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. 

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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Young downtown boho spot with soft lighting, cracking small-plate dining and a lovely big bar to prop up and chat with staff over. What more could you want? Breakfast? Cool, how does ‘local butcher’s sausage, poached eggs, white pudding (divine), roasted vine tomatoes, crispy bacon, mushrooms and sourdough’ sound. Tunes? The playlist (one indie, some oldies, select electronica later on) is curated by owner, local DJ and producer Tim Healey. Art? Bespoke pieces dominate the capacious back room. And there’s burgers, plus Mediterranean and even indian options to fill your face. It’s ace.

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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. All that lovely produce is then treated to some proper Starfish & Coffee TLC, resulting in some truly mouthwatering brunch dishes. Wrigglers, trust us when we say that this is brunch at its very best.

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In the much loved neighbourhood of Kemptown, you’ll find a real local’s cafe with a penchant for top-notch grub. In the summer months grab a seat in their south facing tropical garden and tuck into an exceptional brunch from their all-day menu. Or make your brunch boozy with a little glass of vino, we won’t tell! They also stock some tempting homemade cakes, artisanal sarnies and fresh juices.

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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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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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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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Published -26th June 2018