a range of food to be had and a great selection of drinks. Where OhSo no doubt peaks though is in the divine coupling of a first class cocktail with a summer sunset over the West Pier. So grab yourself your favourite tipple, marvel at the murmuration of starlings and contemplate where the night will carry you – at OhSo, that needn’t be far.

It’s little wonder Gars has been in business since 1983; the stylish contemporary Chinese food keeps customers coming back for more. The main a la carte menu has a wide range of choices, encompassing traditional favourites such as prawn toast, to more modern dishes with a twist, like the carpaccio of beef with chilli and sesame oil dressing. At lunchtimes there’s a deliciously light and innovative new dim sum menu too.

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If you’re looking for a city escape one weekend, then the Shepherd & Dog pub in Fulking is close enough for an easy jaunt whilst having that middle of the countryside feel. With a number of walking tracks situated around the pub, all with stunning views over the picturesque South Downs, you can work yourself up an appetite before planting yourself on an outdoor bench and enjoy a large glass of chilled wine with a delicious meal and a view.

The George Payne in Hove is well known as an events venue and has also acquired for itself a very good food reputation. Combining the two every Thursday night, the Goerge Payne run an Open Mic night where all performers can get their dinner for just £5 and a free bottle of beer to wash it down with; which, if you compare to the royalties paid out by some music streaming services is probably quite generous! If you can’t sing don’t worry, all acts are welcome so practice that card trick or dust off that old ukulele because tonight, dinner is on your talent.

Homemade artisanal houmous and falafel are the stock and trade of Smorl’s Kitchen in the Brighton Open Market. Owner, Sarah, has perfected her art over 25 years, first learning to make houmous at festivals, what she does now will spoil you for supermarket houmous for life. The Biggie Smorl’s is a pitta packed with salad, zingy pickled cabbage, toasted seeds, the best falafel you are ever likely to try and a generous helping of their phenomenal houmous, one bite and you will be hooked.

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With a bold new refurb and exciting menu brought to us by the skillfull hands of Phil Bartley, the Gather Inn, facing out on Hove Lagoon is a place well worth a second look. Spacious and bright with great views, it’s a good spot for the whole family, especially on Sundays for top quality roasts. With a very spacious private hire area and accommodation, it’s also a good one for big get-togethers, the sort out of towners can join in on too.

Tucked away in scenic Lower Beeding, The Crabtree is not only a local favourite but a foodie destination for those in the know. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that their desserts are worthy of a spot on British Bake Off! Head Pastry Chef, Sian Wren makes delicious cakes and desserts daily and the menu changes often to reflect the season and local produce available.

The Cleveland Arms provides the Preston Park and Fiveways areas with a welcoming community pub full of family-run friendliness and modern, comfortable decor. The Cleveland packs its calendar with events ranging from morning pilates to good old fashioned pub quizzes but it’s the food that keeps people coming back for more. The menu is best described as ‘elevated pub food’, retaining traditional classics such as sausage and mash and the celebrated Sunday Roast but adds world flavours and fashionable additions like brunch, available Thursdays-Saturdays. Not every venue can comfortably marry old and new, but the Cleveland Arms seems to embrace all.

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The Urchin is about two things, craft beer and shellfish and these two things they do exceptionally well. Whilst it’s conceivably a brave move to pair back so much, the concept is not a new one since both ingredients have long been major components of Sussex’s produce. The bold collision of clean, fresh shellfish and hoppy malty ales makes this a retrograde move you’ll be revisiting time and again.

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Local Chef Russel Tisbury heads up the kitchen at The Ladies Mile pub in Patcham. A little further out of town, this is a good family friendly pub, that also welcomes the four legged family members. The regular menu has something for everyone, but it’s the Sunday lunch that brings in the hordes, and where Russel excels. 

The Greene room at The Cricketers is eponymously named after author Graham Greene, who reportedly particularly liked this boozer. Popular with the famous and the infamous alike, it as also the dwelling place of one George Chapman, a potential candidate for the true identity of the Whitechapel killer, Jack the Ripper. All rumours aside, The Cricketers remains a popular pub in traditional style with plenty of rooms to explore and a good coach house style restaurant serving contemporary pub fare.

Passion and finesse is what is felt at The Chimney House, where Head Chef Charlie likes to forage as many ingredients as possible for inspiration for his dishes. Here you will find locally sourced seasonal produce, alongside seasonal foraged ingredients that you may never try anywhere else. A truly unique dining experience that is a must try in the summer months.

Breakfast is a meal we can easily overlook, either by skipping it entirely or eating the same thing over and over. It doesn’t have to be boring and samey, however. Head to Moksha for the Huevos Rancheros: a crispy tortilla topped with chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, chipotle sauce, free range egg and a tomato and avocado salsa. The veggie version is equally tasty: black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, a fried egg and fresh coriander. The tortillas can be gluten-free, if you prefer. Arriba Arriba!

Cherry Tree Cafe Brighton is an independent café situated in the inner harbour at Brighton Marina with a lovely warm atmosphere and lots of sun drenched outside seating. They offer breakfast, brunch and lunch away from the hustle and bustle. Head down on your bike on a Saturday morning and order their signature Eggs Benedict, charge yourself up with some Small Batch coffee and feel ready for anything. 

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The Fountain Inn is a stunning 16th century pub in Ashurst which has kept its old world charm with low ceilings, pretty gardens and a warming fireplace for the cooler months. Here you can expect to see a menu with classic dishes using local ingredients, and with a Cask Marque award the offering of local ales and beers is certain to be top quality. Beautiful gardens and a country pond make The Fountain a popular spot in the summer, and one to add to your country pub list for anytime of year.

 

The Independent is a Hanover free house offering an ever changing selection of four keg and ten cask ales sourced from local Sussex brewers as well as globally. Tins and bottles are also available both as drink in and take out and  not limited to beer, the wine and cocktail menu packs a big offering for a cosy venue. The food is a cut above the average local’s too, seasonal and fresh, extending to brunch at the weekend and a roast that holds its head high in a city mad about Sunday session. All of which makes for some serious good reasons to return time and again.

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V and H cafe is a lovely and light independent eatery on Palmeira Square who home make and source from a large range of local small businesses. V and H serve classic but good quality cafe food with an emphasis on fresh and healthy, making it a popular spot for Hove’s younger families. Smashed avocado on fresh sourdough from Real Patisserie proves a popular dish, topped with perfectly gooey poached eggs for a royal treat full of goodness.

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Twisted Lemon is one of those wonderful Brighton venues that can surprise you. Hidden down a tiny alley in the Lanes, this little cocktail bar is bursting with zest. Extended happy hours tend to run every day except for Saturdays with plenty of choice on offer. Here you can enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail at a price that beats most of central Brighton’s bars on the cost of a pint.

Roasting its own beans in house and boasting an Italian second generation head roaster makes Trading Post on Ship Street a real no brainer when searching out that morning caffeine hit, and handily if you’re needing something with a little more substance to it they have a great selection of breakfasts ranging from the über healthy Bircher muesli with berry compote to a full range of cooked breakfasts with vegetarian and vegan options aplenty.

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Boasting an excellent list of sparkling wines, Libation in Hove is a lively and social venue suitable for everything from a quick stop midweek to a full-on weekend party. Selling Sussex award winning bubbles from Nyetimber and Ridgeview, French champagne, Italian prosecco and Spanish cava, there’s something to pop everyone’s cork.

Forget all you know, or think you know, about smokehouses when paying a visit to The Bronze, St James Street. This isn’t American or Australian style barbeque but pure Sussex. Quality and ethically sourced Sussex meat and produce are smoked up the road in Hurstpierpoint and cooked creatively and with panache – best enjoyed with a few locally brewed beers.
What you get here is food suitable for high-end restaurants but served in an environment much more suited for kicking back and socialising. It’s all the quality and none of the pretence – just how Brighton likes it.

A destination restaurant like no other, that is set in the historic Lewesian landmark, the Needlemakers. This exclusive plant based restaurant offers diners a truly unique and unparalleled culinary experience. Set a few hours aside and allow yourself to be totally immersed in their exceptional cuisine of beautifully crafted small plates that champion the extraordinary flavours and textures of the earth’s harvest. The wine paired tasting menu offers guests the chance to try every exquisite dish from the menu and benefit from the flavour enhancing paired natural wines. We’re pretty confident that Kokedama will end up as a much-anticipated event on your calendar.  

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