A trip to a British seaside isn’t complete without a classic fish and chips on the beach from your favourite chippy. However, the Brighton restaurant scene has evolved into something much more exciting and deliciously appealing. Now, chefs are focusing on cooking with seasonal, local produce, excellent quality ingredients (and wine) and trying to incorporate multicultural influences, as well as a celebrate the best of British. If you are planning a day trip or two to Brighton, why not factor in some delicious foodie pitstops for some small (or bigger) bites?
The award-winning 64 Degrees is tucked in one of the higgledy-piggledy streets of The Lanes. Owned by Great British Menu 2017 winner chef Michael Bremner, it is small, sleek and modern. The black, wooden and copper tones create an industrial look. Sitting at the bar in front of the open kitchen is a great position to watch and smell the food theatre served by the passionate chefs.
Must try: Fried cauliflower with BBQ sauce, pumpkin seeds and a sweetcorn relish.
Murmur is the sister restaurant to 64 Degrees; it sits under The Arches overlooking the West Pier. The fresh air, bright interior design and seafront location bathed in sunlight is a winning al fresco combination.
Must try: Grilled prawns with smoked chilli aioli and lemon.
Little Fish Market
Situated very inconspicuously at the corner of a residential street, the Little Fish Market is a hidden gem. With lots of natural light flooding in and space for 18-20 covers, the incredible chef Duncan Ray cooks every single dish entirely solo in the tiny kitchen downstairs. Expect to enjoy a very relaxed dining experience with a focus on fresh, high quality produce and a professional service.
Must try: Squid ink tempura oysters with flavours from Thailand.
At just 25 years-of-age, Chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland has created a fantastic, modern British restaurant. Despite the team’s youthfulness (Isaac is the oldest), they are professional, knowledgeable and incredibly talented. With enough space for just 18 covers, an open kitchen and TVs showing the food as it’s prepared, their ethos is “Sussex on a plate”, sourcing all their ingredients from Sussex and the surrounding area. It was also the first restaurant in the world to serve an exclusively all-English wine list.
Must try: Lamb ragu with green beans and hazelnut.
L’Atelier du Vin
The Prohibition-era style – the braces-wearing staff, jazz music, low lighting and vintage furniture – will make you want to spend many a night in this bar in the North Laine. However, the rooftop is the summer highlight; a perfect escape in the heart of the city for sundown cocktails.
Must try: Ox cheek “doughnut” with horseradish dusting and sauce.