Brighton Marina is a great place to visit on a beautiful, sunny day if you’re feeling like you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The shopping isn’t that great (apart from the enormous 24-hour Asda), but it’s a lovely place to go if you fancy a meal in a slightly classier place with great views out over the sea. Indeed, I can’t help but feel a little envious of everyone sailing out into the sea on their boats in the glorious summer sunshine…
As far as eating establishments go, most of the places are at the upper end of chain-style dining: Frankie & Benny’s, Strada, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Cafe Rouge & Prezzo. There’s also your obligatory McDonald’s and Pizza Hut – but they’re down in ‘cheesy entertainment central’ alongside Bowlplex, Rendezvous Casino and Cineworld.
As well as the chain restaurants and brilliant but tacky entertainments on offer, there’s also an extremely pleasant Wetherspoons (far better than their usual standard) and a gorgeous independent floating Chinese restaurant: The Brighton Pagoda.
The Marina is a great place to go when the weather is warm and the sun is out, although it doesn’t have that much to offer in winter (apart from the casino, bowling and cinema). The best thing about the place is sitting out on the restaurant terraces enjoying the summer sun away from the Brighton crowds of beach-based tourists.