Meet Brighton Food Reviewer: Ginny Sanderson

Ginny, restaurant reviewerI’ve been a vegetarian for two years now and I recommend it to anyone. Besides the ethics, I find one of the greatest parts of it is the creativity and experimentation it takes to cook veggie meals.

I’m a 22 year old journalism student, having recently moved here. Brighton is just up my street. All the quirky independent restaurants, especially its wide range of vegetarian and vegan places, have had me writing a pretty big bucket list.

I’m so excited to – literally – get my teeth into what this city has to offer.

Which is your favourite restaurant in Brighton and why?

Like I say, I haven’t been here long, but so far Silo wins for best overall experience. I sat at the bar and was able to watch the food being made right in front of me in the open kitchen. The chef served each course to me, each time describing which eccentric and brilliant dish I was about to taste. That was such a cool experience. There’s also the feel-good factor of the place producing no waste.

What has inspired you to become a food reviewer?

I have always been a lover of eating out, particularly exploring independent restaurants. Although I love cooking there is something about the whole experience of going to a restaurant that is a real luxury. Honestly, and I know I’m not alone here, I also think the enjoyment of food is one of the greatest things in life. To me, writing is another. So reviewing restaurants is pretty jammy for me.

Silo Restaurant, Bakery, Coffee house, Brighton, Douglas McMasters
On the pass at Silo

What areas are of great importance to you when you visit a restaurant?

  • A strong identity, I like to walk in somewhere that knows what it is and pulls it off – particularly if it’s original.
  • The vegetarian selection is indicative of a lot on a menu. It’s easy to spot when the vegetarian option is simply a begrudging afterthought. And those dishes are the dullest.
  • Locally sourced, good quality ingredients.
  • As a former waitress, I also appreciate friendly service.