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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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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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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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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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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Sophie, the brains behind Superdoux creates bespoke cakes, hosts vegan supper clubs and fun cookery lessons for the people of Brighton. SuperDoux uses the finest ingredients, with a large range of vegan, gluten-free and sugarfree bakes. Taste is the number one priority, aiming to create great tasting food and cakes that everyone can enjoy. Whilst always supporting local businesses by using locally sourced products along with fairtrade cocoa and sugar. Her vegan repertoire is growing by the day, so be sure to pop along to one of her supper clubs for a proper introduction to delicious meat-free foods!

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Brighton’s favourite backstreet Caribbean shack has taken a new residency on Elm Grove. Serving up their famous Jerk Chicken and Curried Goat alongside some tasty new delights. The former colourful little shack, formerly of Lewes Road, built itself a reputation for mouthwatering, authentic Jamaican nosh and super friendly, chatty staff before moving into its new weekend pop up at The Admiral. Expect generous portions, fiery flavours and food that’s good for the soul. This place is a real gem of the Brighton streetfood scene.

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The Tipsy Bear is a relaxed, newly opened independent bar on Preston Street with a super friendly team. They pride themselves on serving quality, locally sourced produce, with the main focus on a classic British favourite, Bangers & Mash. These aren’t just any bangers though, expect innovative combinations such as Moroccan Lamb, Apricot & Pomegranate and Triple Chilli Pork. The Tipsy Bear Afternoon Tea is somewhat of a showstopper and comes with sausage rolls, scotch eggs, bangers & mash, puddings and boozy drinks. Saturday evenings see an epic line-up of live music and The Den downstairs is decked out with sofa's, a football table & large TV - ready and waiting to fill all your sporting needs. Or head down for a cosy Sunday night, movie night.

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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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Humble Plates represent the finest of the pop-up restaurant scene in Brighton & Hove. Head chef Dan's cooking style is progressive and exciting, with real creative flair running through the dishes cooked, yet there's also a strong emphasis on accessibility, and a noticeable desire to avoid stuffiness and pretentiousness. Dan cut his culinary teeth at the popular and well-respected Chilli Pickle in Brighton before his first Head Chef role at The Crabtree gastropub in West Sussex. Campfire cooking is the concept of going back to the roots of hospitality. The aim to champion an honest yet progressive style of cooking whilst celebrating the experience of gathering around a fire, enjoying great food and sharing with friends 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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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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There’s nowhere with interiors that epitomise the sheer quirkiness of Brighton quite like the Hope & Ruin. From the sign above the door, emblazoned with cabaret lights, to the ethereal fairy-lit tree in the centre, to kooky accents like the washing machine and bathtub sofa, the whole pub appears to embody Brighton’s signature bohemian culture – and that’s before we even get to the food. The Beelzebab kitchen plays along with the theme, a full-size caravan (albeit chopped in half) hosting Brighton’s only vegetarian and vegan kebab shop. Think vegan doners, dirty hotdogs, loaded fries and deep fried gherkins. With feel-good food this tasty, we’re not surprised nobody’s dared to compete.

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The Southern Belle is a pub come theatre come hotel and is located just next to one of the most prestigious squares in the city. The pub is a lively boozer with super friendly staff, decent beers and some mega food choices. On Wednesdays you can tuck into Indian Street Food Pop-Up Jaldee Jaldee, they offer authentic homemade vegetarian and vegan street food from different regions across India and East Africa. The Dukebox Theatre seats 40 and has regular theatre, comedy, cabaret and live music nights. Well worth checking out. The hotel offers beautifully designed rooms for very fair prices, perfect for if you’ve had one too many for the drive home, or for the in-laws when they come to visit.

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Just off the hustle and bustle of Queen’s Road you’ll find a quaint little boozer that’s been around since the dawn of time, well 1881 to be exact. Fun fact - they draw all their electricity from a solar panel on the roof. How sustainable of them. This award-winning pub have some mega menu options, and cater for carnivores, veggies, vegans alike. You’ll find your usual pub grab staples like Steak, Fish & Chips and Burgers but the quality of food is exemplary and usually features lovely little gourmet twists. If you’re a bit of a craftie beer drinker you’re in for a treat, there’s a heap of regular and guest brews on the pumps including a dedicated vegan pump, oooeeerr!

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The Chimney House is one of those rare pubs that manages to combine gastro quality food whilst maintaining a proper pub setting. A pub by the people FOR the people. Hidden up above Seven Dials, you’ll find this cosy little treasure with a homey, retro vibe serving up some of the best nosh in town. The kitchen’s ingredients are all local, wild range and foraged. Making for some super scrumptious dishes like Crispy Pig Head Croquettes or a Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese, Caramelised Onion & Rosemary Tart. With a wicked selection of brews, this joint is a must for a craft beer lover.

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Published -16th November 2018