Brighton’s independent food & drink scene is something to be proud off, so we are chuffed to welcome Brighton Food Tours on board as new members. Angela and Cat are passionate and proud of our homegrown and offbeat indy food & drink scene, so they’ve created a walking tour with a difference. We had 5 minutes with them to find out more…
What do you love most about Brighton and Hove?
Its fiercely independent spirit and close-knit sense of community. It’s really unlike most other places in the UK – the amount ofhigh-qualityy independent food and drink producers and vendors is incredible. We like to bang on about it, but when you’re in Brighton there is no need to go to a chain cafe, restaurant or shop when we have such amazing homegrown businesses on our doorstep.
What inspired you to start Brighton Food Tours?
Brighton’s food and drink scene has exploded over the last 5 or so years and we really felt driven to share, celebrate and support the places, people, stories and of course, the food we love that reflect the spirit of real independent foodie Brighton.
What could one of your punters expect on a tour?
An off-the-beaten-track magical mystery tour to discover the taste of real independent foodie Brighton! Most of our punters are Brighton residents who often say we have rekindled their love and passion for Brighton. We are pretty confident that whether you know Brighton really well or not at all, there’ll be something unexpected on the tour for you. It’s a great way for long-term Brightonians to fall back in love with their city, but also for visitors to get to know Brighton from new.
What’s your go-to food spot in the city?
Ooh, it all depends on what mood we’re in, but we always love the unpretentious Open Market on London Road – from fresh fish at Andrew’s Fish Shop, to the many widely sourced teas at Flying Saucer cafe, the micro producers at Food Shed, spanakopita from Kouzina, McStrong’s multitude of sausage rolls… not to mention Smorl’s amazing houmous, falafels and salad boxes and of course Suzanne’s artisan organic chocolate at Rainbow Organic Chocolates – there’s always something for everyone and it’s all under the one roof!
There have been so many! Being featured in The Independent, Jamie Oliver’s magazine & Coast among others. Starting a Brighton Wine Tour. Running a corporate food tour treasure hunt for 140 punters – military operation! Collaborating with the team at Brighton’s Best Restaurants with an OctoberBest Tour… And of course, last but definitely not least: winning the silver award at Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2017. Not bad for 18 months in business!
Plans for 2018?
Loads! A vegan tour is definitely coming in 2018… and hopefully a lot more exciting collaborations and special tours too. Watch this space!