Drakes – Has always had the reputation of being one of the top Brighton restaurants. Set in a trendy boutique Hotel in Kemp Town, it still has the highest rating in the city in the good food guide. Fresh locally sourced ingredients and high quality service in an informal setting. The restaurant is in the basement which is not perfect, but the bar has great sea views and cocktails.
Contact: 01273 696934, drakesofbrighton.com
Address: 43-44 Marine Parade
Prices: Dinner 2 courses £29.95/ 3 courses£39.95/incl Cheese £49.95, Lunch $15/£20/£25, 5 course Chef’s tasting menu available.
Opening Times: Every Day, 12.30-2pm and 7pm-9.45pm.
The Ginger Man – Located just off a Georgian Square on the Brighton / Hove borders with consistently high quality food and service in a cosy and intimate (ok small) atmosphere. Seasonal modern British menu such as Roast Rump of Lamb, Poached then Roasted Partridge with Herb Dumplings, Partridge Consommé and Leek and Wendslydale sausages with Parsnip Crisps.
Contact: 01273 326688, www.gingermanrestaurant.com
Address: 21a Norfolk Square, BN1 2PD
Prices: Dinner 2 course £30/ £ courses £35, Lunch £10/£15/£20
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 12:30-13:45 & 19:00-Close (last table around 21:30)
Graze – Graze is also a AA Rosette Restaurant. Although it’s based a stones throw from Brunswick Square in the centre of Hove’s regency district, it very unassuming on the outside. I’d walked past it without noticing it for 2 years before I realized what it was. Inside is a different story though, with a big chandelier, some very fancy mirrors and Flock Wallpaper to go with a high flying clientèle. The specialty is the seven course tasting menu which diners can ‘Graze’ through, but there’s also a new ‘Great British Menu’ including Fish n’ Chips and a Full English Breakfast.
Contact: 01273 823707, www.graze-restaurant.co.uk
Address: 42 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1JD
Prices: 2 courses £27, 3 Courses £34, 7 Course Seasonal Tasting Menu £47, accompanying wines £37, Veggie Tasting menu £42
Opening Times: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 9pm Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 9pm Sun: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 9pm
Riddle and Fins – A great fish restaurant in the heart of the lanes. It has a real Victorian feel with red brick tiles on the floor, white brick style tiles on the walls, small chandeliers and 3 prong candelabras. The tables have also been replaced by marble high bars and stools, which are shared so the atmosphere is more lively than intimate. There are big picture windows at the front facing out onto the street that cover the kitchens, so you can watch the chef’s work with a glass of something nice. Oysters and Fruit De Mer are specialties. There’s also a caviar menu.
Contact: 01273 323008, www.riddleandfinns.co.uk
Address: 12b Meeting House lane, Brighton BN1 1HB
Prices: Around £100 for 2 with wine.
Opening Times: Sunday – Thursday: 12.00 noon to 10.00pm, Friday – Saturday: 12.00 noon to 11.00pm. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast from 9.30am.
Alfresco – Alfresco is set in The Milkmaid Pavilion, a large glass rotunda right on the beach and opposite the West Pier. The pavilion was built for the Festival of Britain in the 1950’s and was refurbished by the present owners in 1996 after being inhabited by squatters for many years. And thank goodness they did, it’s a great building and the present interior is warm and stylish and the setting is second to none. The views are fantastic down over the seafront to the Palace Pier. The restaurant serves classic Italian Pizza and Pasta as well as a lot more, including Char-grilled fresh halibut with poached ginger, wood smoked haddock and dolce latte tartlett, rabbit and pistachio terrine, slow braised lamb shank and pan sered loin of venison with a solo garlic rissole.
Contact: 01273 206523, www.alfresco-brighton.co.uk
Address: The Milkmaid Pavilion, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2LN
Prices: Starters £6-£10, Mains £12 – £20.
Opening Times: Daily 12:00-00:00
Food for friends – Crowned best Restaurant at the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards 2012, this vegetarian restaurant is perfectly placed to relax after a days shopping in The Lanes. Open since 1981 it offers good value fresh locally sourced seasonal ingredients with dishes from Europe to Africa and Asia. There are also Vegan and Gluten free options available.
Contact: 01273 202310, www.foodforfriends.com
Address: 17-18 Prince Albert Street, The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1HF
Prices: Lunch set 1 course £8.95 / 2 courses £12.45, Dinner Starters £4-£6, mains around £12. Kids menu available.
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 12noon to 10pm, Friday and Saturday: 12noon to 10.30pm, Sunday: 12noon to 10pm. Afternoon teas: daily from 12pm – 6pm
Greco – The best Greek place in town. Good value authentic Greek food, but don’t just take our word for it, ask the Brighton Greek community… You’ll find them 20 metres up the road playing Tavli at the aptly named ‘Greek Cafè’.
Contact: 01273 321888
Address: 135 Kings Rd, Brighton, BN1 2HX
Prices: Starters £3 – £6, Mains £7.50 – £15.
Opening Times: Lunch and Dinner
Bom Banes It’s a cafè, a cinema, a music venue, a performance space and an art gallery! Run by musician Jane Bom-Bane, this place is one of a kind. They have mechanical revolving tables from which you can eat soups, salad, meat , fish and veggies. Film and Food for £5.55 every Wednesday evening.
Contact: 01273 606400, www.bom-banes.co.uk
Address: 24 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RH
Prices: £10 – £20 per person.
Opening Times: Tue-Wed 17:00-23:30, Thu-Sat 12:30-23:30
Pompoko – Great Japanese noddle bar right in the middle of Town. Share tables and bring your own booze (£1 cover charge). Great for gearing up for a night on the town, or before hitting the theatre, cinema, or a comedy night at Komedia.
Contact: 07796 001 927, http://www.pompoko.co.uk
Address: 110 Church Street, The Lanes, Brighton.
Prices: Noodle, Rice and Curry dishes £4-£5.
Opening Times: 11.30am – 11.30pm.
UniThai – In the middle of deepest darkest Hove at the back of an oriental supermarket lies Unithai. It’s an authentic Thai noddle bar, with no frills and old tables and chairs that encroach right into the aisles of the supermarket. However, it serves some of the best Thai food I’ve had outside Thailand. They do all the usual Thai fare as well as a few more unusual dishes including Curries, Som Tam and huge bowls of Noddle Soup. If you make it down into Hove, this is a treat not to be missed. It gets busy though and the kitchen in true Thai style is just big enough for a couple of woks, so don’t go there in a rush.
Contact: 01273 733246
Address: 10 Church Road, Hove, Brighton BN3 2FL
Prices: Around £6 for a curry dish with rice.
Opening Times: Lunch everyday, Dinner – Fri/Sat Evenings
Marwood Take a load of stuff from a skip, make it into a coffee shop, and Marwoods is what you get. It’s quirky, funny, cozy and loved by many. The tables are made from old crates, the sofas are worn, there’s kids toys, a dismembered mannequin, and a stag’s head. If that’s not enough there’s plenty of board games (including a Star Wars Chess Set) and a secret garden. In their own words they do ‘Kick Arse Coffee’ and ‘Life changing Cake’. I’m not arguing with that.
Contact: 01273 382063, www.themarwood.com
Address: 52 Ship Street (right in the heart of the Lanes)
Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm. Sun, 10am-8pm.
Naked Tea and CoffeeFantastic place right in the heart of the Lanes next to the Bath Arms. There is a speciality range of teas which brew and drain into the cup at your table. Lots of seating, and a great area upstairs where you can lie down!
Contact: 01273 3260803
Address: Meeting House Lane, The Lanes, Brighton.
Opening Times: Mon – Fri: 07:00 – 18:00, Sat: 09:00 – 20:00, Sun: 10:30 – 19:00
The Tea Cozy Voted in the top 30 Tea Rooms in the country by the times, The Tea Cozy is dedicated to all things British, especially the Royal family. It’s filled with the Union Jacks, commemorative plates and Charles and Diana Tea Cloths. Choose from over 30 different types of tea, as well as Smoked Salmon, Egg Mayonnaise or Cucumber Sandwiches and scones with jam, or Homemade cakes. There’s even ‘Prince Harry’s Tea’ on the menu – A boiled Egg with soldiers and a pot of Tea for one. Not the cheapest place in town, but worth it for the experience.
Contact: No phone at present, www.theteacosy.co.uk
Address: 3 George Street, Kemp Town, Brighton.
Prices: Sun, Wed and Fri, 12 noon-5pm. Sat, 12 noon-6pm.
The Mock Turtle Traditional British Cream Teas and a favourite among locals from families to ‘Suits’. It done out in a 1940’s(ish) style, complete with vintage lights, flowers and blue willow plate crockery, (just like your grandparents used to have). Huge selection of cakes, scones, massive donuts and other retro snacks. Not the best place for those on a diet.
Contact: 01273 327380.
Address: 4 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJ
Opening Times: Every Day, 9am-6pm. Closed Mon.