From bargains to blow-outs – the best places to eat in Bristol, Brighton and Bournemouth

by Ollie Tunmore

29 September, 2017

‘Staycations’, where individuals choose to stay in the same country for a holiday rather than deal with the stresses of going abroad, are becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

City breaks in particular are among some of the more favoured destinations for those wanting a quick and a welcome break from day-to-day life.

With this in mind, I wanted to create a mini-series of entries showcasing some of the best eateries in different locations, on different budgets. What with studying in Bournemouth, working in Brighton and having just visited Bristol, this mini-series shall consist of ‘The Three B’s’. Starting, with Bristol.

Cheap Eats


¹⁄  Bristol

While strolling through the streets of Bristol a few weekends back, I stumbled across a funky little make-shift shop named ‘Cupp’. Specialising in the new rage – bubble tea, and also selling tea, coffee and light bites, the shop is in a bright Turquoise container, boldly taking position in the middle of Philadelphia Street. It’s a fun, creative little brand and they have multiple stores, however do try to make a visit to this one – as I doubt there’s many other places in the world where you can get a bubble tea made to order out the back of a blue shipping container.


²⁄  Brighton

Café Coho is a relatively new brand in Brighton, however, their cafes are popping up all over the city. With main premises on Ship Street and Queen’s Road, and a brand-new stand in the middle of Churchill Square, the brand is quickly establishing itself all over Brighton. For a damn good vanilla latté, (or any coffee for that matter…) and a delicious little treat, Café Coho is the affordable luxury go to that you need on your radar.


³⁄  Bournemouth

Although dotted all over the UK, you’ll find Coffee #1 predominantly in the South. Friendly customer service paired with nibbles of all sorts and inventive yet delicious hot drinks, Coffee #1 makes for a perfect quick stop-off, catch-up with a friend, or working lunch spot. Serving everything from a gingerbread latté to a freshly blended fruit smoothie, whatever you’re after, Coffee #1 has got you covered, for a very reasonable price too.


When the parents are paying


¹⁄  Bristol

I came across Bambalan whilst researching for affordable yet quirky, recently opened restaurants around the UK for a client. I made sure to visit this restaurant whilst visiting Bristol recently to see the creative and innovative interior design (which is all done in-house), and test out the bold cocktails and smoky mains. Having experienced incredibly attentive and friendly service from all the staff, I can guarantee you’ll be well looked after. The food is all cooked perfectly and with a smoke-house twist – from tapas-style nibbles to full-blown burgers and grills, Bamablan caters for every taste and style, in a vibrant atmosphere and uniquely styled space.


²⁄  Brighton

Tropical Sushi has only just opened its doors to its permanent Brighton premises, following a short period working out of pop-up spaces around the city. The team behind Tropical Sushi have just spread their sushi wings and set up shop halfway between Brighton and Hove on Western Road, and it’s a must-see. A colleague of mine even described it as “the best sushi” she’s ever had; which she would not say lightly… With a bring-your-own-booze policy and regular offers and deals, it’s fast becoming a mecca for all sushi lovers in the city.


³⁄  Bournemouth

It was surprisingly difficult to narrow down just one of the best medium-range restaurants from Bournemouth’s bustling restaurant scene. However, 7-Bone Burger is without a doubt one of the stand-outs for me. If you need a proper ‘dirty’ burger, then 7-Bone is your place. With inventive and downright delicious burgers, hot dogs and side dishes, the restaurant provides your perfect carb-fix for when you’re after a real treat. Popping up in Bournemouth, Reading and Southampton, they’re quickly expanding; and rightly so.


Blow the budget!


¹⁄  Bristol

Two words: San Carlo. With branches all over the UK, the chain provides delectable and authentic Italian cuisine in a lavish setting. Offering an extensive menu of delicious Italian dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients, the flavours and combinations available at this restaurant will blow your mind. Everything is done exactly the way it should be for high-end Italian cuisine. Simple, bold, and flavoursome. With professional and prompt service, you can trust that the San Carlo team will take good care of you, and your visit will be a memorable one at that.


²⁄  Brighton

Recently reopened and ever-so-stylish Pike & Pine provides luxury-chic with a Brighton twist. With beautiful marble and glass everywhere, biophilic additions in the ceiling and inventive menus – the venue operates as ‘Red Roaster’ to serve drinks and light bites, and Pike & Pine for the full restaurant menu. With gorgeous design features and delicious options on the menu, it’s a definite go-to for a night out with friends or family, right in the heart of Kemp Town.


³⁄  Bournemouth

Situated on Bournemouth’s cosmopolitan seafront, NEO is a definite visit for those looking for a classy evening enjoying some of the finest food Bournemouth has to offer. With floor to ceiling glass facing out to the sea and pier, it’s a stunning setting for an evening dinner or late lunch. They provide an extensive menu from light lunches and drinks all through to catch of the day, grills and full dinner menus. The design and furnishings are luxurious yet relaxed, and you won’t find a better view of the sea whilst enjoying a bite to eat. Why not finish the evening too with a drink at the ever-popular Level 8 Sky Bar at the top of the Hilton, just a few minutes round the corner.

About Oliver Tunmore:

Working at Magenta Associates for a year-long industrial placement, Ollie joins us as part of his studies of Media Production at Bournemouth University. Writing as much as he can during work hours and in his free time, he enjoys reviewing food, live music, events and writing topical discussions.