Restaurant Brighton's guide to
North Laine Brighton
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Winner of BRAVO 20 best brunch in Brighton, Mange Tout has set the bar high when it comes to outstanding North Laine based cafes. We’ve placed them in the cafe category but don’t let that fool you, they have a fantastic array of alluring countertop treats and tasty brunches. However, they also offer one of the most noteworthy French wine lists in the city and a lunch service of seasonal modern small and large plates. This intimate and chic bistro really captures the buoyant atmosphere of the area and they have some prime streetside seating, so you can soak up the best sites of the North Laine while indulging in their award-winning grub.
For providing Brighton with a constantly great brunch offering, Moksha was awarded best brunch in Brighton in the BRAVOs 2019. Their menu, while vast, does not falter in quality. They serve classic cooked breakfasts, in both vegetarian and traditional varieties and also make mean huevos rancheros. Lunch options include; homemade soups and handmade burgers to freshly made smoothies, shakes and artisan coffee. Moksha is located on York Place and while not in the bustling North Laine throng, it is a stone’s throw away from the local park The Level, which is great for families and has a rather epic skate park, should you fancy a post-brunch ‘carving’ session.
‘Feed bellies not bins’ is the motto of the nationally famed Real Junk Food Project. A charity that uses exclusively ‘surplus’ food and perfectly good ingredients that would’ve been sent to landfill and turns the would-be waste into fresh meals that are sold on a pay as you feel basis. Gardener Cafe has a daily changing menu that is varied and versatile, they guarantee consistent quality and deliciously nutritious meals. Operating a deli-style service, the cafe has a cosy upstairs seating area, as well as space for streetside dining. Being run almost entirely by volunteers they are only open Thursday to Saturday. So, make sure you plan your visit around catching these heroes at work.
The first of the two North Laine based venues is set at the mouth of Kensington Gardens, by far the most “Brighton” of all the North Laine lanes. Trading Post Kensington is set over three floors, the third being a spacious roof terrace that gives you the birds-eye view of the surrounding area. The second is set on Sydney Street, named The Roastery and offers a prime location for streetside dining. Both venues offer breakfast, brunch and lunch menus. They offer classic favourites such as traditional cooked and vegan brunches and salads and eggs served in various ways with a variety of delicious extras. Also notably some of the best coffee in the city, which is roasted in Brighton and delivered locally.
Famed for their daily delivered bakery and patisserie goods and extremely able baristas. Flour pot is a great option if you’re after a quick bite, a caffeine-fuelled pick me up or a grab-and-go mid-morning snack or sandwich lunch. The cafe offers limited inside and streetside dining space, but if you do manage to nab a street set you’ll be able to make the most of the fantastic people-watching opportunities.
A strong contender on Brighton’s hip brunch scene is Kooks. This trendy and modest cafe-bar is set on Gardner Street in the North Laine area of Brighton. Alongside the serving of banging brunches and some seriously tasty burgers, they also benefit from having the bar. The bar staff here are wizards at work and can mix you up a mean cocktail, so should you want an alcoholic tipple with your mid-morning nibble then you’ll be in safe hands.
Not all cheese toasties are born equal. If you want to taste the best in town then head up Trafalgar Street and follow the smell of cheese. GB Charcuterie stock some of the best artisanal cheese and charcuterie produced in the British isles, and supply to some of the best restaurants too. Here you can enjoy all of that finery between two slices of locally made sourdough. It really is the best thing invented since cheese on toast.
Al Duomo Italian restaurant is situated at the edge of the Pavilion Gardens next to the domed India Gate (from whence it draws its name). They’ve been serving locals and visitors to the North Laine area since 1979, making them the longest-serving Italian restaurant in the city and something of an icon itself. Recent renovations and new ownership has freshened the place up with a bright new look and a keen new team. Food is fresh and authentically Italian, with a focus on quality ingredients that are allowed to shine in uncomplicated dishes. Pop by for a quick lunch while shopping the local boutiques or book your big bash here, they’ll cater for both and everything in between.
The intimate and sophisticated kitchen and wine bar AT TEN can be found at 111 Church Street. Offering you an ideal spot for romantic rendezvous and civilised luncheons in the heart of Brighton’s bustling North Laine area. The kitchen serves an exquisite array of small plates, cheese and charcuterie from The Great British Charcuterie. The extensive wine selection is thoughtfully curated by sommelier Steve Pineau (L’Atelier du Vin), and you’ll find an excellent selection that balances both quality and value.
Sit and watch the North Laine bustle go by from the comfort of 2 Church Street. This contemporary and exquisite little cafe offers a prime spot for the world through the window watching. Focus back inside and the stunning interior and relaxed atmosphere make it easy to shut off from the busy streets outside. Specialising in spirits, namely rums and rare mescals, as well as crafting spectacularly delicious cocktails and international wines. The food menu complements the venue in sleekness and simplicity, offering a sharing plate selection of charcuterie, smoked fish, pickles and cheeses, all of which are exclusively sourced from local suppliers.
For a hit of Mediterranean cuisine head to Tapas Revolution. They serve bonafide Spanish tapas alongside sangria and other beverages. This restaurant is a hit with Brighton’s Spanish community, which further confirms the delicious authenticity of the dishes on offer. Spacious, contemporary and with a menu that has something for everyone, Tapas Rev makes a fantastic spot for family get-togethers. There is a large outside seating area that backs onto the Pavilion Gardens and on a sunny day, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that you’re in Brighton, not Barcelona.
There’s nothing like some authentic Mexican street food to get your taste buds going and the fantastic Carlito Burrito restaurant on York Place will do just that. Famed for their seriously tasty fish tacos, the dangerously moreish margaritas and decor that’s as popping in colour as the dishes are in flavour. This vibrant little, North Laine based restaurant should be penned on your checklist of must-visit venues in the area.
Bar 'n pub
Located on the corner of Gardner Street and North Street The Dorset is perhaps one of the most iconic pubs in the area. During the summer months, the outside seating area is spread out over the street, there’s an infectiously upbeat atmosphere that seems to begin at the pub and travel down the rest of this North Laine area. From the food, you can expect well made traditional gastro favourites, generous portions and a range of offerings that suit almost every pallet. They also run regular music events, such as open mics and host DJs. So if you’re in the area and fancy a boogie, it’s worth popping in to check out what’s going on.
Based on the popular Trafalgar Street, Prince George is another pub that has stood the test of time.
A traditionally decorated venue that has several seating areas and a secluded courtyard to the rear. What really makes this pub stand out is the exceptional food offering. They serve a menu of exclusive vegetarian food from the Veggie Dealer, the dishes are quite simply delicious, offer a vast selection of satisfying comfort dishes, a good deal of Mexican street food-inspired options and several more nourishing dishes. They also host DJ nights and stock a bar full of fab craft beers from local suppliers.
The cosy and tropical-themed bar that’s located inside Brighton My Hotel. This sophisticated venue champions local and sustainable produce, so you can expect to see some familiar Brighton branded bottles winking down at you from the top shelves. Drinks here are expertly made, their classic varieties are plentiful and they have a menu of original mixes that are set to send your senses sizzling. However, don’t expect lemon or lime in the mix because they avoid using any imported ingredients.
A cocktail and wine bar that’ll knock your socks off with its epic selection of vintage wines and rare spirits is L’Atelier Du Vin. Located on St George’s Place it’s just outside the bustling throng of the North Laine but still close enough to still capture the quintessential Brightonion-ness of the area. The bar is a nostalgic nod to the Prohibition era and provides the perfect spot for intimate gatherings and bespoke events.