The Cheeky Guide to Brighton by David Bramwell and Tim Bick

This is the 6th edition to this wonderful book and if you haven’t read it yet, go and buy it immediately

This is the 6th edition to this wonderful book and if you haven’t read it yet, go and buy it immediately. It’s crammed full of the most wonderful recommendations and stories about our city that you never knew, as well as the naming and shaming of the ‘Brighton Embarrassment’ (The Marina, Churchill Square, West Street and Anston House, all of which are truly eyesores and awful).

cheeky guide to BrightonThe shopping guide is as quirky and eclectic as our favourite shops including Kemptown Bookshop, Dave’s Comics and the wonderful Colin Page where I have lost several hours in my day browsing the atmospheric book shelves of antiquarian books and braving the spiral staircase.

Brighton has a plethora of independent tearooms and coffee shops (some a tad too independent for any sort of civilised service, but that’s a bugbear of mine) but some favourites are mentioned as well as some newcomers to the scene (Presuming Ed in London Road) and the ever divine Treacle in Church Road where I defy anyone to sample a better Bakewell tart. The bars and pubs have a big section devoted to it – and quite rightly, as there are more pubs in Brighton to satisfy the thirstiest of Glasweigans, from the tiny, to the tacky to the camp.

Bramwell is a fount of knowledge about Brighton and will be joined by another Brighton lover, Julie Burchill at Bookish in January. I wonder what their favourite bar is?

David Bramwell and Julie Burchill will be appearing at The Bookish Supper Salon on January 27. Tickets from