You can rely on him to pick you up after a heavy nights sesh when you've lost your cab money, (and he didn't even tell mum), what a ledge. He's always there to lend a helping hand with your latest IKEA flatpack, and he knows how to make a damn good brew. Pappa dearest, we heart you even with your cringe dance moves and god awful jokes, this Sunday is all about you, so get them slippers off and let's go celebrate. 

Stuck for ideas on where to go? You know by now that we've always got your back. Here's the bestest places to treat the old fella.

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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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! Chef, Christian aka Chrisdave began cooking as a kid but then went on to train and learn his trade in the bustling kitchens in the south of France and The French Alps. Later Chrisdave went on to spend 5 years working in London, at establishments such as The Delaunay, Berners Tavern and Le Pont de la Tour. Last year Chris moved back to Brighton and worked at the acclaimed restaurant, The Pass, in The South Lodge Hotel before moving on to create his Pop Up Croustillant D. Sebastian, the younger brother of Christian, has been around the Brighton pub/restaurant scene for a number of years now after a spell in France, heading up The Tempest Inn, The Three Little Birds and more recently The Lord Nelson Inn. He also has a background in baking, and cooks a mean Roast Dinner!

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The summer of 2018 saw Bison Beer open it's third site in Brighton’s famous North Laine, partnering up with Humble Plates to put on a bar, kitchen and hideout operation that truly has something for everyone. 103 North Road‬ is a bold and experimental concept that has been brewed in partnership with Bison Beer's original brand designer, Dan Walters, and realised with the expertise of architects, We Like Today. To match the brave aesthetics, Humble Plates Head Chef, Dan Cotton (trained at nearby neighbours, Chilli Pickle, before leading the kitchen at the Crabtree gastropub for three years), aims to execute an exciting yet accessible offering of snacks, small plates and sharing options, many of which will be sourced from local suppliers.‬‬ The new crafthouse stocks Bison's usual work-class selection beers from all around the globe, and their own fresh brews too. 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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The original Curry Leaf Cafe is located in the heart of Brighton's bustling Lanes, just a couple of minutes' walk from the beach. Its colourful, laid-back 75-seat dining space – decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches – operates as a cafe-cum-lunch spot during the day, offering a range of coffees, teas, snacks and traditional South Indian street food, as well as more substantial meals such as thali platters, dosas and Masala-battered fish 'n chips. In the evenings diners can experience the cafe’s small but diverse dinner menu of tandoor-grilled meats, street food dishes and expertly spiced curries, accompanied by some of Brighton's best craft beers and spiced cocktails. All ingredients are sourced from local farms where possible, and around half of the menu is vegetarian. A wide selection of vegan and gluten-free dishes is also on offer throughout the day

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The Golden Pineapple on Ship Street is a relaxed neighbourhood cocktail bar, whipping up some quirky signature creations, gin flights and balloons, beers, and wines. If cocktails are calling, expect the likes of their Tropical Lady with GP Pineapple Spirit, Velvet Falernum, Raspberry, lime and egg white, or their Sazerac with Buffalo Trace, Martell VS, Pernod Absinthe, Sugar, and Bitters. These marvellous melodies will certainly send you sprightly on your merry way.

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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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One of the oldest pubs in Kemp Town, 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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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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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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Located in an old Victorian period building, Idle Hands is a quirky craft pub for people of all walks of life. Reminiscent of the days when bars were purveyors of artisan spirits and wines, it has a strong ethos of handpicking the best of these, with an ever-changing array of fine wines and spirits from around the globe. With 10 taps dedicated to craft beer that rotate regularly, Idle Hands showcases some of the best of British brewing. Decorated in keeping with the Victorian building it lives in, Idle Hands is a bar that feels like it’s been there for decades. With regular live jazz and swing and a red piano welcome for all to use, come down for craft beer, amazing spirits and a tinkle on the piano under the watchful eyes of our resident ram’s head.

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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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Brighton Bierhaus have landed in Brighton and we couldn’t be hoppier. They even saved a 200 year old Kemptown pub in their quest to bring their award-winning beers to the mouths of us lucky Brightonians. The brewery is a mere mile away meaning we get to sup on not only the tastiest of ales, but the freshest too. Guest beers from the likes of Brewdog and Hand Brew Co make regular appearances, as well as a heap of tasty international brews and ciders. And if you should happen to feel a little peckish while you’re there, do not despair, they also serve up some darn delish pizzas courtesy of Pizzaface! Sundays are our faves in da Haus - £3.20 Cask Pints, Free Sunday papers, board games and pizza. Lush!

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A vintage Citroen H-Van is where Woodbox originally came to life. In 2013 armed with a classic set of wheels, a wood fired oven and some delicious Napoli style sourdough, these delicious street pizzas were sold to the masses at food markets and festivals across the UK. Due to the impeccable reputation the touring Neapolitan food had built, the Woodbox Pizzeria opened last year in the heart of Kemptown. Offering the same traditional Napoli style pizzas, made with locally sourced Sussex ingredients and blended with fine Italian flour, you’ll really want to get a pizza this action. The decor is modern, clean and simple with an emphasis on top quality food. Make sure you save room for pud cos their authentic gelato is worth more than a pretty penny.

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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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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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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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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. 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. 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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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican street food, ​then call off the search party. This place is Mexican owned, with Carlito himself at the helm. Born from a festival stall, Carlito Burrito serves up delicious Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas made with the freshest of ingredients. It’s no wonder The Guardian voted their food amongst the best available at Glastonbury ‘14. There’s a hefty range of Tequilas, Mezcals, and Mexican Craft Beers to sample, and even an Oyster and Tequila Shooter for more adventurous diners. Friendly staff, unbeatable food and fantastic music makes this hidden gem a must-visit for all Brightonians. The fish tacos may well change your life, güey.

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Published -7th June 2019