100 Food Things to Try in Brighton and Sussex
Join us on a culinary journey like no other as we delve into the city and discover the foodie highlights of the Brighton and Sussex dining scene. It’s taken a while to compile but we are pleased to present you with our Top 100 Food things to try in Brighton, Hove and Sussex! The following are in no particular order and feel free to jump through using the navigation below…
1. Work through Brighton’s Michelin featured restaurants
Michelin have a world-recognised rating system for culinary excellence and Brighton has a growing number of venues with a Bib Gourmand (good quality, good value cooking – The Chilli Pickle, 64 Degrees) and restaurants are also graded as ‘Michelin selected’. Here are all the Michelin featured restaurants in Brighton based on the Michelin awards announced on October 2nd 2016. Unfortunately Brighton and Hove don’t have any Michelin stars just yet but we can think of a couple of chefs that are well on the way to earning one. More information about who is featured can be found on the Michelin guide and here is the full Michelin awards list for 2017. Here is the Michelin guide app too – this gives you the entire Michelin guide restaurant selection across Europe in your pocket!
2. The Tandoori Platter at Indian Summer
Indian Summer is an award winning Indian Restaurant that was recently voted the best place to eat and drink in 2016 at the Brighton and Hove Independent Business Awards. Their Tandoori platter come as a sizzling dish from the grill and Tandoor consisting of a leg of lamb steak, tangdi murgh, lamb seekh hariyali murgh. Served with mint raita, mango chutney, cabbage, baby spinach and red onion coriander salad. Check out the full Indian Summer menu.
3. Sunday Sharing Platter At The Coal Shed
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 pull out the stops with their show-stopping sharing roast at £30.00 for two people. There’s always the option of 500g of 35-day dry-aged roast sirloin of beef with roast potatoes, glazed heritage carrots, seasonal greens, giant Yorkshire puddings and beef gravy or the sharing roast of the week. This is one of the best meals to linger over in the city and don’t forget there are stunning lamb and chicken options too. Review.
4. Beachside Takeaway With Deliveroo
The every so popular Brighton home delivery company Deliveroo has now come up with another genius idea – restaurant food being delivered to you on the beach. Deliveroo has teamed up with a number of Brighton and Hove Restaurants, many of which are recommended by Restaurants Brighton, to deliver restaurant quality food to the comfort of your own home. Now you can leave your beach picnic at home and order your favourite menu to be delivered to the area of the beach where you are sitting. Your driver will notify you when they have arrived, and all you need to do is spot him and go and pick up your food. Genius idea for when the weather is looking good!
5. South Downs Views At The Shepherd & Dog
If you’re looking for a city escape one weekend, then the Shepherd & Dog pub in Fulking is in a close, but further away position to feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside and a perfect destination to escape. 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. Review.
6. Alfresco Dining At The Salt Room
You can imagine the excitement around Brighton when the famous steak restaurant, the Coal Shed, announced they were opening a seafood restaurant on Kings Road, overlooking the sea. The Salt Room serves fresh, locally caught seafood alongside innovative cocktails, a wide range of gins and champagnes. During the warmer months they open their front terrace to diners where you can enjoy a platter topped with fruits of the sea alongside chilled champagne and icy cocktails – what a fabulous and very Brighton way to spend your afternoon… Review.
7. Cocktails At Oki Bar
Most fish and sushi fans will have eaten at Oki-Nami but the food isn’t just the only reason to visit. Check out the fab little cocktail bar upstairs, if you don’t already know about it. With balcony views across the Pavilion Gardens, the modern bar is a great spot for people watching while you sip on one of their classic or bespoke cocktails or their Japanese beers, spirits and wine. Photography by xdbphotography
8. The Banquet Menu at The Chilli Pickle
Hailed as one of the best Modern Indian restaurants in the UK, The Chilli Pickle has won the hearts of many a Brightonian with it’s fantastic thalis and innovative menu curated by Head Chef and Owner, Alun Sperring. Their Banquet Menu is another winning idea to share with friends – the idea is that you chose from a meat or vegetarian banquet and share it with another dining partner. Our reviewer, Natalie described it as, “A journey across India via a number of beautifully presented dishes, in a volume and style designed to be eaten at leisure in the company of good friends”.
9. The Whole Menu At 64 Degrees
This ‘open kitchen restaurant’ is one of Brighton’s most exciting foodie destinations. Described by The Guardian as “food-wise, the most exciting thing to hit Brighton for years, if not ever,” 64 Degrees has gone from strength to strength and is now voted number 16 in the national top 100. Order as many plates as you can afford, share the smallish dishes tapas-style and savour the stunning presentation and innovative flavour combinations. Review. Michael Bremner also made his debut in 2016 on the Great British Menu where his fish dish ‘The Lode Star’ received outstanding marks. Arguably Brighton’s favourite restaurant.
10. Dry Aged Beef At The Restaurant at Drakes
If you’re a steak fan there are few tastier options in our city than this. At Drakes the beef is sourced from farmer Dean Timpson and is so good it’s one of the staple dishes on the menu that diners return for, time and again. This is the epitome of fantastic beef expertly prepared – tender and moist with a rich, deep flavour. Review.
11. Dessert at The Crabtree
Tucked away in a scenic location in 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 in their fully kitted up outhouse and the menu changes often to reflect the season and local produce available.
12. Chinese Fine Dining At Gars
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. Review.
13. Fish Afternoon Tea at the Grand
Most people think of dainty scones, cucumber sandwiches and pots of tea when they think of an afternoon tea. Executive chef, Alan White at GB1 Seafood Restaurant has broken from tradition and is serving a gourmet seafood savoury afternoon tea every day. Complete with salted scone with treacle cured salmon and caviar, smoked salmon sandwiches and a seafood platter sourced locally from Newhaven fisheries, this is a perfect afternoon treat. Review.
14. The a la carte menu at Aqua
Aqua offers fresh Italian food at affordable prices, using only the best produce, such as cured meats from Italy and local suppliers for vegetables and fish. You will be spoilt for choice when choosing from their a la carte menu with dishes such as calamari, slow braised pork cheeks, rabbit ragout, lobster and oysters.
15. Tapas at Rootcandi
For anyone that believes vegetarian is all lentils, brussel sprouts and broccoli – they need to come back down to mother nature’s earth and visit a quaint new tapas place called; Rootcandi. The newest addition to the buzzing Brighton’s vegetarian scene, Rootcandi is a plant-based, vegan restaurant with out of this world flavours and textures. 18 of the 24 tapas dishes gluten-free, and Rootcandi are aiming to increase this number as they develop the menu. Here is Carissa’s review for Rootcandi.
16. Try out the veggie delights at 1847
The well known vegetarian restaurant 1847 has come to Brighton, and has been welcomed with open arms. The menu consists of fresh and innovative vegetarian and vegan food with plenty of gluten free offerings too. Their beautifully refurbished venue on North Street in Brighton’s North Laine has a cocktail bar in the basement called Dandelion serving botanical based cocktails in a swanky setting.
17. Al Calzone At Al Duomo
Who doesn’t enjoy a springy dough filled with cheese, meat, herbs and pizza toppings? The Al Calzone at Al Duomo is made using hand stretched dough, tomato, salami, ham, peppers, mushrooms and oregano and then stone baked at a hot temperature until the insides are gooey. The ultimate beer food to enjoy on their summer terrace with an iced cold drink in your hand…
18. No 32 Classic Burger
Eat – Drink – Dance and enjoy the winning combination of bacon, monterey jack, relish, pickles, served with fries with No 32’s Classic Burger. After 20 years, Ben Samandi decided he needed a change. As owner of Havana, one of Brighton’s gastronomic institutions, he wanted to create something different and new, but more importantly, somewhere that was unique to Brighton. No. 32 is definitely a venue with a difference and the result is a restaurant, a bar and a late night club venue all combined into one. 32 Duke Street is a venue where you can eat, drink and dance and try their outstanding Classic Burger! One for your list of food things to do in Brighton 2016.
19. Macaroons At Julien Plumart
Life couldn’t be sweeter for the French pastry chef Julien Plumart. As the owner of two popular cafés, he’s built a loyal following of people who can’t get enough of his superb cakes, tarts and pastries. His delectable, brightly coloured macaroons are an unmissable experience. Notable flavours include salted caramel; Mojito; pistachio or 70% guanaja dark chocolate and chocolate chips. One bite and you’ll be hooked! Review.
20. Sourdough Pizza At Morelli Zorelli
Many true pizza fans will say that pizza is at it’s absolute best when served straight out of the oven and not covered into a box. At Morelli Zorelli’s they have a number of dine in seats so you can enjoy your pizza as soon as it is has been cooked, or a speedy takeaway and delivery service if you would prefer to enjoy the pizza from the comfort of your own home. Using a traditional starter from Italy, Morelli’s dough comes hand stretched, puffy and slightly charred from the stone oven, topped with gourmet Italian ingredients – what more do you want? Review.
21. Lunch And Spa At The Glass House/ Wickwoods
Have you ever felt like getting away, close to home that will give you an ultimate city escape? The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods Country Club and Spa is a gorgeous setting where you can sit and have an exquisite lunch in their Glass House unique dining environment. Before, or after lunch you can indulge in their onsite spa with a relaxing treatment that’ll make you feel like you’ve been on holiday for a week… Stroll around the lush green gardens to finish off a perfect day. Review.
22. Dine with a view at Wingrove House
Wingrove House is a stunning 19th century Colonial-style country house set in the historical Sussex village of Alfriston which has recently re-opened its restaurant with a fresh new look and inspired seasonal menus. The restaurant serves modern British food and is open daily for lunches, dinner, and Sunday lunch. The restaurant has a bright and spacious feel with beautiful views over the outdoor terrace, gardens and village church on the Tye. Working with local suppliers and where possible organic produce, the menu reflects a love of fresh and seasonal ingredients.
23. Brunch Dosa At The Eastern Eye
There are not many places in Brighton to find a traditional Indian Dosa pancake and we have managed to source one of the best. Made from lentils and rice soaked overnight then ground in Eastern Eye’s stone grinder imported from India to resemble a silky batter, these pancakes are then smoothed out onto a hot plate and stuffed with spicy potatoes and served crunchy and soft to your table with a warming, lentil curry gravy on the side. A traditional Indian breakfast – what a brilliant way to start your day. Review.
24. Foraged Specialities at The Chimney House
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. You will expect to 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. Review.
25. Take your dog for a walk to Proud Country House
Proud Country House is set among the vast grounds of Stanmer Park, one of the largest green areas in Brighton. For such a grand building we were pleased to hear that dog walkers are welcome at their bar and cafe area, making it an ideal spot for some afternoon tea after an invigorating walk with the pooch. If the weather is good why not stop for tea and cake outside to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
26. A Piada At Eatalio
Have you ever heard of a Piada? We hadn’t until recently, when Italian street food cafe, Eatalio opened it’s doors on Queens Road late spring. It’s an Italian style wrap, served with your choice of meat, salad and dressings and the Eatalio staff are there to guide you along the way. Packed with fresh ingredients, healthy and filling, it’s a perfect quick lunch for you to grab on the go and take to the station or the beach. Review.
27. Argentinian Wine At Cafe Malbec
Café Malbec is an Argentinian wine bar and deli based in Hove. They serve the very best wines including a cracking range of Malbecs, and South American cuisine such as authentic empanadas. With their extensive knowledge of both food and wine you’re in for a treat! If you have a favourite wine at Cafe Malbec, you can purchase a bottle of it for you to take home!
28. Sunday Brunch At Bistro Du Vin
Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy brunch with a little more elegance than your usual greasy spoon. Bistro Du Vin, located on the beach end of Ship Street, is a lovely place to wake up to on your Sunday morning for brunch. You can either choose to have full continental breakfast made up of cereals, fruits and pastries, or go for the cooked breakfast option which includes everything from the country table, and unique and elegant cooked dishes that will feel that little bit extra special for your splash out brunch. Review.
29. Breakfast At The Breakfast Club
Brighton loves a bit of brunch, and that’s what the London company The Breakfast Club were thinking when they opened up their Brighton branch in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes. Think Miami Vice and art deco interior, served up with funky beats and American style breakfasts, this place is the ultimate summer hangout for a boozy (or not boozy) weekend brunch. Expect to see Huevos Rancheros, alongside thick, stacked American pancakes all to marry up with a strong house created cocktail (or mocktail) of your choice. You can sit in their wide open windows at the front, or bright yellow seating outside. Review.
30. Private Wine Tastings at Ten Green Bottles
Opening in 2010, Ten Green Bottles has quickly become to the go-to destination for those who love a great quality glass (or two) of wine served by the most knowledgable team in town. Do you want to find out more about wine in a relaxed environment? Ten Green Bottles are the Brighton wine experts and they offer a variety of different wine tasting events to choose from including their cheese and wine challenge, their wine challenge, sparkling wine tasting and much more. Here’s is their events list with prices starting at £30 per head for a minimum of 2 – 3 people.
31. Sunday Roast at Semolina
Semolina were recently awarded 12th place in Brighton’s Best: Top 20 Restaurants list – an accolade which put an already popular restaurant smack bang in the spotlight. Husband and wife team, Orson and Linda specialise in great service and seasonal menus, with as much local produce as possible. Their Sunday Roasts are legendary and served from 12-6pm each week.
32. Burger And Lobster Night At Grow 40
A burger and lobster combination is something of a revelation, which is why we were excited when the newly opened Grow 40 announced their burger and lobster night – every Thursday evening. With a warming decor, outdoor benches and a rooftop terrace, Grow 40 is a fabulous place to spend your Thursday summer evening indulging in burgers, lobsters and champagne – why not? Review.
33. Signature Steaks At The House Restaurant
The House Restaurant in Brighton’s Lanes serves uniquely created signature steak dishes that keep regulars coming back to try their new creations again and again. They have a lovely outdoor seating area, which is great for people watching and dining in the warmer months. This summer you could try their signature steak – The Steak Benedict – topped with crispy black pudding, rashes of pancetta, a free range poached egg and jus. Review.
34. Tapas At Agua Dulce
Owner Carlo and his family are originally from Almeria, Spain, where they owned their own Spanish restaurant by the beach. This is a good sign for Spanish food in Brighton, where you can spend your evening sharing tapas, enjoying authentic Spanish wine and possibly watching a Flamenco performance too. Offering a range of Southern Spanish tapas alongside fresh seafood, vegetarian and seafood paellas, there’s every reason to make Agua Dulce an exciting evening destination soon. Review.
35. A Food Journey Through America At The New Club
The New Club have established themselves very well at the bottom of Preston Street as a trendy NY style diner serving fresh and tasty American style food. Their menu is mainly influenced by Southern Californian dishes that are innovative, delicious and make you want to keep on going back for more. You can sit out on their front terrace and look out over the sea, while sharing small or large plates from their inspiring menu that changes with the season. Review.
36. Drop in for a glass of champagne at Blanch House
Blanch House is a hotel and private dining venue tucked away in Kemptown, just a short walk from the seafront. Knock on the door and you’ll be warmly greeted and led through to an intimate champagne and cocktail bar where the music is low and the drinks are expertly mixed. Their champagne of choice is Perrier Jouet and they have even named a suite after this favourite bubbly! If you’re looking for a relaxed environment away from the bustle of the inner city bars then we suggest you head straight to Blanch…
37. The Set Menu at 24 St Georges
24 St Georges in Kemptown village, owned by Jamie Everton-Jones, is one of Brighton’s most reputable restaurants. The set menus offer a good overview of their exemplary culinary skills. There’s a daily menu du jour Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Saturday lunch, a table d’hôte menu available every day and a seasonal tasting menu, in addition to the à la carte. Great value, a strong recommendation. Review.
38. A Galette At The Creperie
The Creperie has secured themselves a prime location on Kings Road, right next to the busy Brighton seafront. It’s light, modern interior makes it a cool place to take a break and enjoy one of their savoury galettes as a light lunch. You can choose from a range of different fillings, all prepared by ex Food For Friends head chef, Karen and then made to order by the friendly staff at the counter. Even better, the galettes are gluten free! They serve Small Batch coffee and also have a liquor license, so an excellent place morning, day or night. Review.
39. Seafront dining at the Copper Clam
In a superb location on Brighton seafront, The Copper Clam is just 150m from the new BAi360 attraction with stunning seafront views. Describing themselves as a ‘purveyor of fine seafood, gin, wines & spirits’ the team are proud to shout about the fact their shellfish and fish are sourced ethically and locally, ensuring you are dining on sustainable delicious seafood. They have recently refurbished their restaurant to give you a comfortable and relaxing dining experience with stunning views to the sea just metres from the front door.
40. Cauliflower Steak at Silo
As a fairly recent addition to Brighton’s thriving food scene, Silo has made massive waves so far with it’s zero waste concept and unique dining scene. They have their very own compost machine in store for all waste, plates made out of recycled carrier bags, and their own flour mill for milling ancient grains for the home made bread. The menu consists of usually 5 different options – Plant, Dairy, Fish, Meat and Wild and one of our favourites is the cauliflower steak as the plant option which is literally that – a thick roasted slice of cauliflower served with sprouted lentils and caramelised onion. Definitely something you need to try this year. Review.
41. Afternoon tea at The Jetty
Perhaps it’s engrained in our heritage as afternoon tea is as popular as ever – with plenty of us dreaming of going a little bit ‘Downton Abbey’ and taking tea in the drawing room. The Jetty (part of the Harbour Hotel) offer one of the best Afternoon Tea menus in town, with seasonal flavours and homemade cakes and desserts to indulge your tastebuds, all served in their snug area decked out with comfy sofas and a roaring fire. Our favourites were the mini smoked salmon bagels and cheddar scones with bacon jam. If you’re feeling extra decadent why not combine your afternoon tea with a trip to their beautiful spa facilities?
42. Award Winning Burgers at Coggings and Co
The burgers at Coggings & Co are some of the best in the city. The meat comes direct from Redlands Farm in Horam and is freshly ground every day. Toppings are tasty and innovative, such as mushroom tapenade, Harvey’s rarebit and English mustard mayo. The restaurant’s sustainability credentials are also top notch – this is guilt-free dining at its finest. Review.
43. Smashed Avocado on Toast At V&H Café
Could there be anything more popular at the moment then the humble avocado? Packed full of healthy fats and perfect for a energy boosting kick, it’s no wonder V and H Cafe in Hove are seeing their smashed avocado dish fly off the menu at breakfast time. And who better to describe it than our Emma who popped in to try it out, “The smashed avocado on sourdough toast was topped with two perfectly cooked poached eggs which oozed a golden yellow yolk when you pierced it. The avocado was infused with coriander which was delicious and a heap of bacon was served on the side.”
44. Venetian dishes at Polpo
Polpo is a Michelin recognised bàcaro – a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines.
“A fun and lively Venetian bàcaro, with a stripped-down, faux-industrial look. The small plates, from arancini and prosciutto to fritto misto and Cotechino sausage, are so well priced that waiting for a table is worth it.”
Michelin Guide 2016
Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near to the famous Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal. Polpo is modelled on the scruffy wine bars of Venice and feels urban, rustic and stripped back. Think authentic Venetian finger food, small plates to share and tempting deserts, accompanied with a glass of Aperol spritz or Polpo’s own label Prosecco!
45. Perch At The Bar At Market Restaurant
Formally Brighton’s well known restaurant, Graze – Market Restaurant has been revamped and redesigned to bring you more of an informal dining experience that is both interactive and unique. Our favourite spot is to perch at the bar where you can see the chefs at work, and order from the four sections of the menu, all containing a range of sharing plates from the four main areas you will find in a market. Definitely one to check out in 2016, we highly you recommend you head there soon! Review.
46. Seafront Brunch at the Bucket & Spade Cafe
We know the months when the rain is horizontal and the sea is raging might mean the sea is not the first place to head to for a seafront brunch, although once you have been to the cosy little Bucket and Spade Cafe you might beg to differ. Located by the kids playground near the bandstand, there is plenty of indoor seating to watch the wildness outside, and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy your brunch in the warmer months. The menu includes affordable brunch classics, along with a lovely range of light lunches as well. Review.
47. Experiential Dining at Isaac At
Isaac At is all about the ingredients and an interactive dining experience. The concept focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce with big flavours using modern techniques. The seasonal set menu (which consists of around seven dishes) changes weekly depending on what’s readily available from local food purveyors, therefore there’s a close connection between Isaac At and its suppliers. We definitely recommend adding this to your must visit list! Review.
48. Award Winning Breakfasts At Joe’s Cafe
As winner of the best cafe and runner up best breakfast in the 2015 Brighton and Hove Food and Drink awards – Joes’ Cafe has been put on the map with favourite brunch spots in Brighton. Tucked away on Upper Hamilton Road in Seven Dials, Joe’s Cafe has been a local secret until now and we can see why. The menu includes a range of different breakfast and brunch classics, all locally sourced and cooked with obvious passion and care. They have something for all dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan options, gluten free bread and sausages and a kids menu too. Expect a wait in the weekends – but it’s worth it! Review.
49. Parisian Style Steaks Chez New Steine Bistro
Located just off the square at the New Steine part of Kemptown, the New Steine is a Parisian style bistro offering classic and un-pretentious French and British inspired dishes. Their signature dish is the Sirloin Steak cooked Parisian style, and is absolutely delicious in our opinion. Certainly one to add to your steak list for 2016. Review.
50. Vegetarian Feast Night at Limes of Lindfield
Limes is a well known restaurant located in Lindfield, which is around a 5 -1 10 mins drive from Haywards Heath. usually serving modern British cuisine, in a formal but relaxed setting, one Thursday every month head chef Patcharee holds a vegetarian and gluten free tasting which we highly recommend trying out. With over 11 different dishes, and four courses matched with specific wines, the food is Thai influenced and should allow even the more adventurous diners to try combinations they haven’t tried before. At only £35 (including wines) we definitely recommend putting this in the diary for at least one month in 2016. Review.
51. Jamie’s Italian – The Ultimate Plank To Share
A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor – Gennaro Contaldo has won thousands of fans all over the UK with their affordable Italian food and charming service. Jamie’s Italian is as popular as ever, and you will find the restaurant situated on Black Lion street in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. Jamie’s Ultimate Sharing Plank is a Restaurants Brighton favourite – it includes artisan meats, pates, vegetables, cheeses, pickles and salad, and at under £15, it’s a perfect dish to share with friends before a night out. Review.
52. Hove Place – Hove’s Favourite Pub And Beer Garden
We all love a good beer garden in the summer, and a heated one in the winter is a plus too. Hove Place is situated on First Avenue has a gorgeous Italian style beer garden out the back fit with plants and statues and large heaters for the cooler evenings too. They have an ever changing, seasonal menu created by head chef Phil Bartley, with pub or bistro style dishes depending on the occasion. We enjoy their charcuterie and cheese boards which you can create yourself from any of the house cured or locally sourced meats and cheeses from the menu. Review.
53. The Coach House – Moules Frites
The Coach House is one of Brighton’s hidden secrets, tucked away on Middle Street in Brighton’s Lanes. Serving bistro style food in a relaxed and informal setting, it’s a great place to head for a week night meal, or a special occasion too. We recommend their moules frites in their sun terrace with a glass of chilled wine – if you head down there between 5 and 7pm Sunday to Friday it’s happy hour on selected beers and wines. Perfect. Review.
54. Champagne & Oysters at Riddle & Finns
Everyone likes to indulge sometimes, and what better way to do it than treat yourself to some champagne and oysters at one of Brighton’s longest standing seafood restaurants? Riddle and Fins has two restaurants – one on Meeting House Lane, in Brighton’s Lanes, and the other in a brilliant spot on the seafront perfect for some alfresco dining in the summer time, or candlelit dinner in the winter to watch the waves crashing on the shore. The original venue in the Lanes is traditionally a champagne and oyster bar where you can treat yourself post shopping to an indulgent delight. We certainly recommend it if you haven’t already. Review.
55. Rosti at Terre A Terre
One of our most favourite long standing restaurants in Brighton is the long standing Terre a Terre – a vegetarian restaurant in Brighton’s Lanes. Terre a Terre create unique and innovative dishes that change regularly depending what is in season and have something for everyone – even the meat eaters shouldn’t feel like they are missing out. One of their signature dishes is the rosti which they usually have a couple to choose from. It’s a thick shredded potato pancake with various toppings that we highly recommend. All rostis have a gluten free option, and a vegan option too. Review.
56. Innovative Thai at Cafe Chilli
Cafe Chilli, formally the well loved Green Mango on Church Road in Hove, recently revamped and redesigned to bring us in Brighton the current trend in Bangkok right now – fusion Thai food. Created by Thai born chef and still using authentic Thai ingredients but with a unique twist, you will find some of your favourite classics served alongside Thai flavoured burgers or spaghetti. Definitely one to try out this year for something different. Review.
57. Sunday Roasts The Better Half Pub
The Better Half is another recently refurbished venue, this time in the heart of Hove. The 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. There are currently six options available, all served with rosemary & garlic roast potatoes, carrots & swede crush, butternut squash purée, seasonal greens, creamed celeriac and a lovely Yorkshire pudding. Review.
58. Traditional Northern Italian cuisine at Edendum
Edendum is a unique concept to Brighton, comprising an Italian restaurant, café and food shop where the time-honoured culinary tradition of Northern Italy combines a modern and elegant style in a cosy atmosphere that’s enjoyable at any time of day. They have recently been named in the Sunday Times as one of the best Italian restaurants in the UK and already have a loyal following from customers in Brighton and beyond! Review.
59. A Sundowner at OhSo
If you’ve ever been to Brighton you know that in the summer months, sitting on the beach watching the sunset is one of our favourite things to do. Ohso Social is in a prime spot right on the beach, near to the Palace Pier, and just down the road from the central Lanes too, so perfect for buying an early evening sundowner to watch the sunset over the skeletal structure of the old West Pier. Review.
60. Sri Lankan Cuisine At Moonstone In Hove
Not many people have tried Sri Lankan cuisine, and we are yet to find another place in Brighton or Hove other than Moonstone that serves it. Moonstone Restaurant is run by a lovely Sri Lankan born couple who are extremely passionate about their cuisine and will always make an effort to come to talk to you about it in the restaurant. Expect to see unique, flavoursome dishes that are fresh tasting, colourful, light and absolutely delicious. Most Sri Lankan food is naturally gluten free, and the menu is great for vegetarians too. Located on the far end of Church Road in Hove, it is highly recommend by the RB team as one to visit! Review.
61.Thai & Spanish Fusion at Senor Buddha
Senor Buddha is an exciting new tapas bar and restaurant opened up on Preston Road, at the top of Preston Circus. Run by passionate chef Lee who’s food is inspired by his time spent living in Spain and travelling to South East Asia. You make think that Asian and Spanish fusion sounds mad, however what Lee creates really works and it’s definitely one to check out soon. There are murmurs of another venue opening late 2016 too! Review.
62. Sussex Village Hospitality At The Talbot in Cuckfield
The Talbot is a gorgeous country pub in the heart of Cuckfield with lovely Sussex hospitality that is well worth the drive. They pride themselves in using local growers, brewers and products and are a dog friendly venue to making it a perfect place to head out for a countryside visit. We recommend checking out the Hayloft – a recently refurbished area used for functions, boasting a 70 seater restaurant decked out with high ceilings, oak beams and wooden floors. Review.
63. Top Tunes at Kooks – Brighton’s Boho Bistro
Kooks is owned by DJ Tim Healey and his wife Rebecca. Their concept is to bring boho bistro style food and decor paired with top tunes from Tim’s collection. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails and serving creative food cooked by their head chef James Flavell which changes seasonally for you to try something tasty and different. Located on Gardner Street for a conveniently situated location. Review.
64. 16th Century Beauty At The Fountain Inn In Ashurst
There is nothing like visiting a traditional English pub and we have just the one for you. The Fountain Inn is a stunning 16th century pub in Ashurst which has kept it’s arhcaic charm. You can expect to see a menu with classic dishes using local ingredients, low ceilings, pretty gardens and a warming fireplace for the cooler months. One to add to your country pub list in 2016 and a venue which has attracted the famous over the years. Review.
65. Authentic Gujarati Cuisine At Chaula’s Of Brighton
Chaula’s started out in Lewes in a small shop selling home made takeaway Indian food to the Lewes community. Word soon spread that it was really good, so they then opened a restaurant in Lewes followed by another in Brighton soon after due to popular demand. The secret recipes are passed down by Chaula’s Mother and Grandmother from Gujarati (North India) and these authentic flavours really show in each dish. The menu has many different vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as plenty of options for the gluten intolerant too. Review.
66. Huevos Rancheros at Moksha Café
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! Review.
67. Ribs At The Old Bank
All you can eat ribs? Yep that’s right. The Old Bank are located in the heart of Kemptown and specialise in marinated meats cooked on the chargrill and are famous for their all you can eat ribs and wings night on Monday every week. They are sticky, tangy and lip smackingly juicy with meat that just falls away from the bone. Go on, treat yourself to some ribs this 2016. Review.
68. Shellfish And Craft Beers At The Urchin
What better way to get in the seaside spirit than with some top-notch seafood and craft beer? The Urchin is Hove’s new gastro pub co-owned and it’s making some serious waves, which is unsurprising given the highly experienced co-owners and manager. Everything on the menu is fresh and seasonal and diners can choose from a drinks menu containing over 100 craft beers. Review.
69. Chill out with a tea at Cafe Plenty
Just a hop and a jump from Preston Circus, Cafe Plenty is new to the area and has breathed new life into Circus Parade which now also features a private gym! Cafe Plenty as keen to promote and support local suppliers wherever possible and have sourced all their teas from ‘Chi’ who are based in the Open Market. With over twenty teas to choose from, you can be sure of a good cuppa, especially when served in a glass teapot. Whilst you’re in there don’t forget to have a nose around the funky interior which often houses pieces from local artists.
70. Try a pain au raisin at The Flour Pot Bakery
Brighton’s North Laine is quite possible one of the best people watching spots on the planet (in our humble opinion). When the sun shines the area bustles with shoppers and tourists, and right in the middle of it all is the Flour Pot Bakery. Well known for supplying many local businesses with baked goods, they have now branched out and opened their own cafes, but we are especially partial to the North Laine location, with it’s outside seating. Grab a seat and sink your teeth into a unctuous pain au raisin, freshly baked each morning.
71. Try a vegetarian dish at the Curry Leaf Cafe
Meat-free Monday is now a thing, and the Flexitarian movement sees many restaurants expand on their vegetarian and vegan menu options. The Curry Leaf Cafe offers some of the best meat-free dishes we’ve ever tried, staying true to authentic Indian recipes which are often centred around vegetables. After a recommendation? Try the paneer and cauliflower curry (Gobi Paneer Takatak) which has a lovely kick of heat.
72. Try something different at the Bali Brasserie
One of the city’s longest running Restaurants, The Bali Brasserie is something of an institution to locals. Situated on the beautiful First Avenue at the seafront end in Hove, this underground restaurant boasts its own ‘Tropical Bar’ for pre-dinner drinks, then the food itself is quite distinct and full of flavour – being of Indonesian- Malaysian influence. It’s a great place to take a group of friends and take advantage of the free entry to their regular live music events.
73. Enjoy a meal with a view at The Schooner
Situated in an 18th Century building with a warm welcome, real fires and stunning panoramic views overlooking Lady Bee Marina The Schooner is a fantastic venue to spend a lazy weekend lunch or a intimate dinner for two. As well as an a la carte menu they also offer a set lunch and pre-theatre menu, as well as a cracking Sunday Lunch!
74. Try a plant-based Pizza at Purezza
Fancy a pizza with a difference? Purezza (in Italian; purity) offers an exciting, tasty selection of healthy and animal free pizzas which are all made by top Italian chefs. It’s the first plant based Pizzeria in the UK and don’t think because it doesn’t use meat or cheese it’s lacking in flavour, it certainly isn’t with their array of substitute cheeses and meats. The one to look out for is their ‘Zucchini flower’ masterpiece, a botanical looking pizza filled with a butternut squash base, cherry tomatoes and freshly torn basil adorned with zucchini flowers. Review.
75. Enjoy a traditional bowl of Vietnamese pho at Big Bowl
Big Bowl is a small family run Vietnamese restaurant in the centre of Brighton, a great place to meet for lunch or an inexpensive dinner. Bright colours, fresh flavours and ‘Big Bowls’ of food! The veggie pho is definitely worth a try, you might be surprised at the flavour comparison of the soya balls to real meat, and their spring rolls with peanut sauce definitely don’t want to be missed. Grab yourself a takeaway pho and stroll down to the beach where you’ll see Brighton’s new landmark the i360 at the end of the road, or take a seat in their laid back restaurant for some pho-delight!
76. Attend a wine tasting evening at Seven Cellars
Seven Cellars is an independent wine and tap room at the heart of Brighton’s Seven Dials area. Offering over 1000 wines, beers and spirits, Seven Cellars have a bit of a reputation of offering regular in-store wine tasting evenings which is definitely one to check out! With a different theme running for each tasting and at the decent value of £25, you’ll be taken through an array of seven different selected wines with canapés and great knowledge to accompany. A great gift idea and fun evening out! Review.
77. Enjoy a vegan lunch at The Loving Hut
Check out The Loving Hut, one of the fastest growing vegan fast food chains in the world who’s ethos is to provide ethical food at affordable prices all in the famous North Laine area of Brighton. The food here is a little different to many plant based restaurants where, rather than presenting alternatives to classic meat dishes, The Loving Hut sets out to imitate them with such dishes as burgers, hot dogs, fish & chips along with Asian inspired dishes. Grab a spot on a sunny day at their outside space and enjoy one of their vegan milkshakes, prices are very reasonable with nothing on their large menu exceeding £7.50! A great spot in the heart of Brighton for lunch! Review.
78. Try the evening set menu at The Set
For a casual yet special dining experience, The Set Restaurant provides ever changing set tasting menus that coincide with the seasons. The Set Restaurant is the brainchild of chefs Dan Kenny and Semone Bonner, (former head chefs at the Gingerman and Ginger Pig) and located at Brighton’s unique hotel; Artist Residence. Expect your palette to be stimulated and conversation to be about food, because it’s hard not to ponder over the interesting flavour combinations and techniques used in these stunning dishes.
Image courtesy of The Set
79. Feast on traditional tapas at Casa Don Carlos
Said to be “the best Spanish food in town”, Casa Don Carlos sings authenticity with it’s cosy and intimate space, red and white checked table cloths and a Spanish owner to greet you. It provides a buzzing atmosphere, and traditional Spanish food cooked to perfection, so you really feel like you’re on holiday! Quick tip, book in advance at the weekend, it fills up fast! Book on 01273 327177.
80. Feel Part of the Family at Planet India
Probably Brighton’s most authentic Indian restaurant with its sari lined ceilings and family photos adorning the walls, Planet India is a fantastic vegetarian Indian restaurants. Situated in central Brighton and with it’s homely feel you really feel like you’ve been invited around the owner’s house for dinner, a real Indian experience. The food has a reputation of being delicious and you’ll most likely want to go back! Planet India Hove has recently opened so you have the choice!
81. Enjoy a light lunch at Morris and Jacques
Have a mooch around the quirky shops of Kemptown and drop in for lunch at the charming Morris and Jacques where you’ll find everything from artisan sandwiches, a selection of vegetarian dishes such as homemade quiche or frittata and a speciality of Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce made to order. The sharing platters are a real favourite with a veggie and ploughman’s option available from just £6.95!
82. Enjoy a family-style Greek feast at Estia
Having opened their doors twelve years ago, Estia is a family run restaurant with an emphasis on home cooked Greek Cypriot food. A charming local Cypriot tavern with a view of the new i360 as you enter the restaurant, it’s a home from home dining experience that transports you back to a holiday on the Mediterranean coast. Typical Greek Cypriot dishes can be found at Estia such as dolmades (homemade stuffed vineleaves), stifado (a rich beef stew) and some fantastic Mezes where you can try a selection of food! Great flavours, comfortable atmosphere all home-made all at reasonable prices, what’s stopping you from making a booking? Review.
83. Swing by for a Sunday roast in the country at The Ginger Fox
The Ginger Fox is a friendly and relaxed restaurant with stunning views of the South Downs being situated just seven miles outside of Brighton in the rural setting of the South Downs. The perfect place for a Sunday roast! It’s part of Brighton’s Gingerman group, comprising of: The Gingerman (Brighton), The Ginger Pig (Hove), The Ginger Dog (Kemptown) and of course The Ginger Fox (Hassocks). Four key components are carried throughout the Ginger venues; locally sourced produce, talented head chef’s, home-style cooking and personable staff so expect and exceptional Sunday roast at The Ginger Fox! Review.
84. Sit at the counter at authentic Japanese bar, Bincho Yakitori
Bincho Yakitori is an izakaya style bar, which serves Japanese drinking food, the equivalent of Japanese style tapas or small plates. Having opened in London, Bincho Yakitori brings it’s street food style Japanase dining to Brighton. There’s a large selection to choose from on their menu including many variations on grilled skewers (Yakitori) and something to try here is the sake flight they offer, where you can try three of their sakes starting at entry level going up to premium sake. Review.
85. Work your way through the natural wine list at Plateau
Plateau is a local, independent wine bar & restaurant boasting a fantastic selection of natural wines to choose from to accompany some lovingly crafted food. Natural wines are focused on at Plateau because they reflect Plateau’s ideology: ethical farming, sustainability & quality. Enjoy some tasty food with a glass (or two or three) of their tasty, unpretentious and fun natural wines. Look out for their wine tasting events too!
86. Take your kids for brunch at Miss Piggies
Little Miss Piggies is a small friendly, family run cafe in Kemptown. Located towards the upper part of St James’ Street, you can’t miss it with its cheerful bright yellow and pink paintwork! Little Miss Piggies specialises in low priced all-day breakfasts, brunches and excellent coffee. It’s not all for the adults, there’s a great children’s menu too, featuring staples such as soft boiled eggs and babyccino. At the reasonable prices, quality food and friendliness it’s a great place to take your kids for brunch (not far from the beach too)! Review.
87. Rock up for a veggie hot dog at The Prince George
The Prince George is a charming pub with plenty of charisma, it’s particularly known for its fantastic selection of vegetarian food. You can enjoy eating and drinking at The Prince George either inside their traditional cosy pub with big wooden tables or in their back garden with garden heaters incase there’s a breeze. You can’t miss out on their Chilli Dog made of veggie sausages, chilli, cheddar, guacamole, salsa, wedges and the list goes on! You’ll find a lot of the food can also be made vegan friendly too! Review.
88. Feed your over indulgence with Seven Stars special hangover menu
As part of Seven Stars’ renovation last year, the food was a big part of that and they teamed up with Little Blue Smokehouse, boy was that a good idea! Their menu is mouthwater-inducing and perhaps not for the faint hearted because the flavours in their menu are bold! This sure is a great place to come for some food if you’ve had a few too many the night before, but don’t think fry-ups with beans, this is more the Chicken poutine – deep fried smashed potatoes topped with chopped beer can chicken, smoked halloumi chunks, chicken gravy and crispy smoked onions kind. Or maybe some Mac n cheese bites, bacon jam, bacon ranch dressing might be more your thing? This menu isn’t one to be missed, check out the review here Seven Stars Review or get over there and find out for yourself!
89. Have a glass of something special at Libation
If you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly and vibrant place to quaff some wine or treat yourself to some lovely grub then look no further! Libation are proud to offer an extensive list of sparkling wines, featuring local bubbles from Ridgeview, Nyetimber and the Bolney Estate, as well as everyone’s favourite prosecco and a range of champagne for special occasion. Review.
90. Watch your pizza being made at Fatto A Mano
Fatto A Mano (‘handmade’ in Italian) is all the rave at the moment on the pizza front in Brighton! Their new Hove restaurant opened up this summer, which has been buzzing since, so you can enjoy a delicious authentic Neapolitan style pizza wherever you live in Brighton or Hove! The pizza bases at Fatto A Mano are soft and pillowy, differing from the usual thin & crispy or pizza pie style, and the process in which they’re made means the pizza’s are lighter and easier to digest. Oh, and not forgetting they’re all cooked in a wood fired oven which is in their open kitchen, so you can see your pizza being made! Review.
91. Fill your boots with loaded nachos at La Choza
La Choza serves delicious slow cooked Mexican street food in Brighton’s North Laine and at the kitchen at The Hare & Hounds. The food is bright and colourful just like the famously flamboyant restaurant, and their loaded nachos can’t be missed! They already come with all the trimmings such as cheese, salsa, refried beans and so on, but you can take them to the next level by loading them up with toppings such as homemade chorizo or pit smoked pork! You can’t walk past La Choza without your the smells coming out making your mouth water! Review.
92. Dine with a view at the i360 Tower
The i360 doesn’t just give you some amazing views but it also gives you some incredible food! There’s the stylish new contemporary restaurant, The Belle Vue, which includes dishes created by Master Chef Winner 2013, Steven Edwards. There are tables spilling out onto their sunny terrace where you’ll have the best horizontal view of the West Pier, you can eve see the farms where the ingredients have been sourced from at the top of the i360!
93. Enjoy cocktails and tapas at HarBAR
HarBAR offer a bar menu for nibbles whilst drinking, featuring delicious bite-size seafood morsels such as oysters and tempura prawns. Mix and match to create your own selection of tapas or just enjoy a couple of dishes to rev up your appetite before eating next door at the adjoining seafood restaurant The Jetty.… And if things get a little squiffy, they have the Harbour Hotel upstairs where you can sleep off the party. Perfect!
94. Sup a botanical cocktail at Dandelion
Tucked away beneath the popular 1847 restaurant you’ll find Bar Manager, Grace and her team of expert mixologists, ready and waiting to showcase their unique menu of botanical cocktails curated by the famous Mixology Group. Enter either through the secret door next to 1847 or down the spiral staircase from inside the restaurant. Dandelion‘s decor is stylish and dimly lit, with graphic prints on the walls and comfy seating. The intimate setting works well for small gatherings or dates but the bar is also available to rent out for private parties and celebrations.
95. Take the party to Wahaca
Wahaca is one of Brighton’s latest imports from London and has been packed since day one. Offering fresh and funky Mexican street food, we think it’s one of the best spots in town for a party as they’ve got plenty of space and a cracking cocktail menu. Order small plates to share or go big with a main course, but whatever you choose make sure to leave room for churros.
96. Make the most of the sunshine at Lucky Beach
Open year-round, Lucky Beach Cafe serves up some of the best cafe food in Brighton. Local, sustainable and mostly organic food and drink is served by a team of friendly staff who are keen for you to get the most out of your visit to both the cafe and Brighton! The best way we describe the menu style is Californian-style, with plenty of fresh flavours and healthy options for those who don’t fancy a heavy lunch. When the sun shines it’s possibly the best place to be hanging out at in the city.
97. Dive into luscious sourdough pizza at Franco Manca
Franco Manca pizzas are made from slow rising dough and baked in a wood burning oven on site. There’s no booking system for the restaurant so it’s first come first served, luckily there are plenty of good pubs and bars to grab a drink at in the area should you need to wait a while and if you’re lucky you might be able to grab a seat outside for a great people watching view. The menu is short and simple and focuses on seasonal ingredients, and the prices are fantastic despite being in central Brighton.
98. Sneak upstairs for cosy coffee at Maple
Maple is one of our favourite local spots, tucked around the corner from the very popular Small Batch Coffee house in Seven Dials. The layout has been cleverly designed around a very strangely shaped building and the upstairs nook seats just two tables. The menu is short and sweet, showcasing plenty of lovely brunch options but the coffee is the real star of the show. They use Alchemy Espresso and it’s just the tonic on a chilly day.
99. Have an authentic Lebanese feast at Kambis
From the outside it may not look like much, but step inside Kambi’s (on Western Road) and you’ll be hit by the smell of freshly grilled meat and plenty of spices. Kambi’s specialise in Lebanese cuisine so expect plenty of Mezze and Shawarma dishes as well as an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. They can cater for large parties and although they do serve alcohol you are welcome to bring your own, which makes for a very low cost meal!
100. Dare to take on the spicy chicken wings at The Caxton
The Caxton Arms (near to Brighton Station) has recently been taken over by not one, not two but three new landladies! These gals had a vision of a local pub that would be full of atmosphere, local ales and the best chicken wings in town. They are keen to support local suppliers and source their meat and fish from the Brighton area. Expect regular barbecues, plenty of sport on the projector and a delicious menu!
Image via the Caxton Arms
Notes from the editor
Our food things to do list was drawn together by the team of 30 food reviewers who form part of the Restaurants Brighton team. If you wish to contribute to our growing list then we’d be delighted to hear from you – please contact us so you can have your say!back to top