Ever since the Brighton Belle – the world’s most famous electric train, complete with Art-Deco styling and Pullman carriages – began bringing day trippers from London to the town in the 1930s, Brighton’s transformation from a quaint fishing village to a bustling holiday destination has been complete.
Today it is the epitome of a traditional British seaside town – think lazy afternoons dozing on deckchairs, rolling up your trouser legs for a spot of paddling in the sea before eating fish and chips on the pebbles.
There are some traditional hotels to choose from, such as the Old Ship Hotel, once frequented by Charles Dickens, but for something a little more contemporary, Drakes of Brighton is a lovely boutique hotel housed in a double-fronted Georgian townhouse.
The hotel has its own cocktail bar and dinner in the restaurant is recommended: it came out top for Brighton restaurants in the Good Food Guide 2015 for the sixth year running.
On 26 August Drakes will once again be taking part in the International Chef Exchange, as part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, which will see Executive Chef Craig Jones of Cliff at Cap Restaurant at Cap Maison in St Lucia create a menu drawing on his French Caribbean fusion style.
However, if you want to taste the food that makes the restaurant come out on top time and again, try the five-course gourmet selection chosen by head chef Andrew MacKenzie, using seasonal ingredients to create dishes such as Maple Glazed Quail Breast and Breast of Guinea Fowl.
The 5-course Stay and Dine package starts from £120 per person, and includes this five-course dinner, a luxury double room for two and full breakfast, based on two people sharing. BRITAIN readers who book this deal before 30 November 2015 will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne before dinner and a free room upgrade **. Simply call 01273 696934 and quote ‘BRITAIN MAGAZINE’ to claim this offer.
(**valid until 30 November, Sunday through Friday and pending availability).
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