So considering myself and Sam have lived in London for nearly 4 years now, it’s frankly shocking that neither of us has ever been to Brighton. You would think that having studied at a university in a seaside town, we’d be itching to get a fix of some coast town air.
We visited Brighton in November for my birthday. I wanted it to be just the two of us and we stopped over for one night on Saturday. Brighton is fairly easy to get to from London (depending on how well the trains run that is) and we got there for around lunchtime.
We were famished by the time we go off the train so we quickly headed down to the seafront to find our hotel. It was a B&B, fairly basic and reminded me a lot of Blackpool with it’s old and dated furnishings.
The camera was out from the get-go and it was actually really good weather for lighting. We stopped off at a Harry Ramsden for traditional fish and chips which looked out onto the seafront. I went for the sausage and chips combo and Sam went for the fish and chips. They were reasonably priced at around £8-£12.
We visited the pier first, hitting the arcades like we were kids again with our tub full of 2p coins. The house always wins though and we quickly lost our £2’s worth within minutes. The pier itself was surprisingly well kept, unlike many other piers that I’ve been on that appear as though they are about to fall down.
There were plenty of amusement rides including a rollercoaster and a haunted house towards the back of the pier which we stood at in awe thinking how this pier could hold it all up.
My favourite bit about Brighton was all of the little side streets and quaint shops. For a town, Brighton was definitely a lot bigger than I had imagined it would be. We got lost a few times but always found our way back eventually to a familiar spot. There were so much to see and explore that myself and Sam really loved our time here and will definitely be back.
For our evening meal, we stopped off at Riddle & Finn, a fancy restaurant that we had no clue was actually on the seafront. We spent a good 10 minutes on Google Maps trying to figure out why it wasn’t where it said it was. Turns out we needed to actually go onto the beach to find it.
We feasted on oysters, fresh from the local sea merchant. Sam had this weird Guinness/Prosecco drink that was apparently the perfect accompaniment to oysters….tasted weird. After finishing our meal, we spent an evening at the Theatre Royal and then retired to our B&B.
Brighton was a breath of fresh air and we will certainly be visiting it this year before we move from the South!
What do you think of Brighton? Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments below.