Duncan Hall profiles the nominees for Brighton And Hove Food And Drink Awards

Duncan Hall profiles the nominees for Brighton And Hove Food And Drink Awards

Duncan Hall profiles the nominees for Brighton And Hove Food And Drink Awards

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Best Burger -

Burger Brothers

With its revolutionary decision to leave chips off the menu the North Street burger joint has focused all attention on its amazing creations.

Trolls Pantry

The originator of Brighton’s burger revolution Troll’s Pantry graduated from a mobile kitchen in The Brighton Woodstore to provide the food at York Place’s Hobgoblin.

Grubbs

A Brighton institution for almost four decades Grubbs has locations in St James’s Street, York Place and Hove’s Western Road offering a selection of more than 15 burgers.

Best Cafe-

Coho

With locations in Ship Street and Queen’s Road, Coho has proved a favourite among both train commuters and holidaymakers alike, focusing on great coffee and excellent service.

Iydea

Across its two venues in Kensington Gardens and Western Road Iydea provides a fast food alternative for vegetarians with generous tasty portions.

LangLees

Part of the growing food hub based around York Place, LangLees opened in 2010 with the aim of providing homemade quality English and South African food at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment.

Best Cocktail Bar-

Twisted Lemon

Tucked away down an alleyway in Middle Street opposite Duke’s Lane cocktail bar and restaurant Twisted Lemon is becoming a secret gem among locals.

Merkaba

Myhotel’s cocktail bar is part of the Jubilee Square hotel’s contribution to Brighton’s nightlife alongside the ever-popular Chilli Pickle. The extensive cocktail menu mixes classics with their homemade creations.

Valentino's

Describing itself as a sanctuary of distinction, Valentino’s is a favourite among theatregoers owing to its location above El Mexicano, the restaurant next door to the Theatre Royal Brighton in New Road.

Best Family Dining

Sabai Thai

Having already won this year’s Brighton And Hove Curry Award for healthiest curry, Sabai Thai, in Prince’s Place, off North Street, will be hoping a Food And Drink Award joins its two certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor.

Breeze Brasserie

Defending holder of the 2013 Best Family Dining Award, Trafalgar Street’s modern European restaurant Breeze Brasserie also has received gongs from Trip Advisor and Diners Choice.

Terre A Terre

For more than 20 years East Street-based Terre A Terre has proved vegetarian food doesn’t have to be about nut cutlets and endless goat’s cheese.

Food For Friends

In a break from tradition this year’s Best Family Dining Award has four nominees, with Food For Friends rounding off the list. Having opened in 1981 the Prince Albert Street venue boasts of being Brighton’s original vegetarian restaurant.

Best Food pub

Lion And Lobster

With its maze of rooms Sillwood Street’s Lion And Lobster has long been a popular meeting place near the Brighton and Hove border. The first floor Regency restaurant offers a range of different menus from a la carte to late night sharing plates.

Prince George

Trafalgar Street’s Prince George prides itself on providing a full vegetarian menu alongside its real ales.

The Ginger Pig

The Gingerman empire’s Hove Street branch combines the ambience of a traditional pub with restaurant quality dining.

Best Pub

The Basketmakers Arms

The Gloucester Road watering hole is a true Brighton favourite - not least for the tin boxes lining the walls containing messages, poems and pictures from drinkers over the years.

Craft Beer Co

Recently refurbished to open up its upstairs space the Upper North Street pub has turned its focus onto UK brews, and now has freshly cooked food from Forty Burgers to accompany its range of real ales.

Lion And Lobster – (See Best Food Pub)

Best Restaurant

64 Degrees

An exciting addition to Brighton’s food scene, Michael Bremner’s Meeting House Lane restaurant may be intimate in size, but its innovative small plate menu packs an unforgettable punch to the tastebuds.

Food For Friends – (See Best Family Dining)

Terre A Terre – (See Best Family Dining)

Best Sunday lunch

Sussex Yeoman

From the outside it may look like an ordinary pub, but for years the Sussex Yeoman in Guilford Road has been providing a stunning Sunday menu of traditional roasts in intimate surroundings.

Lion And Lobster – (See Best Food Pub)

Food For Friends – (See Best Family Dining)

Best Takeaway

Chilli Pickle Canteen

Part of the movement to bring real Indian food to Brighton Chilli Pickle has built on its excellent Jubilee Square restaurant with an evening delivery service which runs from Wednesday to Sunday covering from Hove to the Marina.

Pizzaface

After its Kemp Town branch in St George’s Road reached capacity last year the innovative reimaginers of the Italian staple opened its second branch in Coleridge Street, Hove, extending its reach across the city.

Iydea – (See Best Cafe)

Best Newcomer

Curry Leaf Cafe

Continuing the Indian food revolution in Brighton, Ship Street’s Curry Leaf Cafe is offering a more laidback ambience and an impressive range of real ales.

64 Degrees – (See Best Restaurant)

Burger Brothers – (See Best Burger)

Awards are also being presented for Best Sustainable Food Business (nominees are new ethical supermarket Hisbe, Brighton institution Infinity Food Store and Terre A Terre); Best Food And Drink Shop (nominees Infinity Foods store, Butlers Wine Cellar and world foods supermarket Taj); and Brighton Food Hero (Seb Cole of Boho Gelato, Henry Butler of Butlers Wine Cellar and Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees), and the as yet unannounced Special Recognition Award.

Winners will be announced at Hotel du Vin, in Ship Street, on Monday, October 6.

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