Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Lunch in Brighton and Hove

Our top picks

Seafront

Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret…with its 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!

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.

Fancy an authentic Neapolitan pizza? At Nuposto the dough is proved for over 24 hours before being topped with rich tomato sauce and the freshest Italian mozzarella then cooked at a staggering 450F for just 60 seconds to seal in the flavour. Need it in a hurry? Use their collection web service to have it ready for your arrival!

This lively, all-around 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.

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Photo credit: Justin De Souza

Lunch at Shelter Hall is no slapdash affair. With seven independent restaurants serving modern cuisine, thoughtfully assembled and housed under one roof, this food hall offers the guest a culinary experience akin to no other available in the city. On dry days guests can enjoy unparalleled alfresco dining, panoramic sea views come as a fortuitous bonus with this venue. Inside you will find ample seating on the ground floor as well as mezzanine and balcony seating is also available. 

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.

Lunch in The Lanes

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 its amazing food is also an 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.

Situated in the Old Coach House on Middle Street, Burnt Orange boasts a luxuriously decked out restaurant and secluded sunlit courtyard (sun permitting). Burnt Orange mixes comfort with quality and serves up seasonal small plates and creative cocktails, plus a well-curated wine list to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Be prepared to block out your afternoon if you do go for lunch here, Burnt Orange has a habit of making you eat a little slower, talk a little longer and sip a little deeper.

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Photo credit: Coppa Club

Coppa Club has 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lost in the Lanes cafe and deli is open seven days a week from breakfast through until late afternoon. All their food is made using fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on simplicity and authenticity. the kitchen serves hot plates Monday to Sunday 9 am – 3 pm, while the deli is available every day until 5 pm for baked goods, savoury treats and an interesting variety of filled sandwiches and ciabattas.

There’s plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Speciality coffees and teas as well as smoothies are available to wash it all down with cocktails wine and beer for a more lush lunch. Freshly made cakes turn lunch into a treat, with some no-so-naughty, healthy treats also available.

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.

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.

On the 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).

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 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!

Open from midday daily the Rum Kitchen brings the taste of the Caribbean to the shores of Sussex. Think jerk barbecue, burgers, spicy chicken wings and plenty of veggie and vegan options. There are also rum-based cocktail offers daily until 7 pm, should you wish to turn your Brighton lunch into a carnival.

Socialite Brighton is open Tuesday to Sunday from midday and is well placed in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes, making it a perfect spot to stop for lunch while on a day out in the city. The menu is full of high quality, and often locally sourced ingredients that are expertly prepared into an upmarket modern dining experience. There’s streetside alfresco dining in the pedestrianised area between East Street and Market street which has a very continental feel to it. Inside is luxuriously decorated and spacious, perfect for social lunches that might just turn into afternoon drinks on the glamorous rooftop terrace.

‘Where vegetarianism is an 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.

Lunch in The North Laine area

Lunch in the North Laine is always an entertaining affair, whether you’re catching up with friends or indulging in a little people watching. At TEN is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon and is an excellent choice if you enjoy grazing on some of the UKs finest cheese and charcuterie. For a lunch that’s also a bit lush, you’ll find an extensive wine list curated by local sommelier Steve Pineau with wines to suit all tastes and budgets. Being close to the Corn Exchange and Theatre Royal makes this a great stop before a matinee performance too.

Tapas Revolution on North Street is a perfect central location for a spot of lunch when about town. They also do great lunchtime weekday offers, with two tapas and pan con tomato for just £10.95, giving you more piquillo for your pence. Throw in a little sangria while you dip into flavour-packed tapas dishes such as Spanish meatballs, squid rings with alioli and lemon and baked piquillo peppers stuffed with mushrooms and bechamel sauce. After all that you might want to make it a really authentic experience with a little siesta. 

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 blackboard, as well as a stable of brunch and small plates served until 3 pm. If you haven’t got to rush back to the office this is a great spot for some people watching with their outdoor seating area and a fine selection of low intervention organic wines.

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 its efficient service, good prices and being sourdough, it’s easy on your gut so you won’t feel sluggish after this pizza!

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.

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.

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.

Kemptown & Hanover

Hanover’s The Hartington serves home-cooked, well priced, honest pub fare from 12-5 pm on 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.

Serving from 7 am-5 pm, 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 specialises 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.

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.

Small Batch Coffee Roasters are renowned for their coffee through Brighton, Hove and beyond. While picking up your favourite lunchtime caffeinated pick-me-up, you can also grab a tasty sandwich, salad, pastry or savoury all made fresh thanks to their Small Batch Bakery and Kitchen. Three of the shops (Goldstone Villas, Norfolk Square and Seven Dials) also have kitchens, so you can enjoy a freshly made all-day brunch (or lunch if you’ve already had breakfast, they don’t discriminate). 

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 9.30 pm Monday to Saturday (changing to an evening menu at 5.00 pm) 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.

London Road / North Brighton

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.

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 a 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.

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?

Brighton Marina

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 that vary throughout the seasons – think mac n cheese in the winter and fresh salads in the warmer months.

Taste Sussex on the Brighton Marina boardwalk is a big lounge-diner style restaurant but is actually locally and independently owned. Here you’ll find a take on big-chain favourites, like burgers, large sandwiches, grilled plates and pasta dishes, but the difference with Taste Sussex is nothing is a microwaved reheat job and almost everything is locally and responsibly sourced. It’s a great spot for lunch while visiting the Marina, but also, we feel, a lunch destination in its own right.

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.

Hove

Lunch at The Freemasons is a sure-fire way to make sure you are fuelled and ready for a long afternoon of drinking, shopping or, depending on how far you take it, sleeping. Guests can expect big American authentically smoked dishes that suit big appetites or pop in during the week to sample their lighter weekday lunch menu including smoked wraps & bar’b’que loaded fries.
The Fire & Smoke kitchen is brought to you by the award-winning team behind Bluegrass BBQ, they create authentic American dishes from genuine American ingredients. Think burger buns packed with brisket, bourbon glaze, stilton and smoked cherry bbq sauce, homemade adobo mayo and fresh jalapeños, or slow-smoked meats including pig ‘wings’, bar’b’que chicken and beef rib fingers with Texan-spiced fries and you’ll be on the money with the offerings available.

Neapolitan pizzeria Fatto a Mano, serve traditional wood-fired pizzas, made using authentic ingredients, and focus on friendly, welcoming service have established Fatto a Mano’s popularity among locals. There’s a choice of venue depending on where you are in Brighton, either Hove or their original restaurant which is on London Road. Great for an alfresco lunch!

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 offering on.

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.

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 that needed a decent pub and now they have one.

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. 

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. Tuesday to Thursday they offer a menu del dia, which includes three dishes for £12. 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sussex

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 that needed a decent pub and now they have one.

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.

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.

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.