Not your normal pier... at the Brighton version its possible to have fish chips and champagne, now thats a first for me! I note that they claim that Heston Blumenthal ( I actually bought his house a few years ago and found his school reports hidden) says its "Spitual Home" of fish and chips. Maybe so but give me English's Seafood restaurant, also in Brighton, any day.
There has been a pier of sorts here since 1823 when a landing place was built for the ferry from Dieppe in France. After falling into a poor state, it was finally destroyed during a bad storm in 1889. Ten years later and at a cost of 27,000 pounds the Brighton Palace Pier was opened. Over the years it has developed into a mini entertainment centre with a theatre, the mandatory amusement arcade and a restaurant.
Effectively, its a full funfare with dodgems, carousel, ghost train and helter skelter. For younger children there is Skull Island, a kind of giant inflatable maze with slide. For electronic amusement there are two arcades, The Dome and the Palace of Fun.
There are several places to eat of which the Palm Court is the main restaurant. The views are good, although on the day we visisted all we could see was rain lashing on the windows. The food was unremarkable but the prices are fair for a "tourist trap" sort of venue. Take our advice and have that special meal elsewhere, there are lots of good tried and tested alternatives.