Introducing South Lodge Hotel’s new Chef de Partie – City College alumnus, George Martin

Since 2014, 8 City College Catering students have been awarded coveted places in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year life-changing training programme from George Martin - Chefs AcademyExclusive Hotels and Venues. Each year, following a rigorous selection process, 12 places are awarded to the most impressive candidates from chef and catering colleges and universities across the UK. Designed to tackle the challenges of chef recruitment and retention head on, the Academy takes the chefs on an intensive two-year journey under the mentor and leadership of Exclusive’s award-winning chefs.

City College’s George Martin was part of the Academy’s first intake and started his South Lodgejourney as a Commis Chef based at the 5-star South Lodge Hotel. In the first year, the programme involved him working his way around all the kitchen sections and he began making his mark as a very talented chef. One of the Academy’s youngest recruits, George immediately made the most of the learning opportunities offered through chef masterclasses and by visiting the sources of the great British ingredient – the producers.

By the end of his first year, he’d easily made the grade to become a Demi Chef de Partie and was placed in the second year of the programme at the Michelin-starredManor House Hotel kitchen at The Manor House, Castle Combe. George thrived in his new environment and impressed the Head Chef and the team with his hard work and attention to detail. He sailed through his second year at the Academy and would proudly take every opportunity to show off his skills to his peers.

Nearing the end of the two-year programme, as a final test for all Academy chefs to prove their worth, they have to apply for a Chef de Partie position, either in the kitchen they work in or in another Exclusive hotel kitchen. George chose to apply for a position back in the kitchen at South Lodge, where it had all begun.

“A lot of Head Chefs think it’s unrealistic to expect a young chef just out of college to be transformed into a Chef de Partie in just two years but I’d seen enough talent and ability in George to believe he could prove the doubters wrong,” says Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef of the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy. “After George’s working interview, I asked Johnny Spires, the Head Chef that took him through his interview, to give me a call to let me know how he’d got on. When I got the call, I was delighted to hear Johnny say that he would have no hesitation in employing George as a Chef De Partie in his kitchen. Not only that, he told me that George had come back to South Lodge twice the chef from when he left a year ago. All this was music to my ears…”

George is relishing his new role at South Lodge and looks set to progress further up George Martin - Chef de Partie - Sept 16the ranks and make his mark on Sussex’s culinary scene. “I’m genuinely delighted and proud to achieve a Chef de Partie role at such a prestigious hotel as South Lodge,” says George. “Personally, I think I’ve matured a lot since I left home to join the Academy and professionally, my skills and knowledge have come on in leaps and bounds. It was thanks to Allan Paul, who tutored me throughout my time at City College, that I became aware of the Chefs’ Academy so I’ll always be indebted to Allan and the College’s Catering team for helping to steer my career in such a positive way.”

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How Art Foundation alumnus Ben designed his future

When he came to City College to study Art Foundation in 2003, born and bred Brightonian Ben Parrish was already harbouring ambitions to work in Ben Parrisharchitectural/interior design, but the skills he learnt on the course helped steer him in the direction of his subsequent design career. ‘All of us completed modules in many different fields in art and design such as print making, textiles, 3D, ceramics and fine art,’ recalls Ben. ’These have all been useful skills that I took with me to University and beyond and also helped to confirm that I was on the right path. I also met some fantastically talented and creative people at the College and seeing where many of my peers have gone in life and their careers is amazing!’

After City College, and gaining his Interior Architecture BA at the University of Brighton, Ben worked briefly in residential luxury design to get a feel for that sector before a game-changing career break working as a Design Assistant for acclaimed eco designer and media personality Oliver Heath. ‘That was a really exciting time,’ says Ben. ‘I learnt so much about the effects of design on the built environment and how to put an eco ethos at the heart of design in a beautiful way.’ From there, Ben’s career took another big leap forward when his flair and talent secured him a Lead Interior/Shop Designer role in luxury fashion retail with the world-renowned UK fashion house, Paul Smith: ‘I worked on some fantastic projects internationally, spending lots of time in Japan which was a real highlight of my career. I was able to explore different cultures from many perspectives, not just as a tourist.’

Having achieved such an enviable role with considerable perks (‘Being able to stay Ben Parrish example (4)in beautiful hotels around the world was a nice touch!’, he says) it would have been understandable if Ben had become complacent, but that’s not in his nature: ‘I think its important to continually test your strengths and weaknesses with new challenges to keep the excitement of a career alive and to develop in any field. Being in an innovative environment is important to me because it keeps me constantly thinking, improving and learning. I particularly enjoy the delivery of projects and ensuring that clients get the ‘wow’ factor they expect.’

The latest addition to Ben’s CV is an exciting new role as Senior Project Manager for Ben Parrish example (3)leading visual communications agency Elemental Design (whose incredible client list includes Harrods, Maserati, Zegna, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton and Veuve Clicquot), building on the project delivery expertise he’s gained throughout his working life. Of his latest career move, Ben says: ‘I’m looking forward to hopefully becoming a key player within the team and progressing the business and my own career within Elemental Design.’

Looking back, Ben takes pride in how he progressed from a junior position to a senior role within a short space of time and he’s relished the opportunity to interact Ben Parrish example (2)with so many different cultures in the course of his career but he still yearns to work in his home town. ‘I’m a proud Brightonian and have no desire to move away,’ he says. ‘Commuting for many years takes its toll after a while but it’s worth it to be able to spend weekends in such a fantastic city. Maybe a few years down the line, I’ll fulfil my dream of running a nice café/bistro or small hotel – all with design flair of course!’

Many of City College’s current Art Foundation students will no doubt look at Ben’s career in design and aspire to emulate it. So what’s his career advice for these budding designers? ‘Work comes from work,’ he says. ‘If you get stuck or have a block, just do something, anything! Even if you know instantly its wrong, it may spark the idea you were looking for. And never give up. It can be tough starting out in the design world and there is lots of competition so make sure you present yourself and your personality as well as your work. People invest in people as well as their ideas.’

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How City College provided a springboard for digital marketing entrepreneur Ben

From starting his own car-washing business as an 8-year-old because he desired more cash than pocket money provided, Ben Lambert has shown business Ben Lambertacumen from an early age. He also demonstrated precocious culinary gifts, being offered an apprenticeship with the legendary Roux brothers when he was just 14 and later working for a year at Le Gavroche in Mayfair under the mentorship of Michel Roux Junior. Ben has retained his love of the culinary arts and cites cooking for A-list celebs such as Tom Jones, Cher and Bob Geldof as a career highlight but while still in his teens, he came to the conclusion that the chef’s life wasn’t for him.

When it comes to his current career as a digital marketing entrepreneur, City College provided a springboard for Ben when he enrolled on a Business course in 1999. Ben thrived at College and achieved a distinction. “As well as being the place where I met my first proper girlfriend (!), my time at the College gave me a high-level broad understanding of business,” he says. “Even today, I still use what I learnt on the course when I’m writing a business plan.” His success on the course led to him being offered a place on a fast-track management programme at American Express where he later held marketing and project management positions and implemented a counter fraud system that saved the company $1.8m a day.

After five years at American Express, and still aged just 23, Ben took the plunge to start his own business and along with co-founding director Duncan Lindsay, he launched Networks Centre with just a laptop and a mobile. The company grew to become major cabling and security product distributors, with over 50 staff, 70,000 square foot of warehouse capacity, over 1000 active accounts throughout the UK and Europe and a turnover of over £12million.  Then, in 2013, Ben made the Neptkik collagedecision to sell his stake in the business, consolidate his skills in marketing and fulfil the ambition of starting his own digital agency in Brighton. Neptik was born and the company now provides creative digital services which enable a range of hospitality, lifestyle and business-2-business clients to maximise their business. Current clients include Michelin star chefs Galvin Brothers’ new restaurant in Dubai, Journeys by Design, HSBC insurance, Infinity Foods and Jessella – the UK’s biggest cladding company.

These are exciting times for Ben as he aims to expand Neptik and support
Brighton’s booming digital sector. “It’s not necessarily about us becoming theNeptik team Oct 16 (2)
biggest agency, but I want us to be the best,” 
he says. “I love the challenge of growing the business, training new staff and building the team and it’s so rewarding to be working on creative projects that we can really get our teeth into. Aside from work, I’m also very much focussed on being a dad. My 6 year old daughter lives with me half the week and it’s a huge part of my life.”

As for his advice for City College’s current Business students and budding entrepreneurs, Ben’s message is all about persistence: “When you think things aren’t progressing as you wish, just keep going and going and going…”

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City College student scoops top award at London exhibition

At the UAL award body’s recent ‘Origins’ Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in Origins Menier Gallery
London, 105 artists from 48 different colleges around the country exhibited their work and amongst six prizes awarded for outstanding work, the Level 3 Art & Design winner was City College Brighton and Hove student, Emily Higgs. “I was surprised and happy even to be featured in the exhibition so having my work selected for an award felt really special,” says Emily.

Talking of her time studying on the Extended Emily Higgs artwork cropDiploma Art & Design course at City College, Emily says: “When I think about the standard of work I did at school, the course has helped me so much and I’ve made a massive step forward. The tutors helped me gain a lot more confidence in myself, particularly when it came to experimenting and trying out new art-forms such as clay-modelling. 

“I also think the mix of age groups on the course helps you to mature and develop your interpersonal skills.  My ambition is to be a professional artist selling my Emily Higgs 2own work and the course has made me feel like I can diversify and expand in different directions.” 

City College is still recruiting for courses starting in September. For more information, contact course information on 01273 667759, email or see

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Danielle’s ‘long and winding road’ to success – the Ellie Ellie story

Over a dozen years have passed since businesswoman Danielle Plowman completed her Art Foundation course at City College and she describes her subsequent career as “…a very long and winding road, full of knockbacks and failures, all of which Danielle Plowmanled me to what I’m doing now. I was rejected over and over again which was hard to take emotionally but it just made me even stronger and more stubborn to succeed.” As Managing Director of lifestyle brand Ellie Ellie Ltd, Danielle is the creative force behind a thriving company offering unique and personalised gifts, jewellery and homeware items. Many of these are handmade in the company’s Hove workshop using vintage, upcycled, recycled or sustainable materials. Since its launch in 2012, Ellie Ellie has been taking the online market by storm and its products have featured in Vogue, been worn by celebs such as Pixie Lott, Jessie J and Jimmy Carr and won praise from famed entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

So how much of an influence was City College on this impressive local success story? “Studying Art Foundation at the College was one of the best years of my life, “says Danielle. “It was challenging, fast-paced but very rewarding. When I was doing the course, I wanted to be a fashion designer, having always made my own clothes and had a love of design. After trying out all the disciplines, I found that fashion and textiles was my strength so I specialised in that area before doing a fashion degree at Kingston University. I’d never have guessed back then that I would have ended up running my own business!”

After graduating from Kingston, Danielle had an eclectic career path during which she worked as a shop assistant, ran her own childrenswear shop for two years, perfected her menswear tailoring skills thanks to a friendship with a veteran local tailor (she later became the recommended tailor for her local Marks and Spencer!) and worked in Chichester Festival Theatre’s wardrobe department. Then, in 2009, Danielle decided to travel the world. When she reached Australia, she managed to secure an exciting role as Sales & Marketing Manager of a new childrenswear company in Melbourne who were so impressed with Danielle that they offered to sponsor her to stay and get residency. Unfortunately, Australia’s skilled migration criteria changed and she ended up returning to the UK with no funds or immediate job prospects.

It was during this demoralising period in 2010, however, that Danielle came across Ellie Ellie teaman old note book where she’d scribbled down a reference to the website which had been recommended to her by a customer a few years previously. She promptly went onto the website, applied to be a partner to sell her jewellery and had her first order within 3 hours – Ellie Ellie was officially underway! By 2012, the business had become a limited company and Danielle had employed her first member of staff. Fast forward 4 years and they are now a team of 13 creative, young and ambitious staff, working in the heart of Hove with a turnover of £1.2 million.

So what have been the most exciting or rewarding moments of Danielle’s career so far? “There have been loads!” she says. “When I first realised that people would buy my products and designs, that was an amazing and very powerful moment. Ellie Ellie product 1Since then, winning Sussex Online Business of the Year in 2014 and Entrepreneur of the Year at the awards felt like really special achievements after all my hard work. As a designer you‘re constantly wondering whether anyone else is going to love your new designs as much as you do, so when you see that first sale it is so rewarding! I also love building my company and constantly learning new things. Every day is a challenge and I love being able to create my own path and future. “

Danielle’s ambitions for Ellie Ellie know no bounds and as well as developing the Ellie Ellie product bagswholesale side of the company to get its products into large department stores, she also has plans for Elllie Ellie to have its own flagship store in Brighton within the next few years. So what ‘top tips’ for success would Danielle offer City College’s current generation of budding young artists, designers and entrepreneurs? “Building a career is really about finding opportunities and you don’t know what they’ll be until you’re out there actively looking,” she says. “I’m now on the other side of the interview table and I’m always looking for positive and hardworking attitudes alongside skills and qualifications. I am also looking for people who’ve got themselves out there gaining work experience while studying. That really shows dedication and ambition.”

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GCSE results 2016 – what if I don’t get my GCSEs?

Worried about your GCSE results?

Year 11 is a stressful time, it can feel like your entire life is taken up by GCSEs. There’s predicted grades, mock exams, revision, the endless post-its, and more revision, revision, revision!

The whole time you have teachers and parents telling you how important it is that you live up to expectations. That these grades will be the key to your future success.

Then there’s actually taking the exams, and that hit-or-miss feeling after, like; I owned this, or, what if I’ve failed?

Not to mention that nail-biting two months, waiting to hear if you’ve got the grades you were aiming for.

If you’re worried about your results and not sure what your options are, I thought you might appreciate a little help and advice…

Firstly, although a good level of education is important for yourself and your future. In time, you’ll find out that not everything is pinned on those golden GCSE results you’re hoping for.

If you want to go to go on to uni and you don’t get the GCSE results you expected, it’s not the end of the world.

It’s the grades you get at College that really matter, check out this little quote from the University of Cambridge:

“Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge…. Strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.”

So, there you have it from the best of the best – don’t stress!

So, the big day itself comes, GCSE results day – 25th August 2016, you’re surrounded by friends, you open the envelope… and things aren’t what you were hoping for.

Most likely you’ll be worried about one of two things:

Help! I haven’t passed Maths/English!

  • Obviously you’ll be disappointed, but at City College we’ve made a commitment to make sure every student is supported to achieve their GCSE English and maths.
  • You can do these at the same time as your course, and we’ll support you all the way.
  • City College has the best GCSE English and maths results of any FE College in the country so you know you’re in good hands!

Help! I don’t have the grades I need for my college course!

Lots of colleges will be able to either offer you an alternative course or if they think you can handle it they might let you onto the course you want with a review plan and support in place.

The main thing is to chat to them. They’re there to help and you’ll be surprised at the advice and support you can get if you ask.

Lots of colleges are busy around this time so if you can’t get through on the phone try to email them or get in touch via social media, you’ll probably get a much quicker response.

What really matters is that you focus on what you want for your future and work towards that. Simples.

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Former student lends carpentry skills to mermaid-themed Multiple Sclerosis charity event

​​Former City College Brighton and Hove Carpentry student Leo Mumford has used Mermaid chair 16 2the skills he’s gained at the College to construct a sedan chair which Multiple Sclerosis campaigner Shana Pezaro will be using during a mermaid-themed fundraising walk from Brighton’s Palace Pier to Hove Lagoon. The event, scheduled to take place this Sunday (31st July) is to raise money for the Sussex MS Centre in Southwick. City College provided Leo with workshop space, fixings and reused timber to construct the chair which was then decorated with a Regency/seaside theme by professional theatrical prop-makers/sculptors Rachel Williams and Wendy Hall. On the walk, Shana will be carried in her sedan chair by friends and supporters dressed in a mermaid costume designed by Red & Bex from Brighton based company, Redblue Threads.

Mermaid chair- Shana 16Shana Pearo says: “I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis eight years ago and am now predominantly a wheelchair user so the support that Sussex MS Centre provides has been a massive part of my life. We’re hopeful that this event will raise significant funds for a Centre that provides absolutely essential emotional support, exercise classes and therapies to people living with MS and their families.”

Leo Mumford adds:

“As a friend of Shana’s, there are times when she’s relied on me to carry her from aMermaid chair- ​Leo Mumford​ 16 - Copy seat if she can’t get up, or over steps if she can’t cross them. So this got me thinking about the idea of carrying her for charity, representing the trust that’s needed between people with MS and society. I was therefore delighted and grateful that my former tutors were supportive of my goal, as was the College, which has meant that we’ve been able to turn my original idea into reality.”




To donate, see:


In advance of event: Leo Mumford – 07883 800423, Shana Pezaro – 07704 155283

During event from 8.30am on July 31st: Annie Smythe or Katie Walker – 07704 155283

Sussex MS Centre: Hilary Green – 01273 594484

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From Physics to Fine Art – Miguel’s journey

Since completing his part-time Foundation diploma in Art and Design course at City College in 2013, Miguel Sopena has gone on to study portraiture at  the  Miguel - self portrait web renowned Heatherley School of Fine Art (famous alumni includes Henry Moore, Franz Kline and Walter Sickert) and embark on a life as a self-employed fine artist. Stylistically, Miguel’s work revolves strongly around the human figure but he has recently started experimenting with abstraction and landscape-based painting. His stunning work features in Exhibit Here’s 2016 Summer Exhibition at London’s Menier Gallery, as well as Highgate Contemporary Art’s 2016 Summer Exhibition. He’s also recently been offered an artist’s residency in Joutsa in Finland and has already been successful in finding eager buyers for his work through Degree Art, the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales, which hand picks and promotes the most promising artistic talent.

Hailing from Valencia in Spain, Miguel had originally studied Physics and after moving to the UK he studied for an MSc at UCL in London and subsequently a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Sussex. It was while living as a student in Lewes that he started drawing and taking short courses which led to the decision to explore his new passion at City College.

“My time at the College had a massive influence,” Miguel recalls. “The Foundation miguel - abstract landscape webcourse was really what convinced me that I wanted to train and work as an artist even though I came from a completely different background. Another great thing about the course was that we were such a diverse group of people with all sorts of backgrounds and interests. The course also really broadened my horizons, from having worked mainly with drawing and photography to exploring and having fun with a huge range of approaches and techniques which is what’s so great and unique about the course. I’d definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to develop their creativity.”

Like most self-employed artists, much of Miguel’s time is consumed with non-artistic aspects such as marketing, promotion, looking for exhibiting opportunities and trying to sell his work online, but it’s the creative aspect that he finds most miguel - absract 1 websatisfying: “The creativity is what it’s all about and it’s what makes everything else worth it and keeps you optimistic.  As an artist, regardless of what’s going on in the ‘real world’, often the most exciting moments come from producing interesting results or realising that all your hard work and all that practice are getting somewhere. It’s very exciting to look back on work you did some time ago and feel you’ve made progress, and to get positive feedback from other people.”

Miguel observes that many of his former City College class-mates have been highly adept at finding their own career paths but to anyone who’s just starting to consider a career in the arts, his advice is simply to keep working: “Work to enhance your creativity and also to find out what your practice may be about and the opportunities which are out there. I think any artist will tell you that nothing comes free but conversely the effort you put in will enrich you and be rewarding one way or another.”

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City College students scoop 5 accolades at Spring Awards

City College Brighton and Hove has been celebrating success in this year’s FE Sussex Spring Awards, with its students scooping 2 winner and 3 runner-up FE Sussex 2016 Awards Dinner at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotelaccolades. In this prestigious ceremony, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, major players in the training and development world in Sussex and beyond joined together to celebrate the best and brightest achievements in training, development and lifelong learning.

Plumbing student Matthew Quinney, who was named AQA Sussex College Learner of the Year, had previously struggled with his achievement and attendance at College but a dyslexia assessment enabled him to develop new strategies to help him with his English. Despite sustaining a traumatic eye injury shortly before sitting his exam, Matthew was determined to go through with it and went on to achieve a B. His tutor Jane Grealish says: In my 20 plus years of teaching I have never had a who has been on such an emotional journey during the time I was teaching them. It was a pleasure to teach Matthew and support him to pass his English IGCSE and he’s  overcome a number of barriers that could have stopped him from achieving his potential. He showed a great sense of resilience and character and is well on his way to achieving his ambition of becoming a qualified plumber.” 

Ross Jennings, named Sussex Apprentice of the Year, has taken a radical change of direction to become a successful accountancy apprentice at local firm Bainbridge Lewis. Ross’s confidence was at an all-time low and he felt unfulfilled working in his father’s barbers shop while also dealing with a family bereavement. However, Ross used an apprenticeship opportunity to turn his life around and has now established himself as a highly-valued member of staff. His Accountancy tutor at City College, Paul Robbins, says: “Ross is an extremely hard-working and dedicated student and his enthusiasm for the subject and willingness to learn is obvious for all to see. He’s taken the courageous step of changing careers and this is certainly paying off for him as he’s doing exceptionally well, both at college and in the workplace.” Carol Lewis, Director of Bainbridge Lewis, adds: “We’re so proud of Ross for winning this award. It’s been great for our business having apprentices and it is wonderful to know that at the same time we are able to help the apprentices with improving their qualifications.” 

Across Sussex, approximately 68,000 learners are taught in FE colleges each year and of these, just 13 receive a Spring Award and 13 are runners up. The scale of these numbers shows why achieving a Spring Award marks the recipient as a special person, and City College’s runners-up were testament to that.

Katie Bates, runner-up in the City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress award, is a Deaf learner who has successfully made the transition into a mainstream College environment, thrived on her Painting & Decorating course and now mentors other Deaf learners. Charlotte Aldridge, runner-up in the Outstanding Progression to Higher Education award, began a student on the College’s Prince’s Trust Team programme at a very difficult time in her life when her father was terminally ill. On Team, Charlotte realised how much she enjoyed learning new skills, gaining new experiences and building up her confidence in dealing with a variety of different people. She has since progressed onto an Access course at the College and is starting a degree at the University of Bristol in September. Harry Shooman, runner-up in the Pearson BTEC Learner of the Year award, went through the upheaval of moving to Brighton from North Wales in 2013 and showed great adaptability – he became one of the College’s leading footballers, represented Sussex, coached local schoolchildren and is now Assistant Coach at Whitehawk FC Under 18s. Harry is also employed as a Sports Coach at the College and has secured a place on a Sports Coaching & Development degree at the University of Brighton.

City College’s CEO Nick Juba says:“What makes the Spring Awards such an inspiring event is that it showcases perfectly how Further Education transforms lives. We’re incredibly proud of our winners and runners-up, and the fact that they come from such a broad range of departments says so much about the commitment and dedication of all our teaching and support staff.”

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5 Lunches Under a Fiver!

Studying and working in the heart of North Laine, Brighton’s lively, cultural hotspot is one of our favourite things about City College!

These colourful, vibey little Brighton streets have everything you could ask for (and a tonne of stuff you never knew you needed!) from on-point vintage and boutique fashion to independent cafes and restaurants – you’ll never be stuck for something to keep you busy on your lunch breaks.

The problem for me, is I get a bit hangry around lunchtime and with all that choice it can be a little daunting! I’m sure I’m not the only one though, so to help you guys out, I’ve done a little “research” and come up with a top 5 hit list of lunchtime treats that won’t leave you with an angry burning hole in your wallet.

#1 We Love FalafelFalafel in Brighton

I think you’ll probably guess what these guys sell…that’s right, it’s falafel!

I actually don’t know anyone who has tried We Love Falafel and not loved it. They are really yummy and come in different flavours like sweet potato or olive and basil, sometimes you even get a fancy special like cashew & lime with peanut hummus. Basically they are delicious and you get loads for your money, a standard Falafel Salad Wrap is £3.70, they are huge and come with a rainbow of salad, gherkins and homemade hummus. Prepare to go to falafel heaven. #Goals

Location: 37 Sydney Street | Time to Central Campus: 1.5 mins | Cost: £3.70 – £4.95

Vietnamese food in Brighton

#2 Milk No Sugar

If you’re looking for something light and healthy, look no further than this family-run, no-frills Vietnamese Café.

You can get a delicious, fragrant Pho noodle soup for £4.50 or a Vietnamese curry and rice for a fiver. If you haven’t had Pho before, it’s a traditional Vietnamese soup with flat rice noodles, beansprouts and meat or tofu in a clear broth flavoured with lime juice, mint, coriander and chilli – lovely! Pho is perfect for a quick afternoon treat and they do take-out if you’re in a rush, which is also £1 cheaper = win!

Location: 68 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 4 mins | Cost: £3.00 – £5.50

City College Cafe#3 Central Campus Refectory

As you probably know, Central Campus has its own café, The Refectory, which is run by the lovely guys from Harrisons Catering. Everything in The Refectory is priced with a student pocket in mind and you can get a really hearty meal for just £3.75!

But… Did you know? If you’re between 16 and 18 and your family receive certain benefits, you can get your lunch from The Refectory for FREE! You’ll need to be eligible and apply with a bursary form from the Student Centre, pop in to speak to Course Advice if you need some help!

There are daily offerings including, the classic full-English, pasta bakes, freshly made sandwiches, burgers and fries, soup, quiche and salad and also weekly themed menus reaching from the four corners of the globe, a recent favourite of ours was a Jamaican themed menu featuring jerk chicken, rice and peas! Don’t miss out – daily menus for The Refectory can be found on Vibe!

Location: Central Campus, 1st floor| Time to Central Campus: 0 mins | Cost: £2.75 – £3.95

The Real Junk Food Project#4 The Real Junk Food Project

Let’s face it, food waste is a big problem, even somewhere as progressive as our little city by the sea! It’s not just what we individually throw away, but the massive quantities of edible food our big supermarkets bin each year. When families are struggling to put food on the table and people are finding it ever harder to make ends meet, it’s easy to see why projects like this are slaying on the food waste scene.

What’s even more fantastic about The Real Junk Food Project is that this quirky little pop-up café feeds the local community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis by using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill, encouraging diners to think more about the food on their plate. We really love this place, the food is absolutely delicious, it has a charming atmosphere that’s welcoming and friendly and on top of all that it offers an awesome space where everyone is equal, you pay what you can, and if that isn’t much no-one will judge.

If you want your lunch to be delicious and guilt-free pop down to One Church, Gloucester Place on a Friday, the café is open from 1-3pm but it’s VERY popular so expect a queue!

Location: One Church (Fridays only) | Time to Central Campus: 6 mins | Cost: donations in the box

Kitchen Cafe Brighton#5 Kitchen Café

Now, if you’re a bit of a traditionalist, this is the place for you to eat. Kitchen Café serve straight-forward, no messing around British food. Offerings are simple, incredibly reasonably priced and served by people who care a great deal about this little Brighton institution and of course its customers.

Kitchen Café has been going for an impressive 40 years and when you can get a full-English or some tasty homemade pie and mash for under a fiver, we can see why!

Location: 93 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 1 min | Cost: £2.50 – £6.00

Rheanna Davidge-Huxley

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