The Brighton Restaurant Awards Vote Online (BRAVO) have shown where the city loves to eat, drink and chill out. Voting ran over 6 weeks and have just been announced today. The response to this year’s awards has been huge, which may have something to do with £200 prize draw voters were automatically entered into. Brighton’s love of food runs deep, we have more restaurants now than ever and the standard is getting better with every new place that opens. We have a beautiful, eclectic and often eccentric range of places to eat and the BRAVO awards are a good chance to see where is good but also where Brightonian’s choose to go themselves. Here’s a rundown of the winners –
Best Restaurant: 64 Degrees
64 degrees is a small, open-plate kitchen in an industrial style space. This is the second year at the top-spot for Michael Bremner’s immaculate food and great service. BRAVO stated “Voting in your thousands you demonstrated that simple and consistent commitment to quality prevails in your hearts”. 2nd place went to Etch, the ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ winner Steven Edward’s Restaurant and 3rd went to Brighton mainstay Terre a Terre.
Most Brighton Venue: Marwood
Marwood’s most definitely deserve this title. They have changed a lot over the years but the heart of the place has never left. There’s memorabilia plastered to every possible space but it somehow never looks tacky. They have mismatched furniture and a separate computer/laptop area so you’re chilled out coffee with friends won’t get ruined by the constant tapping of laptop keys. They became a bar in the last year or so and sell some pretty amazing cocktails.
Best Sussex Venue: The Shepherd & Dog
From BRAVO themselves “low beamed rooms, large beer garden and open fires the Shepherd & Dog always frames the surrounding Sussex countryside as beautifully as the menu frames local produce”. The pub is walkable from Devil’s Dyke and is nestled in the valley with some spectacular views of the Sussex Downs. 2nd place went to Perch on Lancing Beach and 3rd was awarded to The Ginger Fox, which is part of the Gingerman gastro pub group.
Plant Champions: Terre A Terre
Terre A Terre has long been one of the best Vegetarian restaurants in the South-East, they’ve been awarded the slightly unimaginative vote of first place. Compared to other restaurants on the list it would be easy to argue there are places that cater better to vegan’s but Terre A Terre are a definitive must-eat if you’ve never been before. Second place was, obviously, Food For Friends and 3rd went to Purezza the plant-based heroes who set up the first all-vegan pizzeria in the country.
Best Pub: Basketmakers Arms
Basketmakers is a slightly off-the-beaten-track, loved by the locals, absolute classic of a pub. It smells of the wonderful array of beers it serves and they do the best chunky chips for miles. Second place went to The Watchmaker’s Arms, which was Brighton & Hove’s first microbrewery and third went to the incredibly charming and equally as tiny, Hand in Hand in Kemptown.
Best Brunch: Starfish and Coffee
Starfish and Coffee sit just by Queens Park in one of the nicest areas of Brighton. They have a huge following on Hanover Community Board and with all the families in the area. They have a great and extensive brunch menu which as BRAVO said themselves it’s “either the determination of the masses was high or their allure was great” to attract such a dedicated following up the steep, steep hills. 2nd place was Brighton’s best kept secret, Joe’s Cafe in the Port Hall area and Moksha down on London Road came in at third.
Best Instagram Account: Happy Maki
Happy Maki’s sushi burritos are an ultimate crowd pleaser. They’re 100% vegan, super healthy and for every wrap you buy, they plant a tree and feed a child. Their instagram is just as delectable as their food, as voting has reflected. BeFries came in at second with their delicious Belgian chips and The Flour Pot Bakery clinched third place with their amazing pictures of cakes and coffee.
Family Friendly: Cafe Plenty
BRAVO say of the winners ” Cafe Plenty provides an escape from the main hustle and bustle with enough space and refreshments for the whole family.” They have a huge range of sweet and savoury pastries as well as some truly wonderful coffee. Second place went to Fatto A Mano, the pizzeria that’s taken Brighton by storm and third went to Moksha.
Best Bites on a Budget: Tropical Sushi
Tropical Sushi combine the processes of sushi with the explosive flavours of Latin-America, creating one of the most interesting fusions available in the city. The colourful and vibrant selection of food swooped in at number one. Second place went to Pompoko’s, the place you go when you just. need. food. The prices have gone up in recent years but virtually everything on the menu is under £6. 3rd place was awarded to Fatto a Mano with their delicious and cheap pizzas.
Best Sunday Roast: Southern Belle
This is arguably the coveted award within this series as Brighton loves Sunday Roasts so much there is a 7000 member group on Facebook dedicated to them. Southern Belle was formally the Iron Duke but recently it has been the hot name on everyone’s tongues. Second place went to The Ladies Mile Pub, who recently put on the largest Sunday roast for people affected by loneliness. Third went to Brighton Beer Dispensary.
Best Coffee: Small Batch Coffee
Unsurprisingly, Small Batch Coffee clinched the title of number one. They are an absolute success but still maintain the small business mentality. They roast their own coffee in Hove and as the same suggests it is only ever in small batches. Whilst the coffee itself is ever-changing the friendliness of the place has never changed. Second place went to Black Mocha and third went to Marwood’s.
Dog Friendly: Laughing Dog Cafe
The Laughing Dog Cafe at the marina is half-art galley and half-cafe, serving artisan coffee, freshly prepared food and wide range of beers and wines. Dogs are very very welcome here as the name would suggest. Second place went to The Farm Tavern, who offer doggy roasts on a sunday and third went to The Southern Belle.
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Best Cocktails: The Plotting Parlour
The Plotting Parlour has been open since 2014 and in that time that have won many awards and accolades. Their located right by the Old Steine and are table-service only so you can just sit back and relax and let the drinks flow. They take reservations for up to 8 people but also keep tables free for walk-ins so you can try your luck!