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It really is hard to know where to start in this brilliantly eclectic, creative city which is just six miles from the doorstep of Blue Door Barns. Some people call it London-by-the-sea, but we think this does Brighton a disservice as it really does have a unique personality all of its own. Here’s just a few of the places we love.

Flint House

Tucked away in a newly regenerated area of the famous South Lines, Flint House , part of the successful Ginger group of restaurants and pubs, is the place to go for wonderfully imagined small plates superbly executed cocktails and a great wine list. Emma and Bryony from Blue Door Barns really enjoy sitting up at the bar of the open kitchen but have also enjoyed cocktails upstairs and on the roof terrace at the start of our evening.

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Happy Maki

We LOVE this vegan sushi outpost which serves the freshest sushi burritos and poke bowls in its upstairs premises in the North Laines. It is a vegan restaurant which truly focuses on low environmental impact with an ethos of truth and love at every layer of its business.

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Blue Door Barns loves the unique Middle Eastern street food served up at this buzzy restaurant with a focus on local ingredients, and situated in the North Laines. We particularly love coming here on a warm day, sitting outside and watching the world go by. Best people watching ever!

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Food For Friends

Brighton has amongst the highest percentage of vegetarians and vegans in the UK and is therefore abundant with excellent choices for such dietary requirements. However, Food for Friends has a special place in our hearts serving just the best veggie food you could hope for it its stylish, bustling restaurant in the South Laines. An institution that just keeps giving.

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Our go-to for fresh and colourful Japanese food, or adventurous warming Korean dishes. These are all created by Head Chef Min, who opened this as his debut restaurant in Brighton after training at restaurants in Japan, Korea and London. A cosy but bustling atmosphere, delicious food.

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The Coal Shed

If it’s a great steak you are looking for, washed down with a decent glass (or bottle?) of red, then this is your place in Brighton. We particularly love the two person sharing menu which is great value and delicious. It does also have a brilliant sister restaurant called The Salt Room in Brighton specialising in fish if this is more your thing, and another Coal Shed in London.

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Shelter Hall

If you’re not quite sure what you fancy, need your tastebuds enlivened and want to go somewhere super-fun and very ‘Brighton’ head to Shelter Hall on the seafront. Choose from a number of great options for both food and drink which change regularly, enjoy some music (there’s live music on the seafront nearby) and some great people-watching. A really cool hub under the arches.

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