Set on the bustling Hove high street, Baked is in prime position to catch you as your stomach starts to pang for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s everything and more than you could want from a neighbourhood cafe. The servers greet you with a beaming friendly smile on entry. The food offering is considered and offers a tantalising range of brunches and lunches. The drink offering is extensive and where some would stop at coffee, Baked branches out into cocktails and wines.
On the sunny side
Baked on Church Road is enviably positioned on the ‘sunny side of the street’, its south-facing facade has wraparound alfresco dining which provides you with the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a leisurely lunch while dining street-side and watching the world go by. There are three relaxed and informal seating options. One is the terrace, the second is the ground floor, which is light, bright and inviting. Finally, there’s the lower floor, which is contemporarily decked out with plush banquette seating.
Baked has a well-considered menu of brunch and lunch favourites. The food is beautifully presented and delivers a satisfying and substantial meal. The cafe’s values are pitched firmly with sustainable practice, so the menus are changed seasonally along with locally available produce. The food here is healthy, made fresh to order and should you wish to sweeten things up a bit, there’s a tempting selection of patisserie treats or the option of stacked sweet pancakes on the menu. There’s a dedicated menu for the kids, so you won’t be forced to share with the little ‘ens.
Drinks at Baked are both cafe classic and contemporary cool. The cafe has branched out from the usual coffee (which is superb and provided by the local roastery Trading Post Coffee Roasters) tea (from Metrodeco) and juice offering by expanding their offering to alcohol. Should you wish to enliven your lunch with a cocktail or a glass of well sourced wine then the option is at hand.
The street-side terrace is covered during the cooler months by stylish grey and white striped awnings, temporary partitions and is heated. But when the sun’s out and the temperature is warm the open space is ideal for you to enjoy brunch and lunch alfresco with friends and family.
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