Meals are not included in HBTS ticket prices. There are many great value options available locally, starting with The Brunswick itself. You are welcome to bring your own food of course, however we regret that packed lunches cannot be consumed on site. Here are some hot dining tips..
At previous HBTS festivals, the majority of our participants have stayed on site, selecting lunch from The Brunswick‘s excellent house menu for Harpin’ by the Sea. This is always very good value and is a great chance to meet and chat with fellow HBTS attendees. If this is your preference, please place your order and pay on registration.
The Wick Inn
The Wick Inn is part of Hove folklore. It’s at the top of Holland Road and the lunch menu offers an affordable Thai selection with satay and starters, curries, stir-fries and noodles. The Wick originally opened in 1844 and was associated with the local cricket ground. Since then it’s enjoyed a colourful history of live music, murder and mayhem.
If burgers are your thing and you need a break from The Brunswick, visit the Brighton & Hove institution that is Grubb’s Burgers. You’ll find plenty of excellent meat and vegetarian options. As with most local food outlets, Grubb’s is a short walk up Holland Road. Turn right at the top and it’s next to The Wick Inn public house.
Le Grand Cochon
Le Grand Cochon is an excellent sandwich deli located at the top of Lansdowne Place, just a two minute walk from The Brunswick. You can view the menu using our link. Options include baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches and toasties. Drinks are also available. This outlet is a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. Bon appetit!
If you fancy a little decadence, come on over to Valerie‘s, just across from Starbucks. Madam Valerie’s patisserie first opened in Soho in 1926. She arrived on a mission to illuminate the filthy English and found instant success. You can choose from croissants, patisseries and gateaux, continental breakfasts and light lunches. Amusez-vous!
Tom’s Sandwich Shop
Tom’s Sandwich Shop is a little gem tucked in along the south side of Palmeira Square. Walk up Holland Road, take a left and you’ll find Tom’s just before the bus stops at the top of Adelaide Crescent. There is a surprisingly big selection of sandwiches to suit every dietary preference, from classics and clubs to vegetarian, vegan and toasties.
Buon Appetito is on the corner right next to Almas (above). It’s one of three genuine Italian restaurants run locally by the Saulle brothers from Campania. You’ll get some cracking lunchtime deals on pizza and pasta. Always a warm welcome and their vongole is the best in Hove. You might even meet Chris Eubank having lunch. Avante!
Starbucks is located at the top of Lansdowne Place, before Le Grand Cochon. If you fancy relaxing offsite with a coffee and the internet, or just people watching, this is a reliable choice. It’s a two minute walk from The Brunswick and offers standard Starbucks fayre. If you need more time on line, The Brunswick also offers free internet access.
For a cheap take away, you can’t go wrong with Tesco Express. Sandwiches, salads and meal deals are all here. You’ll find Tesco Express at the top of the Holland Road opposite The Wick Inn. If the weather is reasonable, why not take your sandwich across to Adelaide Crescent, or down to the sea front for lunch al fresco?
Another cheap lunch option is Sainsbury’s Local. Walk up Holland Road and turn right. You’ll find Sainsbury’s just before Starbucks with a standard selection of lunchtime meal deals. An additional feature is the cash point (ATM) located outside. If you’re short of readies and lunch, this makes a very handy stop off in both respects.