It goes without saying the main thing our lovely hippy city by the seaside is famous for, food-wise anyway, is sustainable, ethical, vegan-centric nosh.
And that’s just fine by us, for the record. However… there’s just something about a damn fine steak that nothing else can touch.
We’ve sampled countless searingly-good spots where you can go get your meat sweats on, and here’s the definitive best we reckon Brighton has to offer…
Small wonder the team behind this intimate, tucked-away restaurant are winning awards all over the place, and just opened their second outlet in the shadow of London’s Tower Bridge. Savour 35-day dry-aged Aberdeen Angus, cooked to perfection in a barbecue-style Josper oven. And chill out, hippies: the charcoal is sustainable.
8 Boyce's St, BN1 1AN
Folks from Argentina really know their steak, so it’s small wonder the cuts and cooking at this Hove joint – Sussex’s first Argentinian eatery, don't-ya-know – are little short of sublime. For best results plump for the ‘Argentine Meat Experience’ sharing platter, with rump, sirloin, rib-eye and fillet cuts, plus rice and chips.
36, Church Rd, BN3 2FN
This smart hipster spot in Kemptown boasts the city’s only Bertha oven, a beefy wood-and-smoke affair that’ll do your 28-day (at least) aged 100oz Ribeye to perfection while you sup on a local draught ale and admire the impeccably turned-out staff and groovy decor.
101 St James's St, BN2 1TP
Friendly, lively location (also known for its ribs and rotisserie chicken) where you can sit in the garden and demolish a massive slab of rare beef washed down with a bottle of top-drawer red wine and a side of simply-to-die-for handmade onion rings. Perfection.
120 St George's Rd, BN2 1EA
Bellissimo! An Italian take on steak. The name itself literally means ‘eating’ in the language of the old country; treat yourself to an Instagram-worthy cut, simply seasoned, with minimal fuss and fanfare. They also double up as an Italian grocer, so you can sex up your larder with their range of pasta, posh coffee and preserves.
69 East St, BN1 1HQ
Luxurious, old-fashioned la-di-dah French cooking is the order of the day at this refined Gallic eatery. If you’re really pushing the boat out (or mum and dad are paying) go for the deluxe ‘chateaubriand’ steak accompanied by a nice big dozy Bordeaux. Avec pomme frites, naturellement.
2 Ship St, BN1 1AD
Another one for when you feel like splurging, this hotel restaurant (where local movers, shakers and fancy out-of-towners dine in style) might be better known for its fish, but they also sear a mean steak, accompanied by mouthwatering steamed veg and classic wine pairings, all in a knockout-gorgeous neoclassical room.