Brighton Mini Guide

Aaaah, Brighton!

There’s just something about seaside cities that makes my heart sing. And if said city happens to also be home to amazing¬†independent shops, cafes and restaurants, I might just never want to leave.

About 65 minutes from London on the train, it’s the perfect weekend getaway.

And there’s so much to do! You’ll aready know about the Pier and the beach, of course, but if you’re after less obvious things to do in Brighton, listen up!

See

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Brighton Pavilion

Now this one is hardly a secret to anyone, but it’s still very much worth seeing! Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this exotic palace is an icon of Brighton.

A Western interpretation of Oriental archicture, this spectacular palace combines a romantic, Indian-inspired exteriors and opulent, ‘Chinoiserie’-focused¬†interiors. Unfortunately, it’s not allowed to take pictures inside but if you can save a couple of hours, go! I promise it’ll meet your high expectasians!

Do

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The La(i)nes

Don’t confuse The Lanes -a collection of narrow lanes famous for their small shops and narrow alleyways- and North Laine -the former slum area turned¬†bohemian and cultural quarter- but definitely visit both!

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The Lanes are home to many a jewellery store, beautiful home stores and chip-as-chip traditional pubs. Oh, and some really excellent ice cream parlours too (more on that later).

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North Laine on the other hand is the place to go for anything vintage, the city’s best independant stores and some¬†truly incredible indie food!

Definitely worth waiting in Laine for!

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Picnic in the parc/on the beach

When the sun’s shining and there’s sea bream in the air, nothing’s better than a little impromptu picnic. Especially if said picnic includes some of Silo‘s amazing sandwiches…

Eat

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Boho Gelato

Another paragraph, another sea side cliché. Expect not quite.

Forget Mr Whippy and its 99 Flake. With 20-something¬†creative flavours in store at any given time (thing carrot cake, popping candy, avocado…), making a choice at Boho Gelato is hard.

But then again, you’d be NUTS¬†not to go for¬†the (vegan) peanut butter and salted caramel because it’s the BEST.

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Larder

Now, Brighton must be the best city in the UK for vegetarians and vegans to eat out. And this unassuming little vegan café is amongst the very best in Brighton, which is really saying something.

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But then again, they do beautiful buddha bowls and avocado toasties.

AVOCADO TOASTIES GUYS!! Life changing.

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Gelato Gusto

Disclaimer -half of what we ate in Brighton was ice cream and I have no regrets whatsoever.

Gelato Gusto is somewhat more traditional that Boho Gelato in terms of flavours, but oh boy, their sorbet selection is dreaaaaamy!

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Plateau

When Ophélie & I were making plans for our Brighton city breaks, we had all those crazy plans about having cocktails every evening.

And then we got there and stumbled across Plateau (a small wine bar specialising in natural wines) and the rest is (white wine-fuelled) history.

Shop

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Present in the Laine

The most gorgeous homeware, local designer jewellery and the cutest selection of gifts for the little ones – just take all of my money already!

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Bluebird Tea

Spreading happiness one cup at a time, Bluebird Tea is a tea store like no other.¬†Forget the usual suspects – here it’s all about creative, out-there blends.

Their range is currently 80-something strong and includes all-year-round favourites such as Birthday Cake, Cherry Bakewell and Earl Grey Cream as well as seasonal limited edition blends. Which currently features a carrot cake tea.

Yes you read that right, yes it’s available online, and YES! you need it in your life.

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You know what they say. Time comes and goes, but polaroid pictures are forever!

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Brighton Mini Guide

Silo | The Zero Waste restaurant | Brighton

Brighton has to be the place to be if you have sustainability in mind.¬†I’m not sure which of Silo or that trend came first, but I sense there’s a bit of a chicken and egg sort of thing going on there.¬†Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonEven from the outside, you can see the “no-waste” concept runs deep. It shows in the uneven wooden facade and the repurposed metal bins turned planters. In the display menu and the rugged, rustic feel of the whole thing.¬†Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonOnce you pass the door, it is everywhere: not just on your plate, but also in the material chosen, in the¬†art, in the loyalty system, even in the loos. A concept pushed to its very limits.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe waste-avoiding initiatives at Silo are varied and (almost) exaustive. But the most impressive of them has to be the massive recycler-composter standing in the corridor.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe dining room also had that rugged feeling about it. Mainly places have tried (and failed) to create just that atmosphere. But here, the rustic-hipster¬†style is¬†very much in alignment with the concept. It has been push to the very smallest of details and it just works.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe menu is predictably short and cooked from whatever seasonal ingredients had been delivered that day by Silo’s carefully chosen local suppliers. Not food-milage to see there. The team still manages to keep things interesting by focusing on classics with a bit of a twist, which happen to be my favourite kind of dish. Unsurprisingly, I wanted to try everything.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonFrom the drinks menu, we got pretty much everything that seemed even remotely interesting. My favourite was definitely the Gin & Earl Grey cocktail with cracked black pepper (not only did it look pretty, but I really enjoyed the spiciness of the pepper against the acidity of the cocktail), but the Kombucha iced tea¬†truly is worth a try as well (it’s both subtle and fresh, which makes it a winner in my book).¬†Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWe ordered two of the three starters available that day. The Beetroot & Fennel Soup was absolutely delicious as¬†the earthiness from the beetroot perfectly balanced the anis-seed flavour of the fennel. I don’t usually¬†like beetroot that much, but this was a cracking dish! The accompanying homemade Sourdough Bread¬†was so good I’m not even sure there is words to describe it. I’ll just tell you that: it’s basically what foodie dreams are made of. And I’m French, trust me, when it comes to bread, I know what I’m talking about!Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe other starter, Asparagus with slow poached egg yolk and Silo butter, was¬†a very safe bet as it’s pretty much one of my favourite ingredient combination. The addition of garlic flower and a generous sprinkle of linen seeds was an interesting one as it brought strong flavours as well as crunch to what could have easily been too simple a dish otherwise.
Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Plant” dish was Cauliflower steak with lentil salad and caramelised red onion. I loved the dressing of the lentil salad, which was very mustardy and punchy. Altogether, the flavour profile of this dish was interesting but the textural aspect of it was a bit less successful due to too many crucnhy elements.¬†Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Dairy” dish was this stunning Beetroot risotto with fresh curd. On paper, it was the least likely to appeal to me as the two main components (beetroot and cheese) are things I don’t enjoy eating, but it was truly brilliant. I think it’s once again the garlic flowers that¬†made that dish for me as their pungent flavour¬†balanced the earthy sweetness of the beetroot perfectly.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWhen we came in, they had run out of beef shortribs and were serving Pork Belly instead. The “Meat” dish was good and well executed, with tender meat and celeriac pieces, smooth puree and melty leaves but didn’t have¬†any kind of unperishable¬†impact on me.¬†Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonMackerel is such a pretty fish, and that was no exception! I especially enjoyed¬†the crunchy raw cauliflower & quinoa salad, which had a very interesting texture, as well as the addition of sea vegetable which re-inforced the saline flavour of the dish.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonBy the end of the meal, we were pretty full, so we settled on sharing just one pudding between all of us. We went for hat might have seemed like the simplest of the three available options, but strawberry & lemon curd are things I simply can’t resist. Unsurprinsingly, they were the two elements on that plate I enjoyed most, the tanginess of the curd enhancing the sweet, yet still subtle flavours of the season’s first English strawberries. The cocoa nibs brought an interesting element of texture, but I’m not sure it was the case for the chantilly or the pine oil.¬†
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They say the devil is in the details, and it most definitely is true when it comes to sustainability. Silo went very deep into this whole detail business and what they built is very inspiring indeed. It delivers resourceful cooking and I defy anyone not to be impressed with the level of service and dedication each member of staff brings to the cause.

Where: 39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN

Silo | The Zero Waste restaurant | Brighton

Postcard from Brighton

I¬†‚̧ Brighton.

I know I keep talking about how much I love living in London, but there’s this little spot in my heart for¬†cities on the seaside.Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonI¬†always want to bring all the pebbles¬†home. I’m such a kid.¬†Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonSomeone KNITTED the Royal Pavilion. How crazy is that?¬†Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonThe said-pavilion is really worth a look, it looks so strange and out of place, but so pretty at the same time.
Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonBut Brighton’s not all about the beach. What I was most impressed by was the new breed of creative, socially- and environmentally-responsible businesses that have popped-up since the last time I visited. Double thumbs-up to Silo, hisBe and BlueBird Tea Co¬†for all their hard-work and proving it can be done. I left very inspired.¬†ūüĎćūüĎćCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonWhat’s your favourite thing to see/eat/do in Brighton? Already looking for things to do on my next visit!

Postcard from Brighton