Best of Brighton, a Guide to eating and drinking at Develop: Brighton. (2019 Edition)

Best of Brighton, a Guide to eating and drinking at Develop: Brighton. (2019 Edition)

Of all the events on the games industry calendar Develop: Brighton is one of our favourites here at Skillsearch and the main reason why is that we get to welcome the cream of the games industry talent to our city, Brighton!

Skillsearch HQ is based in the heart of the historic Lanes, so I thought it would be nice to pass on some of our local knowledge of eateries, watering holes and things to see and do whilst visiting this fair city of ours!

Please note: these recommendations are all based on my personal opinion, no one has bribed me to recommend them, although if they want to... :)


Best Coffee in Brighton – 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, plus they have a branch around the corner from us on Ship Street and a small stand in the Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Grab a coffee and a cake, you won’t be disappointed! 

Another one to try (you can’t miss it!) is Small Batch. One of Brighton’s most successful home-grown business. You’ll see their stall as you leave the station, as well as with multiple establishments across the city.


Best Breakfast – The Breakfast Club, and New 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

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If you’re staying in Hove (actually) you might want to check out New Club for your morning eats as it’s by the sea and en route to the conference. 




Best Sandwich – Bagelman

Brightonians often forget that this is not a larger chain because everyone here knows Bagelman. With 4 shops across the city, the closest to the venue is on Bond Street, but you can also grab one at the station when you arrive or depart. My pick would be the ‘Mighty Aphrodite’! 


Best Fish Restaurant – Riddle & Finns, and Regency Fish Restaurant 

With two restaurants, one on the seafront and one in the lanes, Riddle & Finns servers the best locally sourced seafood and daily specials, with an extensive wine and champagne menu. Very popular for a plate of Oysters! 

Another option and local secret is Regency Fish Restaurant on the seafront, not far from the conference. A slightly lower key experiance than R&F but just as delicious! Well known locally for its relaxed dining environment and a wide range of seafood dishes, plus look out for the celebrity photos on the walls for a sneak peek at the famous diners who’ve eaten there before! 


Best Veggie Restaurant – Food with Friends

Food for Friends is Brighton’s original award-winning vegetarian and vegan restaurant, featured in ‘The Sunday Times’ Top Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants and in 'The Good Food Guide 2018'. It’s a restaurant that pleases everyone, and even the biggest carnivores will love it. As well as the amazing food, be sure to check out the cocktails!

Best Curry – Chilli Pickle

Inspired by owners Dawn & Alun’s Indian travels from the tropics of Tamil Nadu & Kerala, the wetlands of West Bengal, to the Rajasthani desert plains the country is an adventure and Chilli Pickle embraces this in their cuisine and atmosphere in the resturant. You get more than just great Indian food it is a sensory experience. The Thali trays are amazing, both to eat in or takeaway! 


Best Ice Cream – Boho Gelato

Boho Gelato is an independent company that has been producing award-winning artisan Italian style ice cream & sorbet in Brighton since 2010.

Gelatiere Seb Cole and his team use locally produced milk & cream and the best quality ingredients from around the world to create their ever-changing line up from over 500 flavours. They have a couple of stores in the city offering amazing ice cream. My personal favourite is the sour cherry. 




Best sightseeing – Sealife Centre, and i360

The tourist attractions of Brighton run far beyond the obligatory circle around the pier eating freshly caught fish and chips (an absolute must, if you can manage to keep the menacing seagulls away), not only are there 360º views of the spectacular coastline from the BA i360 tower observation deck, but the impressive Sea Life Brighton is located, naturally, by the seafront.



Best Develop Parties - Jagex Big Night Out, Play@Develop, and Simons Birthday

Jagex Big Night Out – Tuesday, INVITE ONLY! The team at Jagex have a reputation of organising one of the biggest parties at Develop Conference. This year will be no exception as they move to a larger venue. If you are lucky enough to have got yourself a ticket, it's one hell of an evening!



Play@Develop -  Wednesday 15:00-19:00 is back again this year the charity fundraiser for Special Effect. Once again, this event will take place at Loading Bar, right next to Brighton Pier. It’s the perfect opportunity to met and have a couple of drinks in the afternoon or join us for a pre-awards beer.  This year’s main raffle prize is an Oculus Quest!!!! Come along and help raise some money for an awesome charity.


Simons Develop Birthday/SpecialEffect Party – Thursday 19:00 -midnight Simon Barratts birthday 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 Thursday evening, it’s a great way to end the conference.

Book tickets here.


Hopefully, there's enough there to keep you fed and watered whilst you're at Develop: Conference?! But, whatever you do and wherever you eat out during your stay in Brighton... WATCH OUT FOR THE SEAGULLS!!!


Quick Directory & top tips :

  • Taxi number: 01273 20 20 20
  • Plan your journey on Brighton Buses – for a Night buses route map click here. But be warned, the Network Saver 24hr ticket doesn’t work on the night bus!
  • Trains are late, or don’t run at all. We have one line in and out and one of the worst services in the UK! Good luck!
  • The closest place to buy toothpaste, sun cream or anything you may have forgotten – Boots on North St
  • Late night/24hour food - Buddies
  • Closest Electronic shop for computer emergencies – Curry’s PC World.
  • Stay safe on the beach with these tips
  • And if you haven't booked your accommodation yet... you'd better hurry up! Here are the Independents top Brighton Places to stay

So if you are going to be at the Develop Conference this year, please do come along and join us for a drink at Play@Develop and if you need 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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