BRIGHTON

Food and Travel (UK) - - City Breaks -

One of the UK’s most pro­gres­sive cities is home to laid-back beach life, top veg­e­tar­ian restau­rants and all the trap­pings of a clas­sic sea­side resort, says An­drew Mes­sios

Why go One of Bri­tain’s iconic sea­side get­aways, Brighton has a long and colour­ful his­tory of of­fer­ing respite for city mis­fits and as a place to re­treat from the tri­als of mod­ern life. In the 19th cen­tury, its salt­wa­ter and sea air were touted by physi­cians as aid­ing good health, while King Ge­orge IV built his own fan­tas­ti­cal plea­sure palace, the Royal Pav­il­ion. Over the past decade it’s qui­etly de­vel­oped a so­phis­ti­cated side, with huge in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and a spate of bou­tique ho­tel and restau­rant open­ings. July brings pleas­ant tem­per­a­tures that hover around 21C, mak­ing it the ideal time to ex­plore the an­tique mar­kets and pas­tel-coloured in­die shops that line the streets. The UK’s largest beach­front cinema Brighton’s Big Screen brightons­bigscreen.com launches on 28 July and on 30 July you can check out the Lon­don and the South heats of the 2017 Bri­tish Street Food Awards. british­street­food.co.uk

What to do Book a space on a VIB (Very In­de­pen­dent Brighton) Food Tour brighton­food­tours.com which prom­ises a smor­gas­bord of gourmet and street food stops and an op­por­tu­nity to learn about the city from its pas­sion­ate lo­cal ven­dors. Af­ter­wards, un­wind in the Royal Pav­il­ion’s Re­gency Gar­dens roy­al­pavil­ion­gar­dens.co.uk and check out the Con­sta­ble and Brighton ex­hi­bi­tion at the nearby Brighton Mu­seum brighton­mu­se­ums.org.uk which ex­am­ines the painter’s four years liv­ing in the area. A visit wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a stroll down the promenade and the iconic Palace Pier brighton­pier.co.uk to marvel at the UK’s most pre­car­i­ously placed ar­cade amuse­ment park. Soak up the briny breeze over fish and chips as you ap­pre­ci­ate sweep­ing vis­tas over the English Chan­nel. Where to stay Brighton is packed with stylish bou­tique ho­tels and quirky lodg­ings. Artist Res­i­dence 01273 324 302, artistres­i­dence­brighton.co.uk on Re­gency Square has an eclec­tic and retro feel with be­spoke rooms of­fer­ing views over West Pier. For a truly re­lax­ing break, try Brighton Har­bour Ho­tel & Spa 01273 323 221, brighton-har­bour-ho­tel.co.uk over­look­ing the

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Get­ting there

South­ern op­er­ates train ser­vices to Brighton, de­part­ing Lon­don Vic­to­ria ev­ery 15 min­utes. Di­rect trains take less than an hour and start at £17pp re­turn. south­ern­rail­way.com

Na­tional Ex­press of­fers good-value fares and reg­u­lar coach ser­vices to Brighton from lo­ca­tions all around the UK. An adult re­turn ticket from Lon­don Vic­to­ria starts at £16.60pp with jour­ney times be­tween 2-3 hours. na­tional­ex­press.co.uk

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Jun promenade. Com­pli­men­tary de­canters of gin and sherry greet you in its so­phis­ti­cated, airy bed­rooms and the base­ment houses a can­dle-lit spa. Ho­tel Du Vin 01273 855 221, hotel­du­vin.com is nes­tled amid the shops and gal­leries of the lively Lanes and of­fers at­trac­tive rooms and a Parisian-style bistro. On a balmy sum­mer evening, en­joy din­ing al­fresco un­der its vine-cov­ered per­gola. Where to eat and drink The food scene here em­pha­sises sus­tain­abil­ity and em­braces the re­gion’s nat­u­ral larder. At 64 De­grees 01273 770 115, 64de­grees.co.uk head chef Michael Brem­ner’s menu changes with the sea­sons (ex­pect fresh mack­erel and Sad­dle­scombe Farm lamb in July). His small plates are served meze style and din­ers are en­cour­aged to sit at the pass and watch the chefs at work. The 20-ca­pac­ity venue cre­ates an in­ti­mate, so­cia­ble at­mos­phere but it also means you should book a month in ad­vance. Brighton is a mecca for veg­e­tar­i­ans so ex­pect to see well-thought-out plant-based dishes on most menus, as well as some of the finest veg­e­tar­ian restau­rants in the UK. Terre à Terre 01273 729 051, ter­reaterre.co.uk has been plat­ing up spec­tac­u­larly in­ven­tive and flavour­ful dishes for 24 years. Eat your way around its eclec­tic menu with the Terre à Verre, a se­lec­tion of six dishes served with a carafe of or­ganic wine. For a clas­sic crus­tacea ex­pe­ri­ence, visit English’s of Brighton 01273 327 980, en­glishs.co.uk which has been serv­ing seafood lovers for more than 150 years. It of­fers mod­ern twists on clas­sic dishes such as tem­pura oys­ters and a lob­ster Ther­mi­dor with gar­lic chips.

Time run­ning out? Brighton Beach is home to the world’s tallest mov­ing ob­ser­va­tion tower. The Bri­tish Air­ways i360 of­fers in­cred­i­ble views of the coast­line over a glass of sparkling wine from its Nyetim­ber Sky Bar. britishair­waysi360.com

Trip tip The Brighton Greeter Scheme of­fers new­com­ers a chance to ex­plore the city with the help of an en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cal guide. Tours last around 2 hours and guides will ac­com­mo­date any in­ter­ests you may. Even bet­ter, it’s free. vis­it­brighton.com/greeters Re­sources

Visit Brighton is the tourist board’s on­line re­source and is packed with prac­ti­cal ad­vice and in­spi­ra­tion for your trip. They have a help­ful app you can down­load too. vis­it­brighton.com

Fur­ther read­ing

Brighton Rock by Gra­ham Greene (Vin­tage Clas­sics, £8.99) de­tails a trou­bled teenager’s jour­ney through the city’s un­der­world.

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