Lebanese restaurant. Gorgeous food - mezes, grills etc (must try fatoush). Great value, especially the set menu. Very friendly. Family run and therefore very welcoming toward young children. Top off your food with a hubba bubba pipe. Everyone we take loves it and takes their friends too.
44 Preston Street, Brighton;
tel: 01273 734 810
This is a great little cafe right at the top of North Laine. It's got classic tunes on the stereo - motown, soul and rock and roll - and the cash till was in Quadrophenia. In keeping with the retro theme everything is served on vintage crockery, think 50s Pyrex plates and coffee cups. They have a good range of sandwiches and cake as well as coffee and a lovely coke float. In the summer you can sit outside on the street, or on a patio at the back. It makes the walk up the hill totally worth it, and it's the perfect way to round off a shopping trip.
37 Sydney St, Brighton, BN1 4EP;
Upmarket greengrocers and, more importantly, cafe/restaurant. Some simple and some not-so-simple fare, prepared with the freshest ingredients; and the puddings! They look like they've been designed by an architect and are a meal in themselves. Shared tables and friendly staff mean that this is a place to meet people, eat well and go away with a little treat for later (they do takeaways too).
The Depot, 100 North Road.
tel: 01273 692 894;
Vegetarian Indian street food restaurant run by a friendly couple in Preston Street. It is one of the few places that I have been to as a vegetarian where I can hold my head up with carnivorous friends. The food provided is delicious - especially the Bhel Puri for starters and the peas and paneer main. It also has a wine list to die for - fabulous organic wines or a range of real ales or eastern European beers for those who want a more traditional accompaniment to a curry.
54 Preston Street, Brighton;
tel: 01273 275717
Top notch takeaway chippie. It comes into its own, though, when you eat in. The decor is plain, but you have a choice of the freshest fish sourced locally and cooked to perfection. I'd challenge anyone to go away hungry, and they have a BYO policy. So delicious fish washed down with cold beers from the Co-op down the road. Budget heaven!
22-23 Baker St, off London Road;
tel: 01273 681 256
This hotel does great food, fab wines (of course) and has a walk-in humidor. It is part of a chain, and a great chain too. Highly recommended, even if you just pop in to visit the bar. You won't be disappointed.
Trencher's is a fantastic fish and chip restaurant. It isn't a takeaway - you eat in. The fish and chips are fantastic. Obviously you can't go to Whitby without having fish and chips at least once and I recommend here.
New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire;
tel: 01947 603212
Telephone: 01947 603212
To avoid the crowds in Brighton, head further west along the coast to Shoreham-by-Sea. Shoreham beach is lovely and rarely crowded. The Seafood Experience, just back from the beach, is great for tapas and seafood platters.
Regular buses and trains from Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea. Journey time is around 10 minutes;
The Seafood Experience: 29 Ferry Road, Shoreham Beach;
tel: 01273 464768;
While expensive for NYC (circa $150 for two people for a three-course meal with a great Italian wine) the food is tremendous: the buffalo mozzarella melts in the mouth, the pastas are great and the creme brulee is one of the best I've had. One advantage of the price is the service you get. Unlike the usual rush of most restaurants, you have the table until you've finished, so its worth booking at least 1-2 days ahead.
Allegedly Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas eat there, but I've never seen them on my three visits.
7 East 54th St; tel: (212) 688-1999
When I was artist in residence at Embassy Court (www.myspace.com/asrubyscomet ) I would eat in this nearly-veggie cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. It has loads of lovely fresh salads and quiche and such like, and is light and airy, and has very cheap live music nights nearly every night. Absolutely wonderful. Oh and Wifi.
51-55 Brunswick Street East, Hove;
tel: 01273 770 002;
open: Mon-Sun, 9am-11pm;
The most incredible selection of handmade (mostly) organic chocolate bars, truffles, drinking chocolate and other wonderful things in flavour combinations that will make you weep.
And it's a local, ethical, family owned company - always great to support.
15 Duke Street;
tel: 01273 324 979;
open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm;
Pub in central Brighton with enough brass and red carpet to still be called a pub - and not a bar. It has a great barn-like seating area, lots of little sections, a function/cocktail room upstairs and a great - and good value - menu. It's fab.
15 Black Lion St, Brighton; tel: 01273 329472
A great pub with a fab patio, that gets very crowded with local people for a good reason. A cheeky (honestly, it is cheeky) menu offering home-cooked food in enormous portions, always with freshly baked bread on the side. I can't tell you how good it is, you just have to try it. It's a Brighton thing.
13 Middle Street, Brighton; tel: 01273710444;
pen: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm
Walk away from Brighton towards Hove along the seafront, the Meeting Place Cafe is on the border between the two. Great on a Sunday morning for watching everyone bike, blade and walk by and much better breakfasts than most of the overpriced fish restaurants along the front between here and the Pier. It's not that sophisticated (not a bad thing in Brighton) but the location's perfect.
Brighton & Hove Boundary, Kings Road, Brighton;
tel: 01273 206417;
Fantastic decor, open windows overlooking the river, colonial charm and delicious food and drink.
This not only is a brilliant hotel, tucked just around the corner on Ship Street, but a truly fabulous restaurant. Why can't the London guys learn from this, so beautifully presented, and such a nice atmosphere.
A pub with a fab selection of drinks, extensive range of wines by the glass, banana beer...you name it... Food is pretty tasty 'pub grub'. Visit in December - their Christmas decorations have to be seen to be believed.
Located down a small alley this wee cafe serves the best cakes, especially the scones. I love the granny feel it has - particularly its odd pieces of crockery and doilies. Go there when you fancy a nice cup of tea and a treat.
4 Pool Valley, near the sea front (5 mins from Brighton Pier);
tel: 01273 327 380
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