Although we are both ready to leave Brighton, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. It is the most open minded, vibrant and friendly place we’ve ever lived. It has so many things we are going to miss, here are a few.
Brighton has the best coffee in the country. Sorry, but it’s true. As a coffee addict, it’s going to be hard to voluntarily give this up.
Ground in Kemptown is perfect for amazing coffee and some of the best cakes in Brighton made by the lovely and talented Moose; the legend of his banoffee pie will live on forever.
Coho is another cute and cosy coffee place in town. Perfect for a pre-work caffeine hit if you work in the centre of Brighton. Their breakfasts are incredible and all the staff are lovely, making the atmosphere friendly and relaxed.
Twin Pines on St James’s Street is a relatively new kid on the block but their coffee is probably the best I’ve had in Brighton. It’s not cheap so it’s much more of a treat for us rather than a daily trip but with super stylish decor, good music and a golden room for the toilet, it feels a bit more special than your average coffee place.
Last but not least is Flour Pot at Fiveways (pictured above). There is another shop in the Laines but being local to Fiveways it has become our weekend tradition to pop up there on a Saturday morning and grab two flat whites and a loaf of their amazing sourdough bread. Their pastry selection is vast and everything I’ve tried there has been amazing. Would recommend the bear claws.
Over the years we have frequented many of the establishments in town. Sadly, many have changed hands or changed breweries (RIP the Hobgoblin circa 2008) but a few old faithfuls never disappoint.
The Caroline of Brunswick will forever hold a special place in our hearts. The last remaining alternative pub in town with a cracking jukebox and a happy hour every day. We have spent many afternoons and evenings here and it’s somewhere we’ll always visit when we come back. Where else can you drink your pint with Cerberus?
Similarly, The Great Eastern is another great traditional pub with a good selection of ales. Tucked away on Trafalgar Street, it’s a bit of a hidden gem. It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon in there as it’s so cosy. Also, if you’re a whiskey fan, this is the pub you need to come to, as it has the biggest selection in Brighton.
While Brighton is littered with pubs everywhere you look, many are now becoming big chain craft pubs which outprice a lot of people. After popping to one of these with a friend of mine, ordering two craft ales and the price being over a tenner, it sadly becomes too expensive to go out for a few pints, so we needed a new plan…
This is where the legendary Trafalgar Wines wins over any of these corporate pubs. It would be all too easy to walk past it in town and not realise what wonders lie behind the door. It has probably the best selection of ales, beers, ciders, wines, spirits and everything in between. With staff that know all there is to know about ale and an elusive shop cat that I’ve never actually seen, it has such a charm to it that nowhere else does in Brighton. If you want a proper ale selection that’s good value for money, sack off going to the pub and pop in here instead.
We’re not going to pretend to be food connoisseurs because we’re really not. That being said, there are some Brighton eateries we are going to really really miss.
We have to mention Grubbs. Because it’s the best burger place in town. While it’s kept only for a treat every now and again, it never disappoints. Extensive burger menu, nice staff and pretty reasonable prices – it does the job.
One of our other favourite places is Murasaki. A really great Japanese place that does really fresh, tasty food. There’s a restaurant at Seven Dials but we always use the takeout place located in Hove. We’re really going to miss this place, best yaki soba I’ve ever had.
The award for best Mexican food in Brighton, hands down, goes to Carlito Burrito. It’s a small place, but staff really know their stuff, and as a result the food is to die for and they do not scrimp on portion sizes. Also, some people might say it’s incidental but their totopos put any other corn chip to shame. Life changing.
Any guitar enthusiast is spoiled for choice in Brighton – even if you’re not in the market for buying, there’s always opportunity for window shopping. There’s the obvious big yellow giant, where cavernous rooms full of beautiful guitars impress those with the biggest budgets. Personal favourites though are the smaller independent shops, both Badlands Guitars and Mudpie Music (pictured above) always have a great selection of second hand wonders. Both of these businesses are run by friendly, knowledgable guys who are always up for a natter.
These are just some of the things we’re sad to leave behind, but the aspect of Brighton we will miss the most is the fact that you can be whoever you want to be in this town, and nobody bats an eye. It certainly deserves its reputation for being a hub of creative and open minded people, many of whom we are really lucky to call our friends. We have both found it really, really hard to say goodbye to our Brighton family, but as one of them put it, it’s not really “goodbye”, it’s “see you later.” We’ll be back, Brighton.