Oh, the weather outside is frightful – but Brighton has many places to keep you toasty warm, despite the late Autumn rain and wind.
Emily Turner wraps up and takes on the cold to find five great spots for warming food and drink in and around the city.
If you’re looking for warmth – both in atmosphere and on the menu – then head to Dos Sombreros. A classic Mexican restaurant, Dos Sombreros will welcome you in from the seafront cold and bring a bit of sunshine into your dining. Painted in warm reds and oranges, with mismatched patterned tiles, Day of the Dead inspired art, piñatas, brightly coloured tablecloths, and eye-catching rugs on the walls, you’ll soon feel toasty, regardless of the temperature outside. You’ll find your usual Mexican fare here – enchiladas, tacos, and burritos – and the nachos (£9.25 for a sharing platter) are particularly tasty. They’ve also got two for one cocktails from 5pm to 7pm, which is another way to warm yourself up.
24 Ship Street, BN1 1AD, 01273 911455, dossombreros.co.uk
If you’re heading through Brighton and you’re in dire need of a cosy spot to grab something to eat and drink, The Dorset is a fantastic place for an all-round warming experience. The atmosphere’s great – the staff are lovely and incredibly friendly, and they have great acoustic musicians performing during evenings – and they serve some seriously tasty warming dishes here too. Try the delicious Welsh rarebit potato skins for starters. The mulled cinnamon cider they serve here (£4.95) will also warm you up – and with £1 of every glass served going to The Clocktower Sanctuary, a local charity which supports homeless young people in Brighton, you can warm the cockles of your heart at the same time.
28 North Road, BN1 1YB, 01273 605423, thedorset.co.uk
For a quick pick me up while dashing about on the train, especially those University of Sussex students heading either into town or back onto campus, the Munch Mobile will help keep you toasty on the go. The Munch Mobile is a street food van which sells all types of hot drink – teas, lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos – along with packed cakes and biscuits for refuelling while on the move. Keep an eye out for the black van painted with the Munch Mobile pink and green business logo outside of Falmer station, near the subway. Try the fantastic hot chocolate – piping hot steamed milk and a real chocolatey taste to suppress those cravings for a very cheerful £1.90.
Falmer Train Station, 07595 465139, munchmobile.co.uk
Walk into the Victory down Duke Street in the evening, and you’ll immediately be welcomed by a crackling fire. The Victory are currently serving a choice of mulled cider and mulled wine, the latter of which is berry coloured, flavourful, and extremely warming. It’s a cosy pub, so pull up a chair, dry off from the inevitable downpour you’ve had to head through, and partake in one of the selection of warming beverages.
6 Duke Street, BN1 1AH, 01273 326555, drinkinbrighton.co.uk/victory
Soup is the ultimate warming winter dish, so if you’re feeling chilly, head over to the appropriately named Noodle Soup, a place which offers large bowls of various types of noodle dishes in a tasty soup to eat in or take away. The King Prawns with Noodles soup can definitely be recommended, or there are vegetarian options if that’s more your cup of tea. With over 50 Noodle Soup options, you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.
37 West Street, BN1 2RE, 01273 327888