It's summertime and the eating is easy

Spending a month away made me realise how spoiled we are in this city.

Friday, 1st August 2014, 6:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:57 pm

Spending a month away made me realise how spoiled we are in this city, especially with regards to food.

From themed pop-ups in community spaces to high-end, formal dining, Brighton and Hove is one of the most promising food destinations in the United Kingdom. And now that summer has started, there is even more time to explore our ever-expanding food scene.

I have compiled some foodie highlights for you to try over the coming weeks, ensuring a continued focus on the independent, creative, and downright interesting aspects of the best places in town.

The New Club

133-144 King's Road, Brighton, BN1 2HH

A firm favourite among the Places I Eat Brighton team, it's been thrilling to watch this New-York-influenced bar/restaurant go from strength to strength.

The introduction of weekday menu specials, including a superb Southern fried chicken evening every Wednesday, has made The New Club one of the hippest places to dine in this summer.

Sussex and the World Market and Children's Festival, part of the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival on Hove Lawns photo ©Julia Claxton

Street Diner

Wednesday at Hove Town Hall; Friday and Saturday at Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton, BN3 4AH

Launching a little more than a year ago, Street Diner has seen unparalleled success with their platform for local traders to showcase an array of worldwide street foods.

Feast in the sunshine on Venezuelan arepas, Caribbean jerk chicken, vegan kebabs, Indian vegetarian nibbles, and Middle Eastern meze - to name but a few of the weekly delights on offer.


Across the city

The concept of a pop-up has grown to incorporate not only events in people's houses, but also those in pubs, cafes and bars.

Currently on offer this summer are Asian grazing evenings by Ed Heller (The Brunswick), fine dining by The Set (Dan Kenny and Semone Bonner, from the Gingerman Group) and seasonal feasts from Tina CanTina, Brighton's supper-club queen. Visit to find out more.

Sussex and the World Market and Children's Festival, part of the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival on Hove Lawns photo ©Julia Claxton

Brighton Open Market

London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JU

Having opened a fortnight ago, the revamped Brighton Open Market is yet another fantastic addition to London Road's flourishing food scene.

Traders include The Flying Saucer, specialising in artisan teas and coffee; Foodshed, providing locally-grown produce; Mari's deli, serving hand-carved Iberian ham and Spanish cheese, alongside Smorl's Humous, Falafel and Salad Bar. A must for every ethically-conscious shopper and foodie this summer.

Boho Gelato

6 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ

As featured in our Ice cream special, Boho Gelato is the place to get your artisan Italian gelato this summer.

With an ever-revolving collection of handmade ice creams and sorbets, the focus is on providing enticing flavours that cater for all palates and dietary requirements. Join the queue at Brighton's premier ice-cream shop.

The Creperie

2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD

A cross between French Riviera and sunny Brighton seaside, The Creperie is impressing with both their crisp, chic decor and, of course, a wide selection of sweet and savoury crepes.

Made from French buckwheat flour, the crepe menu includes a divine Sussex Smokie alongside more traditional galettes such as crepe de maison filled with French tartiflette.

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

Across the city

Running from September 4 to 14, the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival is the perfect end to a summer of food merriment.

Nick Mosley, the festival director, promises an eclectic array of events including Food Lab - which partners top chefs and producers alongside each other to create unique dishes - and a new foraging masterclass, as well as old favourites including Bitter and Twisted beer and cider evening, plus Sussex and the World Food Market.