Sunday, 31 May 2015

Things to Do in Brighton

Back in April, I was taken away to Brighton for the weekend for my Birthday. We stayed at The Queen's Hotel with an amazing sea view & enormous jacuzzi bath. After a quick explore, throwing our bags down & a bottle of champagne, we wandered round the lanes to our dinner destination. Coal Shed is a lovely independent restaurant, specialising in meat & fish. Sorry #cfblogger/vegetarian & vegan friends, as you can see your choice here is limited.

The restaurant was loud and busy but with a laid back atmosphere. The board showing what cuts and weights of meat were available was a nice touch.We started with Aperol Spritzers, BBQ beef rib & chicken, chorizo and ham hock terrine.
The highlight of the terrine was the deep fried crackling sticks, the terrine was meaty and tasty but salami aside, I'm not the biggest fan of cold meat.
The BBQ ribs were a taste sensation. Easily the softest and flakiest meat I've ever had and ample tangy BBQ sauce to compliment it, just amazing!
For main we both opted for sirloin steaks and they didn't disappoint. We got chips, creamed spinach and truffle oil macaroni cheese for sides. All wonderful but the latter was just to die for and triggered a new love for truffle oil.
Having over indulged in meat, there was sadly no room for dessert so we moved on to The Mesmerist, a quirky pub/bar taking inspiration from steam punk and the burlesque scene. Despite being a Sunday, it was still buzzing. I was instantly drawn to their cocktail menu which covers classics but also unique offerings and the menu itself had one of my favourite Ernest Hemingway quotes on it.
As it was quite loud, we strolled cocktail in hand to find a quieter table and were lucky enough to find this gorgeous side room empty and ours for the taking. I love the medical bottle display.
The next day was far better when it came to weather so we took advantage of the sun and wandered up and down the pier before exploring the lanes some more.
I loved this old fashioned book shop where you had to clamber down a spiral staircase to get to the books.
On our way back home, we came across Booth Museum of Natural History - a large collection of taxidermy, skeletons and insect specimens.
There's a suggested donation of £5 which is a bargain for such an unusual collection - a must visit for taxidermy fans!
I had an amazing weekend and cant wait to go back to Brighton to try out the extensive vegetarian eateries!

Where do you like to visit in Brighton? Let me know below!
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