Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Child Friendly Restaurants

Our top picks

Restaurants

If you’re looking to feed the family, Italian is always a safe go-to with something for everyone. Al Duomo in the North Laine has been feeding families for more than 40 years, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. There are high chairs and changing facilities to cover the basics then a children’s menu for under 12s which will keep them well fed on quality, affordable and freshly made staples for under a tenner. 

Coppa Club, an all-day dining venue that oozes coolness so much the kid’s might not even mind being spotted with you here. With plenty of space, no need to worry about your little ones around other guests, and the kid’s menu will no doubt be a hit. Under 12s get a three-course menu to chose from, including a drink, at an affordable set price.

Donatello certainly knows what they are doing when it comes to authentic and delicious Italian food. It is also a known fact that when kids are asked what they fancy for tea, the answer is 9 times out of 10 pizza or pasta. That is why we recommend this brilliant, long-standing favourite in the city to anyone looking for a place to please their little ones at dinner time.

Burger and chips are always a good go-to for children but you want to know that what they’re getting is good. Burgers at Honest are hand made using 100% British beef, or chicken, in their own butchery to ensure quality. The kid’s menu lets you pick from beef, chicken or plant fritter, all with rosemary salted chips a drink and a little pudding, all for a reasonable sum.

In Spain la Familia is praised and cherished everywhere you go, this familial inclusion is reflected in their hospitality industry, as such it is rare to find a restaurant or bar that won’t welcome the little ones. True to its Spanish influences, Market Restaurant welcomes you and your little people to come to enjoy their great vibes and Spanish tapas in the heart of Hove.

When thinking of Mediterranean food for kids, it’s usual to think of pasta and pizza, but who also doesn’t love chips in a pitta? Nostos in Hove offers a children’s menu that’s packed with hidden away goodness and familiar favourites. The modern restaurant is light and airy with friendly staff and a grown-up menu that’s packed with classic Greek cuisine and modern inspirations.

The original authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Brighton is ideally situated for a family trip out. Situated on Western Road, they’re just around the corner from the Churchill Square car park, so a great way to end or being a day in town. If you’re planning a trip to the Odeon or a show at the Brighton Centre then your ticket will earn you an extra 10% off the bill at NuPosto. The venue is bright and light and roomy, with a play area for loveable little ones to colour in menus and the pizza is perfect for pallets old or young.

Being situated right on the beach and next to the Palace Pier OhSo Social is a perfect spot for the whole family. Kids get their own dedicated menu with seaside classics such as fish and chips being a popular favourite. It’s also the perfect venue to teach your children the valuable life skills learnt by all Brightonians, how to defend your dinner from seagulls!

Kids love pizza and Purezza, on St James’ Street, loves kids. Their 100% plant-based menu has a dedicated kids section with four pizza options that you can pimp with extra veg if you have an animal-loving, plant-devouring bambini in tow. How much will this set you back? Well, if the animal-loving, plant-devouring bambini is under 11 and accompanied by an animal-loving, plant-devouring adult who’s eating off the main menu then it’s free. Kids’ drinks and desserts are also available, they’re not free, but you’ll still walk away with change in your pocket.

The children’s menu at Petit Pois was created with the same ethos in mind as the main a la carte menu. Head chef David cooks with seasonal, fresh ingredients creating modern French bistro dishes. For children, try the traditional Toulouse sausage or grilled fish with greens. The children’s menu is affordably priced with a main and dessert coming in at under a tenner so both the adults and the kids will be happy.

Sea facing, contemporary and spacious, Port Hotel in Eastbourne offers families a superb setting for socials and special occasion get-togethers. Throughout the morning they serve a vast selection of traditional breakfast and favourite cooked brunches (as well as some more obscure and decadent options) and from lunch through to dinner service the menus are switched to small and shared plates of modern cuisine. Although they don’t have an exclusive kid-friendly menu, we have it on good authority that they’ll knock up and adapt something your little ‘en will gobble up in a heartbeat.

Give your little ones education in all things the Caribbean and carnival vibes at Rum Kitchen. Jerk barbecue is their signature flavour but you’ll find plenty to choose from to suit all palates. Open from noon daily with an irresistibly toe-tapping soundtrack and live DJs at the weekend, this is definitely one for the lively types of any age.

The Salt Room has a great reputation for being one of the best seafood joints in town, but they are also a prime family-friendly venue. Preferring home-cooked wholesome food to your average deep-fried fare, their menu has been carefully designed to be nutritious, delicious and easy on the wallet too! And the best bit? Under 7s eat for free before 7 pm Mon-Sun!

When out on the beach with the family sometimes it can be tricky to find a restaurant that caters for everyone’s foodie needs and we often settle for the fail-safe fish and chips. Not at Shelter Hall, with seven outstanding restaurants to choose from and the perk of a pick and mix order, just settling to please the kids is not an option.   

The Station Hotel is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere to meet the family. The venue is large and bright and offers guests the option of outside dining, both at the front of the pub or in the secluded courtyard garden to the rear. There is a dedicated kids menu that offers child-friendly favourites and plenty of yummy options for the adult guest too. Being only a few minutes walk from the popular Preston Park means The Station Hotel can provide you with a great spot for some rest bite, post park play.

Levelling up kids food but keeping it tasty for sensitive palates, Terre a Terre takes their kids offering seriously, it’s well considered and creative – no beans on toast here! If you’re raising your brood veggie then treat them to the innovative child friendly dishes that are created at this pioneering restaurant. Indulge them in a little pre-dinner fun with the complimentary addition of Wikki Stix to your table. Fun for the whole family, not just the children!

You’d expect a restaurant such as Tapas Revolution, with its emphasis on authentic and traditional Spanish cooking to cater well for your niõs, and you’d be right. There’s a dedicated menu for children, with dishes that are easier on the piquillo but still true to
Spanish flavour. Parents will be pleased by the price point of just £5 for two tapas dishes plus breadsticks as a permanent fixture on the menu.

Taste Sussex at the Brighton Marina is a large venue well suited to families visiting the area who are looking for all-day dining. Taste Sussex uses locally sourced produce to create familiar ‘big chain’ style dishes but with an emphasis on quality where everything is freshly prepared. The children’s menu features popular dishes such as homemade fish fingers, focaccia base pizzas, pasta dishes, and delectable desserts like chocolate fudge brownies. 

If your taking the family to the marina leisure complex for the day then we thoroughly recommend you take a trip along the boardwalk to The Watershed kitchen and bar on the jetty. High chairs are available for children and the menu is all freshly made with local produce. The views over the docked yachts may well instil in the little ones a sense of adventure! 

Cafes

Looking for a cafe that caters for kids? Look no further than Baked. This friendly neighbourhood cafe is set on a sunny south-facing corner of Church Road, Hove. They offer a dedicated kids menu, highchairs and changing facilities. The cafe itself is only a short stroll from the beach. So, why not bundle up the brood and head down for a dip after lunch? 

Brighton Regency Routemaster provides a romantic setting that’s out of the ordinary, beautifully nostalgic and downright delicious. Take a ride in their stunning restored 1960s Routemaster and experience Brighton’s most iconic and historic sites, while being serenaded by 60s classics. Savouring a traditional British afternoon tea on an original Routemaster will certainly be a date to remember. The afternoon tea is made up of lashings of homemade sweet pastries, savoury patisseries, cakes and sandwiches. They’re available for all dietary requirements and to top off, you’ll have the option of adding the extra fizz of Prosecco or a Brighton Gin cocktail, to accompany your journey.

Heading to Hove with the family and need a failsafe option for some daytime dining? Cafe Coho can cater for all. As well as a menu that provides the adult diners with sophisticated brunch favourites. They provide the under elevens with an enviable offering. Included in this is bacon and maple syrup stacked pancakes and the simple but reliable favourite, eggs on toast. All child options are available for £5.

Winner of multiple national awards, Curry Leaf Cafe in the Lanes is a fine example of what a contemporary Indian restaurant should be like. Vibrantly decorated and relaxed atmosphere, the menu is an authentic taste of street food, with some milder and slightly more familiar dishes on an entirely separate kid’s menu.

The Cherry Tree is one of the lovely little independents located in Brighton Marina. It’s a cosy cafe and kids will love the menu which features plenty of brunch and lunch options as well as tea and cake. After eating you can take a trip to the nearby cinema and bowling alley to make a day of it.

Children are welcomed with open arms at The Gardener cafe on Gardner Street. While we can’t divulge the specific kid-friendly offering, because the daily changing menu is dictated by what supplies are available, we can guarantee that there’ll be plenty for your little one to munch on.

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Knoops photographed by Jamie Lau / Studio Lau

Those of you with young ones will know that the baby-chino boom is in full swing. At Knoops, baby-chinos come free with every drink purchased. They offer hot chocs in small for little ones with a sweet tooth and if your mini-me must, then there are giant marshmallows on offer, too. The cafe offers these chocolatey treats for a drink in or takeaway. They also have a healthy spread of patisserie treats on offer, which include; croissants, macaroons, brownies and many more.

Seafront strolls wouldn’t be complete without popping in for a bite to eat with the family, and Lucky Beach is keen to oblige. Boasting a large seating area you can nab a table either on the patio or beachfront, all of which have umbrellas in case the sun (or rain!) is beating down! The kid’s menu features mini burgers, fish and chips and chicken kebabs – all of which are locally sourced.

Tucked away in the Lanes is Lost in the Lanes. So named, we think because you are likely to stay lost there for a while. It’s an oasis of calm from the interior of soft light, neutral tones and mirrored walls creating a sense of space. The cafe is open daily serving brunch and elevated lunches that offer a welcome reprieve to the bustling Lanes. High chairs and changing facilities are available.

Moksha Cafe, situated near the North Laine, is an ever-popular destination with a lively atmosphere. With speciality coffee and fresh homemade good quality food, Moksha is a great spot for families coming into Brighton for a spot of shopping with a dedicated kids menu, buggy space and high chairs.

This family-friendly cafe is housed by the charming Lewes landmark, The Needlemakers. Serving a menu of cafe classics from breakfasts, brunches, pastries, cakes and beverages from local suppliers. Everything on the menu is plant-based, consciously and sustainability sourced, so you won’t need to worry about the little ones nibbling the nastiest and most things from the menu can be made smaller for little tums.

Small Batch Coffee started as a simple coffee cart at Brighton Station and has grown up to be one of the biggest and strongest brands in the city and beyond. So if the adage “you are what you eat” has any truth to it, starting your kids off with a babyccino in one of these shops is bound to impart some of that success! That aside, all the coffee shops have high-chairs and kid-friendly drinks and snacks. Three of the shops (Goldstone Villas, Norfolk Square and Seven Dials) also have kitchens where you can enjoy a good quality brunch with some much-needed caffeine and maybe even fit in a quick catch-up with a friend while the little ones busy themselves with discovering the joy of dunking a duffin (doughnut-muffin). 

Starfish and Coffee have twice won a BRAVO for their breakfast offering. Situated on the edge of Queen’s Park it’s the perfect place to fuel up before or after some playtime or duck feeding (remember, don’t feed ducks bread, lettuce is best). Turn up any morning and you’ll find it buzzing with families tucking into pancake stacks, hashes and breakfasts.

Pubs

One of Brighton’s well-known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does The Black Lion have a good reputation for a music-filled night out, but it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. The Black Lion is child-friendly providing high-chairs, a kids menu with options for toddlers, colouring books and baby changing.

Situated near the western end of Hove Lawns, The Better Half Pub is a thriving part of the local community, with welcoming and laid back atmosphere that’s inclusive for all. The pub food draws in visitors from all over Brighton and Hove, it’s freshly made and seasonal and Sunday roasts are nearly always a sell-out.

Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. Offering plenty of food and drink options for children, The Cleveland Arms boasts a large outside seating area, situated on a quiet and residential street, with a play area just over the road.

The Chimney House is located near to the popular area of Seven Dials in central Brighton. Featuring plenty of quirk and great pub food, including a dedicated menu for the kids. Lots of effort goes into sourced good quality ingredients for the menus including fish from Shoreham and Newhaven, fruit and vegetables from local farms and glasshouses as well as meat from Garlic Wood Farm.

A bit of a Brighton institution, The Dorset is a pub you just can’t help but return to again and again. An added plus is that it is family-friendly, with a very reasonably priced children’s menu and table activities to keep the little terrors busy. The food is freshly prepared in house and ample outside seating is available during the weekends if being cooped up inside is a little challenging!

The Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen is a great spot for family get-togethers. They offer a dedicated children’s menu and changing facilities for the mini crew members. Superbly placed just minutes from Dyke Road Park means that once the little ones have exhausted the table time you can simply hop over the road to the playground.

Head to The Farm Tavern in Hove for a pub that’s warm, welcoming and happy to host you and your brood. Although cosy, the pub is deceptively spacious, with a large bright dining space on the first floor. Food-wise if you like sausages and mash (which surely everyone does) then you’ll be in culinary heaven. There’s over eight varieties of sausages, several flavoured mashed potatoes and five delicious gravys to choose from. Kids portions are available for £9.

Families can rest assured that they’ll be well catered for at The Freemasons in Hove. This family-friendly pub is well prepared to extend its inclusive community spirit to the littlest members of your crew. The upstairs provides bigger groups with space to seat all comfortably and there’s room for the toddler to wander. Those with babes in arms or toddlers that need harnessing will be provided with high chairs and changing mats.

Putting the heart in Hanover is The Hartington Pub (affectionately called “The Harty”) this large community pub is welcoming to all, including children. The kid’s menu is child-sized versions of pub classics and child-sized roasts on Sundays make for enjoyable family get-togethers and weekend dining. A play area in the garden is perfect for summer days, with colouring in and activities provided for indoor fun.

Haus on the Hill is a friendly local pub run by the good people who make Brighton Bier. It’s a strong favourite in the local area thanks to its mix of good beer, delicious food from Danny O’Shea’s Caribbean Kitchen and a super friendly team behind the bar. You’ll find plenty of families popping in after work for a catch-up, so your kid’s are likely to have some playfellows. If you’re stopping for food there are kid’s options on both the weekday and Sunday lunch menus and plenty of non-boozy drinks too. A killer playlist of 90s Brit-pop and indie will give your progeny a sound education in that superb musical decade.

Just ten minutes out of central Brighton in Patcham you’ll find the ‘true community’ pub, The Ladies Mile. This pub welcomes children and throughout the summer holidays, kids eat for free! Chef Russell Tisbury runs the kitchen and is a trusted name for honest food done well.

The New Inn in Hurstpierpoint is just 15 minutes outside of Brighton surrounded by luscious Sussex countryside, it boasts a one-third acre sun-trap garden with large, contained, children’s play area. They have a dedicated children’s menu and on Sunday’s children can pick from the five or six strong roast selection with smaller portions served at half price. High chairs and changing facilities are also available.

Got a family that’s growing up green? Then The Roundhill Pub is one for you with its weekly changing menu of fresh, good quality food that’s seasonally and locally sourced and vegan by default. There’s an entirely plant-based kids menu including wholesome superfood dishes and trusted kids favourites, so wherever their pallet is at there’s something for them, including delicious vegan desserts! The pub itself is relaxed and light, with a really family-safe feel and a great selection of non-alcoholic drinks too.

Countryside

Afternoon tea is without a doubt the most delicious English tradition. Every visitor to the beautiful Leonardslee House should expect to enjoy the very finest food, spectacular views and the ultimate tea experience. The children’s afternoon tea menu is three tiers of classic delight, with a little bit more playfulness that might have adults getting a spot of food jealousy going on; if your good they might let you try the Sweetie Pie or Ice-Cream Cake Pop, but don’t count on it. 

More green time means less screen time! Get the family into the swing of regular exercise and outdoor time with Mannings Heath Wine Estate and Golf Club. The Vineyard Kitchen is open to club members and non-members alike for breakfast through to early evening lunch. For the young Tiger Woods or Karen Stupples in your family, there is an excellent menu of freshly prepared, kid-approved classics to pick from, all made with top quality ingredients to keep fit, healthy and happy. 

A great spot if you want to take the kids to the Sussex countryside. Formerly, two pubs, the Magpie and the Sportsman, the Grade II listed buildings were knocked through into one over recent years and this traditional ‘beer house’ has been part of the village’s heritage for some years. Situated north of Hurstpierpoint at Goddards Green.