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Brighton - our little black book

Our undercover inspectors reveal some of the seaside resort's best-kept food and drink secrets.

Coffee: Coffee at 33, 33 Trafalgar Street
With one trillion coffee shops and counting, Brighton loves the bean. Ponder that while sat on a coffee sack, sipping a double espresso made from freshly ground Monmouth beans.

Tea and cake: Marwood Bar & Coffeehouse, 52 Ship Street
Gloriously grungy, this cafe/bar has a daily-changing blackboard of teas, a roster of cakes (fab carrot cake) and the coffee ain’t half bad either. themarwood.com

Pint: The Evening Star, 55 Surrey Street
A Brighton outpost of Sussex brewer Dark Star, it’s just off the main drag near the station, so remains hidden from passing tourists. Drink Dark Star’s hophead or espresso (yes, it’s a beer), or go off-piste for a guest ale. darkstarbrewing.co.uk

Wine: Ten Green Bottles, 9 Jubilee Street
A wine shop and wine bar with English fizz by the glass and plates of cheese and charcuterie to help prolong the fun. A large communal table rocks when the place is busy (metaphorically, not literally). tengreenbottles.com

Fish and chips: Bardsley’s, 22 Baker Street
Okay, so it’s nowhere near the seafront, but open since 1926 they know what they’re doing, and that’s right and proper fish and chips served in an unreconstructed manner. A blackboard lists specials… although the haddock and chips keeps a calling. bardsleys-fishandchips.co.uk

Takeaway: The Chilli Pickle, 17 Jubilee Street
An Indian restaurant with a great rep, go for the takeaway grand thali and tuck into a distinctively spiced chicken or Sussex mutton shoulder curry. They arrive with a host of pickles, chutneys and side dishes. thechillipickle.com

Sandwich: Grow 40, 40 Kensington Gardens
An all-day joint with a kitchen garden on the roof, it’s all good, as they say, but the open sandwiches hit the spot; how about salmon ceviche, dill crème fraîche and home-grown watercress? grow40.com

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