Earlier this month, I celebrated my 25th birthday in Brighton. As you may have already seen, part of this trip included staying at the wonderful Chapel Townhouse. Brighton is one of our favourite places to visit. We both really enjoy it there and in the first few months of our relationship we visited it together. For this ‘big’ birthday, I wanted to do something sentimental. Since we’re vegan now, I thought Brighton would be perfect. Here’s what we got up to!
We left on a Thursday, which was my birthday. I woke up early and opened some presents in bed. We had a birthday bunch and then headed towards the train station. I took some Hippeas for the road and we just chilled out on the train. I normally do some writing or something, but made myself take some time off. Since our evening plans were sorted, we thought about what we wanted to do for the day.
Day one – Happy Maki
We arrived in Brighton around lunch time, but couldn’t check in for a few hours. We headed straight to Happy Maki, a place that was super high up on my list. They do vegan sushi burritos and I didn’t anticipate how big they would be! They’re huge and packed to the brim. I had a ‘fully loaded’, which consists of ‘chicken’, sweet potato wedges, avocado, cucumber, red pepper and teriyaki sauce. Iain went for a duck one, which had a bit more in it.
Their meat alternatives are some of the tastiest I’ve ever tried, you wouldn’t know it’s not chicken! Everything is always rolled fresh and the whole menu is 100% vegan. The staff were super informative without even asking. For every meal Happy Maki donate 7p to Mary’s Meals to feed a child in hunger.
This place is literally next door to Happy Maki, so we went there after. I actually thought this place was a tad overrated! There wasn’t a lot of flavours I personally liked, so that might have been it. Iain really liked his though and there is a lot of choices for vegans.
Checked in at The Chapel Townhouse and then we were on our way again
We briefly browsed the lanes before we could check in, scoping out places we wanted to visit. Once it came to 2pm, we were able to check in and drop our bags off. After a quick re-fresh, we hit the lanes. I ran into Han (somebody I follow) on the way there!
We spent a couple of hours browsing shops and trying on things in vintage stores. I was determined to pick up a cool denim jacket or a funky dress, but had no luck. Iain found a nice shirt (he always does!).
Purezza then an evening at the pier
We spend the day travelling and walking about, so we were pretty worn out by like 4. I had arranged a review opp at Purezza later than night, so we went back to the townhouse to chill out a bit. It was a really cool place to stay! The townhouse is equipped with Amazon prime and we ended up watching a lot of Father Ted whilst we stayed. Once we got dressed, I made Iain take loads of pictures for me. My birthday dinner was at Purezza and I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve heard such good things and it did not disappoint. There’s a whole separate post coming about this place!
We took some brownies to go and spend the evening at the arcade on the pier. I spotted an Evie plush toy in the claw machine and wasted so much money trying to get it. I ended my night in a glorious tub and everyone has said such lovely things about that photo of me!
Day two – leftover pizza in bed and mixed emotions
My first full day as a 25 year old was filled with up and downs. First of all, I had left over pizza for breakfast in bed. It was glorious. I had only just started CBT and I felt a bit all over the place. So when a minor occurrence happened, I had to work really hard to not let it ruin my weekend. We walked ages to find this vegan donut place and it turned out to be rubbish. I found it quite intimidating and there wasn’t a lot of options there, so I went without. Iain enjoyed his though, so that’s something. I also need a second surgery and still haven’t been able to book it, so I was in pain a lot this weekend too.
I had a brief moment where I got upset and we sat down in a park where I did some writing and calmed down. Iain bought me food journal for my birthday, so I started to fill it in whilst we were there.
The Prince George
After having a word with myself, we decided to find somewhere for lunch and stay there until we could check in. I was struggling to work and definitely needed to chill out. Famous for it’s vegetarian menu, The Prince George was nearby. With a vast selection of craft beers and it being a cosy little spot to recoup, we ended up staying for a few hours.
As much as we loved staying at The Chapel Townhouse, we couldn’t justify two nights there. For our second night, we stayed at an airbnb closer to the station. It had a pretty unique layout! You had to climb up a ladder to get to the bed, which was fun for one night. We checked in and changed, then headed back down to the lanes. I failed to find the denim jacket my heart desired and Iain got one instead. He wasn’t even looking for one! It’s okay though, because I’ve been wearing it anyway. I was exhausted by this point, so we deliveroo’d some Yo Sushi! We don’t get this where we live, so it kind of felt like a luxury. It’s also nice to spend some quality time together, even if you’re not necessarily doing anything.
Our last day in Brighton
On our way back to the airbnb on the second day, we discovered this cute little coffee bar called Rockola. We walked past it as it was shutting and saw they did vegan pancakes. We’ve been making a point of having more brunches (thanks to this wonderful post by Jen), so that’s exactly we did.
We both went all out. The Vegan American style came with vegan bacon, pattie burgers, hash browns, beans, tomatoes, and vegan pancakes, all for £6.95!
When we used to go Brighton as veggies, we’d always go to JB’s diner. Rockola is a smaller, quieter, cooler and vegan-friendly version of that. I’m so thrilled we found a replacement! I’d love to go back for dinner. It was honestly the best brunch I’ve ever had and the perfect end to our trip.