Heading to Brighton over Christmas in search of festive fun? Then look no further for tips on where to find great food, booze and gifts…

Vegetarian Food: Food for Friends

Food for Friends is great for vegetarian feasting

Food for Friends is great for vegetarian feasting

Go for a three-course veggie feast at the award-winning Food for Friends. Indulge in Chestnut, Parsnip and Cumin Röstis served with cranberry relish and crispy kale, and Truffled Potato Gnocchi served with such delights as herb-crusted beetroot and goat’s cheese bon bons, honey-glazed shallots and roasted Jerusalem artichokes… to name but a few of the choices on offer.

Something Different: Silo

Try something different at Silo

Check out Silo’s innovative dining philosophy

Observer Food Monthly award-winning restaurant, Silo, is the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, conceived with the idea of providing quality through purity, using both modern and ancient techniques. Open throughout the run up to Christmas, Silo has two four-course Christmas Tasting Menus – an Omnivore and a Herbivore option – available until 28 December.

Countryside Manor: Stanmer Park and Estate

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The beautiful Stanmer Woods

Stanmer House offers a beautiful countryside escape on the outskirts of Brighton. Finish crisp, winter walks in the stunning woodlands with a hearty roast and a glass of wine by the fire in the eighteenth century manor. Don’t miss the Christmas menu.

Indian Feasting: The Chilli Pickle

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Try a Thali at The Chilli Pickle

The Chilli Pickle’s modern Indian menu is a firm favourite with locals. Feast on one of their Thalis, which offer up the opportunity to try a range of different curries, and as such are great value for money. Highlights from the Christmas menu include the Seafood Chaula Pot.

Seasonal and Local Dining: 64 Degrees

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Seasonal menus with local produce at 64 Degrees

Great British Menu finalist Michael Bremner’s 64 Degrees is the ideal place to indulge in small plates made using local produce. Drinks include a selection of Sussex-sourced sparkling wines and beers.

Seaside Pub: The Lion and The Lobster

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Cosy and quirky, a traditional British pub at its best

Once you’ve finished exploring the seafront, head to The Lion and The Lobster, which is packed with intriguing art and cosy nooks and crannies, complete with a wood-burning stove. Escape the winter chill with a roast dinner and a pint of local ale.

Get Skating: Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

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Ice ice baby

Get your skates on at the beautiful Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, which provides the perfect entertainment whether you’re on a date or out and about with friends or family. And when you’ve finished skating, head to the rink-side bar and restaurant to warm up.

Don’t miss…

Best for Shopping: Shopping in the Lanes

The Lanes offers a maze of great independent shops and boutiques, tucked away along twisting alleyways. Save a visit to Choccywoccydoodah for chocolate gifts.

Explore: Brighton Food Tours

The Brighton Food & Drink Christmas Special Tour is your chance to do all of your Christmas shopping in one go. Simply join this walking tour of the city for festive snacks and drinks, along with a few discounts thrown in on Christmas food and presents. This is a quirky and fun way to discover Brighton hotspots, as well as hidden treasures.

Where to stay: Harbour Hotel & Spa

With 79 luxury bedrooms, many boasting spectacular views across Brighton’s iconic seafront, you will feel instantly relaxed as you settle into your coastal surroundings at the Harbour Hotel & Spa.

One night’s weekend accommodation in a Sea View Double, including a Full English Breakfast, from £175 | brighton-harbour-hotel.co.uk/offers/

For more info… VisitBrighton.com

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