If it’s one thing us Brightonians know well, it’s our food. Our hippy city by the sea is notorious for its ethical conscience, liberal attitudes and diverse culture, championing these ideals is its vast and ever changing food and drink scene. Here at Wriggle we’ve made it our mission to bring only the best and downright delicious grub to the mouths of you fussy lot, and for a mere fraction of the price. We hope to share our passion for top notch, quality food by helping you discover the best independents the city has to offer.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Brighton, from Bib Gourmand awarded restaurants like 64 Degrees and The Chilli Pickle, to the UK’s first zero waste restaurant Silo, and local favourites such as Food for Friends, Burger Brothers and Fatto a Mano.
We live in a veritable foodie metropolis, with just about any cuisine your taste buds could desire. What’s most apparent is the demand for decent veggie and vegan offerings, and boy oh boy do we have those. We’re not talking limp lettuce leaves and a few measly chickpeas, we’ve got immense vegan pizzas from Purezza, dirty vegan kebabs from Beelzebab and mouthwatering vegan bagel burgers from The Coffee Counter. Plant based eaters rejoice, you’re well catered for here.
Street Diner are the city’s biggest weekly street food market and take over Brighthelm Green every Friday to feed us the tastiest gnosh from local traders. Top Wriggle picks are Crocus Paella, Mestiza Filipina, Baby Bao and Dead Good Burrito.
A real gem on the Street Food circuit is Back-a-Yard, you’ll find this colourful shack over on Lewes Road serving up authentic Caribbean cuisine. Down on the seafront we urge to you to pop over to the Brighton Smokehouse. You can’t miss the aroma from their little black hut on the beach where fish is smoked daily. Pop in for a freshly smoked, hot mackerel sandwich.
Lurking within the arches of Trafalgar Street is a little pantry called Trollburger. These burgers are renowned for being amongst the best in the city. Check out the daily changing specials, foraged ingredients and glorious flavours.
Because we all need a lil pick me up more than we’d like to admit, Brighton Cafes are on point when it comes their coffee game. Leading the way are Small Batch with its now 9 strong locations, these roasting giants are followed by Trading Post, Red Roaster and Bond St Coffee. A few choice arty cafes are Marwood and Cafe Plenty, here you’ll find Brighton’s creatives supping a chai latte or two.
New kids on the block, Point One Coffee, are a specialist coffee shop serving locally roasted Craft House Coffee, premium teas and seriously indulgent hot chocolates (made with real liquidised chocolate!). They also make a ruddy lovely flat white, FYI. If it’s tea and cake you’re after head to Metrodeco, Cafe Marmalade or Black Mocha.
You’ll never to go thirsty in Brighton with a fine array of cracking craft beer pubs and local breweries. Award-winning brewers Brighton Bierhaus and Bison Beer are are long time Wriggle favourite. Bison is a local crafthouse with both a bottleshop and bar, stocking a brilliant range of international beers as well as homegrown favourites and even a few brewed by themselves.
The Craft Beer Co. boast 18 keg lines, 9 cask pumps and over 200 bottles and cans. One of only a few Brighton pubs to have its brewery on site is the North Laine Brewhouse, whilst the Brighton Beer Dispensary pump out some of the most exciting and innovative new beers on the scene. Just ask the mega friendly staff for a recommendation.
The Hand in Hand has been serving up hits of the good stuff for over 150 years and brewing for the last 30. Brighton Bier Co is based here so we recommend trying this tasty brown when it’s freshest. A little further afield you’ll find Bedlam Brewery, they use only the finest, fresh ingredients from their farm to make their delicious lagers and pale ales.
Bohemian Brighton is a place to think freely, let loose and above all else, have fun. They don’t call it the hippy city for nothing. Home to the biggest Pride Carnival in Europe and a ginormous cluster of creative businesses, we sure know how to show you a good time. We’ve got it all, a killer music scene, Prince Regent and his Palace Pavillion, the oldest and best cinema in the UK, a piano playing zebra, comedy, festivals, art and something that makes your friends from the big smoke jealous, a BEACH.
Much of where Brighton life is centered around during the summer months. Must tries are Komedia, The Old Market, The Duke of Yorks, Proud Cabaret and The Fringe Festival.
Brighton’s art scene is as eclectic as its residents, from gold glittered street murals to Banksy’s Kissing Policemen, it’s an exciting time in the South East for emerging artists. Brighton University is training some of the finest creatives in the country and the surplus workshops across the city are teaching the rest of us a thing or two about channeling our creative energy. Galleries worth a look in are the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, artrepublic, and ONCA.
What’s for certain is whether your into Imbue or Warhol, there’s something here to cater for your every taste.