Brighton Marina is its own little harbour haven. Just a number 7 bus journey away, or a short drive along the seafront, you will find yourself in this secluded paradise. It is an extension of the city which offers just as much vibrancy as the centre, but I fear it sometimes gets forgotten. Rooftop car-boot sales, glow in the dark mini golf, sea-front restaurants – what’s not to love? Plus, it has all your practical needs.The marina has so much on offer that visiting may be a bit of a whirlwind. So, perhaps I can introduce you to a corner of the marina you didn’t know existed. Or, I will remind you of your favourite spot. Whether it is food, entertainment, or perfect views you are after, get yourself down to Brighton Marina.
Brighton Marina is a place where something is always happening and always bustling. It is where visiting families can stand beside yacht club lovers. Brighton’s marina is the largest in the UK which is even more reason for there to be incredible businesses and facilities at every turn. A top Brighton hack is knowing that there is free parking in the marina (time limits apply), perfect for day trips or evenings away from the city centre. Construction of the marina began in 1970, and was officially opened in May 1979 by Queen Elizabeth II. While the marina is open for leisure, it is also a residential complex made up of apartments and townhouses.
Brighton Marina Restaurants
For food choices, there are plenty. From well-known family favourite chains, to independent cuisines; sipping a cocktail on the terrace, watching the boats as the sun sets over our beloved beach. Come to the marina on a summer’s evening to have the feeling of ‘holiday from home’ amplified.
On the promenade, you can dine al fresco on the decking of Waterfront Grill which has recently been refurbished. They offer an array of seafood and pasta dishes cooked from chefs with over 20 years of experience in the finest restaurants. The interior is slick, classy and modern.
Chez Mal Brasserie is part of the boutique Malmaison hotel on the same seafront promenade. Check their website for special deals on set menus. Expect dishes with flair – French in cuisine, with American and Asian influence. From a classic fillet steak, to a gorgeous braised beef massaman curry, the menu is however seasonal with rotational specials. Lunch is served 12-4pm; dinner starts at 6pm. Also on offer are weekly Sunday roasts, or a choice of afternoon tea platters 12-4pm.
Amongst the chain restaurants are Nandos, Cafe Rouge, TGI Fridays, Prezzo, Pizza Express, Harvester, as well as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Five Guys.
If you’re after traditional, homely food Bella Napoli is the place to go. An authentic Italian restaurant where you can expect gingham table cloths and locally sourced food. Plus, staff are extremely attentive and full of expertise. The menu is an explosion of colour and taste, all very reasonably priced and generous in portion size.
A personal favourite spot for drinks and grub is The Master Mariner, an independently run traditional pub which is inviting and cosy. Picture low ceiling beams and an open fire for colder evenings. As spring and summer approach, there is plenty of outdoor seating along the water to soak in the views and buzz of the marina while you eat, drink and chat. Their Sunday roasts are incredibly popular for their huge portions and all the sides to make you believe it is Christmas. Booking is recommended!
Laughing Dog is an especially fascinating business to discover. They are a colourful store which celebrates shopping local and independently. Located in the heart of the marina, Laughing Dog also possesses an award winning cafe. It is the perfect spot for brunch or lunch, serving avocado toast, delicious bruschetta, a list of toasties and bagels, smoothies and salads. The picturesque food plus the vibrant atmosphere makes the Laughing Dog an ideal space to hangout.
Also located at Brighton Marina is West Quay Wetherspoons. A Spoons which brags lots of outdoor space to provide lovely views, complimenting all your favourite cheap food and drinks.
Activities at Brighton Marina
The leisure does not stop with food and drink because there are also plenty of activities to explore and do. While you can do a touch of shopping, you may be wanting more. There is a Cineworld cinema, Hollywood Bowl bowling alley, Rendezvous Casino, Globalls mini golf, and Funplay Leisure for classic seaside fun.
Globalls is a place like no other. An indoor mini golf hub with 4 UV courses: Aquatica, Jurassic, Zootopia golf and a Carnival games fun fair experience. You’ll find these adjacent to their own UV twist on a classic cocktail bar. Globalls is great for everyone; families, wedding groups, date nights and work events! Whoever you are, I can guarantee you will have a good time. Pop down and try one of their drinks – they are just as adventurous as the courses!
This one is for the adrenaline junkies. On the 6th and 7th of May you can bungee by the beach! Pre-book your experience to jump from 160ft with UK Bungee Jump club. You get incredible views of the beach and shoreline and this is guaranteed to be something to remember. Bungee jumps will also be available later in the year, on the weekend of 2-3rd of September.
On Sundays 6am-2pm, a car boot sale takes place on the top floor of the marina carpark for buyers and sellers. They operate on a first come, first serve basis so there is no need to pre-book your space. It is the oldest car boot fair in Brighton full of character and interesting products to explore. For shoppers, there is free entry, or a £12 bay price for sellers. Have a slow meander through the jungle of vehicles, antiques, clothes, tools and decor, and see what gems you can find.
Brighton Marina has made us aware of some traffic changes around the entrance and exit.
“As part of the Black Rock rejuvenation project, a new pedestrian and cycle link is being created between Black Rock and the Marina. This will require a temporary closure of the Marina exit ramp (lower ramp). And the Marina entrance ramp (upper ramp) will become open to two-way traffic. Mackley Construction will start the week commencing 09 January, and complete the work summer 2023. Vehicles leaving the Marina and travelling westbound into Brighton: will now access the seafront road using the new signed diversion route via the Wilson Avenue/Gas Works junction on Marina Way. Brighton and Hove buses are aware and have advised that there could be delays to bus services, especially on busier days at the Marina.
For more information about the project: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/black-rock-rejuvenation or email: firstname.lastname@example.org”
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