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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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‘Kovak’ interviewed before Brighton free music session

Brighton electropop tunesters Kovak are getting noticed way beyond the Brighton manor.

So, with a free gig on Saturday, and before it all gets out of hand and the majors start chucking chunks of cash around, we thought it was time we caught up with them.

Here’s Darren, Kovak’s drummer:

Q: You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?

The plan?? To be come rich and famous and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..

Kovak Photographer: Elliot Nicol

'Kovak' Image: Elliot Nicol

Q: The band: who’s from where?

Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now! Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?), and Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium.

Q: Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?

Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we don’t mind a bit of competition!!!

I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!

Q: We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?

For me personally i wasn’t really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can I say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s.

Q:The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?

Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good

Q: When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you?

THE BEACH!!!!!

You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?
The plan?? To be come rich and famouse and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..
The band: who’s from where? (areas of Brighton, or if they came here to study just say).
Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now!
Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?)
Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium
Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?
Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we dont mind a bit of competition!!!
I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!
We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?
For me personally i wasnt really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can i say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s
The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?
Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good
When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you? (which memory – location, moment etc)
THE BEACH!!!!!

Catch Kovak live this weekend in Brighton during White Night@ The Blind Tiger Club (formerly Hector’s House) 7pm till 4am, with Kovak on at midnight.

For more info on the band, share this post, then hook up with them on Facebook here.

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Fancy ice-skating during half term in Brighton?

Yes, we’ve just spotted there are loads more activities on during this half term week in Brighton. Possibly the most interesting is running at Churchill Square shopping centre where they have set up an ice rink.

It’s not a real ice rink, but still plenty of fun for all the family if you are visiting Brighton during half term.

It’s £6 per 20-minute session and it’s all part of publicity for the latest production by the Holiday on Ice people who are launching ‘Tropicana’ in January next year.

The rink is an ‘off-ice’ rink – so there’s no skates and not even any ice! Opened by dancers from the show, the rink is ready for fun all week.

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Fans of the real ice-skating enjoying Christmas and New Year in Brighton can bring their own skates when they book into their Brighton BnB from November 12. The Royal Pavilion will again play host to an ice rink and restaurant all the way up till January 22.

With excellent food and a fantastic location, the winter ice-skating will be another must-do activity on family weekends in Brighton well into the New Year.

More details emerging about the Gastro delights known only as ‘Feast’ have appeared on the Peppermintbars Blog -not often we big up another Brighton blog, but we liked reading this one.

Tickets for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, please visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

More ways to enjoy half term in Brighton

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Enjoy half term in Brighton

Yes, it’s nearly Halloween and the little horrors will soon be keeping us up with their tricks – and demanding an endless supply of treats no doubt. Well, if you need them entertained book a BnB in Brighton and take a look at the range of events we’ve got coming up next week.

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Child Friendly Brighton has the most comprehensive listing of what’s on – here’s our pick of the best entertainment for families in Brighton and nearby.

Gorrid the Horrid

Live music, puppets and animation combined in this children’s fright fest. Turn up in fancy dress and you can win a prize. Ideal for kids aged 4-10 yrs and good offers on family tickets.

B-Starz Academy Half Term Boot Camp

Industry pros help kids burn off their half term excitement with classes in dance, acting and singing. There’s a fee involved, but the course runs till Thursday and all students get to perform in the live show. Ideal for kids aged 7-11 and 12-16 yrs.

Halloween Lantern Walk

The weekend in Brighton is when the activities really get going. Starting in Preston Park on Saturday 29 there’s a lantern walk, with prizes for the best lanterns and fancy dress costumes. Wrap up warm and keep the creeps away.

Visiting Brighton for the first time, have a look at our Brighton What’s On page.

And for more details and inspiration for the October half term, here’s the planner and a great resource for child friendly activities.

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Nights out in Brighton: It’s White Night

Everybody knows this town parties all night – but usually it’s an experience you only get on weekends in Brighton that feature either a stag or a hen, or booze-crazed summer beach benders.

White Night

White Night: all-night culture

Well, one night of the year this all changes. On October 29th one of the city’s most celebrated cultural events; White Night aims to keep us up long past the wee wee hours, with a programme of arts and entertainments.

Set to coincide with the end of British Summer Time, it’s a celebration of an extra hour of darkness. Strange and wonderful things happen at night – as you shall see…

A mix of indoor and outdoor events fills the witching hours. As the saying goes, there’s something for everyone – and something for everyone who’s a little weird…

Urban Future Golf has got our attention, as has Pedal Cinema -an event running at the Fortune of War where you’ll get the chance to generate enough power to keep the movies showing.

But, if you like full-on, interactive art experiences, with DJs and cocktails, take a gander at ‘Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness’, which runs at the Phoenix Gallery.

And if you are arriving at the train station and just passing through on your way to your accommodation in Brighton, pop your head into the window of the BBC offices on Queen’s Road there’s an all night screening of rare archive footage.

Visiting Brighton for the first time? White Night proves what us lucky residents already know: this is a town of delights and truly memorable nights.

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Go-karting in Brighton gets green light

Driving here is usually just the start of weekends in Brighton: the closer you get to the sea, the more your mates start playing up, and revving up for a night out.

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Well, fans of the track will be pleased to hear they can stay at a Brighton B&B then make their way to a brand new go-kart course setting up near the city.

The design was picked from entries to a competition run by TeamSportUK who are building tracks all over the UK -so don’t expect the round-and-around or boring figure of 8 set-up.

Penned by Rob McGeown from Horsham – I think he gets to drive for free – this is a multi-level track with a ‘Monaco-style tunnel’ and a capacity for 12 karts – location tbc.

Ready to open on October 22nd the organisers are taking advance bookings and it’s probably wise to get ahead of the crowd.

With top speeds of 45mph the karts should thrill without the spills, and definitly add something special to hen and stag weekends in Brighton – you just know the stag parties are going to be queing up around the block for this one!

And there’s no real need to drive here either, travelling to Brighton is easy on South Coast Train services. But if four wheels is the way you roll we’ve maps and directions to help.

For more details about the go-karting in Brighton – or near Brighton – keep an eye out for further details – we’ll update on Facebook so just follow us there.

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Xmas in Brighton and New Year Hotel Breaks – Book early!

After such a stunning summer, many more people look set to return and book in for their Xmas in Brighton. Not only is the town set for a bumper Xmas but also New Year’s celebrations in Brighton are again going to get crazy.

Xmas in Brighton

Xmas in Brighton

With so much interest we’ve already come up with some great discounts for dates between Christmas and New Year.

Christmas holiday breaks can be had from Dec 27th – 29th at a fantastic 25% discount.

There’s many more  Xmas and New Year offers available. You can get a free night when you book a four-night New Years holiday in Brighton – and there’s the much-loved free late checkout, giving you till 1pm to shake off the night before.

Look out for 16% off bookings of two nights and 21% off bookings of 3 nights and more.

There’ll be the usually office parties, get-together’s and family reunions. And, try as you might to ignore Christmas , its spirit has a way of creeping up on you. So, good luck to you if you’ve had enough of it for one year and plan to lock yourself in with a crate of beer and a mountain of movies – but we’ll still see you out celebrating when it comes to the big day.

Happy New Year

Party on!

So, what’s happening over the festive period? Well, keep in touch and watch out for our Facebook posts – we’ll get together everything that’s festive and fun so you’ll know what’s in store when you visit our Brighton B&B.

It’s only 80 days till Christmas! Unbelievable – and we were swimming in the sea yesterday, in October!

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Get some VW lovin this weekend in Brighton

Organisers of The Brighton Breeze – the annual VW camper run to Brighton – couldn’t have picked a better day to roll: this weekend in Brighton the weather is set to be roasting!

VW Splitty, V cool

VW Splitty, V cool

Bathing in the embers of an Indian summer heat-wave, it’s this weekend the owners of VW campers will be making their annual pilgrimage to the sea.

So if you are on Brighton seafront on Saturday, watch out for split-screen VW legends in all their finery. The ‘fun-run’ leaves from Hook Road Arena (Surrey) at 08.30 and ends at Madeira Drive.

Organised by the Split-Screen Van Club the drive is likely to feature the classic ’splitty’, that said, membership is open to all owners – from camp camper lovers to fans of the pimped-out and customised models.

Made with the DNA of a beetle, the VW van is a motoring classic. And while there’s no guarantee all of them will be getting to Brighton on time and little chance of there being any surfing when they do, looking cool is always welcomed around these parts.

Wagons role! And our favourite model? Has to be the pick-up, and I’ve no idea why, just looks amazing.

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