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Spring weekend in Brighton: Damn it’s hot!

Hey, if you haven’t noticed, the first spring weekend in Brighton was more like summer! So, what’s happening with our weather – and the million dollar question: Is it going to last?

I can pretty much guarantee it’s not going to last – this is England. Saying that, if you’re coming here from abroad after a cheap bed and breakfast in Brighton, you’d probably be disappointed if it didn’t rain heavily for at least some of your stay.

Pimms o'clock was early this year

Pimms o'clock was early this year

However, it is glorious and the town has again been transformed into seafront playground, complete with the first successful BBQs of the year – in March! And even a few very brave skinny-dipping attempts – in March!

As surreal as it might be, we were sat on the beach having our first BBQ of the year, drinking Pimms – as you do – and heard the ‘Beach Boys’ drifting along the shimmering airwaves.

The group next to us were so inspired they got their kit off and got in for a dip. Well, the girl did. The two guys bottled it!

So where is all this unseasonably good weather coming from? Apparently it’s the Mediterranean and North African wind – had that on holiday once, very nasty.

And while we can’t guarantee every spring weekend in Brighton will be as warm, we can promise the beach is great in all weathers, the pier is open all year, and there’s fun to be had in this town, sun up or sun down.

If you are feeling like a dip, first take a read of our beach safety guide. Maybe get your head examined, then take a read of our…

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Top Cafés in Brighton No.6 – Café Coho

It’s been a long time coming this review. Especially considering we’ve been back to this next café 5/6 times in the last 3 months. So sliding easily into our slow-time review of cafes in Brighton is the fairly new Café Coho at 53 Ship Street.

Chunky funky

Chunky funky Coho

Greet location: just on the edge of the South Lanes, without being crushed into the rabbit warren, the café has a prime people spot.

Coffee – Ok, down to business. Union hand roasted is a top blend and we’ve always liked the delivery at Coho.

Space: upstairs has a good-sized table and spot on window view up the road. Service is good with the staff happy for you to run a tab for a few people and settle up later.

The food’s ok, nothing really special, but then again the ploughman’s sandwich was great and there are plenty of midday sarnies and snacks to feast on.

As a quick drop back off the high street and option to the chain store coffee bars it’s well worth a try. Bare stone walls add to the chunky modern feel – and it would make a great spot for a reception…

Christmas shopping in Brighton and it’s all getting too much, step out of TKMax – we know you go there – and turn left towards the South Lanes, Coho’s just around the corner , can’t miss it.

We’ll be upstairs; it’s our favourite spot.

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Xmas lunch in Brighton, anyone?

As well as the family meal to prepare, there’s also the works Christmas doo to organise and drinks with friends to sort out.

So, unless you fancy plucking up the courage we’d suggest you book a Xmas lunch in Brighton with one of these beauties and save yourselves the hassle. And look out for our Xmas and New Year hotel breaks if you want to make a holiday of it!

Book soon for Xmas lunch in Brighton Image: Flickr/ Fimb

Book soon for Xmas lunch in Brighton Image: Flickr/ Fimb

We’ve looked around at what’s on offer this Xmas in Brighton, and here’s a selection of deals and dishes of delight.

Should be a nice mix of price and palate here – and plenty of vege dishes, too!

Use the links to the restaurants to find out more detail, availability etc.

Nom, nom,nom…

Fiddlers Elbow

There’s a menu for £17.95 and a Buffet for £12.00pp

Includes starter, main and desert. There’s a tasty looking vege option as well as turkey breast or venison and game pie. And the pub recently won the Crabbie’s Pub Tour Competition.

Terreaterre

Christmas Party menu for £25 and Seasonal Sizzler from £28.95

Multi-award winning vege and vegan fayre. South Lanes location with main course choices that include ‘mistle potato rosti’ and ‘Jerusalem artichoke’ – Jesus!

The Devil’s Dyke

Christmas Day Menu £45

Traditional fireside feast with a Sussex Downs view. Expect choice of all the beasts of the forests: pork belly, roasted turkey or salmon fillet should filla your belly.

Alfresco

From £14.95 to £24.50

Saltimbocca of turkey breast (whatever that is) mushroom leak and truffle tartlet of dill, infused salmon fillet and homemade ice cream and a very reasonable price. Much munch and very special location.

Al Duomo

From £9.95 to £21.95

No need to book ahead, just roll up and they’ll sort you out! Salmon, chicken, turkey and some steak for a small charge – atmosphere comes free!

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Fed up? Weekends in Brighton are filled with top nosh

For food fans there’s nothing better: a whole month of food-related events. Yes, it’s the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival! And it’s on for all of the weekends in Brighton this September.

Munch fest

Munch fest

And if you thought it was just about filling your boots and filling your bellies, you’d be wrong: there’s also cheese rolling…

Other highlights include a session with Antonio Carluccio as he serves up some of his favourite dishes of the last 50 years.

And for those of you who just can’t have a night out without a cocktail, there’s the finals of the ‘Mix Off Cocktail Competition.’

So expect stalls and delights aplenty as once again the city gets its gastro on. Weekends in Brighton have never looked so tasty – there’s always great food and drink in Brighton, so all we need is the weather, and if the current spate of sunshine is anything to go by, we’ll be tucking into those cocktails for a few weeks yet!

More information on the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

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Brighton’s turning Japanese, I really think so…

There are not many people who’d ever say that when visiting Brighton they didn’t have a ‘cultural’ experience. ‘Culture’ is hard to define when we are talking about Brighton – it’s more a hybrid soup of styles and superficialities – and when it comes to describing other countries’ cultures, it’s often best to let them do the talking.

Brighton Japan Festival

Brighton Japan Festival

Across Brighton this week there’s a celebration of Japanese culture – and it’s not all sushi and stereotypes. Brighton Japan Festival features both the contemporary and the traditional. So while you’ll get taiko drumming, you’ll also be baffled by poster art of the 1960’s – and Nintendo gamers will get an all-nighter.

It’s a treat for Anime fans, as the week ends with the Asahi Anime Festival, where the oddest fashions to ever grace even Brighton streets will take centre stage.

Expect whisky tasting, cult movie watching at the Duke of York’s and tasty, tasty Japanese treats served up all week.

Visiting Brighton and want to check out what’s happening? Pop along to Moshi Moshi as it’s the centrepiece of it all.

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Brighton’s Top Café’s No.8 – Ground

Really about time we followed up our Top Café blogs, and after we popped out of our bed and breakfast in Brighton and popped in for a brew in Ground, we knew which coffee shop to start with!

Black gold served here

Black gold served here

Located at the top end of Kemptown (36 St George’s Rd), it’s well worth the walk. While the furnishings are simple, they are welcoming enough and there are plenty of papers and a well-stocked bookshelf to sift through.

But down to the real deal: the coffee. Being fussy types and having recently returned from Italy, we asked for the increasingly popular ‘Flat White’, but made with a Ristretto. Before you know it, we’re deep in the conversation about Ristretto and clearly Ground’s baristas know their stuff.

There are several opinions on how this sweet coffee shot differs from the others (see below) but once it was served up, it really put other coffee options to sleep.

Accompanied with a slice of chocolate and orange cake, which kicked with cocoa and zest but didn’t hammer the wallet, it was the best coffee we’ve had in Brighton this year.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff; great coffee and cakes; a funky Italian bike in the corner, but not over styled; it’s a great place.

If you are looking to Kemptown or are visiting Brighton just wanting to wander a little further, pop in and try a coffee with a Ristretto. Well grounded, but still cool.

Ristretto: A shot of Espresso taken when just the first ¾ of the water has run through – according to some!

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This weekend in Brighton: The annual Sussex Beer and Cider Festival

Well, I say in town, it’s in Hove actually. But that’s hardly a bad thing. Just hop on any bus from Churchill square, or walk along the seafront – when you read the end of the grassy bit (Hove lawns) take a right into town one block, and you’ll find yourself at the town Hall.

Get supping!

Get supping!

As expected tickets are in short supply, so if you are spending this weekend in Brighton and want to enjoy some of the country’s greatest brews, this is your chance.

Tickets are available for morning and afternoon sessions – I guess there’s only so much ale and cider you can drink…

You’ll have plenty of trinkets to tempt you . And if you’re one of the growing tribe of cider drinkers, there’s likely to be 30 ciders to sample, and for those who prefer pear, there’s 14 perries to taste.

As usual there are some amazing names to search out: Merry Moon Scary Pearry Perry (from Kent) and Springfield Red Dragon Cider (Monmouthshire) are our favourites. And there are a few winners among the ales, too: Legless Rambler, Hip Hop, Halfway to Heaven and Hanging Judge.

A weekend in Brighton is never complete without a pint in a Sussex pub, so if you struggle to get into Hove town hall, don’t worry: there’s plenty of places you can drown your sorrows!

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Brighton Rocks not Brighton Rock

There’s a bar in town that’s arguably cooler than the remake of Graham Greene’s classic BrightonPicture 2Rock: it’s Brighton Rocks. Ok, they may have had help with the name, although it’s more School of Rock than Brighton Rock, and is sited in Rock Place – on the Kemp Town side of town.

The music connections keep on rolling, as just next door is the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. That said, don’t be expecting a snakebite and black, spitooned, rough arse biker bar, or raver haven: this intimate hangout has more than a little style.

And the food rocks (sorry). Served up on slates, we tucked into some excellent mezze of whatever it was: really well presented and delicious.

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Top food, top tunes

With a DJ tucked around the corner, and staff who were more than happy to stick the kettle on for us rather than serve us a pint (we were really cold) it’s definitely earned its place in our hearts.

For deals on Brighton hotels check our special offers page, and look here for Brighton Rocks.

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More food fun!

Yum, Yum

Yum, Yum

It’s world food weekend in Brighton! Everyone knows the UK’s favourite food is curry, but on Hove lawns this weekend you are set for much more than Madras and nan bread.

Expect to see, smell, and taste delicacies from around the globe before wandering back toward your hotel room  for a little treat to finish off with…

Everyone likes chocolate right? Well if even the thought of tasting fine choccies gets you drooling like a bloodhound, you need to take the family to the Churchill Square chocolate market this weekend. Perfect if the weather takes a turn for the worse because its all indoors, so no need to hide in your hotel rooms in Brighton, there are sweets galore and cocoa powder-dusted delights ready for all the family to tuck into!

And after all that, it’s probably tea time – not time for more food, but time for a cuppa (we’ve just heard about this place, Metrodeco not reviewed it yet but sounds kinda special).

So whichever way the weekend takes you, it’s likely you’ll stick on a pound or two – but, after all that dieting for summer isn’t it time we fattened up for Christmas? We think so, so we’ll see you there!

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Wine and dine, it’s food time!

Food fest

Food fest

In case you haven’t noticed, we are in the middle of the Brighton and Hove Food Festival. This week is set to be a special one; not only is it right in the middle of the best foodie festival ever hosted in Sussex, it’s also packed with wine and food tasting sessions – always your favourites!

Some of the events cost, so we’ve compiled the best of the free ones, that way even people who aren’t so interested in foods can learn about good fresh produce without paying for the privilege.

So, here’s what’s on the menu.

Wednesday 15th: Churchill Square farmers market and live food kitchen.

Don’t expect herds of sheep, country types in tweeds, or cows with rings through their noses – that would be a load of bull. However, what you will find is excellent local produce, seasonable fruit and vegetables from local farmers, fresh meat and fish, cheese and breads, and food demonstrations – and those samples, mmm.

Saturday 18th: Cheese tasting at Infinity Foods, North Road/ Wine tasting at 21 Prince Albert Street

If you are new to the town or staying in a hotel in Brighton there’s a chance you haven’t visited Infinity Foods. You really should if you care about organic foods and cosmetics; it’s the largest supplier of both we know. Well, High Weald Diary will be running cheese tasting sessions, so you can tuck into locally made organic vegetarian cheeses.

Ridgeview, a local winery, will be at the Sheridan Coopers Wine Cellar to show off their award winning sparkling wines, so pop along for a frizante or glass of fizzy pop.

Cockney food night, lovely jubbly!

Cockney food night, lovely jubbly!

Now, if you’re planing on eating out anyway, why not set aside the cash for one of the paid events?

There’s Pudding Club at Temptation in Gardner Street, fruit cookery workshops, a Champagne mini festival, a Brazilian night at the seafront Umi Grill, Sake testing at Moshi Moshi, and our favourite: Cockney Night, when under Kings Road Arches £20 gets you fish and chips, drinks, entertainment and a ride on the carousel – all the fun of the food fair!

For more information and tickets, see here.

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