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A Hangover Guide to Brighton
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A Hangover Guide to Brighton

28 April 2017 | Georgia Foxwell

You’ve woken up feeling fragile and WhatsApp’d around to ask what the hangover day holds. We know the score, so while you hunt for your darkest sunglasses and strongest painkillers, we've compiled a list of the best ways to beat off that hangover in Brighton.

The Open Market

Located in the middle of the eclectic London Road, this permanent indoor market has an enormous variety of stalls and shops and is sure to have something to make you forget your pounding head. Whether it’s shopping for some organic, locally produced groceries or rummaging through the rails of vintage clothing, you can easily spend a few hours exploring both up and downstairs. The market is cleverly divided into smaller stalls and eateries, which makes for a bustling weekend atmosphere and boasts an impressive selection of food, with Bangladeshi and Korean cuisine alongside falafel, gourmet sausage rolls, or, in true hangover style, a fail-safe fry-up. If your hangover has truly taken a turn for the worse, there are even health specialist stores where you can pick yourself up a miracle cure!

For more information see The Open Market's website. Market opening hours are 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, 7am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
 
The Great Outdoors

If you hate being cooped up when you’re feeling worse for wear, you’re in luck! Brighton is surrounded by areas of natural beauty, from the South Downs to its famous pebbled beaches, and although you may regret your brave decision halfway through a 5k hike, there is nothing quite like fresh air to blow away the cobwebs – along with those seven Jägerbombs from the night before.


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To plan your route or find out more information, here's a map of the South Downs
 
The Seven Sisters

Warning: a windy day on these chalk cliffs can quite literally mean hanging on for dear life! Apart from the thrill of possibly being blown into the sea, this is a beautifully scenic way to spend an afternoon, with a hiking trail that follows the River Cuckmere down to its mouth on a shingle beach, and opportunities to swim and cycle. Or simply flop down on a picnic blanket and let the views heal your soul.


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For more information, visit the Seven Sisters website.
 
Pavilion Gardens

If you can’t quite face venturing into the wilderness but still crave some greenery, the Pavilion Gardens provide a stunning backdrop to the Royal Pavilion, the exotic pleasure palace built for King George IV. The relaxing spot is a favourite of Brightonians practising Tai Chi and its central location makes it the perfect place to collapse after picking up some much needed food. We can recommend nearby Pompoko, a delightfully cheap Japanese fast-food restaurant just round the corner. Pumpkin katsu with a view is a game changer in the hangover leagues, we promise.


Image Credit: Phil Beard

For more information, visit the Pavilion Gardens website and see Pompoko just a stone’s throw away.

Hair of the Dog

You don’t want to do it. But you know it will help. Two pints later and sure enough, you’re wondering what you were ever complaining about. So how about a Sunday roast to reward your commitment to banishing the hangover to the depths of… next weekend.
 
Brighton is by no means short of pubs but we would also suggest heading over to the colourful hills of Hanover, where a higher-than-usual density of pubs means less distance between drinks. The Geese is home to what is often cited as the best roast in Brighton, but make sure to book as it is a small and very popular place. The Dover Castle, only a minute’s walk up the hill (but it is one steep hill), also offers a very generously sized roast in a cosy and classic pub atmosphere. If you want to earn your lunch, you can make the pilgrimage to The Independent at the top of the hill for a more intimate atmosphere and food and drink that will not disappoint.

The Geese can be found at 16 Southover St, Brighton BN2 9UA, for bookings contact: 01273 693491, open on Sunday from 12pm-12:30am; here is the website for The Dover Castle; you can find more information on The Independent here.
 
And finally – we accept your gratitude in advance for this one…
 
Creams

We recommend you wait until a little later in the day for this so as to avoid what could become a rainbow-coloured calamity, but this dessert emporium is unquestionably the mother of all hangover cures. The enormous café resembles the love child of the diner from Grease and a spaceship, and you can order quite literally anything sweet your heart desires. Waffles, shakes, sundaes or even a giant slab of cookie dough, any hangover guilt you may be experiencing will quickly be replaced by gluttony guilt – which is the lesser of two evils, right?

Creams is open 11am-11pm most days,11am-midnight on Friday and Saturday (yes, really).
 
 
 

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