Inspired by the vibrant food, kaleidoscopic palette and eclectic culture of India, The Chilli Pickle in Brighton offers an authentic and accessible Indian dining experience echoing the vibrant energy of India in its dishes, service and interior.

Celebrating the treasures they’ve discovered on their Indian travels, British couple Alun and Dawn Sperring live and breathe India. With a voracious appetite for its food and culture, they travel to a different region of the country every year and turned their passion into a business. Now celebrating ten years, The Chilli Pickle has undergone a bright, bold interior refresh with a transformative vision realised, encompassing a riotously bright colour scheme, hand-painted Tamil stencil graphics and A2 roadside-style posters, all of which echo the sensory overload you find on real Indian streets.

With dishes as diverse as the sub-continent itself, the menu crisscrosses this country, celebrating regional dishes and drawing links between states. Customers can enjoy momo steamed dumplings from Nepal, Keralan coconut curry, Old Delhi-style butter chicken or Hyderabadi biryani. While dedicated to traditional dishes, methods and ingredients, The Chilli Pickle kitchen is certainly not limited, often creating innovative dishes which pair authentic Indian condiments and spices with local, seasonal ingredients.

The Chilli Pickle is at 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE


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Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Hove Lawns on the Sat 5 – Mon 7 May with a mouth-watering summer event. This year the bank holiday weekend will see the launch of a brand-new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage and extended opening times. To date, Foodies has welcomed over three million visitors, helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers. The event proudly celebrates local produce and celebrates the most exciting and talented chefs, bakers and producers in the UK.

The festival will now celebrate live music into the night on this newly-launched stage, with performances from much-loved headliner Toploader and hugely admired band The Hoosiers. It’ll also see talented emerging bands and solo artists perform with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis. “With such fantastic summer events it seemed a natural link to partner with a festival that reaches the hearts of so many local communities,” said Alan McGee, patron of Musicians Against Homelessness. “In turn, we’re confident they can help us raise awareness and funds for our homelessness charity Crisis by bringing popular headliner bands to their stages alongside some of the country’s best unsigned musical talent.” An all-star line up will be cooking up a storm in the Chef’s Theatre, including 2017’s Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo, 64 Degrees & Great British Menu winner Michael Bremner, Michelin-starred chef of Ockenden Manor Stephen Crane, as well as Great British Bake Off finalist 2017 Steven Carter and author of Sesame & Spice Anne Shooter to name but a few, all offering recipe secrets and tips to take home. Fantastic live music adds the cherry on top of an unrivalled foodie feast, proving there’s no better place to be this summer than Foodies Festival – a gastronomic Glastonbury!


It’s time to let your local foodie heaven know how much you love them. Voting in the BRAVOs are coming to a close later this month, but there is still time to pick out your favourite foodie shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants all across Brighton & Hove.

The voting is simple: there are 16 categories, you get one vote for each category and there is the chance to win £500 worth of foodie prizes! The categories include: Best Tea & Cake, Best Brunch, Best Welcome, Best Pub, Best Cocktails, Budget Bites, Best Coffee, Family Friendly, Best Roast, Plant Champions, Best Restaurant, Dog Friendly, Most ‘Brighton’ Venue, Best Instagram, Best Sussex Venue and Best Pub Grub.

Voting closes on Sun 11 March, so do not delay. The results will be revealed on Weds 28 March on the website, so watch out to see if your favourite restaurants get an award.

To vote, and find out the results, head to:

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