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Lucky Beach

OK OK, so it doubles as the LiC HQ.  We’re dishing up 35 day-aged burgers regularly voted in the UK’s top 5, michelin star pop-ups at night, organic breakfasts, local beers by bottle and on tap, and all served up slap bag in the middle of the beach. Come and say hi, if only for the homemade marshmallows.




64 Degrees

Michael Bremmer’s been on the scene for a while and is back this time with a small plate counter dining offer in the old Tic Toc site.  Quality is impecable, sous-vide and induction pots bubble away in view, hybrid dishes such as Kimchee chicken wings nestle up against pheasant and mush, concise drinks list heavy on the locals.  With only 22 covers you probably want to book.

The Trolls Pantry 

Paul Clark has moved to a permanent pitch in both the Hobgoblin and Brunswick pubs. Hand pressed to order, grass fed 35 day aged longhorn burgers served up on homemade brioche with prices starting at 3.75. Add incredible triple cooked chips, locally sourced everything, and you’ve got yourself a meal that rivals any of the new wave London burgeracs.  For greater warmth hit the Brunswick.

 

You’ve always had a special place in your heart for history’s great explorers.. 

The Magellans..

Ranulph Fiennes.. Gloria Hunniford..


The problem with all those guys, though, is that they never put enough emphasis on the food.


That’s how you’ll leave your mark


No more weekend trips to the beach. You’ve made your peace with that, time to see what’s happening in the real Brighton Food scene.

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Tookta’s

Situated in someone’s front room in a small Victorian terrace off Western Road is one of Brightons favourite restaurants (TripA). Thai classics are served up here, its not Pok Pok, but not everyone can be on the ground floor of that movement. Its cheap, quality’s good and service is off the scale.

Small Batch Coffee, Norfolk Sq

The newest addition to Brighton’s rapidly expanding coffee empire also happens to be the best.  Seattle (Pike St) style design, the coffee takes centre stage in the island bar, industrial style stripped back design, cold snacks on the counter, drip coffee., evening ents..  you get the picture.  Great hangout.

Unithai Oriental Market

Yes, technically this is a supermarket, But its what happens behind the supernoodles that is of interest.  In a small room at the back of the shop, Mr & Mrs Pong are dishing up 10 or so specials every day using the ingredients that surround.  About as close as you’re going to get to an authentic Thai dining experience this far south, its not licensed so you can bring a bottle.

Iydea

If you’ve got the guts to name a restaurant this badly, you’d better be good. And fortunately they are, These guys can’t stop winning awards, the latest being best Café in Brighton & Hove and the Vegetarian Society’s National Best Eating Out award.  So we’re going to cut them a bit of slack.  No menu’s, changes daily, canteen style, you’re doing your body a favour, price is low and it tastes great. Their second outlet is in Western Road.  You’ve got two other fantastic vege options.. Terre a Terre is the best known, reopensed now after a little kitchen fire mishap.  And Food for Friends won best restaurant in the Brighton & Hove food awards, again worth a trip

BBQ Shack

If you like the sound of eating at the home of the Grand Champion of the British BBQ Society’s Pitmasters Competition (John), listen up.  The 14-hour pit-smoked hickory and apple-smoked North Carolina pulled pork sandwich first caught our attention. The menu goes from burrito’s to chopped BBQ ribs, and then some. Located above the Worlds End pub on London Rd, and delivery available.

Bardsley’s

For the best fish & chips steer clear of the seafront. Head out of Central and you’ll soon reach Bardsley’s. Once there swerve the standard repertoire and dig into the specials.. from Cornish Blue shark steaks to Scarborough fresh-dressed crab, the range of fish is impressive and the quality fantastic.  The fish is all sustainable and you can bring your own booze.

The Ginger Pig

The best pub eating in town comes with some heritage.  The Ginger Pig heralds from the Gingerman stable and in this Hove outpost, grown up pub cooking at the highest level is regularly rated amongst the top 10 in the UK.  Good value Sunday lunch and a Bib Gourmand for their trouble.. perfect pub.

7 Bees Café

15 seater in the alleyway that stretches between Middle Street and Ship Street (one of the original Laines). Assuming you can find it, these guys are famous for the best English breakfast in town.  Well sourced local ingredients, well priced (£5-7), no phone signal (hooray!) and some wifi. 

The Tea Cosy

Originally a tearoom converted into a permanent memorial to Princess Diana.

Whether you opt for the “Princess Margaret Low Tea” or the “Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, Queen of Hearts, 10 year Anniversary, Your Death Has Torn Our Lives Apart, Fairwell Dear Princess Queen Of Hearts, Forever In Our Thoughts, Memorial Afternoon Tea”, you get that warm feeling that this isn’t a place where the word “no” is uttered a whole lot.A disquietingly comely drag queen may tend to your Balmoral or Prince Albert needs.   Just to be clear, that means she’ll serve you drinks.

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Cave a Fromage

Eric and Amnon’s shop dishes up cheese to the likes of Le Manoir and Tom Aitkens, so you’re already thinking “lets cut them a break”. The shop has a small seating area where you can enjoy a selection of cheese, bread and wine and you can book in for tasting events to surf the range.  Hundreds of farmhouse cheeses, its worth a look.

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