The ultimate foodie's guide to a weekend in Brighton

The ultimate foodie's guide to a weekend in Brighton


It’s full of delicious surprises

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Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular seaside getaways, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re heading down to the south coast city to wander through the lanes, dip your toes in the sea or spend your pennies in the pier arcade, the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind. Friendly, fun, relaxed and colourful – it’s a place where individuality is championed, and there’s something happening on every street.

Plus, who can resist the smell of hot, sugary doughnuts or summer drinks in a quirky pub garden?

But Brighton is so much more than fish and chips, seagulls and salty sea air. A bohemian vibe courses through the city’s veins. It’s an utterly unique place – small enough to walk from one side to the other, but big enough to be home to hundreds of independent eateries.

From chocolatiers, to seafood specialists, to the only chip shop mayo-lovers need to know about, it’s a heady mix of fun, fast and fine dining. Forget chain restaurants – make the most of Brighton’s bursting food scene and prepare to get seriously stuffed.

Not sure where to start? Luckily, we’ve put together the ultimate foodie’s cheat sheet to dining in Brighton. You’re welcome.

Where to eat

Tuck into a hipster breakfast at Lost In The Lanes

It’s everything you want from a brunch spot and more – all you have to do is look through the window on a Sunday morning and you’ll see how many other people agree. Lost In The Lanes offers an all-day brunch menu in a cosy, stripped back setting, and you’ll be impressed by plates on offer (and the coffee, too). Flat whites and lattes are carefully crafted here and the smoothies offer a welcome health boost the morning after the night before. Try the vegetarian Lost Breakfast or add salmon and poached eggs to a classic avocado on sourdough. Delicious.

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Delight in south Indian cuisine at Curry Leaf Cafe

There are three Curry Leaf Cafes in Brighton and they all serve the same mouth-watering south Indian dishes. The scent of spices welcomes you as soon as you get through the door, and the open-plan dining space emits a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. The focus is on sharing, so order a few different dishes and get a feel for the menu’s diverse flavours. Start with gobi 65, deep-fried cauliflower, alongside a mini onion masala dosa. Then tuck into succulent spiced pudina lamb chops and try the curry tasting platter – which includes chicken, lamb rogan and prawn curry – to really get a taste of what Curry Leaf has to offer.

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Prepare to be impressed at The Salt Room

Looking for the best fish in Brighton? Head to The Salt Room and prepare to be amazed. The award winning restaurant sits overlooking the West Pier and offers contemporary seafood plates using sustainable, local produce. Order a glass of fizz and a few fresh oysters – then you’re ready to take on the à la carte menu. Octopus served with white beans and seaweed gremolata or the pollock ceviche are excellent starter choices, followed by the salt baked bream (which is a very theatrical experience when the crust is prized open by the waiter) or the halibut with miso and pancetta.

And let’s not forget the beautifully designed desserts. Don’t miss the epic Taste of the Pier sharing board, featuring blood peach 99s, lemon meringue fudge, white chocolate and raspberry bark, strawberry and lime doughnuts and two large sticks of candy floss.

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Where to drink

Enjoy a tea-infused cocktail at Metrodeco

The quaint and wonderfully decorated Metrodeco is a gem of a find with friendly staff, leopard print chairs and a unique take on classic cocktails. When the evening rolls around the quirky tea room is a great spot for enjoying a tea-infused beverage. Try the Metro-Margarita – pink pride tea tequila, cointreau, lychee syrup and lemonade number – or the Rosie Lee – pink pride tea-infused gin with cranberry and Prosecco.

What to do

Sample just about everything in Brighton on an epic food tour

If you’re ready and willing to eat your way through the city but have no idea where to start, book yourself a spot on the Brighton Food Tours. You’ll get a thorough tour of Brighton’s best independent restaurants and food retailers, so let your guide talk you through its interesting history and enjoy the city’s best kept foodie secrets (if you find yourself pounding the pavements with Paul you’re in for a treat).

Try the oysters at English’s of Brighton, the seafood restaurant popular with celebrities, and chip lovers have to make time for BeFries, the one-stop shop for Belgian Fries and a range of house sauces (don’t miss the black truffle mayo or dill and gherkin frites sauce).

Other hotspots include Smorl’s tasty houmous shop and anyone with a sweet tooth needs to visit Rainbow Organic Chocolates, both found in The Open Market.

The sample portions at each stop are more than adequate, so prepare to finish the tour feeling sufficiently full.

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Where to stay

Check in to The White House

The White House is an award winning boutique bed and breakfast located in trendy Kemptown and just 100 metres from Brighton seafront. In fact, if you’re booked into one of the south facing bedrooms you can also enjoy sea views. It’s impeccably clean and tidy, and the owners are super friendly. The rooms are kitted out with the usual modcons – a tv, iPod docking station and tea and coffee, along with Orla Kiely toiletries.

It also offers a superb breakfast (which you can take outside if the sun’s out) using local free range produce, and if you want something filling opt for the creamy scrambled eggs with salmon on toast.

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For more information about what to do in Brighton, visit www.visitbrighton.com or follow @visit.brighton on Instagram

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This is the one thing you should never buy at the airport

This is the one thing you should never buy at the airport


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The summer is coming (finally) and we’re packing our bags and heading off to the best island in Europe. If your suitcase is crammed full of summer dresses, summer sandals and beauty travel kits, it can be easy to stock up on some holiday bits when you’re at the airport.

After all, duty free is there for a reason, right?

Well, it turns out that there’s one thing you should never buy at the departures gate. According to Erin Yurday, CEO of NimbleFins, you should always make sure you’ve got your sun cream before you get to the airport. Why? Because despite being duty-free, you can pay up to £6 more for a bottle than you would online.

He told Cosmopolitan UK: ‘Be sure to include sun cream on your holiday packing list, buying online at least a week ahead of your trip to secure the cheapest prices and leave time for shipping.

‘If you need to buy sun lotion from the airport duty-free you might pay nearly £6 more per bottle.

‘However duty-free prices may still be cheaper than what you’d pay once you arrive at your destination, as shops in tourist towns have notoriously high prices for necessities like sun lotion.’

Good to know.

If you do like a bit of a shop while you’re waiting for your flight, you’re better off splashing the cash on bags, branded lipsticks, sunglasses and shoes instead.

Okay, fine, if we have to.

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Why you can't take this item in your hand luggage when travelling to the US

Why you can't take this item in your hand luggage when travelling to the US


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You’ve booked your flights in the British Airways mega sale, you’re checking in to one of the most Instagrammable Airbnbs and you’ve packed all your summer dresses and sandals.

But if you’re heading to the US, there’s one thing you need to be sure isn’t in your hand luggage.

Currently passengers aren’t allowed to carry liquids over 100ml in the bag they bring onboard. However, if you’re heading to the US you’re also only permitted to take a limited amount of powder. The TSA explains that powder products (think milk powders and powder cosmetics) are restricted to 350ml (or 120z).

The rules are: ‘If you are travelling from an international last-point-of-departure to the US, powder-based substances in carry-on baggage greater than 350ml or 12 ounces may require additional screening at the central checkpoint.

‘Powder-like substances over 12 oz. or 350ml in carry-on that cannot be resolved at the central checkpoint will not be allowed onto the cabin of the aircraft and will be disposed of.

‘For your convenience, place powders in your checked bag. The measures have already been implemented at US airports nationwide to identify and prevent potentially dangerous items from being brought aboard the aircraft. There are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on baggage at US airport checkpoints.’

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office says: ‘Food items and powders in your hand luggage can obstruct images on x-ray machines.Your bags may need to be checked again manually by security. You can put these items in your hold luggage to minimise delays.’

So now you know.

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This hotel room hack will completely blow your mind

This hotel room hack will completely blow your mind


Wow.

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Fluffy bathrobes and slippers, room service, fancy toiletries, a big comfy bed – really, who doesn’t love staying at a hotel?

But if we have one pet peeve, it’s the fact that when you’re given an electronic swipe card as a key there’s no way of charging devices once you’ve left the room as the card needs to be in the slot by the door in order to keep the electricity on.

It also means that if you go out for the day, the air conditioning goes off and you can enjoy returning to a nice, humid room. Lovely.

However, this hotel room hack will change the way you stay at hotels forever. Yes, really – forever. Because long gone are the days of stuffy rooms and not being able to charge your phone.

The key cards don’t actually need to be in the slot to keep the electricity on. One Twitter user pointed out that any card that fits in there will keep things going. There’s no special chip or sensor that requires the key – as long as there’s something keeping the button at the bottom down, the slot is none the wiser.

‘Travellers’ tips (an occasional series): you see, you can use ANY card to work your hotel-room light switch. In this case my Ely Cathedral shop discount card,’ Jonathan Jones tweeted.

Brilliant.

So now you know you can leave the room with your phone on charge

It also means that if one of you decides to pop out while the other has a snooze, they can take the card with them and the napping person doesn’t have to suffer with no air conditioning.

Perfect.

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This Greek island wants to pay you €6,000 to move there and our bags are packed

This Greek island wants to pay you €6,000 to move there and our bags are packed


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Endless deadlines, cramming yourself onto a packed train during your commute and the unreliable British weather are just a few reasons you might be daydreaming of packing your suitcase and jetting off to a beautiful little island.

But what if you could do just that and get paid for it? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Wrong. If you like the sound of sun, sea and sand on a secluded slice of paradise then the Greek island of Antikythera, located between Crete and mainland Greece, is looking to boost its population. If you decide to make the move they’ll provide you with a plot of land, a house and €6,000 (€500 per month).

Currently there are only twenty residents living on the island, and it’s hoped that the attractive offer will encourage young families to pack their bags and make the move.

However – and yes, there’s always a catch – despite the fact that a ferry runs from Crete to Antikythera if can be a pretty hard place to get to as travel can be disrupted due to the weather.

It may also be a little isolating at first, considering that only a handful of people live there at the moment. One resident, 62-year-old Vassals Aloizos, told the LA Times: ‘We are an island of pensioners, old men.’

Four families have reportedly been approved for the move but it should also be noted that the process for new residents can take up to five years according to Insider.

See you there in 2024?

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This is the real reason why hotels always use white bedding

This is the real reason why hotels always use white bedding


Ahhh!

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You’ve found a getaway deal in the British Airways sale and you’re heading off for some sun so that it feels like it’s actually summer. Hurrah! It’s time to forget the office admin, chaotic commute and disappointing British weather.

Next stop is the accommodation. If you’re swerving the most Instagrammable Airbnbs in favour of a hotel, you can look forward to fancy shampoos, fluffy bathrobes and a good night’s sleep in a big, comfy bed. You might even make the same hotel demand as Prince Harry.

But have you ever noticed that hotels always use white bedding? And have you ever wondered why?

It turns out there’s actually a pretty good reason for it.

Emma Hooton, in-house interior stylist at Tielle Love Luxury, told Red: ‘Coloured linen not only fades over time, but easily dates and somehow never looks quite as timeless or inviting as fresh white.’

So it’s all about keeping the room looking as neat and tidy as possible whilst also making sure it doesn’t look dated. The sheets are likely to look fresher, too, considering that colours will fade after several washes.

It also helps to create a sense of calm within the room. She continued: ‘White always forms the perfect backdrop to any other hues or textures in the bedroom. Start with a blank, neutral canvas and work up with a statement headboard and fun patterns or colour popping cushions for a bed you want to dive into.’

So now you know.

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Get packing – there’s a British Airways mega sale with flights from £22

Get packing – there’s a British Airways mega sale with flights from £22


See ya.

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It’s time to book that summer getaway you’ve been dreaming about because there’s a British Airways mega sale going on and you should absolutely take advantage of the deals.

If you’ve imagined yourself checking into one of the most Instagrammable Airbnbs, if you’ve worked out how to maximise your holiday allowance and if you’ve basically had enough of the British ‘summer’, then get packing because you can get flights to Europe for £22 each way.

BA is celebrating their 100th birthday with flash sales and you’re going to want to book quickly. They include bargains on flights, holidays and fly and drive breaks. With destinations including Dalaman, Amsterdam, Florence and Lisbon in the round up of exceptionally cheap flights there’s no reason not to book a summer holiday.

The prices range from £22 each way for a trip to Malaga, to £84 each way for a holiday in Santorini.

Erm, we’re already looking for the best bikinis to stuff into our suitcase.

But the flight sale doesn’t just cover Europe. You can jet off to Los Angeles for £316 return, Antigua for £409 return or Marrakech for £101.

The cheap fares are flying economy from London, and you have until 21st July to secure your outrageously affordable flights. The deals are updated every 24 to 48 hours.

Happy holiday shopping!

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For the ultimate wedding getaway, soak up the sun in Tobago

For the ultimate wedding getaway, soak up the sun in Tobago


Head to the unspoilt paradise island that will soothe your soul

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Why go?

If you’re looking for an unspoilt and untouched slice of paradise, it’s time to discover the idyllic Caribbean island of Tobago.

Think secluded white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, stunning sunsets and a welcome warm tropical breeze – and you’re only halfway there. The unparalleled scenery makes that dream barefoot wedding a magical reality, and with endless on-island services offering wedding planning packages, your big day will be utterly unforgettable.

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But there’s so much more to the island than striking Instagrammable scenery. When you’re not soaking up the sun, whet your adventure-loving appetite with 101 unforgettable activities and authentic experiences that take you beyond ordinary. From diving and paddle-boarding to exciting eco nature reserves, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to spend your lazy – or not so lazy – days.

It’s a wedding wonderland

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Forget the stress of wedding planning and take advantage of the on-island services that will help you put together the day of your dreams. Leave the heels at home and let the blue waters lap at your feet as you say your vows enveloped by the warm sea breeze with the sand between your toes.

Plan your dream trip to Tobago with British Airways

Beautiful beaches

Let the distant sound of music wash over you as you laze on a beautiful unspoilt beach, soaking up the romantic atmosphere that you can only get in the Caribbean. The azure waters are there for your taking to enjoy everything from diving to paddle-boarding and boat trips. Looking for the most secluded spots? Head to these breath-taking locations…

Englishman’s Bay

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Parlatuvier Bay

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Pirates Bay

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Little/Big Bay Castara

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Mt Irvine Bay

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Culture and kindness

Immerse yourself in Tobago’s vibrant culture and learn about the island’s fascinating history in between beach trips. Rustic charm is what makes Tobago stand out from other popular Caribbean islands, and you’ll fall in love with the people – incredibly friendly with family at the heart of everything they do, the locals will make you feel right at home.

Visit the historical colonial forts, attend the famous Buccoo Goat and Crab Races and head to the Tobago Heritage Festival. Also give ‘liming’ a go – a social gathering in the back yard or down by the beach where you can eat, drink and chat about everything from current affairs and politics to sport in a relaxed environment.

Don’t forget to try the local delicacies – crab and dumplings are non-negotiable.

Eco adventures and nature

Tobago’s lush and protected rainforest is where you’ll find the striking natural wildlife. Head to Adventure Eco Farm and Corbin’s Local Wild Life for the chance to see some of Tobago’s native wild animals, from manicous to spectacled caimans. Then make your way to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve for a unique look at the island’s lush greenery.

Diving is also available across the island, so grab a snorkel and enjoy a swim with the turtles.

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Find out how British Airways can help to plan your perfect trip to Tobago

Don’t miss

Fort King George

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Take a trip to Scarborough on the south west coast of the island and visit the elevated fort, built in 1781, which features batteries, cannons and a museum.

Flagstaff Hill

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On the northern tip of Tobago, Flagstaff Hill is one of the island’s highest vantage points with epic views of the ocean.

Fort Bennett

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Head north west to Black Rock and discover the fort which overlooks Grafton Beach, and make your way up the short and winding path for an unforgettable panoramic view of the bay.

Argyle Waterfalls

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From the small town of Roxborough, take a 15 minute stroll into the rainforest to the three-tiered waterfalls complete with three pools to take a refreshing dip in.

Pigeon Point Pavillion & Jetty

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Turquoise water, silky soft sand and lilac sunsets like no other – no wonder this is one of the island’s most popular wedding hotspots.

Mt. Irvine Golf Course

Treat yourself to a game of golf once you’re done relaxing at the Mt. Irvine Bay Resort.

Where to stay

Castara Retreats

Heading to Tobago to tie the knot? Castara Retreats is the perfect place to say ‘I do’. These Caribbean eco lodges overlook sparkling waters and golden sand, and with a range of wedding packages on offer all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your barefoot beach wedding.

Plantation Villas

An ‘oasis of serenity’, these secluded beachfront villas are ideally located for those who crave tranquillity. Surrounded by lush tropical forests while simultaneously offering unreal ocean views, it encompasses Tobago’s irresistible charm.

Coco Reef

The perfect spot for honeymooners, Coco Reef is located amongst ten acres of tropical gardens and is nestled between Store Bay and Pigeon Point. With its own spa, gorgeous sea views and a private white sand beach, it’s the perfect place to kick back with your other half.

Stone Haven Villas

The ultimate in luxury, each villa boasts a private infinity pool and terrace – so there’s no reason not to enjoy a delicious breakfast poolside. Complete with a tennis court, gym and bars and restaurants, you’ll be absolutely spoilt.

For more information about your trip to the ultimate Caribbean island getaway, visit BA.com.

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Planning a summer staycation? This is the most popular UK destination

Planning a summer staycation? This is the most popular UK destination


Booking train tickets ASAP

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It looks like the sun might finally be making an appearance here in the UK. Hurrah.

And if you’ve decided to stay put this summer rather than booking into this llama alpaca Airbnb treehouse (yes, it’s a thing) then how do you decide where to jet off to? Should you head to a quiet leafy country town and stay in a cute cottage, or do you head straight for a seaside town to soak up the sun?

According to holidaycottages.co.uk there’s one place that many of us like to visit when we’re heading off on a staycation, and that’s the beautiful city of Bath. Their research shows that 21.3 million visits were made there last year, and there were 77,000 posts about the city on social media. Over 27% of Brits also said they have made their way to Bath in the last five years, making it one of the most popular staycation destinations in the UK.

And it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit with us Brits. The whole city is a designated UNSECO World Heritage Site, it’s home to the historic roman baths, famed for its stunning architecture and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

What more could you want from a city?

Other top spots include Edinburgh, Brighton, Bournemouth, Oxford, Newquay, St Ives, Weymouth, Jurassic Coasts and Cheltenham.

To be fair, we’d be more than happy to kick back in any of the above locations.

Brb, booking train tickets immediately.

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Travel bloggers have voted this as the top destination to visit this year

Travel bloggers have voted this as the top destination to visit this year


We’re there.

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Thanks to the rain, wind and grey skies we’ve been experiencing this month, we spent the first two weeks of June frantically Googling the most Instagrammable Airbnbs and daydreaming about the best island in Europe.

However, top travel bloggers have revealed that the destination they’re most excited about jetting off to is a little further afield. While laid-back island life might sound appealing (especially while we’re waiting for the ‘heatwave’ to hit the UK), it turns out that the place to be is somewhere that’s rich in culture, history and offers some very unique cities and traditions.

Oh, and did we mention delicious dishes? It also boasts epic landscapes – beaches, rainforests and places to ski.

According to travel website HolidayGems.co.uk 33 travel know-it-alls voted Japan as the number one place they’re visiting this year. And they’re worth listening to – between them, they have visited 1,218 countries (which is the equivalent of visiting every country in the world six times over).

Suzanne of The Travel Bunny said: ‘It’s so culturally different from anywhere else on earth.’

‘I am fascinated by the culture, food traditions and beautiful landscapes,’ said Katy from Untold Morsels.

In second place was India, followed by Cuba, New Zealand and the Antarctic. Thailand, China, Myanmar, Peru and Iceland also made the top ten.

Nicky Cox, a spokesperson from HolidayGems.co.uk. said: ‘It is interesting to see that even with hundreds of countries widely available certain destinations came up time and time again within the interviews.’

If you’re looking for a city to visit this year, ones to head to according to current trends include Constanta in Romania, Nashville in the US, Perth in Australia and Florence in Italy. They’re gaining in popularity, so it’s a good idea to book your flights now before everyone finds out about these absolute gems.

Brb, trawling through SkyScanner deals…

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