Feature – Brighton Fringe 2015 Special
Getting around the largest arts festival in Europe requires energy. Make sure you’re well fed this Brighton Fringe with our guide to just some of the best food and drink in town.
The New Club serves up excellent brunches, burgers, small plates and cocktails, all at affordable prices. The Bloody Mary made with bacon vodka will cure even the worst hangover. If the weather’s good, grab a seat outside overlooking the West Pier.
133-134 Kings Road, Brighton.
Fresh fish right on the beach is hard to beat and Riddle and Finns is a stone’s throw from the sea with a sun-soaked outdoor terrace. Their sister restaurant, a champagne and oyster bar of the same name, is a short walk inland on Meeting House Lane and wonderful for a candlelit evening meal.
139 Kings Road Arches, Brighton.
Seafood restaurant The Salt Room is one of Brighton’s most hyped, snazzy new openings, with a seriously slick interior, fab outdoor terrace and killer cocktails. The shellfish platters are a real treat, but don’t come cheap, while the lunch and pre-theatre menus are a steal. 106 Kings Road, Brighton.
Lucky Beach is smack on the stones with unparalleled views of the sea. It’s open all day with a menu that covers everything from excellent breakfasts to 35-day aged burgers and fish and chips. 183 Kings Road Arches, Brighton.
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Curry Leaf Café never disappoints, with modern twists on traditional dishes in a lovely, intimate setting. The mutton curry is out of this world and the beer menu is superb. Their spiced Indian brunch is a real treat, served only on Sundays from noon.
60 Ship Street, Brighton.
The most talked-about restaurant of last year, 64 Degrees, continues to impress with its innovative small plates, open kitchen and excellent music. It’s not the cheapest night out, but if you want to be wowed and try some of the most interesting food around, get down here. 53 Meeting House Lane, Brighton.
Moshimo is an authentic Japanese restaurant housed in a traditional-style building with sliding screen doors, where you can select exquisite sushi and small plates from the belt or go a la carte. Everything is spankingly fresh and the plum wine a must-try. Bartholomew Square, Brighton.
Vegetarians are generally well-catered for everywhere in Brighton, but if you fancy going entirely meat-free, you’re in the right place. Food for Friends has been around since 1981 and is a lovely, bright space with hearty yet beautifully presented food. Three mezze for £12 is a wallet-pleasing way to sample the menu.
17-18 Prince Albert Street, Brighton.
For high-end veggie fare, Terre a Terre can’t be beaten with beautifully-presented dishes that wow. The Terre a Tapas sharing plate has almost iconic status and is an absolute feast for the eyes. 71 East Street, Brighton.
Fancy a cocktail? Plateau is a gorgeous place where you can easily lose track of time, with a cocktail menu that focuses on classics with light, modern twists. When you get hungry, their small bites and sharing platters are an absolute treat. 1 Bartholomews
A short stroll away is Cocktail Shack. It’s intimate and relaxing, with a small but perfectly formed menu. Grab the coveted window seat to enjoy your drinks overlooking the pier. 34 Regency Square, Brighton.
Next door, The Set is an achingly cool new restaurant that’s getting tongues wagging with its original and inventive four-course set menus and in-the-know sommelier. Fantastic fun. 33 Regency Square, Brighton.
The Chilli Pickle has bagged a swathe of awards for its stylish interpretation of Indian street food. Their lunchtime thalis are excellent value, while in the evening, their tandoori platters are a thing of beauty. 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton.
Silo, the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant/bakery/coffee house, is a unique place. Sit on chipboard furniture, drink from a jam jar and watch your leftovers get tipped into the on-site composter. Sounds gimmicky? With food this delicious, you’ll be soon wishing all chefs had the same ethos, passion and talent.
39 Upper Gardner Street, Brighton.
In the mood for Mexican? La Choza is a cool, cheap, eccentric little spot that’s open all day for 14-hour smoked pulled pork burritos and hibiscus margaritas. The menu is small, but has something for everyone. 36 Gloucester Road, Brighton.
If you need to grab and go, Burger Brothers has queues out the door and for good reason: they’re absolutely the messiest, tastiest burgers in this area. 97 North Road, Brighton.
Tiny Korean café Namul does lovely bibimbaps, a rice dish that you tailor to your own tastes. 49 Gardner Street, Brighton.
And if you’re in town on a Friday, head to Street Diner, an open-air food market where you can stuff yourself silly for under a tenner. Brighthelm Gardens, Queens Road, Brighton.
Carlito Burrito is a fun Mexican joint with a tapas menu that’s great for sharing: the fish tacos are delicious. Don’t leave without trying a tamarind margarita or one of their many mezcals. 12 York Place, Brighton.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Semolina is an intimate café/bistro that serves up classic, considered food at reasonable prices, plus Saturday brunch and Sunday roasts. 15 Baker Street, Brighton.
SPECIAL MENTION …
Head to Seven Dials where Coggings and Co serve superb ethically-sourced burgers – the best in town – in a stylish restaurant setting. The beef dripping chips are a must, while the secluded garden is lovely on a sunny evening.
87-93 Dyke Road, Brighton.
Hove-bound? The small, stylish Gingerman restaurant on Norfolk Square is one of the best places in town and does a superb two-course lunch menu for £15. Its sister pubs The Ginger Pig, on Hove Street and The Ginger Dog on College Place across the city in Kemptown, serve up high-end food in a cosy pub atmosphere. All details/menus at www.gingermanrestaurants.com
And if you need a quick bite before leaving town, pop into The Cyclist Refreshment Room at Brighton station. Despite its unlikely setting, this quirky pub has lovely food and an impressive cake display. Well worth making time for.
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First published in the Brighton & Hove Independent on 24th April 2015