Very Italian Pizza – ****

Very Italian Pizza in Brighton offers delicious rustic pizzas  at a very reasonable price. The pizzas are cooked in a traditional wood burning oven. The bruschetta is particularly tasty, with ripe tomatoes and plenty of garlic. Rating: 4/5 Website: Address: 19 Old Steine, Brighton BN1 1EL Phone: 01273 677377  

Oxford & Cambridge Club

Another meal at the ever reliable Oxford & Cambridge Club. The highlight was the Steak Rossini. In short filet mignon and foie gras. Purportedly created for the composer Gioachino Rossini. He is famous not only for his operas, but for philosophising on food: “I know of no more admirable occupation than eating, that is really eating. […]

Sushi Garden ***

Sushi Garden is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Brighton. The food was ok and I would return, but they took a long time to serve when I dined there, even for something simple like a Miso soup. The staff are polite though. The fresh sushi is quite pricey, with their ‘warm’ sushi representing […]

24 St Georges ****

24 St Georgres serves classic British food with a modern twist. The menu regularly features some game and makes good use of local vegetables. I also like that they have a Remise en Bouche on the menu. All top quality and cooked with confidence. If you’re in Brighton, I recommend stopping past. Rating: 4/5 Website: […]

La Famiglia ****

First recommended to me by a friend who grew up in Lewes, La Famiglia is a small friendly restaurant with a Northern Italian menu. It is my favourite place in Lewes to eat. Reliable pastas and stone-baked pizzas, with a selection of daily specials. Polite staff who are eager to please. It’s popularity with locals isn’t […]


Making a good jug of Pimms is an art form. I think lots of fresh fruit is key, ideally refreshed with each jug. Lots of ice. A large measure of Pimms, supported by a decent measure of Gin to give it some kick. Lemonade to keep it flowing.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara is one of the ultimate comfort foods. I made the spaghetti fresh, following Theo Randall’s pasta recipe, which is very egg yolk heavy. I like my Carbonara without cream, just egg, to keep it light. Trust me, it’s still very creamy. Good eggs are key. Try to find Smoked Cubetti Di Pancetta rather than ordinary […]

Tartufo *****

I had low expectations for Tartufo. I had never heard of it before. I booked simply because it kept popping up on OpenTable because it, “looked like a decent new place”.  In a post work daze, I could barely find it, which didn’t help either. It was in a small hotel so might have a captive […]