Brighton Brunch Roundup
For a city as social and foodie as Brighton brunch is the perfect weekend meal (other than a roast). As a meal it fulfils a social function that breakfast seems incapable of (no talking before coffee please), whilst also allowing for socially acceptable drinking before lunch time.
Generally served from anywhere between 11am to 3pm, brunch is adaptable to a good many types of occasion from the late start necessity to the celebratory.
If hunger has driven you out from the sheets and onto the streets then you’re certainly not on the look out for granola. Before you go insane with hunger check out Joe’s Cafe in Seven Dials for mighty hashes and sizeable breakfasts or head toward Smokey’s before midday for gut-busting breakfast portions.
Brunch on the beach
Clear the cobwebs from the night before with brunch on the beach. Crips early(ish) starts combine wonderfully with hot coffee and gooey eggs while watching the seafront come alive. Top brunch choices include the new Flour Pot Kitchen, West Beach Bar and Kitchen and Bucket and Spade Cafe. For more seafront eating check out our Brighton Beach page.
Many places serve alcohol with brunch, but the bottomless is free-flowing and included in the price, usually for a set time period. Try The Restaurant at Drakes for some classy early drinking (Drakes refer to this as ‘Bottomless Lunch’, but there’s no need to split hairs so long as the key word is still ‘bottomless’), or soak in the Victorian splendour of The Waterhouse Bar in the Hilton. For more on bottomless brunches in Brighton click here.
For a good family feed, perhaps as part of your day out, plenty of venues serve good quality child approved food. Best for brunch in young tumms however is BRAVO 2018 ‘Best Brunch’ winner Starfish & Coffee, and BRAVO 2018 ‘Family Friendly’ top 3 Cafe Plenty and Moksha Cafe. Further afield V and H Cafe in Hove and Aqua in Lewes both have brunch menus that are popular with all ages.
Brunch with your bunch
Where to go for the social vibe, where brunch is the meal that facilitates gossip or lines the stomach for the big weekend? Kooks in the heart of the North Laine is a great muso, arty spot embodying the cafe culture of Melbourne. The Breakfast Club has plenty of room (booking advised at the weekend) and a laid back, Miami feel. The New Club has the gritty urban feel of an NY diner and attracts an eclectic, cool crowd.
Most venues wanting to survive in Brighton will need at least one very strong vegan option, some better than others, we’ve put together a selection of the best to help you choose. For something a little quirky try a vegan Brunch Pizza from Cosmi Pizza at The West Hill, and the fresh locally sourced vegetarian brunch from the lively Mange Tout is a great set up for starting a day in the North Laine.
If you’re looking for a brunch with something extra special in mind a trip out to Proud Country House in the beautiful Stanmer Park could provide just the setting. Closer to home The Grand serves brunch on its opulent terrace for guests and non-guests alike. Grow 40 in Kensington Gardens is also the best stocked Champagne bar in the city, perfect for cork popping, should you be looking at popping a question.
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