What to do in Brighton on Valentine’s Day 2012

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Okay so maybe we are experiencing some slightly chilly weather and a bit of a recession, but eating out at Brighton restaurants doesn’t have to be eye-wateringly expensive. Whether you have a shoestring budget or can splash the cash to impress the apple of your eye, there’s a lot to do in Brighton this Valentine’s Day.

Eating Out
Music might be the language of love, but food can be an aphrodisiac, so why not take the traditional route and take your loved one out for a meal at a romantic restaurant this Valentine’s Day? There are so many great places to wine and dine in Brighton and Hove that you’re really spoilt for choice.

The Courtyard is a sophisticated but relaxed city centre restaurant which can be found close to the Dome and the Pavilion gardens. It’s a nice place to grab a meal, a snack, or just a coffee and a cake before hitting the theatre, with relaxed atmosphere and great service.

Their Valentine’s 2012 menu is a four course meal for a very reasonable £25 which comes with a complimentary glass of prosecco. Mains of pan roasted sea bass, lamb and wild mushroom parvel follows soup, broth, oysters or a tiger prawn and chorizo brochette starter, followed by a strawberry and muscatel crêpe, a bittersweet chocolate tart or a champagne red fruit jelly. Quite a menu I think you’ll agree!

Just a stone’s throw from Brighton’s pebble beach, Alfresco bar & restaurant is a great place for a romantic dinner. It won the Top Diner award in 2010, and is rated in the top ten restaurants on the Brighton Eating website. It might be a bit chilly on the decked terraces, but diners can still enjoy the luxurious Rotunda restaurant. Their new Executive Chef has been awarded two AA rosettes so you can expect some seriously good food, as well as live jazz especially for Valentine’s Day.

Comedy
Of course not everybody is loved-up on on Valentine’s Day, but there’s plenty of things for singles to get up to as well, including the Krater Comedy Club at Komedia. Brighton’s best stand-up comedy venue is offering some bright comedy talent in the form of Jimmy McGhie, Rich Wilson and Loretta Maine. You can also enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu.

Music
The Concorde2 is one of Brighton’s busiest live music venues, and this Valentine’s Day they’re bring in John Holt to kick off the party. Holt recorded his first single in 1963. He achieved success in Jamaica as the lead singer of The Paragons who recorded a succession of hits for Duke Reid at the Treasure Isle Studio. Holt wrote ‘The Tide is High’ which was covered by Blondie and Atomic Kitten. After this came a string of solo hits culminating in Trojan Records picking him up for ‘1, 000 Volts of Holt’, an album of reggae cover versions including Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are’ and Diana Ross’s ‘Touch Me in the Morning’. Holt represented a smoother, slower, more smooch form of reggae singing, which came to be called lover’s rock.

If that’s not your idea of a good time, then you could consider going to see Alestorm at The Haunt, a Scottish Pirate Metal band. The pirate-themed heavy metal band was originally called Battleheart, and was signed to Napalm Records back in 2007. They released their third album ‘Back Through Time’ in June last year.

The Haunt is a multipurpose venue located in Brighton’s coach station close to the Pier. The venue is the screening room of an old cinema, hosting regular weekly club nights and live music events. It’s been a year since this new venue opened so it’s high time you checked it out.

If you’re out late into the night you might want to think about booking into a romantic hotel for the night. Whatever you decide to get up to, make the most of this Valentine’s Day in Brighton.

Photos used under a creative commons license courtesy of sjdunphy, Ed Yourdon and Dinner Series on Flickr.

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