Years ago, going to Brighton meant that you needed to eat prior to your trip. Not only was food scarce, but local restaurants were simply subpar when compared to the rest of the United Kingdom. Now, however, restaurants in Brighton are teeming with great food, an amazing atmosphere and enough choices to satisfy any person’s taste buds.
Pavilion Gardens Café
Recently awarded with a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor, the Pavilion Gardens Café has been a longstanding café that offers great British cuisine. The perfect place to spend an afternoon, the Garden Café boasts beautiful views and changes their menu with the seasons.
While not a full-fledged restaurant, this café offers:
Before heading out for a day of discovery in Brighton, grab a bite to eat. The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and the prices are perfect. The café’s hours of operation are 10am – 4:30pm.
The Coal Shed
While this restaurant boasts a simple design, you can expect exquisite food when you dine at The Coal Shed. A fairly new restaurant located on Boyces Street, you can expect to find crowds waiting to get in on the weekends, but foot traffic is a little less during lunch time.
The Coal Shed offers the following:
The meat and fish are cooked to perfection. Cod, rib eye steak and various sauces make this the perfect place for meat lovers. The fish is locally sourced and brought in fresh every day. The meat comes from Scotland where only the best beef is chosen.
Prices range from 11 to 22 pounds and opening hours are 12pm – 4pm daily for lunch and 6pm – 10pm for dinner. Closing hours are 30 minutes later on Friday and Saturday.
The Regency Restaurant has great food with exceptional prices. Open from 8am – 11pm daily, this beach-facing location is great for the whole family and during the summer, you can eat outside with the sea in the distance. With a beautiful view, the restaurant is typically busy and reservations are recommended so that you always have a seat.
Prices range from 5 – 20+ pounds per person, but the cost is well worth it. This is mainly a fresh seafood restaurant and offers:
Scotch smoker salmon
The house specials also include steaks and the desserts are delectable.
Since opening their doors in 2006, Graze has quickly become a go-to spot for tourists and locals alike. Serving modern British cuisine, the restaurant provides great food with a 2008 award from culinary excellence.
Graze is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 2 for lunch and 6:30 – 9:30 for dinner. Sunday, the restaurant is only open for lunch from 12:30 – 3:30. Monday, the restaurant is closed.
The food currently on the menu includes:
Smoked leg boudin blanc
Fillet of stone bass
Cured duck yolks
Rib eye steak
There are dozens of food options available and you can book a reservation right online. Wine is also offered as well as starters and desserts. There is even a tasting menu that can be requested.
The Bistro at Hotel du Vin
A mix of French and British cuisine, the Hotel du Vin provides fine dining at an affordable price. The main menu features prices ranging from 14 – 25 pounds on average. Reservations are a must and the Ship Street restaurant is open daily from 11:30 – 10:30.
The atmosphere is very enticing with architecture seen from the Gothic and Tudor categories. Fireplaces, dark colors and soft lighting will make you forget about the hustle and bustle found right outside the restaurant’s doors. The menu is filled with great choices, including:
If you like fine dining, this is the place to go in Brighton.
The Chilli Pickle
The Chilli Pickle has completed their move, but they still provide the same menu with some welcomed extensions that simply make the experience better. Prices range from 13 – 18 pounds and opening hours are 12 – 3 for lunch and 6 – 10:30 for dinner.
The food served is Indian-centric, so you will not find the same steak and fish seen in other restaurants mentioned. Instead, expect to eat curry, chicken and Chinese chicken.
The portions are large and this is an exceptional restaurant that is simply a must-visit when in Brighton.