Brighton & Hove Food Guide

by Eshé Brown
The Chilli Pickle

An insider’s guide to the best places to eat across Brighton & Hove, with a focus on independent restaurants.

I’m always being asked to recommend good places to eat and drink, so I thought it was about time I put together a directory of all the places I’d highly recommend, what sort of food they serve and where they are in the city. A little black book of sorts. I’m also passionate about supporting independent restaurants in the city, so you’ll notice the likes of Pizza Express or Zizzi’s won’t make it on here. I also update this annually, so although the original published date is 2015 you’ll find new restaurants on here each year. So, in no particular order, here is my Brighton & Hove Food Guide:

Cin Cin, Vine Street, Brighton

Authentic Italian food tucked away in the North Laine. This brand new Italian bar and kitchen serves beautiful Italian antipasti and fresh pasta, which is made on site each day. Visit on a Tuesday and a glass of wine/beer and a bowl of pasta is just £10. Cin Cin opens for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday.

Cin Cin Italian Restaurant Brighton

Bincho Yakitori, Preston Street, Brighton

A hybrid of Korean/Japanese/Vietnamese street food that’s simple but big on flavour. The menu is printed every week and specials drawn up daily. There are no fancy frills, just delicious food cooked to order, perfect for sharing or grazing. Very reasonably priced too. Review here.

Bincho Yakitori - OctoberBEST

Isaac At – Gloucester Road, Brighton

On the corner of Gloucester Street in the North Laine this new pop-up restaurant opens from Tuesday through to Saturday. Choose the set menu (for £35) or the tasting menu (£47) and dine on exquisite, contemporary, fine British cuisine, with seasonal local ingredients which are often foraged. Review here.

64 Degrees – Meeting House Lane, Brighton

Tasty small plates using fresh, local produce. In 2014 it was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin and won Best Restaurant at the Brighton & Hove Food Awards. Read my interview with the Head Chef here.

64 Degrees

The Urchin – Belfast Street, Hove

Craft beer and shellfish is this pubs speciality as well as Sunday roasts. Dine in the restaurant, up at the bar or on the ample outside seating. Review here.

The Urchin Pub Hove

The Set – Regency Square, Brighton

Seasonal British Food. The Set offers three tasting menus created using local suppliers which change through the seasons. Dining is in an intimate and relaxed setting.

The Set Cafe - OctoberBEST

Plateau – Bartholomews, Brighton

French Wine Bar & Restaurant. A great spot for a romantic date, especially if you opt for one of the sharing platters (plateaux).

Plateau French Restaurant Brighton

MARKET – Western Road, Brighton/Hove

Centred around sharing and offering a wide variety of ‘small plates’. If you’d prefer not to share, there are also classics, daily specials, Sunday roasts and the weekend Big MARKET Brunch. Review here.

Best Roast - The Market Brighton

Fatto A Mano – London Road or Church Road

For a slice of Italy, a must-visit is Fatto A Mano with restaurants in both Hove and Brighton. Dishing up classic Neapolitan pizzas with soft, pillowy bases via its wood-fired pizza oven. Brighton review here. Hove review here.

Fatto A Mano Hove Star Shaped Calzone

The Chilli Pickle – Jubilee Street, Brighton

Authentic Indian. In the heart of the city by the Jubilee Library, Take advantage of the £10 King Thalia Monday offer which is a steal. Also offers an epic takeaway via The Chilli Pickle Canteen. Review here.

The Chilli Pickle Indian Restaurant Brighton

VIP Pizza – Old Stein, Brighton

Authentic Italian Pizza. Pizza just a stone’s throw from The Palace Pier. Super cheap, super tasty. Review here.

VIP Pizza Brighton Restaurant

Terre á Terre –  East Street, Brighton

Vegetarian. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city, the food is not only delicious but a work of art. Review here.

Terre Terre Brighton

Silo – Upper Gardner Street, Brighton

Zero-waste restaurant, bakery and coffee house, removing the unnecessary processing of food. Total hipster hangout. Review here.

silo brighton

Burger Brothers – North Road, Brighton

Damn good Burgers. No chips. The BEST burgers you’ll find in the city. Review here.

Burger Brothers Brighton

Giggling Squid – Church Road, Hove

Thai. Genuine, fresh and plated up exquisitely! Thai tapas are a great way to try this menu but book ahead as it’s a popular spot. Review here.

Chu Chin Sea Bass - Giggling Squid Hove

The Coal Shed – Boyces Street, Brighton

Steak and seafood. A variety of cuts and weights of meat and fish can be chosen, alongside various side orders to cater for individuals or to share. Specials are also seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

The Salt Room – Kings Road, Brighton

Modern British seafood and grill. Headed by the team behind The Coal Shed. The steaks here are something else. Cooked on a Josper grill and generously chunky you can’t go wrong with any of the cuts on the menu. Review here.

The Salt Room

Gars – Prince Albert Street, Brighton

Chinese. The only one I would recommend in the city. The Chef’s/Monk’s choice is a must – you are guaranteed not to leave feeling hungry after it.

gars chinese brighton

La Choza – Gloucester Road, Brighton

Mexican Street Food. Cheap & tasty dishes in fascinating surroundings. La Choza also caters for veggies, vegans and those on a gluten-free diet. Revie here.

English’s – East Street, Brighton

Seafood. Classic, quality seafood served by exceptionally knowledgeable staff. Oysters are a must for a real treat. Review here.

Food Photography by Foodie Eshé

The Ginger Pig – Hove Street, Hove

Modern European. Serving traditional food sourced locally from the best Sussex suppliers in a contemporary setting.

Ginger Pig Restauarants Brighton

Riddle and Fins – Meeting House Lane, Brighton

Seafood. A seriously luxurious culinary experience offering quality, local seafood, oysters and Champagne dining. They don’t take bookings over but pop by on the day, request a table and head to a pub/bar nearby whilst you wait for one to free up.

Riddle & Finns Seafood Restaurant Brighton

*Photos of The Chilli Pickle, Plateau, 64 Degrees, The Coal Shed, Gars, Riddle & Finns, Makara & The Ginger Pig provided by the restaurants.

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Emma February 7, 2017 - 11:29 AM

I went to Bincho Yakitori FINALLY last week, after seeing this very picture of their wings (and having it on my ‘must eat at’ list ever since!). TOO GOOD. Thank you! Your photos really do the food justice 🙂

Eshé Brown February 12, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Hi Emma, isn’t Bincho brilliant! I went twice in the last month myself! It’s also amazing value for money too – 5 of us ate there and had wine for £75… such a bargain! Thank you for commenting too x

Sophie February 12, 2017 - 1:35 PM

I love this blog, thanks for doing all the legwork for us Brighton foodies! I was wondering if you had any advice on a good place to eat for 15+ nice well-behaved men for a stag do? Many thanks, Sophie x

Eshé Brown February 12, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Hi Sophie, thanks for reading the blog! In terms of places that can cater well for large groups I held a birthday party for 20 at SIX on Western Road and that was very good (best to order food in advance of the night if you can though). Also The Chilli Pickle on Jubilee Street will take large bookings and if you’re looking for something a bit more top end, then Isaac At or Plateau have the space for groups too. x

Jim August 2, 2017 - 6:31 AM

Not been on the site for a while Eshe. Wow, you have been busy! You make choosing a restaurant in Brighton so easy.

When people from out of town ask me for a recommendation, I no longer need to rack my brains and send them a long email of options. I just send them your way.

Thank you!

Eshé Brown August 3, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Hi Jim! Thank you for popping by and for the feedback on the layout. I had some good UX advice from a friend so spent a bit more time on it last year. More improvements coming soon too! I’ll drop you an email about coffee too as I’d love to catch up! X

Jim August 2, 2017 - 6:34 AM

Hey eshe
Hope you are well. Your trip to Central America looked amazing!!!!!
A few typos in my post, feel free to fix / amend.
Hope life is treating you well. Shall we grab a sandwich sometime???
Jim x


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