Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to Eating & Drinking at Develop (October 2021 Edition)

Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to Eating & Drinking at Develop (October 2021 Edition)

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. However, this year’s conference is a little different as it is not taking place in sunny July. That’s why for this year’s guide we’ve swapped out the beach bars and ice cream shops for some cosy pubs and winter warmers. 

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...


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 Sandwich – Bagelman 

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.


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!


Winter Warmers – Cosy Pubs & Comfort Food 

If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind with a drink and a warm meal, The Walrus and The Cricketers are both great pubs. Both based in the middle of the Lanes, The Walrus offers cosy booths and an open fire downstairs, as well as a roof terrace if the rain holds off! The Cricketers is the oldest pub in Brighton with a friendly atmosphere and live music twice a week! Both venues offer extensive menus with a range of options to refuel you after a long day.

Best Parties

Simons SpecialEffect Party – Hosted on the Thursday Simon Barratts party/fundraiser has become one of the must attend Develop parties. Over the last few years this event has raised over £4,000 for SpecialEffect. For those people that are still in Brighton on the Thursday evening, it’s a great way to end the conference. 

Get 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

Associate Director - Games and Interactive Giles Fenwick

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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