Voting in this year’s Brighton Restaurant Awards has now closed.

We’re busy counting up the votes and preparing the big announcement of the top-twenty winners in all sixteen categories. We’ll announce the winners on March 28th, in the meantime here’s what we know so far along with some of our favourite pictures.

Brighton restaurant Awards 2019

More votes than ever

Nearly thirty-thousand votes were cast in total, proving that year on year the BRAVOs popularity is growing. As the only entirely public vote for Brighton restaurants, it also shows you value having a peoples’ vote…

Brighton Restaurant - Manju at Manjus

More venues than ever

With over four hundred and fifty establishments receiving nominations we heard a clear message of support for our avant-guard, world-renowned independent food and drink scene. Thanks to you, Brighton’s restaurants, cafes and bars have seriously felt the love.

Pictured: Manju’s

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Big up to our Sponsors

This year we added spot competitions throughout the voting with generous prizes from our category sponsors. Thousands upon thousands of you liked, tagged, clicked and shared to be in with a chance of winning, champagne, luxury hampers, local gin, craft beer, tours, festival tickets, recipe boxes and fab merch.

Pictured – Mark, winner of the BRAVO Laurent-Perrier Competition

BRAVOs, BRAVOs everywhere

On our journeys around Brighton restaurants, cafes and bars, we loved seeing the BRAVO cards being handed out and prominently placed in every venue. Across social media, independent eateries and drinkeries had a great time coming up with creative and fun ways to ask for your vote.

Pictured – the team at RedRoaster

Brighton Restaurant- Happy Diners at Bankers

Local coverage

This year’s Brighton Restaurants Awards received great local coverage, with an interview with Allison Ferns on BBC Sussex and expert posts from local food bloggers, like Foodie Eshé and The Wine Ninjas, recommending their favourites.

Pictured: Granny and grand daughter eating out

Brighton Restaurant - Bohemia

Fantastic Feedback.

The BRAVO awards are a fun way for the hard-working teams of Brighton restaurants, cafes and bars to feel the love from you. Thank you to everyone who voted and who got in touch to nominate a venue, and to the establishment owners who let us know how much the competition means to them.

Pictured – the team at Bohemia

New Trophies

We have a new trophy being prepared, in keeping with previous years we’re working with local social enterprise The Brighton Wood Store and the Brighton Laser Company. The trophies are made using 200 year old reclaimed timber, rescued and up-cycled from housing joists, helping to protect resources and give a trophy already steeped in Sussex history.

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Don't forget!

All BRAVO winners for 2019 will be announced on 28th March across 16 categories!

All your favourite Brighton Restaurants all in one place

The Brighton Restaurant Awards have been drawn together as a fun and fair way for the Brighton and Sussex public to support their favourite venues.

In 2019 28,874 votes were cast as members of the public gave BRAVOs to over 450 Sussex-wide venues and across 16 categories, establishing the competition as a central part of the local food and drink events calendar.

The BRAVOs (which stand for Brighton Restaurant Awards Vote Online) is the only entirely publicly generated food and drink awards in the city, giving the public a chance to shout out about their favourite venues.

The awards provide a level playing field with small, out of the city centre venues just as likely to scoop up a trophy as celebrity chefs or Sussex-wide brands.

New Brighton Restaurant Categories in 2019

2019 sees new categories in the BRAVOs in direct response to the ever-changing food scene. In November 2018 Restaurants Brighton ran a Facebook competition for the public to name a new category. Suggestions came in in their hundreds with “Sustainable Eats” catching the judges eye and winning the victor a meal for two at BRAVO 2018’s “Best Pub Grub” winner, The Urchin.

At the close of the BRAVOs it won’t just be venues winning, every member of the public who votes has the opportunity to win prizes up to £200, and every vote counts so the more a person votes, the more chance they have of winning.

Throughout the BRAVOs prizes for voting will be given away via online competitions. Prizes from sponsors include Laurent Perrier Champagne and charcuterie hampers from The Great British Charcuterie, amongst others.

Having a robust online presence is key to business success, and the BRAVOs are pivotal in helping restaurants, cafes and bars get noticed online and through social media. The team behind the BRAVOs are excited to announce the new look BRAVO website will be slicker and more fun to use than ever before, ensuring more members of the public will get involved.