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Lunch on Brighton Seafront
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The Salt Room has created such hype and a wave of excitement since hitting Brighton! The same owners as the critically acclaimed Coal Shed, they’ve created an impressive venue oozing with style and a menu which tantalises the taste-buds with the freshest fish, seafood and local produce available. Make sure to check out their great deal set lunch menu.
This lively, all round venue is situated smack bang on top of the seafront, just west of the Brighton Pier. It’s a perfect location for an alfresco lunch with friends or colleagues if you want some good, honest food in a comfortable setting with sea-views you just can’t beat. Serving classic lunchtime dishes such as fish and chips, handmade Sussex burgers and sandwiches it’s a perfect spot.
Situated at the base of Brighton’s BAi360, the menu at West Beach Bar & Kitchen has been created using Brighton’s vibrant spirit as inspiration. You’ll find traditional seaside favourites such as their interpretation of fish & chips with the Crumbed Catch of the Day and Chips, alongside delicious Seafood Buckets and locally sourced drinks. Take your kids after a walk along the beach and sit eat out on teir seafront terrace.
In a superb location on Brighton seafront, The Copper Clam is just metres from the waves. Describing themselves as a ‘purveyor of fine seafood, gin, wines & spirits’ the team are proud to shout about the fact their shellfish and fish are sourced ethically and locally. Choose from light bites and oysters for a lunchtime nibble or go for a main course for larger meal.
LA indie style coffee house meets New York bar and diner. The food is of superb local quality and the decor and atmosphere cool, stylish and relaxed. If what you need at lunchtime is a big meaty burger, this is definitely a good choice. Although they feature a range of other dishes in their menu, their ‘Dirty Burger’ is fast becoming legendary as one of the best in Brighton.
Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret… with it’s beachfront location and fresh n funky menu you’ll have to get in early to nab a seat. But it’s definitely worth a short wait in order to fill your boots with delicious brunch offerings and top notch burgers. Open year-round, Lucky Beach Cafe serves up some of the best cafe food in Brighton. Local, sustainable and mostly organic food and drink is served by a team of friendly staff who are keen for you to get the most out of your visit to both the cafe and Brighton!
Lunch in The Lanes
If laid back lunch vibes are your thing, Plateau should be top of your ‘places to visit for lunch in Brighton’ list. Their French inspired bistro menu offers something for everyone, from sharing platters to small plates. You can also enjoy their thoughtful drinks list… Think organic wines, local beers and Sussex tea’s and coffees. If the food and drink offering wasn’t enough to convince you, their lunch set menu deal is a complete steal at £20 for three courses! Check out a sample menu here.
Coppa Club have arrived in Brighton and bring a whole new vibe to town when it comes to all-day-dining. Choose from either the brunch or all-day menu, giving endless choice no matter who you visit with. Swing by for a 1 pm pancake stack after a busy day has made you skip breakfast, or stay for the long run catching up with a group of friends over a few bottles of wine from their expertly chosen list.
French inspired cuisine with a British influence, the Bistro du Vin is situated in the luxurious boutique hotel, Hotel Du Vin. Nestled in Brighton’s famous Lanes, just a ‘pebble’s throw’ from the beach it’s a perfect place to experience fine dining in a really relaxed setting. Not only can you enjoy a fantastic dinner here, but afternoon tea and Sunday lunch are done superbly here too.
On our list of our favourite lunch spots in town, Petit Pois offers a set menu Monday-Friday from 12 pm – 7 pm that is well worth checking out. Ex head chef of Riddle and Finns, David Roy, now heads up the kitchen here alongside his wife, Ivana, leading Front of House. French classics with a modern twist is what to expect at Petit Pois. Think market fish with bouillabaisse and pork belly with garlic mash (menu changes daily, these are examples only).
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, its amazing food is also the attraction to many people. Available for lunchtime, early evening or weekend dining. The kitchen is open from 12 pm until 9 pm Monday-Thursday, and 12 pm until 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays. We recommend booking a table for Sundays as their popular Sunday Roasts are subject to availability and the kitchen is open until they sell out. You can also enjoy your food in their heated garden.
The Mesmerist Brighton in The Lanes is a long standing favourite amongst us Brightonians. The menu is fresh and seasonal, with a mix of experimental dishes and some elevated pub classics. Looking for a light lunch? Choose from either the bar snack or small plate section on the menu for something a little less filling. Leave room for a cocktail though… An extensive classically inspired cocktail list includes indulgent Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis and punchy Negronis, whilst the craft beer and cask ale selection available at the bar is not to be frowned upon.
If Dim Sum is your thing then Gars is an outstanding option if you are in the mood for Chinese with an innovative twist. Described as Chinese fine dining and with pan asian additions on the menu also, Gars restaurant in Brighton is a wonderful place for a lunch, a private party or a special occasion and it even has its very own Karaoke room should you need it.
With an almost fanatical following, MOSHIMO is a Japanese restaurant seen by many in the city as a Brighton institution. It’s the city’s original conveyor-belt sushi bar serving handmade and sustainable sushi with a hot food menu, perfect for a light lunch. All fish is the highest grade and sourced as locally as possible so you can be sure you are doing your bit for sustainability.
‘Where vegetarianism is indulgence not abstinence’, Terre Terre has been changing views about vegetarian cuisine for the past 21 years. Imaginative and daring, the team at Terre a Terre use their skills and experience to really push the boundaries of traditional cooking creating the most exciting dishes. A lunchtime experience to behold, vegetarian or not.
Serving ‘award winning’ South Indian Street food, the Curry Leaf Cafe is an innovative, new addition to Brighton’s food scene. A relaxed, modern cafe, it’s the perfect place for lunch if you fancy something a little bit different. The menu is a fantastic range of dishes, catering for all tastes. And as with any good curry, there’s plenty of great craft beers on offer to go with it.
Lunch in the North Laine area
Calling itself a Boho Bistro, Kooks is situated in a prime spot in the North Laine. Keeping things simple with a touch of the inventive you won’t find tiny portions or any type of foams or glaze here, but just good honest food served in a down to earth setting. And not forgetting some great music to listen to as the owner, Tim Healey, is a talented musician and creates his own playlists for the restaurant.
Situated just on Trafalgar Street in the North Laine is the relaxed, chic, Mange Tout Bistro. Driven by a desire to use local and fresh ingredients with real cooking and authentic taste, you can expect a varying menu replenished daily on their ceiling high black board, as well as a stable of brunch and small plates served until 3pm. If you haven’t got to rush back to the office this is a great spot for some people watching with their out door seating area and fine selection of low intervention organic wines.
La Choza has been causing quite a stir! They invite potential diners to ‘drop in and enjoy affordable, healthy, tasty slow cooked Mexican street food.’ The menu is simple and uncomplicated as the fresh and vibrant ingredients speak for themselves. They also have a venue on Church Road in Hove.
Starting out in London in 2008, Brighton now boasts a popular Franco Manca. The emphasis is on good quality ingredients cooked in the traditional methods by chefs from Naples. Don’t expect fancy toppings and a huge menu – Franco Manca is keeping it simple and authentic. A perfect stop if you’re going for a quick lunch with it’s efficient service, good prices and being sourdough, it’s easy on your gut so you won’t feel sluggish after this pizza!
Lunch in central Brighton
One of the most talked about restaurants in Brighton, the Coal Shed is a different take on the ‘Fine Dining’ experience. Here they cook the very best steak and fish over a specially imported charcoal oven, to produce quality food with exceptional taste. Using ethically reared Highland Beef, locally caught fish and offering some very tasty vegetarian options.
Brighton’s oldest pub, it’s no wonder they host Brighton’s Ghost walk here. Having established in the 1500’s it certainly has a lot of history to learn and to wonder about. Over the years it has increased its reputation for a food pub, and now boasts a mouth-watering menu filled with quality, home cooked food made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Great for a cosy, pub lunch.
Lunches in Kemptown & Hanover
Serving from 7am-5pm, Redroaster is the place to go if you’re looking for a sophisticated lunch. With exciting dishes from michelin starred chef, Matt Gillan, you’ll find dishes like his epic Chicken Kiev with Black Garlic, Charred Gem & Onion Hash, alongside many brunch favourites with a twist. Redroaster’s a great spot for an alfresco lunch with it being South facing, or take a seat in their sleek, botanical style cafe.
Starfish & Coffee is located right next to the beautiful Queens Park in Brighton and specialise in brunch, pastries, homemade cakes and excellent tea & coffee. At Starfish & Coffee, they ensure all ingredients used are of the highest quality and at their peak of freshness. From pancakes with bacon & maple syrup, to a luxurious eggs Benedict or a big slice of fresh homemade cake.
The Hartington, Hanover
Hanover’s The Hartington serves home cooked, well priced, honest pub fare from 12-5pm weekdays. Pick from a selection of delicious wraps such as marinated pork, chicken goujon or tofu and add sides at the sort of price you don’t mind paying. For something a bit more filling, there’s a classic jacket potato menu with neat additions to suit modern diets like vegan cheese and beans.
Sometimes nothing but a nice big juicy steak will do. Well the Old Bank in Kemptown will certainly deliver. Locally owned and highly acclaimed, the Old Bank serves a great range of steak and ribs in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Using only British beef and hung for a minimum of 28 days, you will not be disappointed. They also do a range of ribs and chicken dishes.
Tucked away in the quiet back streets of Kemptown, Busby and Wilds is a family owned neighbourhood pub which serves great food in a friendly environment. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a range of delicious, satisfying dishes. Family and dog friendly, it’s a great place to go for lunch with your clan. There’s a lovely courtyard outside for the warmer months.
Lunch in the Seven Dials/ Brighton Station area
The Chimney House has everything a ‘proper pub’ should and more. The food is proper ‘pub grub’ but delivered in a polished way and created using the finest quality, local ingredients. They sell local jams and chutneys on the bar, and have a selection of interesting art on the walls. The menu changes seasonally and the kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs as they work.
Serving up lunch and dinner in the thriving heart of Seven Dials is the talented team of Space and Thyme at The Good Companions. The kitchen is open from noon until 9.30pm Monday to Saturday (changing to an evening menu at 5.00pm) and roasts on Sunday. This spacious pub, restaurant and garden offers a range from light bites and sandwiches to full classics with a 2 for 1 offer on burgers Monday to Wednesday lunchtime and a good selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and options.
Lunch on London Road & North Brighton
Lost Boys Chicken, The Joker
Serving up NY style fried chicken in an option of four great sources, Lost Boys Chicken at The Joker is a great spot for a hearty lunch and maybe a good craft beer or cheeky cocktail. As well as wings there’s a selection of mightily stacked sandwiches and hearty sides including four, yes four, types of chips. Check the website for frequent weekday lunch deals.
100% vegan, the menu at Smorl’s Kitchen is dedicated to all things chickpea. From delicious pitta’s filled with earthy homemade falafel, to huge salad bowls filled to the brim with goodness. Why not try their famous warming spicy falafel-based Bolognese, served with oven-roasted Hasselback sweet potatoes? Or their seasonal Waffalafel? A falafel and waffle combo with stuffed mushrooms, shakshuka, and aubergine puree. Another favourite of ours is a slice of the savoury Mezze cake, made up of layers of falafel, pitta bread, houmous, butternut squash,courgette, carrot and beetroot, sun dried tomato, spiced bulgur wheat, and caramelised onions.
A friendly café on York Place, a stone’s throw from London Road. Great for breakfast, brunch and lunch, providing a huge range of dishes including a wide ‘free from’ range. Their coffee is amazing and to go with it they always have a tempting range of homemade cakes. If you just want a quick bite in your lunch hour, or a relaxed, leisurely lunch with friends Moksha is a great choice.
Carlito Burrito is as authentic as you can get. The food, the vibrant décor and the warm and lively atmosphere. Big on quality, authenticity and freshness, their tacos are homemade every day, the chilli’s imported from Mexico and quality Sussex produce. If you like the variety and the act of sharing, the tapas are the way to go. With a classic Margherita and Churros to finish, what more could you want.
Known for its burgers and cocktails. REAL meaty burgers with a choice of gourmet toppings. This concept could be a ‘game changer’ according to a few burger bloggers out there. The Dead Hippie comes recommended. Famous for meat and their powerfully blended cocktails. Lunch with a difference but perhaps not if you have to go back to the office?
Lunch in Brighton Marina
The Great British Charcuterie Co. is located at the scenic Brighton Marina and was founded in 2016 by father & son Simon and Phil Bartley. The shop showcases the finest British cheese, wine and charcuterie helping to raise awareness of what the country has to offer and its talented artisan producers. Not only is this the perfect place to do your food shopping, you can also enjoy a spot of lunch alfresco style.
The Cherry tree is an independent café situated in the inner harbour at Brighton Marina with a lovely warm atmosphere and lots of sun drenched outside seating. Serving traditional brunch/lunch options such as eggs benedict and a variety of sandwiches, The Cherry Tree also offers weekend specials which vary throughout the seasons – think mac n cheese in the winter and fresh salads in the warmer months…
Positioned perfectly on the waterfront with views over the bobbing yachts, The Watershed is open from midday for lunch. The kitchen is run by Space + Thyme creating fresh high-quality meals using local produce. The daytime menu has pub classics, small plates and sharing platters.
Lunch in Hove
Perfect for lunch, the menu at Nostos is set up in sections – Starters, salads, sides, spreads and mains. Choose a few salads for a late summer lunch with friends, or some starters to share along with some spreads at a working lunch with colleagues. Due to the nature of Greek cuisine, dining at Nostos is also a very healthy option as the menu here is very vegetable led, perfect for those mid week guilt free meal times.
Wild Flor cater for lunchtime diners that seek relaxed elegance at a great value. They have curated a set menu that mirrors the sophisticated setting. With it being situated on the Church Road, it’s easily accessible and invites its guests to fully relax whilst they dine, so whether you’re on a sit down and dine lunch break or refuelling from a Saturday city shopping trip you’ll be sure to leave feeling all the benefits of their first class hospitality.
The beauty of Market’s menu is the wide choice of tapas and small plates ideally designed for sharing. Choose as you wish from the Butcher, Greengrocer, Fishmonger, Cheesemonger and Baker… Each header houses four dishes and there’s enough scope to enjoy a light lunch – just order as many plates as you see fit. Prices range from £3 to £9. They also offer a super selection of meats and cheeses from The Market Deli. The Chef’s Board offers a taster and at £20 is big enough for two or even three to share, you can’t go wrong!
Benny, Mae and Ciarán are devout foodies with a passion for refined dining. Their menu champions Sussex produce at its finest and their flavour combinations plus a lean towards lesser known ingredients makes dining at Chard an experience not to be missed. Their wine list has been created skilfully with a variety of styles from regions all over the world. With sold out nights a regular occurrence, definitely book and definitely get in fast!
One of our favourites is the Hove Place Bistro pub and Gardens. Recently the food has improved, it has had a bit of a facelift and their great big gardens are as great as ever. Good venue all year round, particularly when it’s nice and warm for their garden. A Hove stalwart in an area which needed a decent pub and now they have one.
The kitchen at the George Payne in Hove serves food daily from midday with a menu of modern British and globally inspired cuisine. Weekday deals populate the menu making a little lunchtime indulgence oh so more appealing and affordable. Sharing platters are a great option for anyone looking for a lunchtime catch up, especially in the summer when the pub’s beer garden applies its almost irresistible pull and there happens to be a drink offer on.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly and vibrant place to quaff some wine or treat yourself to some lovely grub for lunch then look no further! Head Chef Dan Cartoni has created a menu based on using fresh, seasonal produce and sectioned into tapas plates & main plates with filled baguettes available at lunchtime. Weekend Brunch served 10.30am – 1.00pm.
The Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Entirely dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers the Urchin is something Brighton has never seen before. Seats 30 covers in the restaurant, the menu predominantly features prawns, lobster, crab and scallops.
V & H on Holland Road is passionate about honest, home cooked food. Everything they serve is made from scratch from the rocket and basil pesto to the mayonnaise. They cater for carnivores and vegans, gluten free and gluten full. Big on quality, consistency and supporting their neighbours, V&H provide a loyal lunch.
Little, authentic Italian restaurant on Western Rd Hove. Rustic and uncomplicated, Morelli Zorelli’s provides a true Italian experience. The artisan pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven in front of you. The dough balls are prepared and refreshed every day using authentic ingredients flown over from Italy. Cater for gluten free and vegan.
Neapolitan pizzeria Fatto a Mano, serve traditional wood-fired
Featuring in many ‘Top’ restaurant lists, the Gingerman in Norfolk Square is a wonderful dining experience. Priding themselves on creating ‘uncomplicated, full flavoured dishes made from the freshest and highest quality seasonal produce’, it is unsurprisingly a popular choice for many. It is intimate and cosy, whilst sophisticated and classy at the same time. A meal here feels very special indeed.
Lunch in Sussex
The Sussex Ox in Polegate is the spot to hit for an elevated country pub lunch, with ploughman’s and platters all a cut above the standard fare. A great selection of real ales and unbeatable views makes for an idyllic lunch that can easily spill into an afternoon.
Just fifteen minutes outside of Brighton in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint, The New Inn is a gastropub with a wonderful menu of modern and classic lunches, a major feature of which is their use of local Trenchmore beef and a Josper grill, largely regarded as the best grill in the industry. Beer and wines are also a celebration of things local with wines from Albourne Estate just a short distance up the road. The menu features weekly specials including a weekly vegan special.
Wingrove House in the village of Alfriston on the outskirts of Brighton, boasts 19th-century colonial style, manicured gardens and seasonal menus. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch. There is a 2-course lunch available from Monday to Saturday and a 2 or 3-course dinner, also available daily.
Limes offers a set-lunch menu during the day, from Tuesday to Saturday, exceptionally priced at just £13.95 for two courses or £15.95 for three. The menus at Limes always offer vegetarian and pescetarian options and they also cater to gluten-free and vegan diets. Some of their more popular dishes include the chicken liver parfait with boozy prunes & briôche, the griddled sea bass with chilli, and their deliciously creamy lemongrass crème brûlée with mixed berries.
The Wheatsheaf serves up modern gastro pub cooking with a European fusion and a dash of South American colour thrown in for good measure. Seasonal food is served in a venue well equipped for all seasons, with a beer garden, light, airy dining and cosy fire. Keep up to date with their special offers, such as lunchtime set menus, on their website