72 Hours in Brighton

A Bank Holiday or long weekend in Brighton is an opportunity for three days of top class excess. If partying hard is your thing you may find yourself heading straight for evening drinks, if you’ve kids in tow it’s three days of exciting lunches. Or, if you’re up for the challenge, it’s a 72 hour ‘food crawl’!

So, without further ado, let the 72 hours in Brighton commence!

It’s the first day of your three-day Brighton jaunt, so you could start your adventure as fancifully and plentifully as possible with a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the stylish seaview 1890 At The Met within the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Push the boat out by adding on a glass of champagne to kick start the day with pizzazz.

Kooks on Gardner Street in North Laine is a great lunch spot that’s cool, classy and in the heart of town. All-day small and big plates are served and veggies and vegans are well catered for too, with dishes like deep fried Jerusalem artichokes with herby vegan mayo and sauerkraut.

After post-lunch amble around town, take the weight off your weary feet with an afternoon tea at The Wardroom in The Old Ship Hotel. Proper cream teas with clotted cream are served and options are available with Prosecco or champagne too. 

Latinoamérica has been wowing diners with a cuisine that was new to Brighton when it opened. Serving Argentinian food, a blend of South American with Mediterranean influences, dishes such as calamari and risotto are available, plus of course superb empanadas and incredible chargrilled steak, which it’s customary to eat with herby chimichurri dressing.

You may not want to travel too far after your Argentinian dinner, so take a leisurely stroll to nearby Third Avenue for an after-dinner cocktail or two. Suitably smart and trendy with a fantastic cocktail list, this is a wonderful way to end your first night’s visit. On Fridays and Saturdays there are DJs and the late lounge is open until 2.30am.

Start your second day in relaxed French style at Mange Tout on Trafalgar Street. On the menu delights such as croissants and jam, fruit and granola and pain perdu with cinnamon, as well as excellent benedicts and omelettes made the proper French way (all using organic eggs) and the unmissable Croque Monsieur.

Murmur is a wonderful destination for any meal with its innovative cooking and inventive twists. For lunch it’s hard to beat the combination of incredible food and stunning sea views. Dishes include the delicious sounding lobster croquettes with charred lime and crispy kale! There are veggie and vegan options too plus it’s family-friendly.

Head to this vegetarian Brighton mecca Terre a Terre for Afternoon Tea. There’s a savoury tier of steamed rice buns with Szechuan tofu, kimchi and lapsang souchong pickled watermelon, then a sweet tier of amazing treats such as chocolate bites and yes – scones with cream (they haven’t been left out!). Wash that all down with tea or coffee, a glass of fizz or two or even a cocktail. Vegan and Gluten Free options available.

For dinner head to somewhere that specialises in smaller, tapas-style plates that may be modest in size but are huge in flavour. Market is your best option, with its buzzy fun vibe and stunning Anglo-Spanish food. The open layout really lends itself to a sense of celebration, so pull up a stool or cosy away in one of the tables and enjoy it all!

After dinner, wander back into town for a last stop at Brighton’s Prohibition speakeasy bar L’Atelier du Vin. The Entrance is through a secret doorway, which really adds to the excitement, and service is tip-top. Cocktails are themed and all the old classics are here, plus the bar staff and owners really know how to mix their drinks so if there’s something you’d like not on the menu, just ask!

Head to Starfish and Coffee in Kemptown, an independent cafe that feels like a secret gem only locals know about. Veggies, vegans, dairy and gluten free are all really well looked after in the range of hot breakfasts, benedicts, hashes, tasty things on toast and superb pancakes. The coffee’s great too, as well as the selection of teas, hot choc, chai, smoothies and tipples if you’d like a boozy brunch.

London Road is where cool and innovative happens in Brighton, such as at the Open Market with its independent sellers. For a tasty lunch, head into Lost Boys Chicken at The Joker where they can prepare you some sizzling, lip-smacking NY-style buffalo chicken wings. Brightonians love this place!

After a few chicken wings for lunch, for your last night in town head to The Salt Room for dinner; one of Brighton’s most popular, smart and stylish restaurants with a stunning seaview sun terrace. It’s all about sensational fish and seafood here, cooked on a scorching-hot Josper grill, and beautifully prepared and presented by highly respected Head Chef Dave Mothersill.

For your final few drinks head back into town to another Brighton institution: Merkaba in MyHotel. The bar mixologists are some of the best in town, so the cocktails are super scrummy and things can get busy and lively with the well-heeled crowd. A perfect place to end your fabulous three days in Brighton and Hove!