Looks like summer is here to stay and with it comes the need to dose up on your vit d, take in the sights and pop a squat outside your favourite eatery for some tasty sunshine feeding. Brighton's jam-packed with delectable summery restaurants, but which are the ones with the best alfresco spots? Here's our top pick. 

Don't forget to check our lists of the most instagrammable beer gardens, or epic picnic and takeaway deals either. 

Patterns South facing wood-decked terrace is built for sunshine and sipping. An urban oasis of tropical potted palms, bright pastel coloured furniture and upcycled oil drum tables, the elevated space boasts unrivalled sea views. Come nightfall the twinkling lights of Brighton Pier provide an iconic sight. During the summer months, the terrace plays host to weekly free Saturday ‘Summer Sizzler Terrace Parties’ from 2pm until late with resident DJs playing summer jams onto the terrace. Excitingly, they’ve also partnered with Brighton’s Lucky Beach who’ll be running a pop-kitchen in their ground floor bar all summer long! They'll be serving up delicious breakfast options for Pattern's now infamous bottomless brunch, as well as tasty burgers and sides during the terrace parties.

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If you're looking for delicious, flavour-packed and exciting British food, then look no further than Hove Place. 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. The space itself is lovely, perfect for date night or a great big catch up with friends and family alike. Pro tip: Hove Place has some seriously stunning Italian-inspired gardens – the perfect place to soak up the sun with a beer in the summer or enjoy a coffee on a crisp morning.

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We love PAELLA. And we love STREET FOOD. What do you get when you cross fantastic paella with a street food revolution? ... Nick & Yana's Crocus Paella, that's what! These guys cook everything from scratch and use local produce where possible. The Paella is made from great ingredients, has no artificial colours or flavours & all paella is gluten free. What's the secret? Excellent quality saffron! a.k.a. Crocus Sativus. As proud members of street food collective, Street Diner, (Brighton's hottest weekly Street Food Market) you can find them at Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road on Fridays. Look no further for private catering for parties, corporate events, weddings and festivals around East & West Sussex.​

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Welcoming one of the newest additions to Brighton's food and drink scene, The Bok Shop. A brand new gourmet fried chicken and vegan faux chicken restaurant sat on the corner of East Street. Try their innovative chicken burgers such as 'The Hot as Cluck' or 'The Satay Night Fever' or make it vegan easily with vegan chicken, mayo, and cheese. Load up on their range of tasty homemade sides, dips, and crispy chicken/cauliflower pieces too. Their 'All You Can Eat - Wing Wednesday' is well worth checking out with a group of hungry mates as well.

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The guys behind Bison Beer have launched their new store in Hove, where you can grab their range of awesome beers to go but now also enjoy in store. That's right! Stocking beers from all around the globe and their own fresh brews too, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. The premises is split over two levels with a bar housing draught beer and food offerings on the upper part, plus fridges and seating down on the lower level. There’s also the small matter of a stunning south-facing terrace at the front of the building. If you don’t know your stouts from your IPA’s then fear not, they’re a really friendly bunch and will point you in the right direction.

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An independent deli café-come-restaurant, Lavash are dishing up the tastiest, freshest wraps we’ve gobbled up in a long, long time. Packed full of locally, sustainably sourced ingredients which are prepared to traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern street food methods, these bad boys are seriously tasty. Everything is homemade – from the fresh, light lavash flatbreads to the punch-packing sauces and dips and the vibrant fillings. Lavash is the perfect spot for grabbing a casual bite to eat with your closest pals – enjoy your wraps with a properly tasty craft beer, or why not go all out with a bottle of wine? The vibe at Lavash is chilled out and relaxed, but the service is second-to-none, making it a truly lovely place to spend time.

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There are few more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon (or morning) than on the sun-trap roof terrace at Rust in Hove. Even if the sun isn’t shining, this welcoming café is a favourite for brunch and lunch. If you’re there for the former - try the chorizo, or haloumi, with poached eggs - or the wonderfully fresh smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. The portions are big at Rust, with the jacket potato packing a noteworthy punch. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter (although still generous) option, the salad platter offers a selection of the day’s offerings, plus halloumi, hummus and pita bread – delicious and smug-makingly healthy.

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A relative newcomer to The Lanes is The Plant Room - a delicious veggie eatery hidden amongst a beautiful tropical paradise. This laid-back espresso bar serve up one of the world’s leading coffee roasters, Allpress, coffee connoisseurs come forth. As well as a heavenly selection of loose leaf teas from Brew Tea Co. Veggies and Vegans are well catered for with a wide variety of salads, tartlets and other moreish snacks. The veggie wellingtons are a real winning lunchtime feed. All the indoor plants are supplied by Hi Cacti and if one those super cute spiky little numbers happens to catch your eye, you can purchase one or two to take home. Coffee and Cacti, what more could you want from your afternoon caffeine fix?!

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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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Wholesome salads, Small Batch coffee, daily-changing hot and cold specials, quality breakfasts and freshly made sandwiches await you at this gem of a café on Trafalgar Street. Grab a seat and watch the people go by as you enjoy wonderful home cooked food. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting pop-ups in the future too, with a great space tucked away downstairs (which is currently home to cereal innovators- Brighton Cereal Cafe).

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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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Zafferelli's has reopened with a fresh new look and menu, inspired by the new owners grandmothers recipies. Offering classics such as pastas, pizzas Zafferelli's aims to please with comforting , home cooked food your nonna might have made years ago.

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a brunch connoisseur do you? Reckon you can sniff out a banging Eggs Benny at fifty paces, and know your Eggs Royale from your Eggs Florentine? Well, you're gonna lose your proverbial marbles when you step inside Starfish & Coffee then. An independent neighbourhood cafe a mere stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion, Starfish & Coffee burn a serious flame for mouthwatering brunch dishes, championing the breakfast-lunch hybrid with their motto, 'brunch like a boss'. So, how do Starfish & Coffee make their brunch offerings so bloody good? They start by using only local, seasonal produce, with ham and free range eggs sourced from Holmansbridge Farm near Lewes, sausages and bacon from Ockham Farm in Ewhurst Green, milk from Ringmer cows, and smoked salmon from Edburton. Their coffee comes from Brighton-based roastery Coffee at 33, and fresh bread, pastries and sweet treats arrive daily from artisan bakeries such as Coburn & Bakery, Becky's Brownies and Cookie Cartel.

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Take a wander down to Lewes Road and discover the hidden gem that is Brewed. Known for their own house roasted single origin coffee which you may have seen dotted around some other notable Brighton eateries. Brunch lovers need to add this place to their bucket list immediately. Grab a pew on their decked sun terrace and tuck into a mighty fine brunch whilst sipping on a freshly roasted coffee for the ultimate mid-morning indulgence. They serve classic brunch staples alongside regularly changing seasonal plates. Open in the evenings too for craft beers and wine and tasty little vegan and omnivore friendly small plates.

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Introducing the brand new restaurant at Proud Country House, ‘Source’, a ‘farm to fork’ concept which takes advantage of the wonderful array of quality, locally-sourced meats, fish and freshly-grown produce, all from within a twenty-mile radius of the House. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the Grade 2 listed parkland before popping in for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner. With Bottomless brunches on the weekend and a cracking Sunday Carvery, along with a whole host of exciting events on their calendar, you'll always find something exciting on at Stanmer House.

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Neighbourhood is a charming cafe bar, offering 100% veggie and vegan food. If you’re looking for something laid-back and friendly, it’s the place to be! Their altruistic vision is angled towards looking after our planet and its people. They love fresh organic food, the School of Life, yoga, Permaculture, cycle rides, being in nature, ethical spending, and sometimes no spending at all. They’re all about those local, seasonal, and high quality ingredients and of course, sustainability is at the heart of the business.

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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 contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees,speciality teas, a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such as roast peach, proscuitto, rocket and whipped ricotta salad or head down on a Saturday morning for a Wriggle favourite – The Lost Breakfast with free rangepork sausage and eggs, smoked streaky bacon, homemade hash browns,heritage tomatoes and field mushrooms on sourdough. Acai Bowls are a big house favourite a definite must try, small breakfast bowls jam-packed with goodies such as fresh fruit, pistachios, hemp seeds, bee pollen and granola. For afternoon treats chose from a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

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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. The part we love the most, though, is the cosy and relaxed yet super-stylish pub that lies at the heart of the building. Full of intimate booths and snugs, the pub is decked out with an open fire, Victorian-style seating and plenty of green leather and red velvet comfy seating. Despite the pub's classic old school boozer feel, the bar itself is well stocked with the finest and tastiest beers, spirits and soft drinks that we all know and love.

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Big Ugly Kitchen 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 daddy of all Italian eateries in Brighton, this centrally located joint boasts 300 seats spread over five floors. There’s no scrimping on standards though; the charcuterie board is as good as you’ll get this side of Florence, and the space is versatile enough for a big birthday or intimate liaison over a nice Chianti in one of the downstairs booths. Their large menu consists freshly cooked fish, handmade pizzas, meaty platters and a good selection of veggie, vegan and gluten-free dishes. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to making pizzas, they’ve been crafting Sourdough-Lievito Madre Pizzas for the past 36 years - the tomato sauce is direct from Pomodori, the Mozarella is 100% pure, they only use Caputo 00 flour and all the veg is locally sourced. Once this perfectly curated pizza is assembled it’s into the Fuoco a Legna (Wood Fired Oven) and ready for you to sink your teeth into.

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Fabrizio is Italian through and through with two generations of gelato creators in his family. His grandfather had a 'black cow' where he obtained the fresh milk he used to make his gelato. Michelle is a true Brightonian who loves all things Italian. Put them together and you get a fantastic Italian gelateria, pasticceria and wine bar in the heart of Brighton. Now in its third year La Mucca Nera is well known and loved by Italians living in Brighton and locals too. They have received a Certificate of Excellence 2018 award from TripAdvisor and have just been awarded 2 stars for their Pistachio di Bronte DOC gelato in the Great Taste Guild of Fine Food Awards. This little slice of Italy in the heart of Kemptown is going from strength to strength and we’re excited to see what they do next.

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Tucked away in Hove inside a beautiful old building overlooking the stunning Palmeira Square is Down to Earth Coffee. Look through the enormous floor to ceiling windows that flood this caffeine lovers' paradise with light, and you'll see the beaming, contented faces of happy customers, relishing a properly good cup of coffee. A peaceful spot in a truly beautiful setting, Down to Earth boasts a rustic, wooden interior that's as laid back and relaxing as the chilled out tunes drifting from the speakers. With incredible regular beans from Round Hill Coffee, as well as a dreamy selection of rotating guest espressos and filter choices, Down to Earth are bringing their A-game to the booming Brighton & Hove coffee scene. Come for the idyllic views and a cracking cup of Joe, and stay for the freshly baked treats adorning the counter – or go all out with one of the inviting brunch dishes.

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Published -28th May 2019