A Weekend In Brighton

I’d never been to Brighton before, and I literally fell in love with it. James was playing a set at Hideout on the Saturday night so I was lucky enough to get to tag along, and we decided to spend the whole weekend there as it was Easter Bank Holiday.

We stayed at [email protected], a cute one bed AirBnB in Kemptown. It was perfect for us- it wasn’t big, just an open plan kitchen/diner/lounge with a double bed in, and a separate bathroom through a small corridor. It was a really reasonable price for the time we were there, so if you’re thinking of going for the weekend I’d recommend having a look. The one thing I’d heard about Brighton was the parking is a nightmare, so the fact we could pay for daily residents permits (£5) to park right outside the flat was perfect. It was a 20 minute walk along the front to the pier and into town, and our ubers back at night didn’t cost much at all.

We got there Friday evening after what seemed like the longest & rainiest journey ever, so headed straight out for dinner. We had wander around the Lanes before deciding to go for dinner at Sabai. This place was honestly insane. The food was incredible – I had a Red Thai Duck Curry and James had Prawn Massaman – which he said was one of the best Massamans he’s ever had (and trust me, he’s had a lot). If you’re in Brighton please, please go try it out. We decided to go for the whole package and get Thai beer, really complete our Thai experience! The service was really good as well, and the price! When I go back to Brighton I’ll definitely be going back here, I think if I lived there it would be somewhere I went regularly.
We then met friends and headed to Fitzherberts for a couple drinks before heading to The Western. I’d had a little bit of a late night on Thursday and didn’t want to ruin Saturday night so we decided not to have a late one and head back fairly early.

Saturday morning we had a lazy lie in before googling ‘nearby places for brunch’ and deciding on Egg & Spoon. We’ve been trying to be healthy recently so didn’t really want a greasy fry up! This was a short walk through Kemptown down cute little streets, and we were lucky when we got there to get the last table! The food was really good and the staff in there were lovely!

We then headed down to the pier – which I was SO excited for. I’m a bit of a child when it comes to things like this! We went through the arcades, which were the biggest I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe how many different games and machines there were! It was literally amazing.

Once we got to the end of the pier we decided to go on a ride, and went for the ‘Crazy Mouse’. Feeling a little hungover from the night before we thought this one looked like the most fun but also wouldn’t make us feel sick.. We were wrong. Unaware that half way through the seat starts spinning all the way round, I had a brief moment of panic thinking the ride had broken and we were going to fly off into the sea. When I say brief, this panic lasted the rest of the ride (which I ‘enjoyed’ with my eyes closed and head pressed firmly into James’ chest until it was over!).

Once we’d gotten over our dizziness we went into the arcades. James has a bit of an obsession with claw machines, so I couldn’t really deny him this. I then forced him on the dance mats with me (my favourite) and was really not happy when he beat me!

All of this was just a bit stressful, so we headed to the bar for a drink. We sat outside and as we did, the sun finally came out!

After finishing our drinks we headed back down toward the beach and went to the Sea Life Centre. I love love love places like this (again, I’m a child), so I was so excited to see everything- and take way too many photos and run around pointing at everything! I’ve got a bit of an obsession with jellyfish so they were a highlight, but the little seahorses won my heart. There was also a huge ray (which I named.. Ray), which was incredible to see from above and then from below as we went through the tunnel.
This was all a bit too much excitement for one day and we had a big night ahead of us so headed back to the apartment, and ended up running through the rain.
After chilling for a bit before getting ready for the night, we headed back out for dinner at NuPosto. We were both really craving pasta and this seemed like a good option to line our stomachs when we had a long night of drinking ahead of us! The food here came quickly and was really good. We ate it pretty quickly washed down with a glass of their own Frizzante – which, wait for it – they have ON TAP. You really can’t go wrong with basically prosecco on tap. This place was a winner for me! And has given me home bar inspiration…

We headed to Tempest Bar after dinner for some drinks, where we sat inside the amazing sand cave like booths. This is right on the front, so I can imagine it’s amazing during summer. They had a live dj playing music and it was a cool vibe so we stayed here for a couple before heading next door to Fortune of War. This was a lot less busy, but was a really cool place. You head upstairs and it’s like you’re in the inside of a big boat! After a few drinks here (we ended up sat outside under big heaters which was nice) we walked across to Hideout. The rest of the night was a bit of a rum-induced blur, but we headed home with some fish and chips (true seaside style) to try and ensure our hangover wouldn’t be the absolute worst for the next day!

On Sunday we woke up feeling a little worse for wear, but headed out around lunchtime to meet some family friends who’d come to Brighton for the day. We were running a bit late but it was really nice weather, so we decided to hire some bikes! As the pavement is so thick running across the sea front, this was so easy and the whole journey was pretty much flat. We had so much fun! I think that after Miami and Brighton, a bit of a hire-bike love is growing.. We then had a bit of a walk around the seafront and pier (again).

We went for a drink somewhere on the beach then went to the Marina for dinner. We’d been told that it was somewhere we should see, as it’s really pretty with all the boats. Here are loads of different restaurants to choose from, so we went to Prezzo (using our Tastecard!). We ended up taking most of our food home as we were still knackered from the night before, and pizza always tastes better in bed (right?!).

Monday was our last day in Brighton, so after checking out the Airbnb we drove into the centre to have a look around some of the shops and around the lanes. We grabbed some lunch quickly at Itsu before heading out and about. There are so many cute little shops, I could’ve been there all day! We also made sure to go to Choccywoccydodah after hearing from friends about it. It was incredible! Who knew you could create so much in detail with chocolate? I was wondering though, I’m not sure what happens if it’s a hot day, I’d really hope it didn’t all melt..
We headed back to the car for our (sad) journey back to Bristol. Brighton, you were an absolute dream. We will definitely be coming back!  

Charlotte Rick x


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