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North Laine Brighton Cafes
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.
North Laine Brighton Restaurants
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.
Forming part of the pretty parade which flanks Brighton’s historic Theatre Royal, Furna occupies a Grade II listed building on New Road in North Laine. Having undergone a painstaking and sensitive renovation, Furna is a genuinely beautiful restaurant offering a world-class contemporary tasting menu and breathtaking cellar. A first solo venture for chef-patrol Dave Mothersill, Furna is a glittering addition to the North Laine crown.
Contemporary, charming and with impeccable hospitality, Tinto Taperia is a gem of the North Laine. Next door to Brighton’s Theatre Royal and a stone’s throw away from the Dome, Tinto Taperia is a fantastic place to dine pre or post shows. The restaurant is effortlessly romantic and ideal for family and friends. Tinto Taperia serves excellent Spanish cuisine including tapas, specials and paella made to order. Beverages are also authentically Spanish with an extra focus on fantastic fortified wines, liquors and gins. The restaurant also benefits from terraced dining, set by the theatre, allowing for views of the theatrics of North Laine life!
Tutto offers an exciting introduction to the art of Italian dining culture. From the venue to the plate, the attention to detail is impeccable. The grand building boasts 1930s original features, chic interiors and two alfresco dining spaces. From the food, you can expect simply prepared small plates, that are meant for sharing and pairing but also work as stand-alone dishes. You’ll find crudo dishes, pasta, meat and fish from the wood-fired grill, as well as plenty of beautifully made vegetarian and vegan options. The wine list at Tutto is impressive and offers an extensive selection from all over Italy. If you’re feeling glamorous – it’s hard not to at Tutto – then let the cocktail list entice you for a drink or two.
Nestled at 60 North Street, Lavash Brighton adds a Middle Eastern gem to the vibrant North Laine scene. Opened in 2022, this family-owned eatery invites patrons to indulge in authentic and modern Middle Eastern street food. With an open kitchen, tandoor, and grill on the ground floor, Lavash offers a visual feast as meals are freshly prepared. Upstairs, a rustic dining space provides a sanctuary, perfect for lunch wraps or evening mezze dining. Lavash embraces local produce, offers extensive vegan options, and is a delightful addition to the city centre.
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.
North Laine Brighton 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.
Bar Valentino is situated next door to the Theatre Royal serving bespoke and tremendously potent cocktails. The bar is a true hidden gem of the North Laine. Hidden away, up an unassuming flight of stairs to the side of the restaurant Tinto Taperia. Inside you’ll find seductive Deco interiors, low lighting and plush velvet seating – a perfect setting for enjoying sublime cocktails in the heart of town. The bar also benefits from a brilliant little balcony overlooking the buzzing New Road, ideal for a spot of unashamed people watching.
Nestled in Brighton’s lively North Laine, The Basketmakers Arms stands as a beloved pub, marrying tradition with Bohemian flair. Featuring low ceilings and snug corners, it’s a hub for locals and city visitors. Recognized in the Brighton Restaurant Awards, this institution offers a menu highlighting freshly landed seafood and a well-kept array of cask ales, beers, wines, and single malts. Child and dog-friendly, it’s the ideal spot for classic pub fare, from Sussex wagyu beef burgers to tempting vegan options.
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.