Hove, actually is like the slightly more sophisticated, little sister of Brighton. Refined, fiercely independent and hell of a lot greener. But its history is not so demure, back in the 1800’s it was a village run by pesky smugglers and there was even a bull ring at the end of Hove Street. Crikey! A million miles away from the stunning seafront facades it’s famous for now.
Today Hove stands, quite rightly, as a top destination point all on its own. Here are some of the fabulous things to explore in Hove. Take a stroll along the promenade where you’ll catch glimpse of the British Airways i360, the colourful beach huts, the super romantic Victorian bandstand and make sure you get an eyeful of the beautiful Regency architecture along Kings Road.
La Cave a Fromage on Western Road is a must for any cheese addict, it’s been voted the 3rd best cheese counter in the UK for two years running. Poets Corner, is an area of Hove quaintly given its name as all the streets are named after famous poets. It’s a sought after area to live in for its clubbed together community feel, Stoneham park, booming indy’s and the newly spruced-up George Payne pub.
You’re spoilt for choice with parks; Wish park, St Anne’s Well Gardens, Hove Park, Palmeria Square .. we could go on. For a bit o’ culture, while away an afternoon in the Hove Museum or grab a seat in the Open Air Theatre. Those Labour lovin’ Hove-ites sure have got it all.
There are some real classy joints in Hove, four of them are even listed on the Michelin Guide. So if you’re after a fine time, head to The Gingerpig for a seasonal dish of pure bliss, Market knock up hearty brunches by day and spanish deli-style tapas by night, Etch, is headed up by Masterchef Professionals winner Steven Edwards and produce some blinding flavours, Little Fish, a former fishmongers is all fresh, made on the spot, sustainable and unfussy. The head chef even used to work with Heston Blumenthal.
Café Chilli boasts authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed and contemporary setting, while a few doors down on Church Road, Pakal Taco are whipping up a storm with their fresh ingredients, tasty tacos and zingy margaritas.
Tropical Sushi create a Latin-Japanese fusion that’s a match made in sushi heaven. Semola make damn delicious, handmade Italian pasta and The Urchin do two things, really really well, Shellfish and Craft Beers. Happy days!
From loaded crumpets to super duper health bars, Hove has a dose of the good stuff when it comes to cafes. The Hidden pantry is worth digging out on Blatchington Road, they serve organic, homemade meals in a gingham clad, vintage style larder.
The Body Fuel Cafe dish out delish salads with more than your five a day, and packed with plenty of protein to keep your insides squeaky clean. The Crumpetty Tree, just off Palmeira Square is the perfect spot for people watching and tucking into some of the best homemade grub in town.
Hove is by default a gin-drinker territory, so it makes perfect sense that The Gin Tub is making waves. Gin waves. Put that mobley away for you’ll be getting no signal is this copper clad tin can. Every table has a dial-up telephone to put orders through to the bar. Enjoy.
Hove Place is a traditional bistro pub located slap-bang in the heart of Hove. Pro tip: this has some seriously stunning Italian-inspired gardens – the perfect place to soak up the sun with a beer in the summer.
On the southern side of Hove’s main drag sits Fourth & Church, a bijou bottle shop which doubles as an upmarket deli and small plate dining space. Perfect for a posh nibble and quiet quaff. Other pub favourites are the Lion & Lobster, The Bee’s Mouth, Freemasons and The Southern Belle.