After a grand opening from Queenie herself in the 70’s, The Brighton Marina has since become the largest Marina complex in the UK. Why not hop on the Volks Railway (the world’s oldest operating electric railway) at the Palace Pier and catch a lift all the way to Black Rock, you’ll may even get more than you bargained for when the train trundles past the nudist part of the beach. Ooooeeerrr.
The Marina is a great place for a family day out, a mates hang out or a cheeky date night. There’s a ton of activities to choose from, Globalls is indoor mini golf as you’ve never seen it before, think ultraviolet jurassic park with a sprinkling of club tropicana.
There’s a Hollywood Bowl for all your bowling and arcade needs, they even spruce the place up for disco bowling on the weekend. If the big screen is more of your scene, you’re in luck, the Cineworld here has eight chuffin screens! In the summer you can take yourself for a wee Mackerel fishing trip, for £20 each you can pick yourself up some tasty morsels for the beach BBQ.
There’s even a Casino, you bring your poker face and I’ll bring the beers.
It’s impossible to go hungry at the Marina, restaurants are ten to a dozen here, but these are the best indie eateries for you to set your sights on.
Brasserie Fish and Grill knock up delicious platters of the freshest seafood to be enjoyed alfresco on the waterside dock with a chilled bottle of vino.
Bella Napoli serve up authentic, rustic Italian grub in a cosy family run establishment. The VERY Italian waiters will help you choose wine pairings to complement your tasty gnosh, the parma ham and mozzarella salad and venison ragu are real winners. It’s usually packed so worth booking in advance.
Memories of India is definitely worth a look in, they make heart warming curries that taste like they’ve been home cooked right in Kerala and doused with soul, passion and a mighty fine hit of spice. Their menu is BIG, so it’s worth checking out the specials for while you munch on some freshly made poppadoms.
There’s a couple of cracking little cafe’s down at the Marina, perfect if you’re a local resident for a midweek spot of brunch, or a great little stop off for tea and cake if you’re just visiting.
Cherry Tree hits the spot with its range of homemade brekkies, Flourpot Bakery bread and Small Batch Coffee. But their real piece de resistance is their freshly baked cakes, gooey brownies and banana loaf, must.eat.cake.
Laughing Dog Cafe is an art gallery, crafty gift shop, print studio and cafe/bar all in one. Stop by for an artisan coffee, lunchtime snack or bottled bitter. Don’t forget your pooch, they have recently been nominated for most dog friendly cafe in brighton. Their adorable lab, Bandit, is usually milling about ready for cuddles and treats.
Cafe Zio is very popular with residents and has sun soaking south facing terraces along Palm Drive. You can get an all day brekkie for a fiver or choose from one of their other many delectable chows. We’d recommend a tasty Italian coffee and a slice of red velvet cake. Dreamy.
The Master Mariner specialise in local, freshly caught fish and lip smacking Sunday Roasts. It’s family owned and run so you know you’ll be taken care of. Cosy log burning fires to warm your tootsies by in the winter and a waterside terrace for cocktails in the summer. Not quite indie, but the West Quay is a brilliant summertime boozer, oodles of tables and cheap beer and burgers. Lovely.