Food & Drink
Eat, drink and be merry in this foodie haven where you can find anything from loaded fries and Brighton Rock, to award winning a la carte dining and everything in between.
Amarillo @ Drakes
Amarillo at Drakes is the coming together of one of Brighton’s finest boutique hotels and the star-studded career of Chef Ian Swainson. This is a gastronomic delight that brings a foodie spotlight to Kemptown. Amarillo serves a tasting menu, with meat and vegetarian options. Swainson’s love of Spanish food means you’ll find a mix of influences in his ingredient-led, flavoursome creations. This is fine dining by the sea at its best.
Behind the crushed velvet curtains hides a beautifully cozy hideaway full of whiskey and wonderment. The Bronze pride themselves on their ever-growing world whiskey and cocktail lists, whilst also boasting 14 taps of the best craft beer from around the world. The resident kitchen at The Bronze, Slow and Low Smokehouse, is well placed among the creative, playful and progressive nature of the venue. Guests can expect an exceptional culinary experience. Here the dishes champion the rich and smokey flavours of American barbeque and further elevate them with the best ingredients Sussex has to offer. The result is magnetic aromas and seriously delicious cuisine.
Lucky Khao Thai BBQ use only seasonal local Sussex farm produce, local organic meat and quality Asian ingredients to prepare north-eastern and regional Thai food. Food here is big on barbecued meats over a charcoal fire with spicy sharing curries and zingy fresh salads. Their signature dish may well now be the barbecue corn spare ribs – often imitated, never matched. The great thing about the small sharing plates here, is you get to try a lot of amazing, unforgettable flavours. Also renowned for their cocktails, music, and their neon-nightlife decor – Lucky Khao sits perfectly with the Kemptown vibe.
The Thomas Kemp
If you’re feeling the effects of Saturday night on Sunday morning, there is no better place to relax and unwind with the Sunday papers and a hearty lunch than the Thomas Kemp Pub on St Georges Road. Their roasts are legendary, while their menu caters for vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and flexitarians alike, and their children’s portions are generous too! Sit on their comfortable furnishings by the open fire or outside in the courtyard garden depending on the time of year – but I would definitely book for a table if you’re more than a party of two!
A treasure trove of delights awaits in the Marmalade takeaway kiosk on Edward Street. Homemade cakes and bakes, fresh salad boxes and quiches of the day fill their counter with colour and scents to tantalise the taste buds. Wash them down with a sweet chai latte, a freshly ground coffee or a bottle of pink, locally made lemonade – and while you can sit outside to eat, you may prefer to take your lunch to the nearby gardens of Sussex Square or down onto the beach where you can eat alfresco along the prom.