Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to Eating & Drinking at Develop (July 2022 Edition)

Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to Eating & Drinking at Develop (July 2022 Edition)

Best of Brighton: A Brightonian’s Guide to Eating & Drinking at Develop (updated for July 2022) 

Develop conference is always a team favourite at Skillsearch and largely the reason behind this is that it takes place in the city that we know and love. As our offices are based in the heart of the Lanes, I thought it would be nice to pass on some of our local knowledge of eateries and watering holes. Please note these recommendations are all based on my personal opinion... 

Don’t forget this year Play@Develop is back! After two years off due to Covid, our beachside event in aid of SpecialEffect is once again taking place on the second day of Develop (Wednesday 13th July), down at Loading Bar! Expect drinks in the sun, raffles, competitions and more, with some of the best company the games industry has to offer. Click here to reserve your FREE ticket now

Without further ado, let’s get into my top refreshment recommendations! 

Psst... Keep an eye on our socials for our raffle prizes announcement as some of the below venues might just have some vouchers on offer...


Best Coffee – Café Coho or Small Batch

Café Coho is an award-winning espresso bar and one of the first shops on the left as you come down Queens round from the station to the seafront. You can also find a stall in the shopping centre, Churchill Square.

Small Batch is one of Brighton’s most successful home-grown business with multiple establishments across the city. You’ll probably find them everywhere you go but the closest to the venue are one on Western Road and the cart at the train station.



Best Breakfast – The Breakfast Club

It may not be exclusive to Brighton, but for the best variety ranging from porridge, to pancakes and every kind of cooked breakfast you can imagine there is something for everyone at The Breakfast Club



Best Lunch – Bagelman or The Bok Shop

Brightonians often forget that this is not a larger chain because everyone knows Bagelman. With 2 shops in the city, the closest to the venue is on Bond Street.


The Bok Shop on East Street is a great stop off for lunch if you’re in need of some fuel for the afternoon! With both free-range and vegan options, from burgers to wings to tenders, wraps and loaded fries this chicken shop is the best of the best. Stop by on the Wednesday for all you can eat wings! Yum.



Best Fish Restaurant – Riddle & Finns

With two restaurants, one on the seafront and one in the lanes, Riddle & Finns servers the best locally sourced seafood with daily specials. It’s a very popular choice and it’s not possible to book a table, so be prepared to wait for the best!

If you’re not down to queue, another option and local secret is Regency Fish Restaurant on the seafront which is well known locally for its relaxed dining environment and a wide range of seafood dishes.



Best Veggie Restaurant – Food For Friends

An award-winning vegetarian restaurant, that even the biggest carnivores will love. Be sure to check out the cocktails as well as the food at Food For Friends!


Best coolers – Boho Gelato

If you’re after an ice cream, Boho Gelato is the place to be. Serving traditional Italian ice cream in a range of wacky flavours (previous specials include hibiscus & tequila, black sesame, salted caramel & honeycomb donuts, matcha green tea & mochi, and plenty more!). With two in central Brighton you can’t miss them while you’re in the city. 


Best Parties

Play@Develop – Hosted every year on the Wednesday (this year on 13/07/22) by yours truly, Skillsearch! We’re once again on a mission to raise as much money as possible for SpecialEffect with drinks, competitions, a raffle and more on the beach. Come along to Loading Bar from 3-6pm to hang out and enjoy the sun before the evening awards! Get all the details and reserve your FREE ticket here and follow @Play_At_Develop on Twitter for all the updates! 

Simon's SpecialEffect Party – Hosted on the Thursday Simon Barratts party/fundraiser has become one of the must attend Develop parties, and this year it’s the 10th anniversary! Over the last few years this event has raised thousands for SpecialEffect. For those people that are still in Brighton on the Thursday evening, it’s a great way to end the conference. Grab your tickets here!

Quick Directory: 

  • Taxi number: 01273 20 20 20 
  • Closest place to buy toothpaste, sun cream or anything you may have forgotten – Boots  
  • Closest Electronic shop – Currys PC World.  


Hopefully those tips have given you some inspiration of where to head for your refreshments during Develop! If you are going to be at Develop conference this year and want any other local tips feel free to contact me at 

Look out for the Skillsearch team at the conference, wearing their Skillsearch t-shirts, with Pyxel on the back, and let us know on Twitter if you’re coming along to join us at Play@Develop this year!

Giles Fenwick

Director of Games and Interactive

Giles runs our Gaming & Interactive division and specialises in forming tight knit teams, whether that’s for a studio or in our office. He represented his county at rugby for every age group from 12 onwards which no doubt helped him to cultivate his excellent understanding of team dynamics. Giles is known for his warmth and willingness to take time to work through any issues that may arise, although make sure you don’t try and share his food as then you won’t be getting a warm welcome – Giles doesn’t share food!

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