Christmas Food Trivia Fun Christmas Food Facts. The average Brit will gain up to half a stone over the festive period, because of the draw to never-ending chocolates, mince pies and savoury snacks. Unless you’re keen to step up your exercise plan over Christmas why not take ten minutes to give your noggin a workout instead with…

#Brighton4Life You discuss the perks of Worthing over £7 craft beers, cutting the commute and moving to London, but we all know it’s never going to happen… 1.Southern Rail No, really. It’s all a conspiracy you see; once we have the day trippers on our turf, Southern Rail have been instrumental in ensuring they can’t…

10 ways to treat your plant based pals in Brighton Brighton’s reputation as a vegetarian and vegan friendly city has been long established. The iconic West Pier and i360 on the Brighton Seafront Almost every one of the city’s restaurants and pubs will have plenty of non-meat or dairy options on their menu’s, with many…

As Brightonians, we’re very loyal to our city… which is probably why so many stick around so long after uni! We pity our London dwelling friends, and know they are all secretly planning their escape to the south coast. Who could blame them when you’ve got all this on offer? 1. Naked bike ride &…

Fuel up for the day ahead! As you see your little ones run back to school gleefully, you give a huge sigh of relief. A summer of finding fun things to do everyday has you totally exhausted. Back to reality, you then have to organise school uniforms, shoes, and fuel for their day ahead. Nutritious…

Wine and dine along Brighton’s promenade It’s the holy grail of summer holidays: finding that perfect place to eat –  a tucked away taverna or trattoria, with fresh sun-drenched ingredients, views across the sea and waves lapping at the edge of the table. New wave of restaurateurs Back home, there’s the weather to contend with…

Five Seasonal Summer Vegetables Buying local seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables are the best for your health and the welfare of the community. Whilst the produce has not had far to travel to arrive on your plate, you can enjoy your groceries at their freshest, cheapest, and at their best nutritional value. Buying British means…

Deliveroo Editions We’re excited to announce the launch of Deliveroo Editions – a concept that puts an end to postcode food envy. Deliveroo Editions are hubs where we host collections of hand-picked restaurants, all specially designed for delivery. They’re how we make good on the promise that got Deliveroo started: to connect you with great food from great restaurants,…

Asparagus comes into season in late spring and is a nutritional powerhouse. These delicious spears are a rich source of vitamin K which are important for strong bones and blood clotting. With 101% of your daily allowance of vitamin K in one cup, they are full of antioxidants which repair the damage done by free…

By seasoned beer drinker, Tom Flint I could be exposing a lack of class in saying that I really like a good pub crawl, but I am not ashamed in admitting it. I’m not talking about a pointless trawl through a series of characterless pubs that have little appeal apart from geographical proximity; that would…

The ResDiary guide to dining in Brighton in 2017 With the announcement of Brighton’s best restaurant imminent at the BRAVO Awards, we’re soon to find out what the public vote has decided. ResDiary (sponsors of the BRAVO Best Restaurant Category) have put their heads together and come up with ten of their favourite places to…

Pancake Day in Brighton By Jodie Wallis Pancake day, or ‘Shrove Tuesday’ is the day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Below Pic, The Breakfast Club  Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter where people abstain from ‘sinful’ treats such as fat or sugar. This is why traditionally ‘Shrove Tuesday’ was…

Guest post by Fleurets, sponsors of the ‘Best Brunch’ category in the BRAVO awards. In the restaurant industry there are many operators and agents who refer to an ‘area of high footfall’, ‘prime location’ or ‘city centre’ etc. and of course there are many brands that require this style of site. However, in Brighton there are many operators…

Fascinating facts about beer Almost from the time mankind first learned to plant crops, we’ve been coming up with ways to turn them into tasty alcoholic beverages. Beer is usually credited as being the oldest of all these, and every major population group on the planet has developed their own version of beer at some time. It’s…

Guest post by Harvey’s Brewery, sponsors of the ‘Best Sussex Venue’ category in the BRAVO awards. Harvey’s Brewery is a family business, with a member of the eighth generation currently working here. Origins The name of Harvey has long been associated with the supply of beers, wines and spirits in Sussex. The family originated from London, but records…

The missing Brighton Michelin Star, by Tom Flint By Food Journalist, Tom Flint, January 2017 The Michelin Guide has been around for more than a century, representing the gold standard in culinary excellence. It started as a means to boost car sales, and thus tire sales, in France but quickly grew in popularity due to its extensive…

Giving wine as a gift By Xavier D. Buendia Wine can be a great gift to take to a party or to give to someone as a present. Just think that you’re not only giving a bottle of wine but a fantastic experience that can be shared with friends and family. If you’re in charge of buying…

Sparkling wine at Ridgeview As an ex-Sommelier and great fan of English wines, I was thrilled to be invited to local vineyard, Ridgeview to find out more about the estate, the vineyards, the wine and it’s range. Ridgeview has been making wine since their first vintage released back in 1996. Since then they have won several…

Wine facts you may not know Wine has been a popular drink for a very long time. Jesus is said to have been a wine maker, albeit only once, and not using any of the traditional ingredients. But even thousands of years before that famous party trick, people were drinking wine throughout the ancient world. People…

A very Happy New Year to you all! There were certainly some ups and downs throughout 2016, but one thing remained constant – the calibre of restaurants in our city! Introducing the BRAVOs We’re thrilled to be part of the vibrant food scene and have a busy year ahead with the launch of the BRAVOs…

Meet Founders of Brighton Food Tours – Catriona Lane & Angela Brightwell Catriona Lane and Angela Brightwell set up Brighton Food Tours to tell the amazing story of Brighton’s independent food scene. They offer their signature V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Tour – taking foodies to off-the-beaten-track vendors and producers. What do you do and how…

Brighton Chef Edit With the coming of each new year we all allow ourselves a little time to speculate on what it may bring; or more likely to reflect on the past year’s mistakes. Many people decide on things that they want to stop doing and others that they would like to start. Resolutions are…

A Snapshot of Korean Cuisine Brighton Food Reviewer, Ami Kang-Thornton Korean food may have well hit its stride in the States (where I was born and raised) most likely for the fact that there is a relatively large population of Koreans (The United States has the second largest population of Koreans outside of Korea, according…

Keeping healthy over Winter By Food Nutritionist, Jayne Hopper, December 2016 In my last article, get set for autumn, I mentioned about eating a rainbow of coloured vegetables and eating seasonal foods to encourage a good immune system for the upcoming winter. Well, it’s finally here, and brrrrr, I hope you are all fighting fit against the…

Choosing wine for your Christmas dinner With a sleigh load of different foods being consumed on the big day and possibly a few days either side of it, choosing the right Christmas wine or selection of wines might seem like a minefield. By sticking to some straightforward guidelines it not need be. By all means treat…

Meet Gary, founder of popular wine blog, The Wine Ninjas Magazine journalist and Brighton resident Gary Rose gets paid for writing about TV and films, but it’s wine, food and travel that get him excited these days. After completing a diploma in wine during the summer of 2016, he decided to make efficient use of…

We’ve picked our favourite places to indulge in wine and food in Brighton and have created a walking wine tour for you to follow. This route takes you around and along Brighton and Hove’s most iconic scenes and gives you the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing and shopping while you walk in between…

Our gut, in particular the large intestine, is densely populated with roughly 100 trillion bacteria. This is our gut microbiome, which is our body’s own unique ecosystem of gut flora (friendly bacteria). This gut flora is responsible for 70% of our immune system, therefore it is safe to say, if your gut flora is healthy,…

An introduction to organic wine By former Sommelier, Xavier D. Buendia, September 2016 Organic wine is a term we hear nowadays more and more often but truth is, organic techniques are ancient. Modern wine-makers are adopting these rustic cultivation and production techniques and in some cases they make it their own lifestyle. In this article we’ll cover…

Wines for Christmas By former Sommelier, Xavier D. Buendia, September 2016 The most memorable thing about Christmas dinners is the food of course. But like in all great plays, secondary characters can make or break it. Such is the case of wine at these dinners. Maybe something overlooked and left aside to the last minute when planning…

Meet Trevor and Judith from Pacta Connect in Brighton Open Market Trevor Long and Judith Burns are wine importers specialising in the niche market of Central and Eastern Europe, including north-east Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. They find wines made with minimal intervention by small independent producers. Their first retail venture is their…

The Top Restaurants to Visit During OctoberBEST ** Octoberbest has now ended ** Unless you are partial to skulls and vampires, October is a month with very little to look forward to. Summer is well and truly over; the excitement of a new school year has eroded into resentment and annoyance; and Christmas is still too…

Meeting Patrick McGuigan Patrick is a well know figure in the Brighton food scene and was part of the powerhouse who launched the Brighton Best Restaurant Awards in early 2016 alongside fellow journalists, Andy Lynes and Euan Macdonald. We caught up with him to quiz him on all things edible… and made the faux pas of…

Soundtracks and Sandwiches My grandparents won’t set foot inside a restaurant or café if it plays music, saying they can’t hear themselves speak  – or think – above it. But I’m young, I work listening to music and sing and play guitar at various venues around the city.  For me, music is part of the atmosphere of…

European Dining in Brighton By Lizzie Enfield, September 2016 When I was growing up, in the seventies, the idea of European food was limited to the occasional slice of ‘French cheese,’ spaghetti bolognaise or tinned ravioli. The cheese, more often than not, was not even from France – ‘French’ was just a catchall for anything…

Get Set for Autumn Now that Autumn is here, your tan is fading, the flip flops and sun tan lotion have been put away, and jumpers are firmly in place. You can now look forward to longer nights with an excuse (if you need one) to cuddle up to your loved one with a warm…

Teenage Eating in Brighton By Brighton Food Reviewer, Kitty Perrin, Aug 2016 Brighton is a fantastic place to live or spend time as a teenager. There’s always something going on, things to see, shops to browse and people to hang out with. Finding somewhere to hang out is harder if you’re at that in between age…

The Great British Menu is back – featuring a Brighton favourite! Great British Menu is soon to return to our screens and, with Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees representing Scotland, viewers in Brighton will have someone to cheer on. The annual competition pitches the country’s top chefs against each other in a series of regional…

Foodie Eshé – Brighton Food Blogger Eshé is a Brighton-based blogger with a passion for good food. She shares her favourite food moments and stunning images on her popular blog, www.Foodie Eshe. After shamelessly stalking her on social media for some time we wanted to find out a bit more about Eshé and what she has on her…

Dark Chocolate – A Nutritional Perspective Chocolate originated from the seeds of the cacao tree, the cocoa bean. Cocoa beans are native to South America and were used to make a bitter drink by the Mayans and Aztecs. The Maya used to brew a spicy, bitter sweet drink by roasting and pounding the cocoa beans…

Is Naked Dining A Gimmick Too Far? By Food Journalist, Tom Flin Many of you will already be aware that the country’s first, and let’s hope last, naked restaurant opened its doors in London on the 11th of June. Bunyadi is a three month pop up restaurant where diners are invited to eat naked as a…

How do you feel about dining out alone? Is that an activity you enjoy, or does the idea make you so uneasy you want to run towards your nearest and dearest? Chances are, if you don’t do it very often you’re not alone! For most people, solo dining is as an occasional necessity rather than…

Vintage Eating in Brighton By Brighton Food Reviewer, Lizzie Enfield The year is 1978. We’re out for a meal in Brighton, to celebrate my sister getting into university – at restaurant we’ve never been to before but have heard a lot about. The food is great, the décor contemporary and the staff, well, let’s just…

So where did the term ‘Flexitarianism’ come from? Some of my ‘vegetarian’ friends have eating habits that appear to defy their principles. They accept dinner invitations with the prerequisite “you know I don’t eat meat,” then appear to have no issues with fish or chicken or sometimes even meat, as long as it’s organic. Their…

A Personal Look At The London Coffee Festival 2016 By Ania Marchwiak, Moksha Caffe, 7-10 April Old Truman Brewery We arrived at the Festival on a lovely Friday afternoon and were greeted at the VIP gates by a rather confused but nevertheless charming doorman who let us in. Getting our wristbands and goodie bags we were…

Tom Flint – Food Booze and Reviews Tom is a freelance food writer who lives in Worthing and writes a regular food column for the popular Brighton Independent newspaper. After spotting him out and about we decided to find out a little more about Tom Flint and what makes him tick… Tell us about your…

What’s behind the food labels? Does reading food labels on the back of a packet completely baffle you? Do they seem confusing? Managing the intake of certain nutrients can prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Therefore by being able to calculate the nutritional information provided, will enable you to take charge and…

An expert insight into the art of Indian cooking by Emma Pryke, April 2016 Book a table at Indian Summer Book Close India. It’s always been on my destination bucket list but I haven’t made it there – yet. Picturing a bustling Indian city I imagine bright colours, heat and plenty of aromatic smells, all…

Plates VS Slates, What Do You Think? I have a few bits of crockery at home made by a company called ‘people will always need plates.’ They sell a range of architecture inspired homeware, based on the premise that people will always need plates. You’d think so wouldn’t you? But if you’ve eaten out recently,…

Doggy Bags Explained Not so long ago we had a slightly awkward post meal encounter with a waitress. No, we weren’t querying the bill or pointing out that service was already included but my mother, who is both hard of hearing and plain of speaking (which means she often voices her plain thoughts at full…

Din With Your Dinner? There’s a restaurant in central Brighton, which I used to go to a lot. The food’s great, the service is good and the atmosphere is convivial. What more could you ask for? Well, to be able to hear yourself speak and what others are saying for starters. And less of the…

Eating Out Gluten Free – Top Tips When I stopped eating wheat and gluten around 5 years ago, I remember going to some restaurants where the wait staff hardly knew what gluten intolerance was. It wasn’t taken seriously unless you had celiac disease, (which was still unheard of by most people) and hardly anywhere had…

Xavier, Food Photographer Hello, I’m Xavier and I’m a food photographer. I spend most of my time taking pictures in restaurants. I shoot interiors and exteriors, I do action shots, portraits but one of the things that I enjoy the most is shooting food and dishes. 5 Basic Tips Shooting food at restaurants is the most…

Family dining in Brighton has never looked so good, and if you’re taking your mum out for Mother’s Day in Brighton she’ll surely be in for a treat. From the best Sunday Roasts to exciting vegetarian spots we can point you in the direction of the best restaurants in Brighton and Sussex for Mother’s Day 2017!…

Alternative Date Ideas To Impress Your Valentine By Tabl, February 2016 It’s that time of year again. Saint Valentine, basking in glory, is stood up on his pedestal, dictating to one and all that February is the month of love. Dates, planning, ideas, surprises – whether it’s year one or year 20, there’s unspoken pressure…

The History of Valentine’s Day Post by Emma Pryke, Jan 2016 The glasses are polished, the candles lit and the champagne on ice – Valentine’s day in Brighton is big business with restaurants battling it out to provide the best menu and the most romantic setting in town. Before we dive into our top dining…

Indulgent Time Of Year Again! It’s that time of year when you have over indulged, yet again, over the Christmas and New Year period. Every year you say to yourself, OK, I will be good, but some people can stack on 7-14lb just at this time alone and then spend the following three months trying…

The Vegetarian Capital of the UK Brighton has long been dubbed the “Vegetarian Capital of the UK” and, while other cities are catching up, we still like the think it has the best array of veggie bars, cafes and restaurants in the country. And, with newly opened 1847 joining the myriad of meat free joints…

Living off the land I consider myself as someone with a very healthy attitude towards food. By ‘healthy’ what I mean is that I wholeheartedly appreciate, enjoy and recognise good quality food. I don’t take it for granted, and I get a great deal of pleasure from purchasing, cooking and eating it. A fresh and…

Fermented Foods Workshop Octopus Alchemy By Finola Robinson, December  2015 There’s no doubt about it, fermented foods have become a bit of a buzzword recently. It’s a funny turn of events really, given that people have been using fermentation for thousands for years to preserve food and drinks naturally, without refrigeration. But why the sudden revival…

The New Food Trends For 2016 By Emma Pryke, January 2016 2015 was the year of gluten free, low-sugar, and coconut milk, yoghurt… everything! As a nation we pored over Instagram, devoured the books from social media ‘health gurus’ such as Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters and cleared our schedules to watch Bake off and…

Brighton’s New Shoreditch? Once one of the most run down areas of the city, London Road has been dubbed “the New Shoreditch” and, while you might want to take this with a pinch of salt, the salt is likely to be hand raked Sel de Carmargue, sourced form the new look Open Market’s Pacta Now…

The Profile of a Food Photographer – Xavier D. Buendia Hi, my name is Xavier and I’m a food & lifestyle photographer. I’ve been taking pictures all my life. What makes my story special is that I made the decision to leave a career as a sommelier, followed my instincts and became a full time professional…

London’s Top Ten Restaurants in 2016 In London’s fast-paced restaurant scene not a week passes without somewhere closing and another opening. London is one of the most multicultural capitals in the world; a melting pot of numerous cultures and cuisines. As a result of such a vibrant, international foodie culture, culinary trends come and go. It can…

Foraging – Returning Back to our Roots The latest craze to hit the streets and the trendy restaurants are foraged foods. Of course foraging has been around since man – so the concept of foraging isn’t that new, but now there is a definite trend towards going back to what we actually discovered thousands of years…

English’s Restaurant  – Fresh Seafood Since 1850 30 East Street, Brighton has played host to oyster and seafood lovers for centuries, with Edward Bestwick being the first fishmonger to set up shop in 1850. As the decades coasted by, George Webber, Thomas Beall, George Boother and a mysterious ‘J’ Humphreys each took it in turns…

What Is Catchbox? Brighton Food Reviewer – Finola Robinson  If you enjoy eating fresh fish but struggle with the ethics of depleting fish stocks and the plight of hard-working but underpaid fishers, now’s the time to take a stand. By becoming a member of the sustainable fishing cooperative Catchbox, which fishes along the south coast…

Umami – What Is It? Post by Oki-Nami, Japanese Restaurant, New Road – September 2015 We’ve all heard it before. Or seen the face of a grinning celebrity chef tasting from a suitably trendy ethnic dish made by the natives and declaring; “Mmmm. Umami.” And we kind of think we know what they’re talking about, what…

An Early Night Before An Exciting Early Start Harry Dyer – Co Owner V & H Cafe, Holland Road, Hove, August 2015 You know what it’s like when you have an early start the next day for something exciting… You tell yourself, “Get an early night”. This – as I’m sure you know – is a wasted effort.  One…

Introducing Ami Kang-Thornton, Food Photographer Food and photography were naturally a part of my life as I grew up in the States with an emotionally reserved Korean father that expressed all that needed to be said through cooking beautiful and often strange Korean-American concoctions for my sisters and me. And being a shy and pensive…

**Now Closed** Try these links instead our Brighton Fish & Chips Guide Restaurant Food for Home Delivery Fish + Liquor right on Brighton’s seafront serves up classic seaside fish ‘n’ chip fare but with a gourmet twist, and in a retro, comic book-themed restaurant.   Locally and Responsibly Caught The menu is predominantly centred around fresh…

Touching the heart A long lazy lunch with loved ones is one of life’s greatest pleasures. That’s what Dim Sum is all about.  Literally translated, dim means “point” and sum means “heart.” Dumplings – Pork & Prawns When joined together, the meaning of dim sum becomes “to touch the heart” or “touching the heart.” The…

Barrafina wins National Restaurant of the Year Title In the very recent industry awards in London, 150 hospitality and restaurant industry experts voted Barrafina Tapas restaurant in Covent Garden as the National Restaurant of the year. Barrafina At an industry event drawn together by Big Hospitality and Restaurant Magazine – with headline sponsors Estrella Damm, this was the…

Sourcing The Best Local Artisan Suppliers Harry Dyer Co-Owner V&H Café, Holland Road, Hove, June 2015 At V&H café we aim to source the best local artisan suppliers. Harry ( V & H Café) with Trevor (Westdene Butchers) In our view, the best dishes are celebrations of the seasons finest ingredients, supplied by the most knowledgeable,…

Are you a ‘foodie’? Brighton Food Reviewer, Jodie Wallis, April 2015 Jodie Well, the fact that you’re reading a blog about being a foodie, on a website about restaurants suggests to me that you are. Just in case I’m wrong and you just happened to stumble across this blog and you don’t even know the…

Maximise your energy and get that spring in your step. We derive energy from food, which is often measured as calories (or kilocalories). Sugars (from different types of carbohydrates), fats and amino acids from proteins are converted by chemical processes in the cells into energy. Glucose is the primary source of fuel for creating cellular…

Valentine’s chocolates Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Chocolate is most definitely on the menu whether it is bought by a loved one with a symbolic meaning of love, or a treat for yourself because, after all, your worth it!  Does it its appeal to you for its flavour? Could it be just another excuse…

Wines for Valentines Day Planning an elaborate home cooked banquet or perhaps just a glass or two before heading out? Maybe it’s simply to pick up a bottle on the way back from work. Whichever, Valentine’s Day provides a great excuse to pop some celebratory bubbles and the good news is that there’s something on…

Why would you choose organic? You must agree that the taste of organic food, be it fruit, vegetables, or meat, tastes much better than non-organic. However, unless you are financially well off, it is very difficult to eat all organic all of the time. But how do you way up the cost to your health…

Fighting Fit in 2015 Festive Top Tips Christmas is a wonderful time of year for gathering family and friends together, but it can take its toll on you regarding weight gain and for some, a little bit of stress. There’s so much to do at Christmas – all the shopping, presents, wrapping, decorating, the Christmas tree, making…

Southern Rhône Reds Autumn is definitely in full swing now, the trees dispersing of their leaves and pointedly preparing for another naked winter. The seasonal change also brings a shift in the shade and style of wine most of us choose to consume. Chateauneuf du Pape We move away from crisper whites and lighter styles of…

Brighton’s coffee houses and cafés Brighton’s curative waters have long attracted stressed-out city dwellers seeking to relax and recuperate. Coffee lovers today quaffing exotic brews in the city’s myriad cafés should spare a thought for the Brightonians of yesteryear. In the 18th century the liquid of choice wasn’t a Latte or a Flat White. Instead,…

Here today, gone tomorrow: pop up restaurants in Brighton and Hove Pop up restaurants are everywhere these days. Whether in Brighton or London, not a week goes past without some sort of exciting new transitory, pop up experience. Image from Cantina Supper Club, Image Julia Claxton Not just limited to restaurants, a pop up is…

Fabulous Fat Olive Oil Why are people so frightened of fat in their food? Because between the 1970’s and 1990’s there was a ‘fad’ for fat free diets, and we have been conditioned to believe that fat in our food equals being fat, right? No! and I’m going to put that record straight. Why we…

Browns Bar Brighton – The Lanes Blending timelessly elegant surroundings with delicious classic cocktails, Browns Bar Brighton champions an informal yet refined concept and is the sister venue to Browns Restaurant. You may also like.. Seafood Restaurants in Brighton and Hove  Foodie Things to Try in Brighton The Restaurants Brighton Top Ten Renowned for indulgent…

Sustainability and Restaurants in Brighton “Sustainability” is a buzzword you hear a lot these days. But how can diners know if a restaurant is sustainable and what exactly does it mean within the food sector? Sustainablity has been an important political issue in Brighton and Hove for some time now. Back in 2006, Brighton was…

Staying Healthy While Travelling Food Nutritionist – Jayne Hopper You have most probably just finished your summer travels for this year so here are a few top tips to help future travels while maintaining a healthy diet. After braving crowds, queues cramped seats and  air-turbulence, even the most health-conscious air travellers can find themselves searching for…