You can’t get a more traditionally British seaside place than Brighton. In Victorian times it was a prime destination for British families on holiday although it still remains quite popular. Fish and chips, beach huts and the pier amusements make it iconic.
Modern day Brighton has more to offer. It has become an alternative place full of creatives. Everyone has their own style here, no one looks to be conforming. Because of this there is a mass variety of restaurants, shops, festivals, and activities. I’ve been to Brighton many times so in my recent visit I decided to try out some different places (revolving mainly around food and booze) instead of sticking to the old faithfuls (the Mesmerist, 64 degrees, Giggling Squid).
The first new place to try was Breakfast Club in the lanes for my favourite meal, brunch. I once tried to go to the one in London, but it was queued around the block. I have tried them once at a festival, but avocado on toast isn’t much to go off of since I could make that in my sleep. Luckily, we only had a 15 minute wait. My vegetarian hash was really tasty and luckily we bagged a seat outside which was perfect for people watching.
Preston Street is the ‘restaurant’ street. From French to Indian, British and Italian you’ll be bombarded with choice. It used to be more popular but seems to be making a come back. We had amazing fresh Thai food at family run Siam Siam. If you give me a free shot you’ve won me over 😜
Kemptown seems to be the less touristy bit of Brighton. There are quirky shops and Brighton’s colourful Blaker street. Walking down the high street that runs paralell with the sea, I spotted Red Roasters “Pike and Pine”. When entering I was greeted with an unexpected all white decor except for the plants hanging from the ceiling giving it a tropical feel. It looked like it was transplanted from somewhere like California or a lush island. The food was creative and the experimental sodas were refreshing.
Although meant to be the best seafood in Brighton, it took me this long to get to The Regency. The seafood was decent and servers were friendly and efficient even though it was a super busy day. We got to sit outside facing the the sea so couldn’t have asked for a better location really.
The Lion and Lobster is a great traditional pub and one of the oldest in Brighton. It had a good selection and is set over three floors with a roof terrace. It felt comfortable and friendly in there, just how a pub should be.
Brighton is many things, but cheap is not one of them. Why not grab your own drinks then head down to chill on the beach. Brighton Music Hall has music outside most days. It can get corny at times, but it’s all in good fun. We sat on a wall nearby and listened to the buskers and no one bothered us. Another affordable option is Pompoko. It is a convenient no frills Japanese restaurant near the Brighton Pavilion. The food is nothing crazy but it’s BYOB so, happy days!
I didn’t do too well on the nightlife front but, The Tempest Inn on the beach has a great disco night on a Saturday. I actually never made it inside but because it’s mostly outdoors you feel like you’re already in! Concorde music venue hosts some big names. We were tempted by Craig Charles, but didn’t manage to make it there either. There’s always next time!