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As one of the most cosmopolitan and varied cities in England, Brighton also enjoys a reputation for delivering incredible culinary delights. Its seaside location ensures a plentiful supply of fresh seafood, and an influx of world-class chefs (including a few celebrities) means that Brighton holds a clear advantage over any other city in the Southeast. As a Sussex local, here is my guide to the best foodie hotspots in Brighton.

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  • Foodie

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

The Ginger Pig

Restaurants

24 St Georges

Restaurants

Bagelman

Restaurants

Thewitchez Photo Design Cafe Bar

Restaurants

Food for Friends

Restaurants

BURGER OFF

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Sugardough

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The Brighton Shellfish & Oyster Bar

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Pompoko

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The Chilli Pickle

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Hayley G's City Tips

  • It's customary to tip waiting staff around 10% for good service, 15% for great service.
  • Reservations may be required at weekends or during holidays. Please check ahead of time.
  • The city is known for its LGBT community, as well as its excellent nightlife too.
  • It's not all about Brighton! The city name is officially 'Brighton & Hove', and neighbouring Hove also has an amazing restaurant scene.
  • The Ginger Pig
    Restaurants (European, British)
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    Hayley G Says:

    An infamous local gastropub in a beautiful area of Hove, the Ginger Pig is famous for its excellent modern European cuisine. It's rare for a pub to gain a Michelin star, but in this case it's well-deserved! Portions, although small are perfectly flavoured and the game dishes are some of the best I've had.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a great selection of beers to wash your meal down with.
    • Their Sunday roast is to die for.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 247 restaurants in Hove
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Decent not brilliant 27/06/2019
    • Lovely atmosphere, great food and amazing service 16/06/2019
    • The Ginger Pig
    Address:
    3 Hove Street
    Hove BN3 2TR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 736123
    Price range:
    US$51 - US$83
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • 24 St Georges
    Restaurants (European, British)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Another Modern European favourite, 24 St Georges in Kemptown has a slightly different twist to that of the Ginger Pig. Although it's still relaxed, the setting is ultra-modern and the food impeccably presented and tasty. The menu is also very creative and changes with the season, however always uses fresh local produce in its dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • When in season, the fresh sea bream is absolutely delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Closed 04/08/2017
    • This restaurant deserves a Michelin star - your tastebuds will be partying like it's 1999! 22/06/2017
    • 24 St Georges
    Address:
    24 St. Georges Road
    Kemp Town
    Brighton BN2 1ED
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 626060
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$106
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat
    12:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Bagelman
    Restaurants (Cafe, Fast food)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Create your own or plump for one of the classics, this little eatery specialising in (of course) bagels hits the spot every time. Also serving great coffee, it's a great little place to pick up a lunch or a quick breakfast on the way to work. Try their hot salt beef bagels and never regret it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Free WiFi available.
    • They have a great vegetarian selection too.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #320 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    • Bagelman 26/05/2019
    • Going downhill fast 10/03/2019
    • Bagelman
    Address:
    7 Bond Street
    Brighton BN1 1RD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 855580
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Thewitchez Photo Design Cafe Bar
    Restaurants (German, Polish, Cafe, European, International)
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    Hayley G Says:

    As far as I'm aware, nowhere else in the UK does what these guys do. Combine photo design with food and you get an incredible artistic display which will surely make you say 'wow' when your dish arrives! But it's not all show, the food actually tastes pretty amazing too. They specialise in coffee and cake and boy, do they do it well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurant is dog-friendly so take your pooch along for the afternoon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 24/06/2019
    • Fantastic quirky restaurant 20/06/2019
    • Thewitchez Photo Design Cafe Bar
    Address:
    16 Marine Parade
    Brighton BN2 1TL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 673652
    Hours:
    Mon
    6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Tue - Fri
    5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Sat
    4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Food for Friends
    Restaurants (European, British)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Vegetarian restaurants get a bad reputation for being boring, but this place is anything but! Food is seriously pretty, and tastes just as good as it looks. As the name suggests, they encourage sharing dishes with your friends and you'll definitely want to, in order to get as many tastes as possible! With dishes such as homemade porcini and truffle tortellini and basil parsley potato gnocchi, you won't even miss meat, I promise.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's all amazing.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It don’t always need meat 26/06/2019
    • Beautiful colourful vegetarian food 26/06/2019
    • Food for Friends
    Address:
    The Lanes 17 Prince Albert Street
    Brighton BN1 1HF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 202310
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$41
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • BURGER OFF
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    Hayley G Says:

    This place may be hidden away down a side street but it makes up for it with the size of its food. These burgers simply scream 'look at me!' with layer upon layer of beefy bacony cheesy goodness, I double dare you to try to finish one! Diners attempting the XXX Hot Chilli Burger must sign a disclaimer before chowing down. Insane burgers are at every turn... Have fun!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Skip breakfast and lunch, and prepare yourself!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 247 restaurants in Hove
    • Top burgers 18/05/2019
    • Everything 04/02/2019
    • BURGER OFF
    Address:
    52 Brunswick Street West
    Hove BN3 1EL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 326655
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tue
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Thu - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sugardough
    Restaurants (Cafe, British)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Specialising in freshly baked bread and cakes, Sugardough is probably the best bakery in the city. Their spelt loaf is exceptional with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but it's the sweet treats that really steal the show. cupcakes, cream cakes and fruit tarts are all melt in the mouth. It's definitely worth the walk from Brighton!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the apricot and hazelnut tart. Incredible.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 247 restaurants in Hove
    • Delicious food and a lovely selection of crockery 19/06/2019
    • Don't miss this great place 05/06/2019
    • Sugardough
    Address:
    5 Victoria Terrace
    Hove BN3 2WB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 771218
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Brighton Shellfish & Oyster Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast food, British)
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    Hayley G Says:

    It would be a waste to come to the seaside and not try some fresh seafood, and the Brighton Shellfish & Oyster Bar is the best place to do just that. It's a little hut situated right next to the Brighton Fishing Museum, and you can grab a pot of fresh cockles, prawns, lobster or mussels to go, or opt for a luxury seafood salad or freshly dressed crab. Always fresh, always delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can get seafood to take away to enjoy later.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding in every way 14/06/2019
    • Super friendly, 5/5 hygiene rating - and seagull protection! 06/06/2019
    • The Brighton Shellfish & Oyster Bar
    Address:
    199 Kings Road Arches
    The Fishing Quarter Brighton Beach
    Brighton BN1 1NB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 958242
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$8
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Pompoko
    Restaurants (Japanese, Fast food, Asian)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Located in the Brighton Lanes, Pompoko is a hidden gem which serves up quick, tasty Japanese food with a Western twist. A bustling little independent eatery, the atmosphere is just as good as the food, and you can enjoy a meal for as little as £5 per person. You can choose to bring your own drinks too... Perfect for those on a budget!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Order a few dishes and share. It's the way the Japanese do it, after all.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 16/06/2019
    • It’s pretty ok 09/06/2019
    • Pompoko
    Address:
    110 Church Street
    Brighton BN1 1UD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 7796 001927
    Other:
  • The Chilli Pickle
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Anyone who has tasted Indian street food will tell you it's not just your basic curry. The Chilli Pickle has earned its Michelin star by preparing authentic, fragrant and moresih Indian street food in a bright, airy and relaxed atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The takeaway service is a novel way to enjoy lunch, served in a traditional Thali style.
    • The Pani Puri are to die for.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 1,031 restaurants in Brighton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Decent concept with some nice dishes 25/06/2019
    • Out Of This World 24/06/2019
    • The Chilli Pickle
    Address:
    17 Jubilee Street
    Brighton BN1 1GE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1273 900383
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$36
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Mon - Tue
    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Wed - Sat
    6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
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