I shall be in Brighton in Sunday. Picking up people at the end of the London-Brighton bike ride (I'm not doing it this year I remember the pain of last year. Ditchling Beacon, no thanks!)
Clothes will be worn and I won't be climbing all over the peir.
Need recommendations for late breakfast/lunch and beers while I wait for cyclists. Doesn't have to be Brighton but the sea breeze might be nice.
I'm addressing the lunch part of the request.
First thing to say is that it is going to be busy, so if you decide that you want to stick to the seafront, it is likely that you are going to have to wait. Second thing to say, is that there are any number of ropey places where I would consider alternatives instead of eating there.
First up there's a place right opposite the Palace pier, it's a burgery / Harvester sort of place. It's not a place that I would choose to go to (which is why I can't remember its name "burger on the terraces?") but you will get filled up with food - it's likely to be rammed.
Oh so social on the seafront is OK, I am not sure if it does food.
Buddies is OK - cheap and cheerful - they will do breakfast and lunch
I don't eat fish but The Regency restuaurant always looks busy.
The New Club, near the pier, is a favourite of mine. Good food and good drinks too, I was there last Sunday.
The Brighton Beach club has a great view (it's right on the seafront, near the west pier) but you pay for that. It used to be called Alfresco and did Italian food but I don't know what it does now.
If you go "inland", try Donatellos. It's Italian, caters for large parties without batting an eyelid and is reasonably priced.
There's also a number of restaurants on Ship Street: Jamie's Italian, Japanese, ASK, Mexican place, Browns is excellent. Ivy in the lanes looks a bit rubbish to me - it does Shepherd's pie.
If you want pubs, we'll be here all week.
Pubs I go to: The The Bath Arms (it has always been consistent), The Pump House is OK, as are the Black Horse, the Cricketers and the Seven Stars.
I avoid The Sussex.