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Cafes in Hove

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Cafe Hove

Jo and Co stands as a renowned Hove cafe, celebrated for its impressive brunch offerings. Its friendly and inviting ambiance makes it a sought-after spot for a satisfying morning or midday meal. Beyond their well-known brunches, Jo and Co steps into the evening scene on Fridays and Saturdays, presenting a standout selection of delectable dishes to cater to a variety of tastes. From classic pancakes and full English breakfasts to vegan and gluten-free choices, as well as standout options like steak and Jo’s signature fish pie, the menu reflects the owner’s international travels, promising an enjoyable culinary voyage for all visitors.

Oeuf Café on Third Avenue, Hove is a stylish and relaxed cafe, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, local teas and coffee and wine. There’s outdoor seating at the front and a secret garden at the back. The decor is stylishly turned out with a definite Parisian feel and there’s a separate lounge area if you just fancy stopping by for a coffee or a Brighton cocktail. 

In 2023 Oeuf one the award at the BRAVOs for best cafe. Here is one of their recent blogs by Stella at Restaurants Brighton called the ‘Oeuf Experience.’

The Lodge at Rockwater is the perfect place to soak up some chilled cafe culture. Serving really great coffee – which we think is essential – patisseries, sweet treats, beers and fantastic homemade pizza and toasties, the venue is cosy with a comfortable living room-like quality. If it’s breakfast or brunch you’re after, then you can find these at one of the two other restaurants at Rockwater; The Bar and Kitchen and The Terrace. While these may not be your typical cafes, they serve up some fantastic pre-launch dishes, which of course include devilishly good ‘Full English’ and… pancakes!

Discover Honey Cake by Mary, a charming cake shop nestled on Richardson Road in Hove. Specialising in the exquisite Russian honey cake, Medovik, Mary offers an array of flavours such as caramel, chocolate, raspberry, and banoffee. Pair a slice of this luscious layered cake with a cup of Pelicano coffee, ideal for enjoying with friends, family, or even on a solo outing. Indulge in a truly unique and delightful treat at Honey Cake by Mary.

Novellino Brighton is a stylish, contemporary cafe-restaurant offering a delightful blend of modern Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, including Jewish staples and dishes inspired by the Sephardic tradition, alongside classic bistro favourites. With fresh ingredients, vibrant flavours, and inviting interiors, this Hove venue is perfect for enjoying a casual coffee with friends or indulging in a delicious meal. Its friendly neighbourhood vibe adds to its charm, making Novellino a sought-after destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Curds and Whey is a deli on Western Road serving cheese and charcuterie from the Great British Charcuterie. Here you’ll find the finest artisanal cheese and meats from independent British producers who specialise in traditional methods for a charcuterie platter that tastes how it should do. Pair your platter with a drop of superb wine available from Cases Club, who occupies the other half of the shop. Cases Club comes from the renowned L’Atelier Du Vin whose wine selection is one of the most extensive in the city and with a price range to meet all budgets. Sitting in the relaxed, low-lit space, watching the world go by while grazing on charcuterie and supping gorgeous wine is a wonderfully indulgent way to spend a few hours in Hove.  

Apiary is a unique café-bar serving an imaginative range of honey and bee-inspired cocktails, wine, and food. Opening in spring 2024 opposite Norfolk Square, on the border between Brighton and Hove, Apiary reflects owners Alistair and Noemi’s passion for honey. Inspired by Alistair’s old Canadian beekeeping textbooks, Noemi developed her own beekeeping passion through a course at Plumpton College. With Alistair’s cocktail-making background, they’ve created an all-day venue offering breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and small plates, making it a delightful spot for any time of day.

Owned by local celeb Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Big Beach Cafe is a family friendly venue on the Hove seafront. Take a break from time doing watersports at Hove Lagoon, watch on over the play area with coffee (or wine or beer) in hand or fuel up after fun on the beach. Big Beach Cafe is a fun take on the beachside cafe with freshly prepared classic cafe food with modern additions. 

The Flour Pot Bakery cafes are liberally sprinkled throughout Brighton and Hove, thanks to their delicious freshly baked goods and Instaworthy interiors. They have venues in Portland Road, Dyke Road and First Avenue in Hove. So you’re never far away from a fresh Brighton coffee, delicious pastry or artisan sourdough sandwich and a photo opportunity. 

Six in Hove is an all day eatery and Brighton bar. They serve a good selection of freshly made brunches, Benedicts and classic sandwiches during the day. They’re also rather keen on bottomless brunch which runs every Friday -Sunday and on bank holidays. The brunch menu covers all dietary requirements with something different for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians. 

Salvage Cafe combines Hove’s passion for coffee and collectables over two floors of rummaging paradise. They serve fair-trade coffee and over 30 loose leaf teas alongside fresh homemade cakes. 

Baked stands out as the original cafe on the block to offer a brunch – which means they know what they’re doing! They also boast wrap-around, south facing, alfresco dining and a tasty breakfast, brunch and lunch menu that’s made fresh and with premium produce. You’ll find the cafe essentials, like great coffee, pastry and cake, but they also go the extra mile and provide a great range of alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails, wines and fizz to go with those bottomless brunches. Baked is a friendly neighbourhood cafe, the warm hospitality is notable and it’s hard to leave this place not feeling elevated. 

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