Following our city break in Rome, we knew we couldn’t afford to go abroad again this year. But, we didn’t want that to be the end of summer and vowed to have a great summer in the UK, doing things that we had wanted to do, even if they were local to us.
One of those things, was to spend a weekend in Brighton. Although, we had previously spent a day in the city to support Craig’s dad in the Brighton Marathon back in April, we had loved the city and wanted to explore it further for a whole weekend.
With that we booked an Airbnb back in May and headed to the city for a break. Being that we booked in May for a trip in July, much of the accommodation was already booked or really out of our budget, so the Airbnb we stayed in was brilliant value for money, especially considering the location- which was right next to the station.
We started the weekend with a little trip to Wahaca, perhaps not that exciting for those that have a Wahaca in their local area, but seeing as Brighton seems to be the closest to us, we made the most of it. It was delicious. Followed that by a trip to the cinema to see Dunkirk (it is awesome by the way!) and it was the perfect date night to start our trip.
Of course any trip that I arrange, is always revolved around food. So the first stop for us on Saturday morning was for a quick breakfast before we began exploring. With a little wander down the hill we discovered, SugarDough, a cute little coffee shop which served a delicious array of pastries and breakfast items. I went for an Almond Croissant, which was so full of almond paste, it was delicious as well as a freshly squeezed orange juice. Whilst, Craig went for the breakfast pastry, which featured half a black pudding and a rasher of bacon, with a latte of course. He said it was very yummy too!
The next stop on our little tour was the seafront, and of course the pier. Walking onto the pier felt as though we had been transported back in time to a traditional British seaside holiday, especially as for the start of the day at least, the weather was beautiful. We started by exploring the pier and all that was to offer, stopping to watch people as they screamed their way around the rollercoasters and bumped into each other on the bumper cars.
We have always loved ourselves an arcade including a go on the 2p slot machines and so when we saw the number of games on offer, we couldn’t resist having a little go to see what we could win. Of course, with the number of tickets we won together, we could just about scrape together a packet of Tangfastics- it would have definitely been cheaper to buy them- but equally not as fun.
Finishing our morning at the seaside with a lunch of chips from the chip shop was a brilliant end, before the rain came… With the rain on its way we decided to head into the shops and do some window shopping for the rest of the afternoon, before heading back to our Airbnb for a quick rest before dinner.
Dinner consisted of a Pizza Express with a voucher that I had (thanks Nectar) it was delicious as always. But, we didn’t want it to be the end of the evening. We took a wander through town to take in the city and see what people were getting up to on their Saturday evenings. Soon, we found ourselves back at the Pier, which was even more beautiful at night time. Trying to win a few more tickets, we played until the Pier shut and then took the walk back up the hill (there are a few of them in Brighton!) to sleep for the evening.
With a long journey back to make on the train, we both wanted a lie in before finding ourselves somewhere to get brunch. The morning was so bright and sunny, we wanted to make the most of it and being by the sea relaxes me in particular. With a quick search online, I found Oh So Social, which served a delicious full cooked breakfast right on the sea front. Plus, with the weather so lovely, we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sea air for the rest of the morning on the beach, before heading home.
We had a brilliant weekend in Brighton and felt sure that we would be retuning to the city soon.
Do you have any recommendations for if we return? What is your favourite place in Brighton?