Often called London on sea; the capital’s busiest residents come down to Brighton to enjoy a fashionable beach and seaside experience.
It all started in mid-18th century when London’s best made their way down to relieve stress in a calming environment. It was George IV who then commissioned John Nash, an architect, to build him an extravagant summer resort.
The Royal Pavilion was constructed in the early 1800’s. Brighton quickly became an attraction for both tourists and those looking for a staycation.
Today, the city is known to be the gay capital of the UK due to its liberal-focused attitude. With a cosmopolitan feel and cool beachside bars and clubs, even a Londoner can be overwhelmed with choices of restaurants.
Here’s my guide to eating in Brighton suitable for all taste buds and budget ranges:
110 Church Street, The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1UD
Pompoko is bang in the heart of Brighton—a Japanese café, restaurant, and takeaway. Apart from the obvious sushi selections, Pompoko offers traditional dishes that will be new to some but practically like air to Japanese locals. It’s certainly a bargain, perfect for students. They have done a good job providing fast and lower priced food without compromising quality. They also have a drinks menu that is a perfect stop for anyone heading for an exciting night out.
Riddle & Finns
12B, Meeting House Ln, Brighton and Hove, Brighton, BN1 1HB
Riddle & Finns is owned by the same people behind Due South, so you know the quality is nothing short of spectacular. The red-tiled flooring with marble bars and stools combine to add a totally different environment than Due South, though. You enter to find a display of fresh fish, caught earlier in the day’s morning, that you can take home and eat at your own comfort. Continue on though and sit to find fresh bread with garlic mayonnaise, horseradish, and smoked mackerel pate brought right to your table.
The food is irresistible; oysters with over 10 toppings such as pickled cucumber, smoked bacon, pickled ginger, smoked salmon, sea urchin, and spring onion soy sauce. As usual, you also have the choice to try the daily catch with whole crabs and fish pie. There’s also a short but affordable wine list for you to enjoy with your food.
39 Ship Street Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AB
Bombay Aloo is another great choice for students who are on a budget. It’s also a good one for vegetarians who have a craving for spice! They offer a vegetarian Indian buffet for a mere £4.95 per person—definitely an unbeatable price. The environment and atmosphere is small and cosy; the staff will make you feel comfortable throughout your visit.
There are a variety of main dishes offered at Bombay Aloo along with traditional Indian sides such as Naan, Onion Bhaji, Pilau Rice, and Aloo Pakoras. The curries are homemade and will fill you up in no time—hot yet tasty. The sauces are delicious and thin and go very well with the Pilau Rice and Naan.
29 Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HP
Casalingo is a relaxed family-run restaurant that serves the best Italian cuisine in Brighton. The friendly atmosphere combined with the comfy environment makes it a real treat to visit. The restaurant is welcoming and bright, covered with modern décor. The service is also impeccable; being family run, you’ll always have a personal touch to your experience. Along with their warm welcomes is a comprehensive menu including fresh fish, meat dishes, and of course, classic Italian choices of pasta. Pasta and risotto items are also available as a starter.
The 33 year-old restaurant has become a favourite amongst many locals. The portions are monstrous and really worth the price. Try their Steak Rossini, which the Angelo family cook to simple perfection. Their seafood risotto is also colourful, full of flavour, and massive! The desserts are equally as impressive; homemade velvet-white chocolate cheesecake and tiramisu are just two of the many. Casalingo is definitely a winner for those who have an interest for Italian food.
Where to stay
Where you’re going to stay comes down to your budget. Fortunately, Brighton hotels are much cheaper than London hotels. You’d be lucky to find a place to stay for less than £50 in the capital. There are, however, a number of affordable Brighton hotels available if you’re planning to visit.
If you’re looking for something more luxurious, try the Square Hotel Brighton. The comfortable yet contemporary hotel promises friendly services and is located in Kemp Town, right in front of the seaside. The immaculate garden square will give you the ultimate stress-relieving experience. It’s within walking distance to many of the restaurants mentioned in this article, too.
Travel tip shared by Sohaib