Now that restaurants and bars are slowly opening up it’s time to indulge in all those dishes or drinks you couldn’t recreate during lockdown; we’ve compiled our top 11 things we can’t wait to dig in to…

Oysters from English’s 

Institution is a word often banded about too much, but here it is justified, English’s is one of the oldest restaurants in the city and their secret to surviving so long is simple, fresh seafood served to perfection, plus sitting out in the square outside the restaurant is one of our all-time favourite spots.

  • We’ll be ordering: A selection of oysters, crusty bread & butter, and a glass of crisp white wine to finish it off

South Indian Veg Pakoras from Curry Leaf Cafe

Ok so we have a confession, we ordered these during lockdown a lot! In fact you could say we’re addicted, what we cannot wait for is to enjoy these pakora in the actual restaurant, our living room is lovely and the dish will be the same quality, we just want the vibrant buzz that dining at Curry Leaf brings. 

  • We’ll be ordering: South Indian veg pakora served as a starter to one of their outstanding curry dishes, we haven’t tried the Paneer Kofta Zafrani which just looks divine.  

The Ivy for their house G&T and courgette fries

Whilst we have tried our best to recreate cocktails at home, (some of us have tried very hard!)  there is something magical about sitting at a beautiful bar, watching as a qualified mixologist makes you the perfect drink as you chat with a friend. This G&T contains lavender cucumber and lime in perfect balance with the gin. Nibbling on a dish of crispy courgette fries as you go is a good way to stay the right side of responsible, we cannot wait to do this again.

  • We’ll be ordering: The Ivy Special G&T with Zucchini Fritti 

Scallops at The Salt Room 

Before the recent lockdown struck, we were lucky enough to enjoy a meal at The Salt Room, the thought of returning for their charred scallops with oyster mushrooms has kept us going through many a pesto pasta meal at home. Fresh, sweet scallops combined with the earthy mushrooms works perfectly, bring it on! 

  • We’ll be ordering: Charred scallops to start and barbecued Cornish monkfish for main.

A delicious burger from Stock Burger Co.

Being in Brighton we are not short on veggie or vegan restaurants but there is something about the mushroom and halloumi combo of this that we have craved, love the fact you can build your own. Carnivores won’t go hungry either with the Craft Beer Classic burger with onion rings and streaky bacon amongst others on the extensive menu. 

  • We’ll be ordering: Build your own veggie burger with just the way we like it and a Bedlam Stock Burger Pale Ale.

Afternoon tea on the Regency Routemaster 

Back in the day one of our favourite experiences was boarding the Regency Routemaster (An authentic, restored Routemaster bus) and sitting back with their delicious afternoon tea options while watching the world go by. Afternoon tea is not really something you make at home and our scones are not a patch on the Routemaster’s, so roll on being able to tuck into a cream tea while the glorious countryside whizzes past. 

  • We’ll be ordering: The Brighton Gin afternoon tea, pure decadence 

The tasting menu at 64 degrees

When we’re allowed back inside restaurants we’re going in with a bang, there is a lot of making up to do and you can’t expect us to choose just one dish from the legend that is 64 Degrees. We want to try it all, with wines and all the lovely extras that you just don’t have or do at home, when was the last time you ate a home-made bread roll or dressed up before you dined? Thought so.

  • We’ll be ordering: Everything on the tasting menu plus a wine flight to celebrate being out again, just hope I can remember how to behave in a restaurant!

Terre a Terre’s Chocoholic sharing platter and no we’re not sharing

A dish you can summon up in your mind and almost taste is one to return to, and I have thought about this one for a long time. The chocoholic, as the name suggests, is a tribute to all things cocoa bean, from the decadently dark chocolate mousse to the cinnamon churros it all balances perfectly, just the right side of rich without hitting sickly. We love everything about this, just not the sharing part.


A Sunday Roast at The Basket Makers Arms 

This friendly, traditional pub offers a cosy retreat in the North Laine area and is the perfect spot for a Sunday roast dinner and a pint. From the crispy roast potatoes to the good range of roasts that caters for everyone, no-one leaves here hungry. We particularly like their Yorkshire puddings which are worthy of the name, (we’re quite particular originally being from the county) the thought of sitting here with friends tucking into the Sunday special makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. 

  • We’ll be ordering: A roast with all the trimmings

VIP Pizza from Shelter Hall

Our love affair with VIP has been longstanding and whilst we’ve treated ourselves to a takeaway from them throughout restrictions, we can’t wait to enjoy the pillow soft Neapolitan sourdough with not just four but five cheese toppings in person. Watching the staff prep the food and bake the pizza in a wood burning oven, whilst surrounded by the delicacies of Naples, sounds perfect to us. 

  • We’ll be ordering: Cinque Formaggi pizza bianche with an ice-cold San Pellegrino

Homemade Crumpets at Metrodeco

The humble crumpet is elevated at Metrodeco, served with savoury or sweet toppings, they are oh so moreish and as far from the supermarket offerings as you can get. Our favourite has to be the smoked salmon and crème fraiche, the perfect brunch option to enjoy with a pot of fresh tea and a slice of cake if we have room (the cakes honestly must be seen to be believed.

  • We’ll be ordering: Smoked and fresh salmon in crème fraiche with chives.

 Caroline

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