Long gone are the days of soggy, flavourless pies and tepid cheap largers, enter the age of world class gastro food and top-quality craft beers. In Brighton we’re lucky enough to have over 60 legit breweries right on our doorstep, so there's always a super fresh suppable brew to accompany your mouthwatering pub kitchen fare. 

From tempting vegan tapas to steamed bao buns, these are our favourite places to scoff some tasty pub grub in Brighton & Hove. 

Prepare yourself for quirky cooking from Englishmen invaded by the French, classic flavours mixed with modern techniques, delivering flavour and tantalising tummies. Expect to be hypnotised by their innovative plates and warmed with satisfaction. Traditional classics served with a crispy coating of love!

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Winners of Bravo Brighton's Best Pub Grub are laying the smack-down with their fiery Buffalo wings and proper banging burgers, bringing the tastes of New York to Brighton. Grab a table, or the railway carriage-style booth, and start working your way through the menu centred around two main offerings – wings and signature ‘sandwiches’. When it comes to the wings, tailor your choice with one of the four house sauces from the Wendy original buffalo to the smoking hot Shadow (over 18's only) or choose from one of the week's guest sauces. There’s a Buffalo chicken sandwich smothered in swiss and blue cheese dressing with your name on it, too.

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With 24 keg taps, 4 cask pumps, over 80 craft cans and bottles plus an in-house brewery, the North Laine Brewhouse are most definitely all about the beers. There’s always something new and fresh to try, or ask the barman for top tips to find your perfect brew. Food-wise, these guys are nailing the burger scene. The vegan chickpea and sweet potato madras burger is a dream and the southern fried chicken burger with baconnaise is unreal. Saturday is bottomless brunch day; twenty five quid for a range of eggy delights, live entertainment from the Sensational Alfie Ordinary and endless refills of Bloody Marys, Mimosas or Ale until 2pm. Ruddy marvellous. On Sundays head down for a lazy afternoon lolling about on their furniture and filling your belly with sensational home-cooked roasts.

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The Hideout concept is based on 'Modern Campfire Cooking'. Essentially, this means going back to the roots of hospitality. It's all about sharing great food as if you were sitting around a campfire with friends. There's a distinctly global flavour to Humble Plates' menus; techniques and ingredients from around the world are incorporated but are served up with a slice of Humble Plates' characteristic edge and innovation.

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A recent addition to Brighton & Hove's teeming food and drink scene, Jaldee Jaldee offers authentic homemade vegetarian and vegan street food from different regions across India and East Africa. With recipes having been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, the aim is to create the same experience of enjoying delicious plates of mouth-watering food found on the bustling streets of India and East Africa right here on your doorstep. Dedicated to providing the best quality food using fresh herbs and whole spices, all of their sauces and chutneys are homemade! We love street food, and we love great pubs, so Jaldee Jaldee's exciting new residency at the vibrant, Bottom's Rest pub is something we're super proud to share with you!

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The Walrus is quite possibly one of Team Wriggle's favourite recent additions to Brighton's historic Lanes. The team behind this suave spot have poured oodles of time and effort into the former public house, bestowing upon it a brand new lease of life, as well as some pretty exciting, diverse new features. The sprawling venue now boasts an upstairs restaurant, a two-storey rooftop garden, and even an atmospheric basement live music venue. On the hunt for style, flair and sophistication? Head upstairs to the Walrus's dining room – a seriously opulent space that's dripping in class and distinction. The seasonal menu has got a tonne of tasty options, ranging from pub classics to pizzas, roast dinners to sandwiches – it's the perfect spot for date night, drinks with your favourites, or a full-blown family affair of a Sunday roast.

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The George Payne was established in May 2012 by Enterprise Inn’s fabulous tenants Zoe & Steve with the aim of creating a traditional British pub offering a warm welcome, quality drink selection, and home-from-home cooking. This in addition to their friendly, relaxing, inclusive atmosphere is what makes The George Payne so great. The refurbished George Payne – formerly known as The Kendal Arms – has been embraced by the local community from the moment its doors were opened - and it is no surprise why. The lovely folk at The George Payne love getting involved in local community events, and supporting their friendly, creative, and diverse neighbourhood. They apply their warm attitude to pub life too, as they aim to always provide something for everyone.

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Like the Mash Tun boozer it calls home, Burger Kult’s wares are lively, juicy and dripping with good humour. Pick from a revolving roster of towering confections –  from the classic Back-Flip Truck (maple bacon, melted cheese and mustard) to the Swine with orange and chipotle pulled pork, maple bacon and mustard maple slaw. The blue-haired barlady (astutely) steered us towards Stigmata: a moist ground chuck steak, Bourbon BBQ chilli brisket, chilli popper, Afterburn, chilli jam, Blood of Christ and mustard maple slaw. Fries, served in a plastic tumbler, are rich and appropriately fatty. Pair with a pint and devour. A friendly, informal bite in the heart of town.

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Wriggle your way over to The Mucky Duck today and you'll find a true culinary treat in the form of delicious burgers from Wolfsmouth's latest pop-up - Greasy Paws. Forget soggy buns and nasty cheap sauces though – because these are not just any burgers. Greasy Paws are raising the bar with their fabulous street food inspired pop-up dining concept, designed by chefs Will Dennard and Jack Southan. Will and Jack utilise premium ingredients which are often disregarded or overlooked in today's culinary scene, doing the complete justice by elevating them to fantastic heights of flavour, presentation and texture. Greasy Paws are doing burgers differently.

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A traditional bistro pub located slap-bang in the heart of Hove, Hove Place's glorious menus have earned them a stellar reputation in recent years. From mouthwatering interpretations of proper pub classics like fish and chips and burgers, to a tantalising and creative bistro menu starring dishes such as panko breaded British burrata, the food at Hove Place is capturing hearts and appetites across Brighton. Within his cookery, head chef Phil strives to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients and produce from the local area. The provenance of ingredients is central to this approach; beef dishes are based on slow growing rare breed cows bred in Sussex, whilst pork comes from pigs that lived on the South Downs. The result? Vibrant dishes that are bursting with flavour, vibrancy and texture; a proper treat for the senses.

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Escape the ordinary with a spectacular cosmic pizza from the new kitchen at The West Hill Tavern. These pizza aficionados are dishing out Neapolitan style homemade stone-baked 12 inchers from Tuesday to Saturdays with a variety of meat, fish, veggie and vegan toppings. Each pizza is lovingly made with caputo 00 flour (the gold standard when it comes to pizza flour), layered with either a homemade cream or tomato base and topped with exciting ingredients such as eggs, bacon and black pudding, or pulled bbq jackfruit, seitan, charred sweetcorn, pineapple and vegan mozzarella.

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The Dover Castle pub is a fabulous, traditional pub in the heart of Brighton. An old school style boozer, Dover Castle also offers a short but perfectly formed menu of pub classics, augmented with a few quirky twists from the chef's imagination. Expect a menu that revolves around fresh ingredients which have been locally and seasonally sourced, and are free range wherever possible. Inside, the pub is delightfully cosy and comfortable, with an eclectic mishmash of decorations and furniture. Come for a few pints with your best mates, and stay for the fantastic selection of live music, open mic and comedy nights.

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One of the oldest pubs in Kemptown, the Barley Mow has long been famed for their fantastic selection of real ales and generous servings of quality grub. With the arrival of the pie professionals, you can expect expert offerings of the delicious pub staple, with unique creations matched with British classics. We love nothing more than playing one of the card or board games whilst tucking into a Pieminister pie. The delicious pies on the menu include longstanding favourites like Matador, Deer Stalker and Saag Pie-neer. No pie is complete without a bed of mash to sit on and a pool of gravy to swim in. Yum!

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Traditional British pub The Cricketers have teamed up with The Brighton Roast Co to offer you locally sourced, free-range roasts seven days of the week. They only work with local suppliers to bring you the finest meat, organic vegetables, line-caught fish and locally produced cheeses. You can expect delicious meats such as Highland Wagyu Beef Brisket and Langley Chase Organic Mutton Leg. They also whip up a mean sub roll if you’re after a lighter bite. With live music every Tuesday and Friday night and a huge selection of Real Ales, The Cricketers has been creating the perfect British pub atmosphere since 1547.

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Just like this cracking tavern’s frothy namesake, when it comes to the Fountain Head we can’t stop gushing. A well-proportioned town centre boozer with a solid selection of local beer on tap and a quietly ecumenical flavour to the decor. Plus board games, books and a dog friendly vibe. It might not have outside space, but it does have big windows and is south-facing. Staff are always up for a chat. There’s couches, and tables of all sizes. As for food, the Sunday roast is justly lauded, but the scotch eggs are also a bit special, alongside your standard complement of burgers and smaller sides. Triple cooked chips, too. Whet your appetite yet?

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Nice Buns is the new, tasty act behind Sidewinders kitchen, serving incredible burgers, hot dogs, vegan delights, small plates and some pretty epic Sunday Roasts.

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The Caribbean Kitchen made its way around some notable Brighton eateries such as The Druids and Riki Tik’s before settling in its current home - The Round Georges. Known for their iconic ‘Reggae Roasts’ served with perfectly cooked roast potatoes, rice ‘n’ peas, fried plantain, mac ‘n’ cheese and rainbow slaw. There are melt-in-the-mouth meats or tasty veggie and vegan options to choose from. Some of our other favourite dishes are the Ackee & Saltfish and Curried Goat. Jam-packed with Caribbean flavour and spice, we can’t get enough of this soul-nourishing pub grub.

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Mrs Fitzherberts, the woman, the bar. Brighton’s original cougar, who captured the heart of a king, is back in the heart of central Brighton. Sited two minutes from the Royal Pavilion, where the Prince wooed his sweetheart, and seconds from the Theatre Royal and the Dome concert hall, like the original tale, this pub's story is one of passion and infatuation. A passion to provide great local craft beers, simple but quality local pub food and showcase the best of live local talent. Set in an environment that is Fitz for a king, the newly refurbished Fitzherberts boasts two great heated and lit outdoor terraces. Their street terrace on Brighton’s premier pedestrianised thoroughfare, New Road, is the BEST place to watch Brighton play. At the first floor discover the ‘Lost Gardens of Fitzherbert’ roof terrace, complete with outdoor fireplace and disco shed, providing the best setting for breakfast or an after work cocktail under the stars. With a fantastic retractable roof, the terrace is open whatever the weather.

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This Hove hostelry specialise in shellfish and craft beers, and jeesh do they do it well. On their regular menu you’ll find classic seafood staples such as Moules Mariniere and Langoustine, but their specials menu is where it gets really exciting. How good do these sound … Crab, Ginger & Shitake Dumplings with Soy dipping Sauce and Scallops with Salt Baked Celeriac, Hazelnut and Apple. Just stunning. This freehouse stocks over 100 craft beers, and a wine list curated by a Vinology PhD graduate so you can find a tipple to perfectly compliment your delicious supper. Just a short walk from Hove station this gastropub is the perfect spot for date night or a special occasion, the restaurant fills up quickly so it’s definitely worth booking in advance.

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Bao down to the street food legend that is Baby Bao. Currently dishing up their famous steamed bao at the newly refitted indie pub, The Pond, you can also find them cooking up a storm at Street Diner on Fridays, filling their homemade steamed buns with a host of flavoursome meaty, veggie and vegan fillings - there really is something for all tastes! The meat-free Mondays are always packed with people looking for a range of exciting plant-based fillings. There are plenty of small plates available to compliment your bao and some amazing beers on tap from The Pond too (including vegan beers). We especially love the Pondwater at Wriggle!

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Published -16th November 2018