Brighton: the UK’s capital of cool and a city passionate about food and independent dining. With its beautiful beach, pier and its unique nightlife, it’s definitely a key contender for the best and/or most fun city in the UK. We love it!
Anyone who has ever visited Brighton knows that there’s always something fun going on. Whether it’s food festivals at the Pavilion, a big screen showing classic films on the beach, or city-wide festivals of art and culture.
There’s amazing restaurants everywhere you look, so to help you make a decision about where you’d like to eat, we thought we’d put together this post to showcase some of the delicious food and beautiful venues that this city has to offer. Did you know Brighton doesn’t have a Michelin starred restaurant? It really deserves at least a few, who is going to be first is anyone’s guess…
New this year, Matt Gillan has outdone himself yet again in this lively restaurant with the most wonderful interior design. The food is beautifully presented and is really rather reasonably priced. Visit for brunch before setting out to explore Brighton, pair with a espresso martini and you’ll be set up for the day.
Although Riddle & Finns in the lanes is the original and some argue the classic, as it’s summer we felt that everything needs to be done near or on a beach. Visit for Champagne, Oysters, fresh fish and all-round great ambience & service.
Isaac At is a fine dining restaurant with a key focus on locally sourced ingredients and an all British drinks menu. Tucked away in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine, Isaac At offers a relaxed dining experience which breaks down the traditional barriers between chefs and diners with an ever changing menu inspired by the seasons of the Sussex coastline and beyond. Visit with a loved one to celebrate a special occasion – dining here will give you the perfect opportunity to show off to your friends
The fantastic Modern European fine dining menus at The Restaurant at Drakes change regularly to ensure the finest seasonal produce, locally sourced whenever possible, is used in every dish. The table d’hote menus offer several choices per course, with the five-course Chef’s Taster Menu being a popular option for those enjoying a gourmet experience.
Firmly established as a Brighton institution, it is also renowned much further afield and has won many prestigious national awards. Terre à Terre achievements are down to internationally inspired dishes that continue to challenge preconceived ideas about vegetarian food thanks to their creatively and carefully composed flavours, shapes and textures.
The restaurant is set up for social dining, and encourages guests to share dishes and chat with the chefs. 64 Degrees has a string of awards and accolades, which include a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two AA rosettes. It also won the title of Best Restaurant in the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Awards in 2014 and 2015, Best Restaurant in the Brighton Top 20 Awards, and has earned its place on the National Restaurant Awards’ top 100 list every year since opening.
Owned and ran by a husband and wife team and opened back in November 2014, this lovely little restaurant has been receiving rave reviews ever since. There is a homely atmosphere and a focus on locally sourced seasonal ingredients. It’s tucked out of the way but is definitely worth finding.
The method at The Coal Shed is simple: the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible and expertly cooked. As well as a seasonal à la carte menu, we also offer daily specials, a great value express lunch and pre theatre menu plus Brighton’s favourite Sunday Sharing Roasts. They’ve won countless awards and recommendations from many publications and food journalists.
They started off their dream serving food out of a vintage Fiat van, at festivals, events and supper clubs up and down the country until they finally parked up the van and opened our first restaurant in 2013. The intimate set up of the restaurant is that of 18 covers around a central cooking area where diners can chat and watch their dishes being prepared.
The friendly and highly professional welcome offered by general manager Nick Emmott and his staff is just one of the reasons why English’s of Brighton is such a long-running success. Set across three former fishermen’s cottages in the heart of Brighton’s old town, the restaurant has been in the same family for 70 years and places an emphasis on high-quality seafood.