Today’s post was written by Nancy Pollard of La Cuisine.
We have just come back from a packed week in the UK. Our daughter was featured heavily in the Annual British Portrait Gallery BP Award Exhibition, we finally got to celebrate a birthday with our now three year old grandson and squeezed in a couple of nights in Brighton for the first time. It is a very short and easy train ride from London.
Brighton is sometimes referred to as the San Francisco of Britain, but, really, it is its own entity. There is plenty of kitsch to be found on the Brighton Pier, which is best left to kids accompanied by parental units. And a very pebbly beach with lots of shacks for a quick snack or a drink.
Book yourself into one of the many independent hotels or B&Bs or stay in something like the Premier Inn (our choice) and you will have a wonderful time walking by the sea, shopping, and meandering down “The Lanes” for food and drink. Shopping is delightful are wonderful independent shops with high quality clothing, home goods, jewelry, art which are cheek to jowl with the usual suspects of international chains. And, oh the local restaurants and cafes (we only got to go to four) are dizzyingly wonderful at any price point. We went to Semolina, which is a tiny restaurant with lovely mediterranean dishes. Olive Grove was a lot of fun, particularly with its courtyard and small plates menu.
For me, the highlight was a visit to the Royal Pavilion You can purchase a variety of tickets online, which is a good idea. The Royal Pavilion was a cheaply done fantasy by the Prince Regent and is the background for one of the most diverting sequences in Georgette Heyer’s Regency Buck. The dining room and kitchen are well documented delights, but there is also a Regency dress up room for children of ages and an intriguing small exhibit of Jane Austen, who was idolized by this hopeless Prince Regent. Having a break for tea on the pavilion’s balcony and sitting in the gardens, watching the parade of buskers performing was just icing on the cake.