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Brighton isn’t all fish and chips and candy floss, you know. There’s a great foodie scene here demanding something suitable for the more sophisticated palate too. If you venture beyond the classic tourist traps of the main seafront roads in Brighton you’ll find some real gems, much like in any town where tourism plays a large part. Some great places to try are:

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The Tea Cosy

Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name, The Tea Cosy is the place in Brighton to go for a cream tea and a glimpse at the eclectic British and Royal themed collectors items. A favourite with the likes of Tatler and The Telegraph, it seems The Tea Cosy can do no wrong. Here you can breakfast on the likes of a ‘Prince Harry’ – a boiled egg and soldiers, enjoy a ‘William and Kate Selection’ for lunch – tomato and basil, cucumber and egg mayo sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, a slice of cake and a pot of tea or a ‘Queen Elizabeth Coronation High Tea’ – consisting of a selection of cakes, cream tea style scones, pate and toast, cheese and biscuits, finger sandwiches and of course tea. If you’re a fan of the Royals, or even just a fan of cream teas, this is the one you simply have to visit.

hester street fair cakesThe Restaurant at Drakes

If you want fine dining in Brighton, this is where you come. With a reputation for using only the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients, The Restaurant is a real favourite with those looking for an excellent meal while in Brighton. Perfect for a romantic dinner, thanks to its elegant atmosphere and exquisite food, you certainly won’t forget a night here. With choices such as hand dived scallops, glazed and pressed shoulder of pork and hazelnut bavorois for dessert, it will be a real treat for the tastebuds.

british pub foodMediterraneo Delicatessen

High up on the list of top places to dine in Brighton, this great little place is a real joy to discover. Deli by day and Sicilian restaurant at night, it offers something a little bit different to the other restaurants in Brighton.  With delicious specialities such as cannolis, lemon and poppy seed cake, limoncello cake and white chocolate and almond cake to be bought from the deli by day, plus traditional Sicilian food by night, like lasagne, pizzas, parmigiana de melanzane (aubergines in a tomato and parmesan sauce), peperoni ripieni (stuffed peppers) and tiramisu, you’re bound to be stopping by both day and night.

may italy montaione pizzas & wineAnother place not to miss is the street diner in Brigthelm Garden in Queens Road. This amazing food market comes to Brighton every Friday between 11am and 3pm and you’ll find such delights as gooey brownies, gourmet fish sandwiches, Venezuelan empanadas (think Cornish pasty style stuffed pastries with a kick), American style grilled cheese sandwiches, Caribbean curries and Mexican sweet treats. Perhaps also try Agua Dulce, a great little Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar on King’s Road.

goats cheese tapas sevilleSo when you’re considering your foodie travel destinations, don’t dismiss Brighton. Lively and action packed it may be, but it packs a punch in terms of culinary delights too.

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