Dinner with the best view in Brighton and Hove
Those with a good head for heights can enjoy dinner at 138m on Brighton’s British Airways i360 Sky Dining experience.
Tickets have gone on sale for an “elegant evening dining amongst the stars” on various dates over the summer, which includes a three-course meal, half a bottle of wine and coffee while aboard three 25-minute flights in the slick, doughnut-shaped pod.
On arrival at ground level, the West Beach Bar and Kitchen is a spacious and smart place to linger for a pre-flight drink. We enjoyed a glass of Brighton Gin with tonic and a slice of orange to really bring out the sweet and refreshing flavour of the complex blend of botanicals in the gin.
When the time was ready, we walked into the modern, high-tech pod which can hold up to 175 passengers during regular flights but tonight had been laid out with tables for couples as well as groups. As this was our first time on the i360 we were excited as well as nervous, and admittedly felt relieved to discover how roomy and secure the pod was. We loved the chic and urban glass and silver design.
We all took our seats ready for the ascent and the pod gently rose upwards. It was still daylight so we had a great view of the crumbling West Pier from above.
Although the sky was quite cloudy that day the views were still incredible – giving us all an entirely new perspective of the sea, sky, coastline and city.
Stylish flight dining
Sipping a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine from the Sky Bar on board the pod and nibbling on our bread rolls and butter, we were then served our starter plates of mackerel pate with pea shoots and garlic crostini. Veggies and non-fish eaters tucked into a very colourful layered vegetable terrine with a chickpea cream, also with garlic crostini.
Seizing every chance to admire the views
After we’d all eaten our starters, we were able to leave our seats to marvel some more at the views. It was amazing to be able to see up and down the shoreline in both directions as well as right across the city rooftops; many of which have artwork that you simply never get to see when you’re on ground level.
Just as the light was dimming we were offered a choice of red or white wines (which are also available throughout the evening) and our main courses were served: seared chicken with fondant potato, spinach, glazed carrots and a tasty jus, and for veggies a spice-encrusted cauliflower “steak” with the same accompaniments and vegetarian jus.
While tucking into our mains night fell and twinkly lights in the pod came on, transforming the atmosphere in the pod to a romantic sparkly wonderland to match the changing nighttime landscape of the city outside.
Again, leaving our seats to take in the views, it was wonderful to see how different the city looked: there’s something so exciting and magical about seeing a city at night with lights everywhere, and the coastline looked very dramatic.
A Different Perspective
Looking downwards, the lit-up golden spiral on the piazza at ground level looked beautiful from above: 24 cast iron columns that were once the substructure of the West Pier, each one a brightly coloured dot when viewed from our vantage point in the sky that together made a pretty spiral.
A sweet ending
Returning to our seats we were given our desserts and coffee: a Crème Brûlée with a very satisfyingly hard crunchy burnt sugar top, with whipped cream on top and a fresh strawberry: a classic way to end our meal and a very enjoyable i360 experience.