7 Places to Eat and Drink in Brighton
Tucked just behind the sea front, you’ll find Brighton’s oldest tea shop. With the most droolworthy selection of homemade cakes in the window, luring in the passers by, and blue willow china adorning the walls and doilies scattered over the tables, this is the perfect slice of old-fashioned loveliness. Go for the Welsh rarebit, stay for the scones. And always go heavy on the clotted cream.
For a little sprinkling of NYC attitude, head to East Street Tap. This craft beer haven has all the sass and sneer you’d expect to find in the East Village of NYC, and yet at the same time manages to be wonderfully welcoming. Get ready to umm and ahh at both the huge selection of delicious brews on tap and the awesome hairstyles and beards of the bar staff. Order a few pints of the most unusually named beers you can find and some of the Dirty Diner Style bar snacks and settle in for the afternoon.
If you are in need of even more craft beer after that, stumble across the road to Bison Beer Crafthouse. This beautifully designed shop has an aweworthy range of beers and brews from all around the globe available to purchase. The friendly staff are more than happy to chat you through their latest favourite finds, offer advice on home-brewing and give you a few samples of their own beer made on site. Grab a growler from them and go set up camp on the beach for a cheap and cheerful evening.
Delicious though fish and chips on the seafront are, sometimes you just want a slightly more upmarket affair. The Salt Room on the sea front is the PERFECT place to get your seafood fix- without the newspaper and grease on the side. Ask for a table by the windows, so you can dine with a gorgeous sea view, and get ready to indulge in the most succulent platters of local, sustainable fruits of the sea washed down with a crisp glass of fizz.
We gorged on seaweed sourdough bread with creamy crab mayonnaise, crab scotch eggs with curry and wafer thin apple slices, juicy scallops served in the shell and the mighty Surf Board which came piled with prawns, langoustines, squid, crab, mussels, clams and more scallops. And every bite was totally exceptional. Also, don’t miss their whimsical take on classic Tastes of the Pier for pudding- a tapas board of sweet treats, including raspberry and honeycomb ‘’99’’, strawberry jam doughnut, lime and white chocolate fudge, passionfruit marshmallow, lemon pops, chocolate pebbles, candy floss. Sublime and smiley.
If people watching is your jam, then get down to Mrs Fitzherberts and bag a table outside on one of their street terraces, grab a couple of local beers (or lethal cocktails from the bar) and watch Brighton’s best at play. Newly refurbed, with a sparkly new roof terrace, this is a wonderfully COOL find in the heart of the city centre.
The ethos of this late-night North Laine grungetastic joint can be summed up in three words: Beer, Pizza, Vinyl. That’s what they do, and boy do they do it well. With stacks and stacks of vintage vinyl lining the shelves, cheap and loaded stone-baked pizza being served up by the Pressing Plant Pizza Company (excellent vegan options FYI) and an impressive line up of both local and more far-flung beers (we got far too excited at seeing the Gipsy Hill Brewery represented) this place is definitely one to hole up in for an hour or two.
Hot Doughnuts on Brighton Pier
Well, when in Rome….