A Carnival of cuisines

For quite a small spot, which is essentially the intersection of roads all leading to more desirable spots, Preston Circus is a hub of fantastic food from around the world. It is a carnival of delight for those in the know, where small operations on tight budgets beguile the senses.

With the Brighton Comedy Garden heading to Preston Park this weekend and plenty of other fantastic events happening nearby, this should be your go-to number one guide for eating and drinking in the local area.

Too good just for locals, The Cleveland Arms near Blaker’s Park is a family run traditional pub with a light and bright conservatory and modernisations in all the right places. The food here is elevated ‘pub grub’ with an emphasis on home cooking and Sussex ingredients.

Starting at the pub at the centre of the hub, The Joker plays host to Lost Boys Chicken. Serving up New York style wings and sauces, some stacked burgers (called “sandwiches” on the menu – those crazy Americans!) and serious sides, Lost Boys is the spot for friends who don’t mind seeing each other get messy. Voted #1 in BRAVO best Pub Grub.

Some of the best vegan ‘fast food’ in Brighton is served at Smorls Kitchen in the Open Market. Handcrafted houmous, falafel pittas and jam-packed salad boxes are just a few things we can’t get enough of at Smorls. They open their doors at 10 am and serve right through until 4 pm meaning you could pick something up for tea too!

Effortlessly cool and insanely chic, Upstairs at The Joker is what some would call a ‘secret’ cocktail bar, tucked away above The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Plush velvet seating adorns grand windows that frame the room and speciality cocktails are served from their handcrafted rosewood bar in traditional glassware. One of the most romantic bars in Brighton without a doubt.

Fresh local ‘proper’ produce is served at Cafe Rust on Preston Circus. Welcoming and homey, Cafe Rust is the perfect spot for a quiet morning coffee, a lazy Sunday brunch or a delicious lunch with friends. Inside, the stylist rustic interior steals the show as Brighton’s most Instagramable cafe while holding onto a very unpretentious and approachable vibe.

Circo by Señor Buddha combines influences of East Asia and Spain to bring new dimensions to tapas and small plate dining. Each dish is crafted by hand in the open plan kitchen and dining space, bringing a touch of food theatre to the circus.

Pining for that summer holiday? Then take a bite out of a yeeros from Yefsis of Greece and dream London Road away! This small friendly eatery serves authentic fresh Greek cuisine with some modern innovation to accommodate all diets, with friendly service and a keen price point.

Photo credit: Yefsis of Greece Facebook

New to the Preston Circus foodie scene is The Paradiso Social. The kitchen and overall idea comes from Jack and Will at Wolfsmouth who wanted to introduce the neighbourhood dining concept to the Preston Park area. Think ever-changing seasonal plates and delicious organic wines and you will be on the right lines…

A quirky little venue, Pizza 500 is definitely more than it appears to be with the small space packing a big Italian vibe. Serving home made pizza, as well as a good array of traditional Italian dishes, with their home made Italian sausage and gelato being a must.

Photo credit: Pizza 500 Facebook

Opening in 2016 Green Kitchen vegan cafe is the first devoted vegan venue in the Preston Park area, helping spread the growing movement to plant based diets out of the city centre. Serving a raved about full English through to lunch and early evening meals, with a special roast menu on Sundays.

Photo credit: Green Kitchen Facebook

Fatto A Mano at Preston Circus was the first of three to open for this very successful pizzeria. Pretty much always full, dining is close up – Italian style – with your fellow Neapolitan pizza enthusiasts.