The conference will take place in the Grand Parade and Pavilion Parade buildings at the University of Brighton.We strongly advise that you come to the conference by public transport. The venue is in walking distance of Brighton Train Station and Brighton Coach Station at Pool Valley. Local buses also serve the town centre frequently. Parking in the centre of Brighton is problematic and the car parks are expensive. If you feel it is necessary to bring a vehicle then you will find a map with car park locations here.
You will find directions to the Grand Parade Building and Pavilion Parade Building here.
You will find all sorts of useful tourist information about Brighton at the Visit Brighton web page.
Most of you will be staying in hotels close to the University and the conference. If you are booked into a hotel in Kemptown or the City centre, this is probably the case. If you are staying further afield, perhaps out in Hove, you can catch a bus along Western Road (the main shopping thoroughfare) to the conference. You’ll want to ask for either a City Saver ticket which costs £4.00 and gives you unlimited travel within the city all day or a ‘Centrefare’ single ticket for £1.70. Get off the bus outside the Royal Pavilion, which is just across the road from the University. Numbers 25 and 49 both travel along Western Road to the Pavilion as do many other buses, and there should be one along every 5-10 minutes. Bus drivers appreciate the correct fare or thereabouts.
Of course if it’s reasonable weather you may enjoy walking along the seafront to the conference. Just head East from Hove, West from Kemptown and turn inland when you reach the pier.
Brighton has branches of most of the national restaurant and café chains, such as Pizza Express, Carluccio’s, Strada, Starbucks, Costa Coffee etc. We haven’t listed those here but have instead put together a completely subjective list of our favourite independent cafes, bars and restaurants in Brighton. The restaurant and café scene in Brighton changes constantly: if you find somewhere you like that’s not listed here, please let us know!
Cafes and Coffee Shops
Bills Produce Store: 100 North Road
Superior light meals and cakes in a large café/produce store in the North Laine
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery: Royal Pavilion Gardens
Tea, coffee and light lunches in the Art Deco splendour of the Museum
Café 33: 33 Trafalgar Street
Good Monmouth Street coffee and home made cakes
Cloud 9: 15 Brighton Place
Home made ice cream and cakes next to the Lanes
The Dumb Waiter: 28 Sydney Street
Popular greasy spoon with lots of veggie options and decent coffee in the heart of the North Laine
Frankie’s Grinder, 180 Edward Street
Small, pleasant coffee shop between the two University buildings
Marocco’s: 8 King’s Esplanade, Hove
Local and long standing institution right on the beach. Home made Italian ice cream and coffee to take away; Italian meals to eat in.
Metrodeco: 38 Upper St James’ Street
Kemptown art deco ‘1930s Parisian tea room’. Wide range of tea and cakes served in opulent surroundings. Art deco and 20th century furniture also for sale!
The Mock Turtle: 4 Pool Valley
Long standing and popular tea room, with good tea and home made cakes, near the bus station and seafront
Red Roaster: 1d St James’ Street
A local institution and de facto gathering place for University staff and students. A micro-roastery close by the University campus. Prize winning coffee.
Redwood Coffee House: 97-99 Trafalgar Street
Good coffee, relaxed atmosphere.
Spinelli Coffee: College Road Kemptown and 111 St James’ Street
Popular Italian coffee shop with two branches: St James’ Street is close to the University and College Street is handy for anyone staying in Kemptown Village.
Bardsleys: 22-23a Baker Street (01273 681256)
Bit off the beaten track (near the Level) but worth seeking out for award winning fish and chips. Take away and eat in
Days Oriental Buffet: 75-79 East Street (01273 748888)
Popular and good value ‘eat all you can’ buffet close to the University. You may have to queue at busy times
Leonardo Ristorante Italiano: 55 Church Road Hove (01273 328888)
Long standing Italian restaurant that specialises in Sicilian food
Pinocchio: 22 New Road (01273 676676)
Busy Italian with good value set price menus close to the Theatre Royal. The same company also run the nearby Donatello ( 1-3 Brighton Place)
Planet India: 4-5 Richmond Place (01273 818149)
Close to the University but worth seeking out as off the beaten track. Good value and unusual home cooked vegetarian food from India.
The Regency Restaurant: 131 King’s Road (10273 325014)
Good fish restaurant on the seafront, opposite the remains of the West Pier
Browns: 3-4 Duke Street (01273 323501)
Brasserie in central Brighton with reasonably priced early evening meals
The Ginger Dog: 12-13 College Place (01273 620990)
Ambitious ‘gastro pub’ in Kemptown Village. Locally sourced food and seasonal menu. The same team also run the slightly larger Ginger Pig at 3, Hove Street, Hove, (01273 736123)which has an outside eating area for good weather
Indian Summer: 69 East Street (01273) 711001
Centrally situated and well executed Indian food
Mange Tout: 81 Trafalgar Street (01273) 607270
Small and relaxed French bistro near the station.
Riddle and Finns: 12b Meeting House Lane (01273 323008)
Champagne and Oyster bar, with a wide range of fresh fish in the middle of the Lanes.
Due South: 139 King’s Road Arches (01273 821218)
Locally sourced food (with an emphasis on fish) right on the beach. Booking advisable
The Gingerman: 21a Norfolk Square (01273 326688)
Small well renowned restaurant specialising in locally sourced and seasonal food. Booking advisable
Sevendials Restaurant: 1 Buckingham Place (01273 885555)
Good modern British food in smart surroundings. Seven Dials about 5 minutes walk up the hill behind Brighton station. Booking advisable
Terre a Terre: 71 East Street (01273 729051)
Brilliantly inventive vegetarian; popular with carnivores as well! Booking advisable
Pubs and Bars
The Colonnades Bar, New Road is next to the Theatre Royal and full of theatrical memorabilia and Bodega (Church Road) is a small, authentic Tapas Bar. There are numerous bars on the beach between the two piers although these can get a bit rowdy on a summer evening. The large seafront hotels all have bars that are open to non-residents. Other pleasant central pubs and bars include The Victory (6 Duke Street), The George (5 Trafalgar Street) (which has reliable vegetarian food), The Earth and Stars (46 Windsor Street), which is an organic pub. The hilly Hanover area, 10 minutes walk up the hill from the University has numerous popular pubs and bars worth exploring. These include The Greys(which often has live music), The Pub With No Name, The Geese Have Gone Over The Water, The Charles Napier and The Dover Castle, all on the steep hill of Southover Street. The London Unity, The Horse and Groom and The Reservoir are on Islingword Road andThe Hanover and The Walmer Castle are at the top of the hill on Queens Park Road.
Kemptown has numerous pubs, including The Sidewinder and the (tiny) Hand in Hand on St James’ Street, The Thomas Kemp (St George’s Road), and The Rock Inn (Rock Street) out towards the Marina.
The Robin Hood (Norfolk Place) on the Brighton/Hove border is a charity pub. Other popular pubs in this area include The Lion and Lobster (Sillwood Street) and The Brunswick (Holland Road) . Further into Hove there are fewer pubs and bars than Brighton but you might like to try The Ginger Pig (previously mentioned, Hove Street) or The Foragers (Stirling Place) for good food and drink.