There are so many fantastic places to eat in Brighton and Hove that we thought we’d share our top ten favourite eateries for a spot of lunch. In these ten venues you’ll find fantastic food that doesn’t break the bank.
- Lickle more Caribbean kitchen, Hove
In the grounds of Tesco in Hove stands a food stall that sells outstanding Caribbean food. You can park in the car park and follow the amazing smell to find it. Food costs around £5 and they serve up jerk chicken wraps with purple coleslaw, goat curry with rice and peas, and many other Jamaican favourites. On Fridays only they serve oxtail casserole with butterbeans, which is hugely popular. Everything tastes incredible. Just get in there quick – they start serving to a huge queue at midday and popular items sell out pretty fast. Whilst predominantly a take-away service, during the summer, you can eat your food on plastic tables nearby. Great value and excellent food and a range of hot sauces so that you can add heat to your food to your own personal taste.
- Bagelman, Brighton and Hove
There are several Bagelman stores throughout Brighton and Hove – in Brighton station, Bond street, Ship street, Duke street and a shop on Church road in Hove. They’re all equally delicious.
My personal favourite bagel is the chicken, bacon and avocado on the jalapeño bagel. The ATM is also very popular (avocado, tomato and mozzarella). The ingredients are incredibly fresh and there is a huge range to choose from.
- Taj wraps, Brighton
If you haven’t visited Taj the Grocer on Western road then you really should. Selling a huge range of Middle Eastern and South Asian ingredients, good value spices, fresh fruit and vegetables and a butcher’s counter where – if you’re brave enough – you can purchase a whole sheep’s head. The shop boasts an incredible range of chilli sauces, some fantastic Thai curry pastes, and some obscure ingredients that you won’t find elsewhere in Brighton (we buy our liquid smoke from here – see our blog post on how we use it in our cooking).
Their freshly made food counter offers a great value evening meal for two for £10. We’ve had the curry several times. The quality of the food is exceptional and the portions are very generous. For lunch options they offer hot wraps in Lebanese bread for £2.95. Choose from Falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb shawarma or spicy kofta then wander down to the beach to sit and enjoy.
- Chilli pickle, Brighton
The Chilli Pickle in Brighton serves up some incredible dishes that aren’t overly spiced and are beautifully presented. They’re very accommodating at swapping ingredients that you don’t like, heating a dish to your liking or catering for allergies or intolerances. Their king thali and railway trays are a great lunch option – they come served with rice, vegetable, dal, pickle, salad, chutney, raitta, papad and a baby nan.
The Chilli Pickle also now offers a delivery service which gives a ‘unique experience of in-home Indian dining. Bespoke boxed Grand Thalis, Railways Trays & Biryani Sets’ – all of which are inspired by the owners’ travels to India. Every Monday all king thalis are £10 – what better excuse do you need?
- Burger Brothers, Brighton
Burger Brothers in Brighton constantly hovers around the top five places to eat in Brighton on TripAdvisor and that’s because the burgers here are delicious.
It’s a tiny venue that‘s extremely popular and so dining in can be cramped. The burgers aren’t cheap – around £6-£8.50 – but they’re packed full of perfectly cooked, good-quality ingredients. Our favourite is the Bennetton burger, which is served with Tuxford & Tebbutt stilton (a prize-winning traditional blue stilton cheese), portobello mushroom, chorizo, wasabi mayo, caramelised onions and balsamic vinegar glaze.
You won’t leave here hungry (or with a clean shirt).
- Papaya, Hove
This recently opened Hove Thai restaurant has become a firm favourite with us for a weekend lunch. The stir fries, soups and curries are all great and cost around £6. For the price you really can’t beat the quality or the taste.
You can read our full review of Papaya here.
- Pho, Brighton
Pho serves up healthy Vietnamese street food close to the centre of Brighton lanes. Pho (pronounced fuh) is the name of the Vietnamese national dish of rice noodle soup, which consists of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, herbs, and meat, and is usually served with either beef or chicken. The herbs are served on the side so that you can add them to your liking and, similarly, sauces are available on the table (chilli paste for a kick, fish sauce for extra saltiness, garlic vinegar for sourness) to tailor the taste of your Pho to suit you.
In this Brighton restaurant, the broths are authentically made by slowly simmering bones for a good 12 hours. A lovely lunch option (costs around £8 – or they offer a two-course lunch special for £9.95 Mon-Fri) but also a great venue for the evening too. We like Pho so much that we’ve tried to create this dish at home with some success (recipe coming soon).
- Moshimo, Brighton
If sushi is your thing, then Moshimo in Bartholomew Square is an excellent choice for a deliciously fresh handmade sushi lunch.
Their Japanese vegetables come from a tiny farm outside of Lewes and all the fish is sustainably sourced – the restaurant has put a lot of work into a sustainable fish sourcing policy. Moshimo are the people behind the successful Fishlove campaign, which creates images of celebrities holding fish to raise awareness of destructive fishing practices.
At Moshimo, you can choose from a Bento box, take your pick of the sushi dishes from the revolving belt (at £2-£4 each), or you can order an impressive sharing sushi boat. Here you let the chef pick which freshly prepared dishes you have and they are served to the table on a bamboo boat.
- La Choza, Brighton
Mexican street food restaurant, La Choza is a venue where their décor is as lively as their website. Their food has been recommended by The Guardian, and named one of the UK’s best ‘cheap eats’ in the Observer Food Monthly awards.
They serve up fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas with fillings like pulled pork, homemade Mexican chorizo, chilli prawns, spiced roasted squash and lots more. The prawn burrito with hot habenero salsa is a personal favourite.
- The Foragers, Hove
Our favourite go-to for a Sunday roast lunch is the Foragers in Hove. Serving good-quality, locally-sourced food with friendly service, this is a great little place to relax on a Sunday with a glass of red wine, the Sunday paper and a delicious roast dinner. The Sunday lunch menu can be found here.
So there you have it, our ten current favourite local lunch venues.
Although they didn’t quite make our top ten, a few more lunch options that are worthy of a mention are: –
- The Urchin (craft beer and shellfish) in Hove, not as cheap as those listed in this list but absolutely delicious. You can view our full review of the Urchin here.
- Wahaca (Mexican street food chain) is a great lunch or dinner option (our full review of Wahaca Brighton here).
- The recently opened Franco Manca, which serves reasonably priced sourdough pizza – full review here!
- Brighton’s Street Diner is only open on a Friday but offers a fantastic selection of street food. You can read more about it here.
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