Valentine’s Day Brighton – Be Inspired in 2020

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and Valentine’s Day in Brighton is a celebration of all of them. If you’re looking for classic romance or something a bit more out of the ordinary we have the round-up for you.

The Restaurant at Drakes
Pictured – The Restaurant at Drakes

Valentine’s Day Menus in Brighton

We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled some of the best Valentine’s menus from top restaurants in the city, freeing you up the time to hone your wooing skills.

Etch. Brighton Restaurant Award - Steven Edwards
Pictured – etch.

Try something new this Valentine’s Day in Brighton.

Going back to your favourite restaurant on meaningful occasions has its own special magic, but so does discovering somewhere new. If you and your lover are lovers of adventure then our newly opened restaurants guide is just the place for you.

Table for two at Nostos, Hove

Just opened in November and December 2019 include Kindling restaurant in The Lanes and Cyan which is resident at The Grand Hotel.

Food for sharing at Kindling
New to East Street, Kindling Restaurant

Food and Drink Bucket List

Glean inspiration from our ultimate restaurant guide to experience-led eating in Brighton, Hove and Sussex. From beachfront dining to private wine tastings, lobster restaurants to Chefs’ Table experiences – there’s something for all couples, whatever your taste.

Brighton Metropole Bar
Pictured – Afternoon Tea at the Metropole Bar

For stylish cocktails

There is a timeless glamour in cocktails and cocktail bars themselves are perfect places for intimate chatter and delicious indulgence. Our pick of the best independent cocktail bars in Brighton can be found here, with a venue and a drink suited to everyone.

Bohemia Brighton
Pictured – Bohemia

For award winning cocktails from the 2019 BRAVO awards, why not try the incredible Plateau – or indeed any of the top 20 placed venues.

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For something distinctly Brighton, try sustainably driven GunHo on Preston Street, who are bound to have some boozy botanical love potions on the go. Or hit the hideaway that is Twisted Lemon, in buried in the Lanes; like the late, great Cilla Black, it’s seen several first dates become proposals! For another tucked away location and one that gets rave reviews from the cocktail pros of the city find your way to The Golden Pineapple on Ship Street.

Flames at GungHo bar in Brighton
Pictured – Gung-Ho on Preston Street

For sea views, The Metropole Bar or Malmaison offer stunning seascapes to admire while sipping an expertly mixed cocktail. For those looking for a cosy nook in which to woo, step into the world of 1920s speakeasy at L’Atelier Du Vin and choose from their menu of classic cocktails mixed to authentic recipes, or a vast array of fine wines.

Valentine's Day restaurants in Brighton
Pictured – L’Atelier Du Vin on George Place

Our city’s most romantic restaurants

This is it, your one chance to make a great impression on your first date. But where to take them? The award-winning Etch restaurant by Steven Edwards is a great shout, the stunning interior will impress without a doubt and their stand out menu is, without fail, a meal to remember. Esteemed chef Ian Swainson, formerly of The Pass, is now the resident Chef at the romantic boutique hotel, Drakes. His restaurant concept, Amarillo, serves up creative fine dining Spanish tapas and intimate sharing plates that are sure to impress.

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Tasting menus at etch.

What could be more romantic than sumptuous cuisine and fine dining in the heart of the city? Try the restaurant at Drakes and have date number two in the bag. Or enjoy the low-lit chic vibes at Chard Restaurant for the most romantic venue in Hove.

Capers Pama ham and parmesan

Head to The Salt Room for seafront views, a paired back stylish interior and expertly cooked fish and seafood.

The Salt Room Brighton, Valentine's Day Brighton
The Salt Room


If jetting off abroad is a bit beyond the budget, take your date to many of the international restaurants right on our doorstep. For Indian street food style cuisine and craft beer, Curry Leaf Cafe covers all bases and for traditional Indian flavours with a modern twist, Indian Summer’s menu is cooked by one of the most talented kitchen teams in Brighton.

Curry Leaf Cafe, The Lanes

Planet India in Hove serves an all-vegetarian authentic Indian menu, and for those continuing a plant-based diet post-January, over half the menu is vegan too.

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Thali at Planet India

Head to Preston Street to be transported to fashion-forward Japan by the team at Kujira, with marinated meats cooked over a Robatayaki grill and stylish cocktails..

Kujira Brighton
Pictured – Kujira

City break

Escape the city, soak up the country air and take your date to one of the many fabulous restaurants and gastro pubs in Sussex. For those without a car, bus to Devil’s Dyke and walk down to The Shepherd and Dog to enjoy British pub classics with a touch of elegance.

The New Inn Hurstpierpoint
Pictured – Josper grilled steak at the New Inn

Sit by the roaring log burner at The Sussex Ox enjoying a local ale or glass of natural wine and peruse the menu featuring meat and vegetables from their own farm just three miles away. If you love local then The New Inn in Hurstpierpoint is a superb destination serving a fantastic menu from their own garden and great wines from nearby vineyard Albourne Estate.

Sharing platter at the Sussex Ox

Why not stay at The Flint Barns at Rathfinny estate after enjoying a delicious meal at their restaurant, The Tasting Room? Sample the award-winning wine made on their own vineyard and be sure to book a table before sunset for spectacular views.

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Pictured – the Tasting Room

Impress with AA Rosette & Michelin Recognised restaurants

Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Brighton with all the trimmings. Michelin has a world-recognised rating system for culinary excellence and Brighton has a growing number of venues with a Bib Gourmand (good quality, good value cooking)

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1 Michelin Star – Restaurant Interlude

Here are all the Michelin featured restaurants in Brighton 2020. Sussex won a new star with chef Jean Delport at Restaurant Interlude. Unfortunately, Brighton and Hove don’t have any Michelin starred restaurants just yet.

If you are on the lookout for other award-winning ideas, then check out best restaurant winners and top twenties across 16 categories at the 2019 BRAVO awards.

Brighton Restaurant Awards Winners
All the 2019 BRAVO Award Winners