Graduation Brighton – The Final Test.

Our graduation Brighton cheat sheet for planning the best possible family dinner at one of Brighton’s best restaurants.

Months of revising, late-night essay writing, energy drinks (and energy drink induced hysteria), study group sessions (and study group session induced hysteria) have finally, finally paid off, and graduation should be the big slap on the back every student deserves. But there’s one more test- finding a venue for that graduation family meal.

Whether you are from Sussex Uni or Brighton Uni, there is plenty to choose from: seafront restaurants, award winning restaurants and much more. Aunt June’s gone gluten free, granddad can’t stand spicy, Sue and Pete are on the vegan bus, little Harry won’t eat anything green. It makes the degree look easy, but don’t worry, we’re the best study buddy ever – here’s your cheat sheet for graduation Brighton style (just remember to book in advance!)

A view of the West pier taken from inside The New Club, looking through the open glass doors at alfresco diners

Keeping it close

Most summer graduation ceremonies for Brighton University and all for The University of Sussex will take place at The Brighton Centre on Kings Road. If you’ve got a gaggle of out of towners in tow then it makes sense to stay local. You don’t want to be losing family members to the twittens of the Lanes.

Our guide to Brighton seafront restaurants covers great spots along Kings Road and the Kings Road Arches. Where you’ll be able to enjoy top-quality local venues and show off our spectacular sea views.

If your graduation ceremony is at The Brighton Dome, you’ll want a restaurant in the North Laine.

Graduating is worth celebrating, and what better way to do so than with some of your fellow winners in the game of life. These BRAVO top-20 best restaurant winners have all received the local seal of approval.

Winner winner graduation dinner.

See the BRAVO top 20 Brighton restaurants


over head shot of blue table laid out with dishes

Choose your destination

Summer holiday flight prices are enough to put anyone off jetting overseas for a post-graduation holiday. Do not panic. Brighton has masses on offer for those looking for a taste of vacation celebration while not clocking up air miles or wasting time in border control. From Italian to Indian, international restaurants are thriving right now. Here’s a list of the best international restaurants in Brighton, as voted for by you in this year’s BRAVO awards.

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For larger groups

If a sit-down meal with the whole family is your idea of a nightmare, these private dining options might be something to look into. Venues tend to offer more flexibility under a private dining booking, and often a buffet choice is provided to slash the price tag of what can be a pricey affair.

For convenience, we divide our private dining page into two sections. ‘Private dining’ refers to venues that can provide exclusive use of their restaurant or have a separate dining room. While ‘private hire’ refers to restaurants that section off part of their venue to cater for large bookings. Some venues can do both.

Private dining and private hire in Brighton

If decadent interior, finger sandwiches, cheesy scones, bite-sized cakes and stunning crockery is more your cup of tea, why not opt for Afternoon Tea after the graduation ceremony. Brighton has plenty to offer for all tastes, from the traditional to distinctly Brighton. 

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Just for drinks

If you’re after something more drinky than foody, Brighton boasts a vast array of choice, almost overwhelmingly so. Our guide to bars in Brighton covers all sorts of watering establishments, from cocktail bars to wine bars to karaoke bars and just good old bar bars.

They’re all here in one handy place because before you can ask ‘what are you drinking?’ you have to establish ‘where are we drinking?’

See our Bars in Brighton guide