Where, When & Why
Brighton // February 2018 // Seaside day tripping
It's no secret that I really love the seaside so when the sun shines I can't think of any place I'd rather be than heading to the coast to blow away the cobwebs of the city. Luckily for me, Brighton is right on my doorstep and cheap as chips to travel to. Boasting a vibrant art, music and food scene, it's also way more than just another beach town and why I keep it top of my list for an easy peasy break from the Big Smoke.
My Brighton - broken down by eating, drinking & doing - consists of frequent coffee breaks, getting lost in all the Laines has to offer, & really good food. Here we go!
What I Spent - £20.25
Train ticket: £8.05 return
Turmeric latte, Lucky Beach: £3.40
Coffee, Point One: £2.30
Quackfruit Fries, Beelzebab: £6.50
First and foremost, whether your vegan, flexitarian or an all out carnivore, you won't go hungry here. Insatiable sweet tooth? Yep, you're covered too - and you really need to indulge in the yuzu macaron a la Julien Plumart Boutique. Yum. Ok, need to focus on proper eats for now.
There are two go-to spots for a killer veggie roast. First up to the plate is the Ginger Dog; a slightly off the beaten track, trendy gastropub whose buttery mushroom wellington followed by blackberry crumble & burnt butter ice cream is frankly, to die for. Especially when washed down with a crisp glass of prosecco.
The Lion & Lobster is high on the list thanks to their hearty nut roast, crispy roast spuds, & classic pub vibe. Team this heady combo with a healthy serving of pinot noir for maximum enjoyment.
Once a punk rock pop up serving vegan junk for your trunk, Beelzebab since became a permanent fixture at The Hope & Ruin. These lads do things with tofu & jackfruit few, if any, deemed possible.
Grubbs take a more traditional approach to American diner fare. Low-key, high-taste dominates their menu but expect a wait if you plan on visiting during peak times or The Great Escape.
One for a chilled & classy late lunch, Food For Friends is Brighton's original vegetarian restaurant whose menu has been filling bellies since 1981. Expect delicious eats with a slightly more London-esque price tag.
In need of a break from being battered by the blustery sea breeze, Lucky Beach Cafe was just the ticket. As tempting as their fusion menu was Beezlebab was already on my mind so I forewent the tandoori tacos and settled on a big ass turmeric latte. Next time...
Point One Coffee are all about single origin brews. This focused approach to their product pays off in inimitable quality. Taking a moment to settle into the coffee shop's simple setting as aromas from their custom roasts filled the air. Full of fruity flavours, and a hint of lychee, go classic with a black americano built on the Guatemalan bean.
As awesome a solid brew is, sometimes the hard stuff is needed to take the edge off. Local heroes, North Laine Brewery brew their originals on site. Get down here for a rainbow of ales, porters and single hop creations.
A devotion to beer, vinyl & pizza Dead Wax Social gives me some serious Evel Pie nostalgia. As DWHQ staff spin from the 5000 title strong vinyl selection fill your boots on a finely curated selection of bottles & schooners while scoffing down one of twenty perfectly topped pies.
The Hope & Ruin is a Brighton standard. A stones throw from the station and top of North Laine, this legendary spot is also home to Beelzebab and many a night lost to punk rock shows.
When in Brighton, there are a few must-do things to tick off the list including a trip down The Laines. A maze of alleys and side streets full of vintage shops brimming with clobber and cacti, independent eateries (probably also serving up some cacti!), & some truly weird and wonderful sights to keep you more than entertained.
Located at the end of North Laine is Brighton Royal Pavilion, a bold and exotic palace smack bang in the city centre. The gardens surrounding the estate are free to visit but get yourself indoors to experience the splendor of the colourful decor. Get 10% off tickets to the museum by ordering online.
Brighton Palace Pier and a stroll along the pebble beach is free and a lot of fun. The pier's indoor arcade bustles with activity and noise while outside a marginally quieter wander gifts panoramic views of the city behind and skeleton pier to the west.
Street art is rife in this fun town so find it as you go or undertake a fun & informative street art tour with Brighton Bike Tours. Regardless of your mode of transport you can count on finding a plethora of birght pop, graffiti, & bold street art at every turn.
As well as some very striking art, Brighton boasts some top notch Instagrammable buildings guaranteed to wrack up those likes. Pretty pastels and hues of pearlescent grey make up many of the residential streets and if you don't spot someone taking a "candid" snap you're missing a trick.