4. The Walrus Pub.
Wander through the maze of rooms in this gigantic 200-year-old pub upstairs and you’ll discover this hidden gem – a pretty two-storey roof garden terrace which is often surprisingly empty on weekdays. It’s a real treat of an escape away from the craziness of the seafront only a couple of minutes away.
5. The Grand Central.
Seconds from the traffic and tourist chaos around Brighton station is this breezy Mediterranean sun-trap terrace. I discovered it one day I missed my train and had time to kill until the next one. Order a glass of wine at the bar downstairs, head upstairs and you’ll discover the little garden and instantly feel the stress melt off.
6. Cafe Rust. Slightly off the beaten path in Preston Park, this local favourite with its quirky-rustic Provence-style interior, might be one of Brighton’s most beautiful cafes. It serves amaaaazing food for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and turns into a beautiful candle-lit restaurant, called Chard, by night. But, what most people tend to overlook is it’s pretty little sun-trap secret garden out the back, perfect for escaping the seafront summer sun worshippers.
7. The Setting Sun. Perched on a hill between Hanover and Kemptown is this ordinary neighbourhood pub with epic views across the city down to the sea from its little roof terrace. Plenty of locals have heard of it, but seeing as I only found out about it a year ago despite living her 15 years I figure there must be others like me who don’t know about it, so I wanted to share. Insider tip: It’s obviously the perfect place for a sundowner, so get here early to nab a table.
8. Lion and Lobster.
This might be the city’s cosiest pub. Set over three floors, it’s filled with all kinds of hidden nooks and corners – including two amazing terraces complete with outside fire for summer or winter drinks.