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Archive for November, 2011

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 shopping in Brighton and the North Laine area

Whether you’re doing your Xmas shopping in Brighton out of retail love or necessity, it doesn’t matter. That’s because there’s no other city in Sussex that can match Brighton when it comes to variety. So, tourists staying the weekend in Brighton or locals looking for Xmas bargains, it’s the place to visit.

Brighton's North Laine

Brighton's North Laine

Rather than list the obvious choices, we’ve pulled together some of the alternative shops found in the North Laine area that have taken our eye. Let’s face it, the major chains are everywhere so lets look for the Christmas gifts among the oddball outfitters that make shopping in Brighton such a special experience any time of the year.

Junkfunk – Gloucester Road

Top of our list for Xmas gifts. Clever, design-inspired odds and sods, original T-Shirts and clothes for both sexes, and packed with gift ideas. Contemporary – but without being miles up its own backside – and friendly staff. We like the vintage reproduction posters and stationary.

Gresham Blake - Church Street

Tailor to the stars and owner of an excellent frontage (we’ve been told), Gresham Blake specialises in bespoke clothing for both men and women. Not on everyone’s Xmas shopping list, however, take a look at their accessories. Excellent quality and ever creative, there’s wallets, ties, scarves and hats that you’ll not find anywhere else – and the tweed fitted ladies suit in the window, fantastic!

Cyberdog – Sydney Street

Suitably juxtaposed with Gresham Blake, Cyberdog is off the conventional clothing radar. Expect sci-fi inspired, cyber creations backed with a club soundtrack. It’s techno funk, future shock chic – devised by a space Chihuahua. You need to pop in.

One in the house – Trafalgar Street

Worth a visit just to walk around. It’s as much of an artists’ gallery as a retailer, and the presentation of furniture on the first and second floors is incredible. Patron of local artists, and retailers of intricate trinkets and delicate objects of desire.

Ooh La La – North Road

Name says it all. Outfitters for a very naughty Santa and his object of desire…

Looking for more information for your Xmas shopping in Brighton trip? Check out the North Laine Traders Association site shopping site and our deals on Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton if you want a bargain.

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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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I-deas for new things to do in Brighton this winter

If you haven’t noticed yet, Brighton’s got an eye. It’s not the most original design and hardly a new idea. But still, at night, with the pier behind, it’s a looker… and one of a few new things to do in Brighton this winter. And it’s not an eye, as in London Eye – but that’s because it’s a wheel…er?

Nice shot -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

Nice shot! -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

And we’ve yet to see a good picture of it – I mean really good. So before every café in Brighton gets slapped with images of our new seafront attraction, let’s see if we can’t get a few of our own.

Only original shots please: lets have lots of documentary stuff, twisted angles, long-time exposures and demonstrations of the general creativity that we are known so well for.

Other very festive activities include the Royal Pavilion’s Christmas Ice Rink, the traditional Christmas Winter Market in Churchill Square, and the fabulous CINECITY – Brighton Film Festival that runs up until Dec 4th.

And don’t forget to get us your pictures of the i-whatever it’s called onto our Facebook page – we’ve also got deals on rooms over Xmas and New Year in Brighton, but they are fast disappearing…

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What’s happening on this year’s Xmas weekends in Brighton

Christmas is coming! It may be only the beginning of November, but it’s already time to get planning your xmas weekends in Brighton – and a closer look at the What’s on pages reveals the celebs are lining up to entertain you…

Saturdays - playing Tuesday 6/12 in Brighton

Saturdays - playing Tuesday 6/12 in Brighton

People always love Brighton in the summer – hardly surprising – but they often overlook the town as a destination to spend a Christmas weekend. And the week between Xmas and New Year is the perfect time to pick up a deal on a B&B in Brighton. Why, because while everyone else is snoozing off the food and putting up with the in-laws and screaming kids – the clever people get away from it all, get themselves off to the seafront and pick up Christmas & New Year hotel offers.

Attractions in Brighton are year-round and the entertainment venues have some of the best acts on over the Xmas hols.

Here’s a quick ‘what’s on’ this Xmas in Brighton at the Brighton Centre – and let’s play spot the international superstars…

Brighton Centre

The Saturdays, Bryan Adams, Status Quo, Jools Holland, Steven Merchant, Example

And in January ‘One Direction’ are in town – much teen screaming!

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