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 The overall history of Brighton is that of an ancient fishing village which emerged as a health resort in the 18th century and grew into one of the largest towns in England by the 20th century.

The Romans built villas throughout Sussex, including a villa at Brighton. At the time of its construction in the late 1st or 2nd century AD there was a stream running along what is now London Road. The villa was sited more or less at the water's edge, immediately south of Preston Park. In 1312 King Edward II granted market rights to the village and the right to hold an annual fair on the eve, day and morrow of St. Bartholomew 23rd,24,25 August.

By 1780, development of the Georgian terraces that characterise the classic Brighton streetscape had started, and the town quickly became the fashionable resort of Brighton. The growth of the town was further encouraged when, in 1786, the young Prince of Wales, later the Prince Regant and George IV, rented a farmhouse in order to make a public demonstration of his new-found fiscal sobriety. He spent much of his leisure time in the town, where he set up a discreet establishment for his mistress Mrs Fitzherbert and constructed the exotic Royal Pavilion, which is the town's best-known landmark. In many ways, Brighton's post-war growth has been a continuation of the "fashionable Brighton" which drew the Georgian upper classes. The growth in mass tourism stimulated numerous Brighton businesses to serve visitors. Pubs and restaurants are abundant. An important post-war development was the 1961 founding of the University of Sussex, designed by Sir Basil Spence. The University acquired a strong academic reputation, and a certain reputation for radicalism. Brighton, with its vibrant cultural scene, is hard to imagine without the thousands of students from Sussex and Brighton Polytechnic, which was given the name University of Brighton in 1992, but with its early roots in the Victorian-era Brighton School of Art


The outstanding Indian restaurant in Brighton & Hove is undoubtely Alun Sperring's award-winning The Chilli Pickle but there is plenty of choice. Trip Advisor list 608 restaurants of which just 29 are Indian but Yell list 82 Indian. other good choices are Planet India, Indian Summer, Moonstone, Eastern Eye, Goa Spice of Life, Karims, and River Spice.


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A team was chosen from votes to represent Brighton for 2016 :

Indian Summer 70 East Street Brighton BN1 1HQ Tel : 01273 711001
Chilli Pickle 17 Jubilee Street Brighton BN1 1GE Tel : 01273 900383
Blue Mango Unit 1 First Floor The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel 01273 683 399
Curry Leaf Cafe 60 Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AE Tel : 01273 207070