Brighton has, in my opinion, some of the best restaurants and foodie bars in the country! Not just because the food slaps – ESPECIALLY the vegan food – but because you just can’t get that buzzing Brighton atmosphere anywhere else! Here’s our guide to the best of the best in Brighton – in food, music, and most importantly FUN!
DECKED OUT PIZZA
@ DEAD WAX SOCIAL // 18A BOND ST, BRIGHTON
SUN-WEDS 4PM-10PM / FRI-SAT 4PM-10PM
Decked Out Pizza Co, Brighton’s newest pizzeria, may have only been slinging out the slices for six months, but they have really started to make waves among the food community. Operating out of Dead Wax Social, their music inspired, American style pizzas not only have great names but also unbelievable flavour combinations. Who would have thought that kale and broccoli on a pizza would work? Trust us, it does. Their menu offers an equal balance of vegetarian, vegan and meat pizzas and consists of family favorites such as Margarita and Pepperoni alongside more left-field options such as Pear and blue cheese topped with honey. Here at BN1, we can’t get enough of the ‘Last Night N’duja Saved My Life’ (N’duja salami, mascarpone and red onion jam – Yum!) and are sure you will feel the same when you taste it.
If you are musically inclined, head down on Monday evenings for open mic night where performers are treated to half-price pizza or on Wednesdays at 9pm, enjoy your slice while joining DJ Cashback for his music based pub quiz. No matter what night you come down to Dead Wax Social, you will find some of Brighton’s finest selectors in this vinyl- only bar creating the perfect soundtrack to your evening, Wednesday through Saturday late into the night.
NORTH LAINE BREWHOUSE
27 GLOUCESTER PLACE, BRIGHTON
MON-THU 12PM-12AM / FRI-SAT 12PM-2AM / SUN 12-11:30PM
Brighton & Hove’s most welcoming super-pub, The North Laine Brewhouse is the big venue with a local boozer atmosphere. As the name suggests, there’s a huge selection of craft beers & ciders to get your lips around, with up to 26 taps offering the latest tastes and innovations alongside long-standing favourites.
Boasting its own in-house smoke house, the North Laine has a dazzling menu of gourmet and grill dishes to excite the palette. And if you’re feeling famished in the mid-week, there’s their (in)famous Wing Wednesday – where you can really indulge with an ‘all you can eat’ price of only £13!
Of course, some people want to be active on an epic night out. Luckily, it’s got you covered. You can settle old rivalries on their ping- pong table, of if you’ve some frustration to release, there’s their highly addictive axe-throwing.
There’s Salsa Night on a Monday, where you can prepare for that inevitable appearance on Strictly, along with speed dating sessions, truly epic quizzes, pop-up brew events and amazing DJs to liven up the weekend.
@ TEMPEST INN // 18A BOND ST, BRIGHTON
MON-THU 12-10PM / FRI 12-11PM / SAT 12-11PM / SUN 12-9PM
Sangsa is a Korean-fusion fried chicken kitchen currently operating out of The Tempest Inn on Brighton seafront. The venue currently has a 600 person capacity (300 inside and 300 outside) so unless you’re visiting during peak summer times you won’t struggle to find a table. They’re open 7 days a week; from 12 til 10 Monday to Thursday, 12 til 11 Friday and Saturday then 12 til 9 on Sunday. After closing down deliveries for the summer so they could focus on serving customers in-house, they’re very excited to be fully available again on all major delivery platforms from the end of September and will be sure to celebrate with some great deals and exclusives.
Along with that they also do a weekly Wings Wednesday promotion, where they invite people down to eat as many wings as they can in an hour. They keep track of the numbers people put away and whoever does the most wins the monthly giveaway. Also, off the back of a successful 1st attempt they’re toying with doing a weekly BBQ while the weather still somewhat warrants it. They’ve got many great things in the pipeline to keep us busy during winter, without giving too much away, some of the chefs have been trialling hot sauce recipes and how to give cheese sauce the best “stringiness”
@ THE HOPE & RUIN // 11-12 QUEENS RD, BRIGHTON
FOOD: MON-SAT 12AM-10PM / SUN 12PM-8PM
Beelzebab is Brighton’s first ever vegan-only pub kitchen! Their doner kebabs, hot dogs, loaded fries & deep fried delights have been gracing the tables of The Hope & Ruin (which also boasts a music venue and regular DJ sets in the bar) since 2015, and can be coupled with a vegan beverage from the entirely plant-based bar.
They also boast rotating monthly specials; the Dog O’ The Month, which pushes the boundaries of Hot Dog construction.
Open 7 days a week, 12-10pm Mon-Sat & 12-8pm Sun they now also offer delivery through UberEats.
41 MEETING HOUSE LN, BRIGHTON
FRI 12-9PM / SAT 11AM-10PM / SUN 12-5PM
Found on historic Meeting House Lane, RYBKA has made a name for itself since opening this year as not your average fish and chip shop. The name RYBKA comes from a Polish saying meaning ‘the fish likes to swim’ relating to the tradition of eating pickled fish with a generous shot of frozen vodka. Serving a select menu of fish and chip shop classics, alongside a curated drinks selection which could rival any pub or bar in this city, it’s easy to see why RYBKA is quickly becoming a firm favourite.
The selection of fish available for their ‘fish supper’ is dictated by what is fresh on that day, and when served alongside super crispy yet fluffy tiple cooked chips and a selection of sauces they are taking a classic fish and chips to the next level.
The guys at RYBKA are also no strangers to high quality drinks and therefore whether its craft beer, cocktails, wines or non-alcoholic drinks you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll be able to find something you like.
22 NEW ROAD, BRIGHTON
Pinocchio has been happily feeding Brighton for over 30 years and so is a Brighton Institution and a firm favourite among Brightonians wanting delicious warm comforting Italian feeds at incredibly affordable prices.
Centrally located with 2 floors of seating and an outside alfresco terrace, Pinocchio is the place to gather with a group of friends for a 2 course Italian feast for only £12!
With plenty of plant based options introduced this year as well as gluten free pizzas and pastas available, Pinocchio caters for everyone and certainly a must try for all those new students to Brighton as they offer a 10% discount on your bill – just show your student card!
@ THE EAST STREET TAP // 74 EAST ST, BRIGHTON
OPEN DAILY FROM 12PM
Serving tasty treats at East Street Tap from Thursday to Sunday, Freeloada are proving that Vegan food shouldn’t be boring or tasteless. This is ‘junk-food’ with plenty of spirit. The team behind this superb kitchen have looked closely at the vegan options across Brighton and quickly found their niche.
It started out with the concept of offering loaded fries but has quickly expanded to a chunky range of burgers, deep-fried seitan drenched in various mouth-watering sauces, wings and sides. All imaginatively presented, with a few concealing delicious surprises. Currently causing something of a sensation is their Freeze Burger – a succulent seitan patty, paired with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and crushed nuts, and squeezed into a pink bun. It needs to be tasted to be believed. If you’re too meek to test out this delicious dessert in a bap, there’s loads of heavenly vegan options to keep you coming back. Be sure to sample the Buffalo Burger, the Korean BBQ wings, and their headline act – the Moving Mountains burger with mac and cheez. There’s also plenty of awesome meal deals to keep you coming back. Here’s something genuinely different in the heart of The Lanes.
106 CHURCH ROAD, 7 BOND STREET, BRIGHTON STATION
With three stores across Brighton and Hove, you are never too far from a Bagelman when that desire for a circular snack hits. All bagels served at Bagelman are rolled by hand and ready for whichever of their tasty toppings you desire. Although they feature classics such as the Reuben and Lox Deluxe, you aren’t bound by the set toppings here – you can always build your own!
Bagelman not only serves excellent bagels. They also feature coffee sourced from Pelicano Coffee Roasters and all counter staff are trained baristas, meaning that coffee fix can be catered for while chowing down. Perfect for a chilled-out brunch or snacking on the go, you’ve got to give Bagelman a try.
You can find Bagelman’s excellent selection at their Bond Street, Hove and Brighton Station locations, all of which are open seven days a week.
LOST BOYS CHICKEN
@ THE JOKER // 18A BOND ST, BRIGHTON
MON 6-10OM / TUES-SUN 12-10PM
Dominating Preston Circus, this Joker does not play around. This funky and lively landmark serves up a range of craft beers, along with lush and legendary list of cocktails. It’s even been officially declared a top Neighbourhood Cocktail Pub. Don’t miss their plush upstairs lounge if you’re looking for something a little bit different or relaxed on London Road. There’s also the irresistible charm of a ‘Victorian train compartment’.
Cranking up the heat in the kitchen are the Lost Boys and their magic brand of chicken. Served every day until 10pm, their multi award- winning New York-style buffalo wings and signature sandwiches have been pulling in a fanatic following for a while now. Their wings, fries and poppers are served with some incredible specially-made, small batch sauces – offering almost every flavour you can imagine. The only question is: how hot do you want to go? If that’s got you excited, then be sure not to miss their popular Wing Wednesdays – Buy two portions, get a third for free. The Joker is jumping until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, making it the perfect stop off if you’re heading into town or dragging your feet on the way home.
Located at the cool end of London Road, The World’s End has always pushed things a little bit further. And now they’re whipping up a storm with the launch of Vegan Noms. This totally vegan kitchen is taking cruelty-free food to a new level, serving 100% plant-based, guilt-free junk food delights. And is even persuading a few confirmed carnivores to reassess their diets.
Born out of Brighton & Hove’s experimental pub & food scene, Vegan Noms cooks up creative & mouth-watering dishes, powered solely by plants. Sustainability is not only key to their food, but in the 100% biodegradable & environmentally friendly packaging they use.
You can gorge on the majestic OG Foot Long Hot Dawg (a mammoth chunk of well-laden goodness) or a broad and tasty range of vegan Wings – dripping with Korean BBQ-style, Buffalo or Teriyaki style sauces. Our personal favourites are the Buffalo-loaded Tater-Tots, heaped with red chillies and crispy onions. Elsewhere, there’s a full-on selection of well-stacked burgers and some colossal, loaded-fries or mushrooms. Look out for the Naughty Nuts Loaded Fries. Whether you want to be healthy or just plain decadent, there’s a plethora of plant- based offerings to satisfy that appetite.
KINGS ROAD ARCHES, SHELTER HALL, BRIGHTON
MON-SUN 8AM – UNTIL LATE
Lovingly restored and repurposed as a vibrant food court, Brighton’s shelter Hall is a big foody destination. It features seven kitchens to platform the best local chefs and a well-stocked craft beer, wine and cocktail bar. Lost Boys Chicken present Pan, their legendary fried chicken buns, rice and wings smothered in signature sauces. VIP have brought Amalfi – tasty, authentic Neapolitan pizza selection, with meat and cheese from the shores of Italy. Ox Block by MasterChef 2017 winner, Kenny Tutt, brings in a Robata grill to cook up a tasty selection of seasonal meats. Caught, by Crabshack, presents the absolute best of local fish and seafood with big simple flavours. Hanoi Kitchen offer some tasty inspiration with Zest – a range of fresh and vibrant salads with an Asian influence. If you’re in the market for a quick pick-me-up, then Sugardough’s Tart has a selection of sweet and savoury pastries and cakes, along with great coffee, to eat in or take out. Blue Taco (by Carlito Riestra) conjure authentic flavours, a come-as-you-are taqueria with fun tacos carrying seasonal local ingredients.
The Shelter Hall has live music events throughout the week, and loads of winter events, including their fab Christmas igloos.
WHAT THE PITTA
14 EAST STREET, BRIGHTON
THU-SUN 11:30AM-9PM / FRI-SAT 11:30AM-10PM
Founded in 2016, this local favourite combines an old family recipe, with the flavours of Freiburg . It’s now set to revolutionise the food scene with their winning formula – hearty, healthy and guilt-free food. Their London branch won Best Takeaway at the Kebab Awards last year, becoming the first ever vegan outlet to seize that coveted prize.
Front and centre are their vegan kebabs are simply superb, with a lush authentic texture, and loaded with late-night goodness, but available all day. The signature Vegan Doner comes with their unique and tasty vegan donor pieces in a freshly made bread wrap, with lettuce, onions, tomato, pickled red cabbage, jalapeno peppers, humous and tzatziki. Their falafel is easily amongst the best in Brighton & Hove, lovingly wrapped up with authentic spices, chilli sauce and with a mixed salad. We should also give a shout-out to their generous Mezze Box, which comes with either Falafel or Vegan Doner pieces, and the salad of your choice.
As if this wasn’t enough, they’ve also brought in a Vegan Soft Serve – a vegan version of the classic 99. We challenge you to spot tell the difference. You won’t be disappointed.
THE ETHICUREAN GUILD
@ THE BEAR INN AND THE STONEHAM PUB
The Ethicurean Guild are Kitchen Partners to some of Brighton’s best loved venues. They produce amazing food using the best local produce they can get their hands on, whilst helping to train and feed the cities most vulnerable residents via food banks and donations. The Ethicurean Guild operates out of The Bear Inn on Lewes Road and The Stoneham on Portland Road. The roasts these pubs offer are absolutely to die for, get one every Sunday from midday. Not only are these roasts delicious, but you are supporting some of Brighton’s most vulnerable citizens with every bite! And if roasts aren’t your thing there’s something even better waiting – every Sunday at 7.30pm at The Bear Inn there is a pub quiz… with FREE PIZZA!
You can also catch some live music at these two venues – which sits only a stone throw away from some of the Brighton Uni buildings, as well as catching all the major footie games. What’s not to love – cheap drinks, good food, and all the entertainment you could possibly ask for!
The Ethicurean Guild will shortly be opening something just a bit different – Fugu, a Japanese restaurant which aims to employ as many former – homeless staff as possible. Delicious and socially conscious.. These guys are awesome.
@ THE TEMPLE BAR // 121 WESTERN ROAD, BRIGHTON
Since its relaunch, seven years ago, The Temple Bar has been a staple in the Brighton pub scene. Its combination of great craft beers and food has meant that the 300+ capacity pub has always kept its finger on the pulse. In the past it has given home to two of Brighton’s best loved restaurants Curry Leaf Cafe and Lucky Beach and of recent Mexican maestros Halisco.
It’s latest addition Mối is now looking to take on the mantle and here at BN1, we couldn’t be more excited. Mối Vietnamese Street Food combines the unique flavours of Vietnam with great pub food. The flavour combinations of their Wings and Dirty Fries alongside traditional Vietnamese Pickled Veg, and Bahn Mi is both creative and delicious. The word “Mối” is Vietnamese for Fresh and we can tell you that they are definitely living up to their name. Mối opens its doors on the 4th of October and is open Monday to Saturday every week.
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