Tom Flint: Raising a glass to English Tourism Week

Masala fish and chips at Curry Leaf Cafe
Masala fish and chips at Curry Leaf Cafe

It is no secret that Brighton is a city that thrives on its tourism and hospitality industry, with 10 million visitors each year who spend around £800 million in the city. Brighton’s reputation as a holiday destination is well known, and has a long history, but it has become more than just another seaside town.

To help celebrate English Tourism Week, running from the 25th March to 2nd April, the Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance have linked up with the Brighton Restaurant Association to celebrate the role that the city’s restaurants play in generating tourism.

Throughout the week many of Brighton’s top restaurants will be putting on special offers and events, alongside the many other activities taking place across the city, and here is a sample of what you can expect.

We Brits have a love affair with afternoon tea and Brighton is no exception to that. You can expect great offers from chic Kemptown tea room Metrodeco, plus a Mad Hatters Tea Party event on the 2nd April. Alternatively enjoy afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin or Blanch House at a special price.

Why not toast English Tourism Week with bespoke cocktail offers or welcome drinks at 64 Degrees, Terre a Terre, Hotel Du Vin, Blanch House, Sabai, MyHotel, Drakes or the superb Market in Hove. Brighton wine connoisseurs, Butlers Wine Cellar, will also be offering 10 per cent off all their Sussex wines for the week and will be opening different bottles each day for customers to taste. Finally, if you are looking for something special to eat then Curry Leaf Café have an offer on their innovative masala fish and chips including a cocktail or glass of Ridgeview, Chilli Pickle are putting on a Sussex lamb Raan dish, and Edendum, Drakes and Hotel Du Vin all have dinner and drink offers running.

Keep an eye out for a one-off food and ale tasting event at the Belle Vue restaurant on the 30th March in collaboration with legendary local brewery Harvey’s.

There are also two awesome beer related events taking place in our city.

The Sussex CAMRA ale festival is taking place between 23rd and 25th March at Brighton Race Course. This great event is not to be missed for lovers of all things ale and real cider. Finally, the Brighton Tap Takeover will be taking place over the weekend of the 31st March across the city.

Now in its second year, the Great Escape of craft beer will see 14 Brighton pubs dedicate their taps to a different craft brewery for the weekend. Last year’s event was superb and this year promises to be bigger better and beerier.