An ever-growing city on the southern coast of England, Brighton is filled with charm, culture and great food. It was founded as a small seaside getaway town, a favorite for rich London aristocrats, but has grown into something so much more. Brighton now has a flourishing youth culture and a buzzing LGBTQ community, four university campuses and amusement arcades to boot. Oh, and there are some fantastic spots to dine at lining that gorgeous seafront. Check out five of the very best.
Located on the coast, Brighton is unsurprisingly known for amazing seafood restaurants and The Regency is just that. Nothing short of a staple in the Brighton community, locals love to come here, breathe the fresh sea air and enjoy delicious seafood. They use fresh fish caught daily right in the town and have great seating both inside and out. Be sure to check out the fish and chips – it’s a classic.
Right next door to The Regency sits the Melrose Restaurant, a family-run establishment that has been serving delicious and fresh seafood for almost fifty years. Open every day, their affordable classic fish and chips are irresistible, and so is their fresh crab, lobster, scallops, mussels, and plenty of other great maritime dishes. Along with great seafood, they have steak, lamb and a Sunday roast for a little variation.
In Brighton, there is no such thing as too much seafood, which is why it is almost surprising to find this American-style barbecue restaurant so packed most days of the week. Smokeys is there to satisfy those cravings for something completely different from the usual salty fare, and brings all the original taste, tanginess and spice of state-side dishes to Brighton’s taste buds. They have a huge menu with great American choices, like burgers, nachos, pulled pork and chicken wings. Also very American, the portions are huge, so customers are sure to leave satisfied.
A relative new kid on the block, The Salt Room has been making waves in the Brighton food world since first opening its doors. This stylish restaurant seeks to bring modern twists to traditional seafood classics. They charcoal-grill fresh catches everyday and create an assortment of sides to keep every customer intrigued. It also happens to be one of the few seafront restaurants that has a clear view of the sea without any piers or other buildings blocking it.
This hip spot brings the classic burger joint to a whole new level. Lucky Beach has consistently been on best burger lists for years now and it’s easy to see why. They make a great original burger with plenty of toppings and choices. The owners insist on using live-range cattle from local areas for their beef, so they can ensure its taste and quality is top-notch. It is only open for breakfast and lunch, so be careful of peak rush hours – you can be sure the locals will flock in!