What food is Brighton famous for? And what souvenirs to buy when visiting the popular seaside city!

What food is Brighton famous for? And what souvenirs to buy when visiting the popular seaside city!

Local delicacies and items to buy
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    The table above lists all the local delicacies from Brighton and souvenirs to purchase on your visit. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that item.

    Knobby Russet

    Brighton has a diverse and appetising cuisine, reflecting the city and local counties history. The Brighton diet has historically relied on local produce from the countryside and the sea. In recent years local chefs and entrepreneurs have produced award winning dishes and alcoholic drinks that have not just served the area well but have also been enjoyed far and wide from the south England coast.

    Many foods are associated with Brighton and the Sussex area including Brighton Rock to chew on at the beach, the difficult-to-make Sussex Pond Pudding, and the flavoursome Brighton Blue cheese. 

    Well Known Brighton Dishes You Must Try

    In this blog post, we will be discussing what delicacies you can expect to find in Brighton.

    From traditional cuisine to more continental fare, there are plenty of options available in one of the best places on the south coast to get your taste buds going! Here are a few examples we recommend:

    Knobby Russet Apples

    Knobby russet apples are known for their excellent flavour and slightly ugly appearance. They can be of a small to medium-sized varietal, with the shape somewhere between conical and round in nature; they also contain a russet that gives it an interesting pattern on top of a green base hue. The russet can be quite rough to touch and can produce bumps in all sorts of ways giving each apple a fairly unique look.

    Brighton Blue Cheese

    This mild, blue-veined cheese has a beautiful colour and delicate flavor that grows more intense as it ages. The salty finish pairs well with fruits such as apples or pears while also being perfect with a nice glass of wine! This award winning cheese has won multiple awards such as Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards at the 2017 - 2018 ceremony.

    Sussex Pond Pudding

    Sussex pond pudding is a traditional English dish from the southern county of Sussex. Noted for being fairly difficult to make, the dish was originally made of suet pastry filled with butter and sugar that would later be boiled or steamed. Today's versions often include a whole lemon enclosed inside the pudding giving a bit of zest which makes it more refreshing than ever before!

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    Brighton Rock

    Available throughout seaside towns across the United Kingdom, Brighton rock is found all across the sea front. The long hard sweet tastes a little minty and is usually found in a variety of colours and stamps. The older the sweet is the chewier it can be and is well known for being a sweet that can be stuck in your teeth quite easily! A novelty that you should try on your visit!

    Duddleswell Cheese

    Another award winning cheese from the same area, Duddleswell is a high fat cheese made in West Sussex. The cheese made from sheep's milk and matured for 5 months has a rich flavour that is slightly sweet on the tongue. The whole cheese is edible including the rind and can be found in many shops throughout the area.

    Golden Cross Cheese

    Golden Cross is a versatile cheese that can be used for cooking and grilling. When young, the log-shaped cheese has a firm, silky texture with hints of citrus flavor throughout; as it ages though this becomes denser and creamier while developing stronger flavors - making Golden Cross an excellent choice whether you're looking to add some extra dimensions on your plate or just want something refreshing after dinner!


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    Banoffee Pie

    The famous British dish known as Banoffee Pie, is claimed to have been invented in East Sussex in 1971! The dessert is made from bananas and whipped cream with a thick caramel sauce that consists of condensed milk or dulce de leche mixed together to sit on top of a buttery biscuit base. The sweet dish is enjoyed throughout the United Kingdom and beyond with many restaurants in the area having the dish on their dessert menu.

    And some souvenirs to take home...

    Sussex Sparkling Wine

    Located on one of the United Kingdom's exceptional natural strips of land, wineries have developed a sparkling wine that has been granted a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) meaning only wines from this area can be classed as Sussex Sparkling Wines. The area has been producing world-class wines that are exported throughout Europe and beyond. The limestone chalk found throughout the area allows the wine makers to produce high quality grapes giving a similar taste to the wines found in Northern France. 

    Brighton Gin

    The hand-crafted gin is crafted using organic wheat spirit and has won many awards since the formation of the company in 2012. The gin is distilled close to the seaside and is of a premium quality and taste. If you're looking for a unique drink, this ethical, sustainability focused gin should be on your list!


    If you’re looking for some famous food items to try on your trip to the seaside, look no further than the items listed above. The local favourites are made with a delicious combination of local knowledge and skill that will have you searching for the items online when you arrive back home.

    In this blog post, we have shared some of the most famous Brighton dishes and their origin stories. What is your favorite dish from the Sussex area? Please share with us (via our contact form) what you think makes for a perfect food day or if there's an interesting story behind one of our featured dishes. These are just a few of the many delicious Brighton foods you can try. To find out more about things to do in the area, click on the links below:


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    Forest Walks near Brighton

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