A couple of weeks ago we went down to Brighton for a few days, we were attending the BrightonSEO conference and decided to travel down a day early. We lived in Sussex for about 7 years before moving to Yorkshire, but having lived up here for 2.5 years we really didn’t know where to go – other than Chilli Pickle which we had fond memories of.
Recently I started reading the Gannet and Parrot blog and a tweet later, I had 13 suggestions of places to eat and drink in Brighton! Thank you so much Chloë! Twitter is truly amazing sometimes.
We arrived in time for lunch and headed over to our old stomping ground of Hove. I’d had a recommendation for Flour Town from Andy Lynes so we made that our first stop.
This was the only evening meal we didn’t plan for and it was pouring with rain – we’d run between pubs and were feeling a little peckish so we found a little tapas bar (Solera on Sydney Street) and had some bread, patatas bravas, croquettes and garlic prawns. The food was pretty good, we were the only diners but I bet in the evenings it’s a great atmosphere.
A couple more beers, a couple of hours and online research we found ourselves in La Choza. On a Wednesday evening at 8:15, we had to put our names down for a table and we got a call just before 9. La Choza serve Mexican street food and the atmosphere was great – lots of chatter and fabulous smelling food.
We ventured to Bread & Milk on Trafalgar Street for breakfast. They dont do a full English, but they do a pretty decent bacon and sausage sandwich. Accompanied by a flat white – this was an excellent start to the day!
Lunch was late this day, we wandered around the shops, spent a few pounds on the 2p arcade machines and walked along the beach. While walking along the prom, we saw Riddle and Finns. This had been suggested to us by @mrs_gaffer on twitter so we headed in. The restaurant is set under one of the arches and has a first floor dining area looking out to sea (a fellow diner was very disappointed he didn’t have a window seat and another grabbed our table as we walked down the stairs!)
At dinner time we headed to The Gingerman Restaurant. It’s hard to believe this was there when we lived there as I dont recall it, but it opened in 1998! The pictures didn’t come out too well but the food was delicious. Everything was perfectly cooked and well presented. Here’s a picture of my dessert (Cardamon egg custard tart, mango sorbet and raspberry coulis).
This was conference day. We opted to go to ‘Farm‘ on North Road, we arrived in the pouring rain to find them closed. However upon trying the door, they rushed to let us in and upon checking with the chef allowed us in for breakfast. The windows are adorned with farm names and the walls with tools and papers about farming, but the menu just doesn’t mention anything about the local farms. Breakfast was good – although I’m pretty sure the sausages had garlic in them, which even for a garlic lover I found a little weird at breakfast time.
Lunch was a burger at The Basketmakers. I had a lamb and feta burger with chips. The pub was packed when we arrived but thankfully someone left as we ordered a drink. This was simple home made, pub grub done well in my opinion. There were organic options on the menu and the meat comes from a local butchers.
We made a highly anticipated trip to the The Chilli Pickle. When we last visited it was in The Lanes and was absolutely fantastic. It moved to the space in the myhotel a few years back and it was packed on this Friday evening (with tables were being turned many times!).
We shared poppadoms, then to start I had ‘Bombay Samosa Chaat’, it was too hard to decide on a main course so I opted for the Chilli Pickle Tandoori Platter (fenugreek chicken tikka breast, citrus fried duck tikka, whole tandoori quail, cheese&sundried tomato chicken seekh, clove-smoked venison seekh, warm spiced lamb chop, cucumber raita, herb chutney, onion mint salad, mango chutney, smoked aubergine crush and ajwain and spring onion tandoori paratha) – wow! it was amazing! I loved it (but couldn’t finish it).
Just time for a breakfast before we had to head off. We chose Soup-urb (there was limited choice open) and it was super! I fancied a lighter option today so went for poached eggs on toast with bacon. I think this was my favourite breakfast in Brighton!
Brighton has such a wide array of food choices, in some ways I’m disappointed we dont live there anymore. I’m looking forward to many more trips to visit.
I’ll leave you with one non-food related picture of the West Pier.