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Ben’s guidebook

Great food and drink

These are our favourite places to eat, with the odd pub thrown in for good measure. There's a range here - fine dining for very special occasions, to lively/quirky/buzzy venues, to great family friendly favourites. Hopefully something for everyone.
Hove: This our favourite family eatery - excellent Italian pizza and salads, always lively local atmosphere, good quality food, relaxed and great if you have younger kids. Little ones get to eat free with each adult, but it'd be great value even if they didn't. Larger groups (10+) get an option to use a private room down stairs.
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Fatto a Mano Hove
65-67 Church Rd
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Hove: This our favourite family eatery - excellent Italian pizza and salads, always lively local atmosphere, good quality food, relaxed and great if you have younger kids. Little ones get to eat free with each adult, but it'd be great value even if they didn't. Larger groups (10+) get an option to use a private room down stairs.
Hove: Masterchef Professionals winner's restaurant – vying for the top spot restaurant in Brighton & Hove - for a special occasion. Fine dining, need to book. But wow, this place, the service/food - is outstanding. Will get a Michelin star very soon surely. Best restaurant I've been to in the UK!
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etch. by Steven Edwards
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Hove: Masterchef Professionals winner's restaurant – vying for the top spot restaurant in Brighton & Hove - for a special occasion. Fine dining, need to book. But wow, this place, the service/food - is outstanding. Will get a Michelin star very soon surely. Best restaurant I've been to in the UK!
Hove Station: Great brunch options - try their hashes, fantastic
Billie's cafe
98 Goldstone Villas
Hove Station: Great brunch options - try their hashes, fantastic
Hove Station: The best (strong) coffee in Brighton and Hove (arguably) – free babyccino for the little ones!
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Small Batch Coffee
68 Goldstone Villas
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Hove Station: The best (strong) coffee in Brighton and Hove (arguably) – free babyccino for the little ones!
Hove Station: A great little local drinking house - not really a pub - no music, just good beers (and unusual opening hours). I love it. The chatty beer-enthusiast owners will sometimes provide a tour of the tap room too.
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The Watchmaker's Arms
84 Goldstone Villas
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Hove Station: A great little local drinking house - not really a pub - no music, just good beers (and unusual opening hours). I love it. The chatty beer-enthusiast owners will sometimes provide a tour of the tap room too.
Hove: Fabulous seafood and craft beer on Belfast Street. May have to book. This review sums it up... https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/dec/09/the-urchin-hove-does-its-thing-with-gusto-restaurant-review-jay-rayner
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The Urchin
15-17 Belfast St
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Hove: Fabulous seafood and craft beer on Belfast Street. May have to book. This review sums it up... https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/dec/09/the-urchin-hove-does-its-thing-with-gusto-restaurant-review-jay-rayner
Hove: Posh Gastro Pub option toward the sea
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The Ginger Pig - Restaurant & Rooms
3 Hove St
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Hove: Posh Gastro Pub option toward the sea
Hove: For the best cake in Hove
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Treacle & Co, more than cake
164 Church Road
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Hove: For the best cake in Hove
Hove: Delicious brunch options – also child friendly
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Modelo Lounge
145 Church Rd
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Hove: Delicious brunch options – also child friendly
Hove: Traditional Italian with an amazing selection of ice cream facing Hove beach
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Marrocco's
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Hove: Traditional Italian with an amazing selection of ice cream facing Hove beach
Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created
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64 Degrees
53 Meeting House Ln
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Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created
Brighton: Meaty and authentically Japanese – informal and low key but delicious
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Bincho Yakitori
63 Preston St
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Brighton: Meaty and authentically Japanese – informal and low key but delicious
Next door to Bincho Yakitori - fantastic, cosy, lively, informal Mexican (with amazing cocktails!)
Halisco
64 Preston St
Next door to Bincho Yakitori - fantastic, cosy, lively, informal Mexican (with amazing cocktails!)
Brighton: Chilli Pickle is a fantastic Southern Indian treat. Gorgeous delights and even a kids menu. Lunchtime specials. Book a table as very busy at weekends.
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The Chilli Pickle
17 Jubilee St
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Brighton: Chilli Pickle is a fantastic Southern Indian treat. Gorgeous delights and even a kids menu. Lunchtime specials. Book a table as very busy at weekends.
Brighton: Good Sunday Lunch. Traditional pub. Great for a pint if you're heading into town.
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The Lion & Lobster
24 Sillwood St
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Brighton: Good Sunday Lunch. Traditional pub. Great for a pint if you're heading into town.
Newly arrived in Brighton - decadent, over the top wonderful decor. The service is superb. Brunch is fantastic and I’ve heard afternoon tea is special. Lovely for a birthday treat. Even the loos are worth a trip - very opulent!
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The Ivy In The Lanes
51 Ship St
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Newly arrived in Brighton - decadent, over the top wonderful decor. The service is superb. Brunch is fantastic and I’ve heard afternoon tea is special. Lovely for a birthday treat. Even the loos are worth a trip - very opulent!
Brighton: Gorgeous lunch stop off in the lanes for a couple of fish dishes before braving more shopping
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Riddle & Finns
12b Meeting House Ln
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Brighton: Gorgeous lunch stop off in the lanes for a couple of fish dishes before braving more shopping
This is our friendly local. It's recently come under enthusiastic new management. It's casual - a great place for a cosy winter pint, or on a sunny day, to sit out and catch some sunshine and watch the world go by. We love it!
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The Foragers
3 Stirling Pl
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This is our friendly local. It's recently come under enthusiastic new management. It's casual - a great place for a cosy winter pint, or on a sunny day, to sit out and catch some sunshine and watch the world go by. We love it!

Sightseeing

Got to be ticked off stroll along the Pier, go on a scary ride then treat yourself to fish and chips at palms court on the Pier....and the doughnuts. Wristbands for the rides are good value. Avoid weekend afternoons. The rides are often closed if it's too windy
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브라이턴 팰리스 피어
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Got to be ticked off stroll along the Pier, go on a scary ride then treat yourself to fish and chips at palms court on the Pier....and the doughnuts. Wristbands for the rides are good value. Avoid weekend afternoons. The rides are often closed if it's too windy
Great place for a picture, sunset and in the moonlight. Quite often music or something fun going on so worth a mooch by
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Bandstand
143-145 King's Rd
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Great place for a picture, sunset and in the moonlight. Quite often music or something fun going on so worth a mooch by
Stunning inside and out. Fantastic cafe too with great afternoon tea and lunches
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로열 파빌리언
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Stunning inside and out. Fantastic cafe too with great afternoon tea and lunches
Great views - a really good attraction on a clear day - not for those with vertigo! Do book in advance to get your 'flight time'.
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British Airways i360
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Great views - a really good attraction on a clear day - not for those with vertigo! Do book in advance to get your 'flight time'.
Boutique shopper's paradise, scattered with wonderful cafes and pubs. What's not to like!
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더 레인스
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Boutique shopper's paradise, scattered with wonderful cafes and pubs. What's not to like!
Our favourite spot on the South Downs. Less busy than Devil's Dyke (and/but without the pub). Great views.
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Ditchling Beacon
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Our favourite spot on the South Downs. Less busy than Devil's Dyke (and/but without the pub). Great views.

Comedy, Music, Events

A great night out - experience Brighton’s comedy scene.
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Komedia Brighton
44-47 Gardner St
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A great night out - experience Brighton’s comedy scene.
Watch out for concerts and great comedians. Worth checking if anything is on as part of your visit
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Brighton Dome Concert Hall
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Watch out for concerts and great comedians. Worth checking if anything is on as part of your visit
Big night out? This is the place. I'm mean there's lots of choice in Brighton, but we end up here a little too frequently. Check to see what's on - it's varied!
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Green Door Store
7 Trafalgar Arches
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Big night out? This is the place. I'm mean there's lots of choice in Brighton, but we end up here a little too frequently. Check to see what's on - it's varied!
Good pub in town for a few drinks and dancing
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Black Lion
14 Black Lion St
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Good pub in town for a few drinks and dancing

Children and Playgrounds

Lovely for little ones. Take a towel in the Summer as they’ll enjoy the fountain sprays!
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Peter Pan Playground
299 Madeira Dr
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Lovely for little ones. Take a towel in the Summer as they’ll enjoy the fountain sprays!
Just next to the playground, large sandpit - great for the kids. Good spot for a sunny coffee, ice cream, lunch and a bit of respite from the often over crowded seafront.
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Yellowave Beach Sports Venue & Beach Cafe
299 Madeira Dr
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Just next to the playground, large sandpit - great for the kids. Good spot for a sunny coffee, ice cream, lunch and a bit of respite from the often over crowded seafront.
Play area at the bandstand/west pier (the burnt down one) is brilliant in the summer - it has a shallow pool for toddlers to paddle and loads of sand pits/slides - go early, especially in the heat/weekends
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King's Road Playground
28 King's Rd
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Play area at the bandstand/west pier (the burnt down one) is brilliant in the summer - it has a shallow pool for toddlers to paddle and loads of sand pits/slides - go early, especially in the heat/weekends
Adults and older kids there are a variety of water sports including water skiing and paddle boarding available at Hove Lagoon at the west end of Hove beach. There are also a number of kids activities – play park, big beach café, paddling pool adjacent to Hove lagoon
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Hove Lagoon
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Adults and older kids there are a variety of water sports including water skiing and paddle boarding available at Hove Lagoon at the west end of Hove beach. There are also a number of kids activities – play park, big beach café, paddling pool adjacent to Hove lagoon
If you’re in Brighton and the kids need a distraction, the playground at the Level a walk north of the Pavilion area is also good - again it has fountains.
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The Level
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If you’re in Brighton and the kids need a distraction, the playground at the Level a walk north of the Pavilion area is also good - again it has fountains.
Nice little seaside attraction - there's a stop at the Peter Pan playground, and Yellowwave beach cafe. We'll often park up on the Madiera drive and go to all three before heading for the beach. A good day out in good weather if you need to keep little ones entertained.
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Volk's Electric Railway
285 Madeira Drive
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Nice little seaside attraction - there's a stop at the Peter Pan playground, and Yellowwave beach cafe. We'll often park up on the Madiera drive and go to all three before heading for the beach. A good day out in good weather if you need to keep little ones entertained.
Hove Park is large and scenic and also has a children’s play ground, and across the park, a larger climbing boulder. The park also has tennis courts, Saturday morning Park Run (9am), Sunday morning Park Run for kids (also 9am), a miniature railway ( north/west corner - check opening times) and a cafe.
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Hove Park
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Hove Park is large and scenic and also has a children’s play ground, and across the park, a larger climbing boulder. The park also has tennis courts, Saturday morning Park Run (9am), Sunday morning Park Run for kids (also 9am), a miniature railway ( north/west corner - check opening times) and a cafe.

Rainy days out

For younger kids the soft play at Monkey Bizness in Lewes is the best of that sort of thing around
The oldest indoor marina in the world...
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SEA LIFE Brighton
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The oldest indoor marina in the world...
Monkey Bizness Lewes
Cinema + Bowling complex as well as a variety of (chain) eating options
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브라이턴 마리나
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Cinema + Bowling complex as well as a variety of (chain) eating options

Supermarkets

5 minute drive along Sackville Road en route to the A27. More expensive, but better quality food.
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Waitrose & Partners
121 Nevill Rd
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5 minute drive along Sackville Road en route to the A27. More expensive, but better quality food.
Biggest supermarket nearby
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Tesco Superstore
167 Church Road
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Biggest supermarket nearby
Mini-market close to Hove Station
Tesco Express
84 - 86 Denmark Villas
Mini-market close to Hove Station
Mid-sized supermarket nearby
Co-op Food - Blatchington Road
76-82 Blatchington Rd
Mid-sized supermarket nearby

Take-away/Delivery favourites

Best Chinese takeaway option in Hove and they deliver
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Danny's Restaurant
179 Portland Rd
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Best Chinese takeaway option in Hove and they deliver
Easily the best for curry and good eating in too!
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Hove Tandoori
175 Church Road
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Easily the best for curry and good eating in too!
Really good Thai takeaway (don’t be fooled by the unassuming shopfront!)
Papaya - Thai Cafe & Noodle Bar
56 George St
Really good Thai takeaway (don’t be fooled by the unassuming shopfront!)
Classic Italian options, good value and quality – delivery available
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Pizza 500
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Classic Italian options, good value and quality – delivery available
Takeaway/delivery pizza – more unusual + vegetarian/vegan options
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Pizzaface Hove
1 Coleridge St
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Takeaway/delivery pizza – more unusual + vegetarian/vegan options
Great, fresh Vietnamese, delivery available online
The Big Bowl
54 Preston St
Great, fresh Vietnamese, delivery available online
The best fish and chips for miles around (well... alongside Bankers)
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Wolfies Of Hove
90 Goldstone Villas
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The best fish and chips for miles around (well... alongside Bankers)
The best fish and chips for miles around (... alongside Wolfies!)
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Bankers Express
131 Church Rd
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The best fish and chips for miles around (... alongside Wolfies!)
Like Big Bowl - great, fresh, healthy Vietnamese takeaway
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Pho Brighton
12 Black Lion St
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Like Big Bowl - great, fresh, healthy Vietnamese takeaway