Event – London Road Food Trail
As part of the tremendously successful Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, the 4th Food Trail took place this weekend. Previously, the food trail has focussed on Brighton town centre. However, due to the fantastic regeneration of the London Road area, this year saw a change of destination and new establishments offering food and drink for over seventy hungry foodies.
Starting in the strange surroundings of Carters Domestic Appliances, we collected our trail maps and a glass of wine whilst watching Kieran from Beach BBQ cook up some delicious halloumi and pig’s cheeks in the shop, next to the washing machines. A slightly surreal experience, but not a bad start at all.
Making our way to La Choza at Hare and Hounds, a woman in traditional Mexican face paint gave us a tostada with chicken and salsa. This was fresh and tasty but lacked spice.
We were going at quite a pace by now and Alcampo Lounge was next. A friendly, smiley chap gave us a surprisingly decent plate of tapas, with chicken teriyaki being the winner by a nose. Wondering quite how we were going to manage all ten places on the trail, we stumbled in to the most welcoming place of all, Emporium. A table groaning with sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes and biscuits was ready and waiting for us. Their croque monsieur was to the second tastiest thing I ate all day.
Crossing the road and heading South, we arrived at the brightly lit world of HiSbe, a local, ethical supermarket. Recommending various products and sharing the HiSbe ethos, we nibbled biscuits and loaded our pockets with promoted jam, tea and soap.
Fully fired up, we marched the short distance to Nordic Coffee Collective. The freshly baked cinnamon bun was bouncy and delicious but the hot chocolate sadly slightly bland. Dipping dried haddock in softened butter was a fun and authentic Icelandic experience. One to keep on the radar and return to.
Next door was Moksha Caffé where the best food of the day was to be found. We were greeted by a smooth beetroot shooter that woke me up with a jolt. Followed was a plate of their greatest hits including a very crispy piece of toast with a fish and seafood based tzatziki, banoffee pie and mini pancakes with rich maple syrup.
Feeling pretty stuffed after visiting seven establishments, we went to Eastern Eye which others had raved about, but it was disappointingly already closed. Finishing off with Velo Cafe, I headed home to lie down. My apologies to The Druids, I’ll make it up to you next time.
Overall, what a great success it was. London Road is a bona fide food and drink destination, and ripe for a crawl of either variety.
Words by Sam Redfern