The turkey-gobbling, mince-pie-stuffing season is nearly upon us. The time of year when it’s socially acceptable to throw as much food as humanly possible into our mouths, and while we love a traditional Christmas dinner, endless amounts of turkey can get a bit dull. Fortunately, if any city knows how to do an alternative Christmas dinner it’s Brighton, so put down the cranberry sauce and step away from the pigs in the blanket, these quirky Christmas meals will make you more than merry.

A Mexican Christmas dinner at The Hare and Hounds

Everyone loves Mexican food, fact. Lashings of sour cream and heaps of melted cheese are what makes this nation great, so why not go bigger and better and make your Christmas a Central American inspired one. The Hare and Hounds are host to La Choza, the Mexican street food outlet that’s been seducing Brightonians with their authentic and delicious food. This festive season they’re bringing out the big dogs with a two-course meal for £19 including dishes such as Venison Barbacoa (slow-braised venison, warm tacos, white cabbage and sour cream) and Chicken Tinga Burrito (chicken cooked in a smoky tomato and chilli sauce with sliced avocado, refried beans and cheese).

La Choza at The Hare and Hounds
La Choza at The Hare and Hounds will serve dishes such as Chicken Tinga Burrito and Venison Barbacoa.

Gourmet doughballs at Hobgoblin

Thought doughballs were just for date night dipping at Pizza Express? Well think again cos they just got darn Christmasy. Doughbo have been keeping patrons of the Hobgoblin happy with their gooey, delicious bites of doughball-goodness. This crimbo the Doughbo boys are filling their balls with all the festive treats you could wish for, from turkey to cheese for a perfect alternative Christmas meal in Brighton. Once you’re done eating, head up to the pub’s escape room to put your brain through its paces.

Doughbo at Hobgoblin
Doughbo have taken Hobgoblin by storm and are planning on some special Christmas doughballs.

A Christmas breakfast feast at The Breakfast Club

Hark the herald angels sing as The Breakfast Club makes eating delicious breakfast food outside normal morning hours acceptable. This year they’re bringing the Christmas miracle of brunch food to your festive dinner table. Forget carefully basting your bird, it’s all about buttermilk turkey served on a waffle with maple glazed bacon, cranberry pico and American glazed gravy. Pudding is an American-inspired, gluttonous affair with dishes such as Pumpkin Pie and Black Cherry Doughnuts.

Breakfast Club Brighton
From chicken waffles to buttermilk turkey waffles at The Breakfast Club Brighton this Christmas.

A vegetarian Christmas lunch at The Prince George

There’s no getting away from the fact that Christmas lunch is usually a meat-filled affair with vegetarians being lumped with yet another ravioli option. Well not at The Prince George, a place where the vegetarian food is so damn tasty even hardcore bacon lovers have been converted. Using fresh and seasonal veg with plenty of flavour, the pub is putting on a Christmas feast which includes chestnut mushroom, cashew nut and tarragon wellington with apple and pear braised cabbage, as well as a sweet potato and spinach tikka masala.

Prince George pub
The Prince George is a cosy pub serving up some serious veggie food.

A cabaret-filled Christmas dinner at Proud Cabaret

Christmas is brilliant, ain’t no getting away from it. The novelty jumpers, the copious amounts of mulled wine and the endless playing of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, all make us happy little elves, but sometimes we need something a little more glitz and glam. Step up Proud Cabaret, which is sprinkling your Brighton Christmas meal with all sorts of glitter and gold. Starting from £54, the 1920s-themed venue are serving the greats (roast turkey, fillet of beef and pan fried seabass) in a three-course meal with a healthy dollop of cabaret, before partying until the early hours.

Proud Brighton Cabaret

Nowhere does alternative Christmas spirit quite like Proud Cabaret.