Foodie Things to do in Brighton

Looking for things to do in Brighton this January? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best places to eat and drink as well as plenty of epicurean occupations to fill your days and nights. 

Whether the winter season for you means cosying up with some comfort food and a roaring fire or knuckling down on the healthy eating, we’ve got it all wrapped up for you here!

The word on everyone’s lips right now is ‘vegan’ and we are lucky enough to live in a city that boasts some of the best plant-based restaurants the UK has to offer. Whether it is for health, curiosity or environmental reasons (or a combination of all three) here are our top picks for vegan restaurants in Brighton, as well as the best vegan roast dinners and breakfasts you can get your teeth stuck into.

The crackle and spit of a fire and the smell of woodsmoke is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of full-bodied red or a jar of real ale; if the English had invented the word hygge this would have been what it meant. Colder weather is entirely worthwhile when you’ve got a lovely fire to warm yourself by, keep out of the cold for longer with this cheery list. Our best pubs guide to Brighton may also be of use along with the Brighton guide to craft beer.

When we’re graced with those crisp clear days it is the perfect time to top up your vitamin D with some country walks. Sussex is a magnificent county with rolling hills and a beautiful coast, all year round it is a source of bountiful food and drink. By taking one of these walking tours of local areas you also get to discover some of the best pubs and restaurants showcasing local goodness in all its glory. Take a look at our Dog-Friendly guide too, so the whole family can join in.

Christmas time for many means it is acceptable to begin the day with a Bucks Fizz and polish off last nights cheese board before 10 am. Therefore, some tips on how to kickstart the New Year on a healthier note may be appreciated. From cutting back on caffeine to why oily fish has such health benefits, here is our low down on how to be healthier in 2020.

Keep active and resist the lure of hibernation with our guide to the best foodie events of the season. From cheese tasting sessions at one of Brighton’s wine bars to the swell of festive markets. We keep updating this page all the time, so keep coming back and for even more events join this active Brighton Food and Drink events group on Facebook! Pictured, Club Fromage at Plateau

Another nationwide phenomenon is going sober for the entirety of January in an effort to redo some liver damage caused during Decembers party season. A couple of years ago, Dry January saw participants limited to cranberry and sodas and Becks Blue, whereas 2020 has much more to offer. Check out our recommendations to help you along the way if you want to limit the booze without becoming housebound.

Squirrelling away those savings for the festive season or next year’s holiday needn’t mean becoming a winter hermit. Enjoy 20% off your food and drink bills with RB20, there’s no sign-up, no fee, just great savings at some of Brighton’s best restaurants. So make like a squirrel and go nuts!

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Skill up

Pick up some new skills with a professional cookery lesson at Brighton Cookery School or master the mysteries of the East with a cookery class with the Kari Club, Brighton’s very own Indian recipe box club, or head over to The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen for some masterclasses with local super-chefs, check out these masterclasses at top Brighton restaurants.

Do something different and browse through our selection of the newest restaurants in the forever changing and fast-moving food scene in Brighton and Hove. Highlights and new restaurants in Brighton this period include Nostos in Hove, Amarillo, Coppa Club, Cyan and after a few setbacks we’re very excited about Kindling Restaurant having opened up on East Street.

Looking for the most romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day in Brighton? Then you’ve come to the right place. The glasses are polished, the candles lit and the fizz is 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. Here are our Valentine’s day ideas for Brighton and Sussex.

The first of many supper club’s to come at The Mesmerist is happening on the 30th of January, and this one is a plant based extravaganza. Guests will enjoy a 6 course vegan menu cooked by the ever popular chefs of Space & Thyme and hosted in the funky Flipside Lounge at The Mesmerist. Pair your feast with a tailored vegan wine and cocktail menu to go full Henery VIII. View the menu and book here. 

Here at Restaurants Brighton we keep our ear to the ground and our noses to the plates to keep you up to date with all the best things to do in Brighton. We keep this page seasonally updated with activities and events to keep things exciting.

Life in Brighton can be whirlwind of activity, so much so that it can get a bit overwhelming. So here we have filtered out our favourites and presented them in an easy and entertaining listing. If you’d like to see more events go to our events calendar which you can find here. You can also follow our Facebook Food and Drink events page plenty of ideas on things to do.

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