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The Lanes

  • For a long time, Brighton had a pretty dire reputation for Italian restaurants, with many to choose from but few worth returning to. You’d also be hard pushed to find one that delivered anything close to what you’d experience in Italy. Luckily for us, a few goodies have popped up recently.

  • Since I’ve taken the leap from employed to self-employed I’ve been working in a little office space downstairs in our house. Two weeks in, cabin fever set in and Simon and I began to get a little tetchy with each other. He works from home the majority of the time and although I love him to bits, we’re definitely the sort of couple that needs our own space occasionally. Cue my search for coffee shops with good working spaces and free WiFi.

  • There was a time when Browns on Duke Street, was THE place to be seen. A place for the upper echelons of society – the folk who can afford to park their flashy car on double yellows outside and not bat an eyelid at a £60 parking ticket. However, the calibre of restaurants in Brighton has gone through the roof lately, so like me, you probably haven’t thought to dine at Browns for years.

  • Brighton is a Mecca for vegetarian restaurants, and we are spoilt for places that go beyond the usual fodder. Nice enough as a goat’s cheese & caramelised onion tart or risotto are, it’s rather arduous when you find them on every menu in town. Thankfully, Brighton has Terre á Terre in The Lanes.

  • I love plant-based foods, but I’m usually of the opinion that although often wonderful and full flavoured, they would be improved if a little meat were added. However, recently I’ve discovered several veggie/vegan restaurants that have really pushed the button for me. Food for Friends being the most recent.

  • The only two cookbooks I have ever purchased have both been adorned with the cheeky face of the one time ‘Naked Chef’, Jamie Oliver. His simplistic approach to creating good hearty food has always appealed and therefore, I was delighted to accept when my friend and food blogger, Foodie Eshé, invited me to join her for a meal at his Brighton venue.

  • On the corner of Ship Street in Brighton, there is a time travel portal. It’s called Blackbird Tea Rooms. Step in and you’ll find yourself transported back to the Victorian era. On the menu are a choice of sandwiches, afternoon teas and cakes and snazzy breakfasts, just like the one here that I devoured.

  • The Eat Naked ethos is food free of gluten, refined sugars, chemicals and processing and it offers a dairy-free and vegan-friendly option every day. There are two owners behind Eat Naked, partners in business and in life: Stacie Stewart and Ryan Brown. So if I’m honest, before checking out Eat Naked I wasn’t a big fan of the ‘clean eating’ movement… I just thought it was a bit faddy and an overly controlled way of intaking food. I’m more of a balancer, eating ‘naughty foods’ on some days and ‘healthy foods’ on others.

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