Brighton has long been a favourite destination for many due to its vibrant culture, quaint shops and beautiful shingled beach, so I was very excited when my partner surprised me with a long weekend trip there for my birthday. It’s safe to say that this gorgeous British seaside town did not disappoint.
We crammed a lot into our 3 days in Brighton, starting with a refreshing massage at Pretty People Salon after our long journey from Hertfordshire. Feeling revived and ready to explore, we poddled around the world-famous pier and wandered along the stretch of beach on what was a gloriously sunny day. And of course, within seconds of stepping outside, a seagull planted a large turd upon my partners head. Just our luck!
After this, we wandered over to Terre á Terre, a cosy Vegetarian restaurant that provides a stunning and utterly unique afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is one of my favourite treats, and I was pleasantly surprised by the less-than- traditional spread we were offered! We were first presented with a savoury plate, in which the mini muffins with cream cheese and chutney were a personal favourite. This was followed by three generously plated tiers of sweet treats including the usual scones as well as extras such as sorbet, cake and a tasty mini alcoholic shake.
During our time in Brighton, we also visited the Sealife centre. Travelling by train the tickets are 2-for-1 which is a bargain so we excitedly headed in to admire the fish. We were particularly tickled by a massive grumpy- looking fish and the faces that rays have when they glide up against the glass! They also had turtles and sharks which were a good surprise.
Ashamedly, we probably spent most of our time in Brighton in the arcades trying (and failing) to win a souvenir due to my boyfriend’s intensely competitive nature. After shoving too many pennies into the machine at once and subsequently breaking it, we kept our heads down and ran away to the other arcade, where a worker took pity on us and gave us a water wiggly- a weird squishy toy that amuses us to this day.
For our final night in Brighton, we went to the immensely popular Food for Friends, another incredible vegetarian restaurant. I had very high expectations after reading reviews on Tripadvisor, and this restaurant truly ticked every box. In many restaurants, plant-based meals are unimaginative and rushed, but in Food for Friends, each dish has had care and thought put into it. We also had a reservation well in advance so we were given (in my opinion) the best table in the restaurant, something I would absolutely recommend. I had the Katsu sweet potato and king oyster mushroom curry and my partner had the sweet potato cakes, both were creative, delicious, and beautifully presented meals; and completely affordable, too. The perfect birthday meal.
If ever in doubt for somewhere to visit in the UK, I would absolutely recommend Brighton. Whilst London has a lot of things to see, Brighton is like a smaller, calmer version of London’s nicer areas. It’s easy to see why this seaside town is a special place to so many: it is diverse and welcoming, and has something for everyone- I can’t wait to visit it again soon.