Brighton weekend break guide: the best places to eat, drink and stay

The best places to eat and drink in Brighton, where the food scene has come of age with vibrant street food, a fabulous biannual food festival and great new restaurants and cafés serving top quality local seafood, cheeses and sparkling wines. We’ve carefully chosen some of the places that will make your weekend truly memorable.

COFFEE STOP Housed in a stylish eco-friendly building, the cycling-themed Velo Café (41 Ditchling Road) serves excellent coffee that’s roasted in town by Small Batch Coffee Company and a sourdough halloumi, carrot and coriander sandwich with bread from the nearby Flower Pot Bakery.


STREET EATS Local workers, foodies and chefs alike can’t wait for the Friday festival of street food at Street Diner (Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road) where the regularly changing roster of stalls includes Brighton’s Dead Good Burrito who serves a wickedly delicious carnitas burrito made with spiced, slow-cooked local pork shoulder.

GET FESTIVE The biannual Brighton Food Festival (Jubilee Square) is the largest in the south of England. The Live Food Show will highlight local produce, and there are demos from local celebrity chefs.

FISH ‘N’ CHIPS Former Fat Duck chef Duncan Ray’s intimate restaurant Little Fish Market (10 Upper Market Street, Hove) serves some of the best seafood on the south coast. The simple but stunning creations include turbot with baby artichokes and bacon croquettes.

BIG CHEESE For the best foodie bargain in town, follow savvy locals to La Cave à Fromage (34-35 Western Road, Hove) for its cheese or charcuterie platter. The Sussex platter is a fantastic introduction to regional cheese including Brighton Blue from High Weald Dairy.

BEST BUBBLES Some of the best sparkling wine in the world is made 10 miles north of Brighton at Ridgeview. Try a glass of the exceptional Cavendish fizz with its elderflower and citrus notes at the sleek wine bar and shop Ten Green Bottles (9 Jubilee Street).

QUICK LUNCH Locavore chef Paul Clark is the obsessive behind the world-class burgers at The Troll’s Pantry (The Hobgoblin, 31 York Place) where he sandwiches juicy patties of 35 day-aged Longhorn beef in homemade brioche buns. Shadow of the Smokey Mountain includes beetroot BBQ sauce, smoked cheese and honey bacon jam.

SMALL PLATES Pull up a stool at the bar overlooking the open kitchen at 64 Degrees (53 Meeting House Lane) and watch chef Michael Bremner work his modern small plates magic on dishes like salmon pastrami.


By train, with southernrailway.com. Bag a double room at the chic Fab Guest, a converted five-storey Georgian townhouse in boho Kemptown.

MORE INFO visitbrighton.com

Words ANDY LYNES Photographs ALAMY

TRUST olive Andy Lynes is a restaurant and food, drink and travel journalist. He’s a founder of The Brighton Food Society, an association of food writers and bloggers that stages food events in the city.

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