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Lunch on Brighton Seafront
GB1 BN1 2FW
Located within the iconic Grand Hotel, another new and exciting addition to the ever increasing selection of fish and seafood restaurants in Brighton and Hove. Again, if it’s a business lunch you’re after or just a special treat, you wouldn’t find yourself disappointed dining here. As well as options of a la carte and classic private dining, they offer affordable set menus.
Salt Room BN1 2FU
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.
The Jetty BN1 1NA
Opening it’s doors in Summer 2016 The Jetty has quickly established itself as a main player in the Brighton restaurant scene. Located underneath The Jetty Hotel, on the corner of West Street and King’s Road, this stylish venue offers sumptuous afternoon tea, fresh fish dishes and a tasty choice of cocktails.
Drakes BN1 1PE
The award winning Restaurant at Drakes has achieved the highest score achieved amongst Brighton restaurants in the Good Food Guide 2018, making this the 9th year running. Situated in the sophisticated boutique hotel Drakes, it is perfect for long, leisurely lunches* or a quick but sophisticated set menu. Accomplished Head Chef, Andy Vitez updates the modern European fine dining menus regularly to reflect the best of the seasons. (*Open for Saturday and Sunday lunch only during the summer months)
NuPosto BN1 2RE
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!
OhSo Social BN1 1NB
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.
Smokey’s BN1 2FY
Inspired by a trip to the Californian desert, Smokey’s wanted to bring back some of that delicious, home-cooked food back to the shores of Brighton. Described as classic roadside cuisine with a pinch of spice from the Southern border. Brunch is served from 8am until 2pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am until 4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Benedict’s, pancakes, grills, chowders, ribs, wings and more.
West Beach Bar & Kitchen, BN1 2LN
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 their seafront terrace.
Bucket & Spade Cafe, BN1 2LN
Forming part of the old Victorian Arches underneath the Kings Road, the Bucket and Spade Cafe is ideally located on the Promenade, next to the Kings Road Playground & Paddling Pool. The Bucket & Spade Cafe is the perfect place to bring the family, with a large selection of children’s meals and snacks on offer and have plenty of book crayons and chalk board tables to keep the little ones entertained.
The Copper Clam, BN1 2FN
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.
Riddle and Finns at the Beach BN1 2FN
Not forgetting the classic Champagne and Oyster Bar, Riddle and Finns on the Beach. Just like its sister bar situated in The Lanes, its selection of high quality local fish and seafood served in a classy but deliciously relaxed setting is second to none. Come here for a quick light bite of oysters or shellfish salad or stay for a longer, more leisurely lunch whilst looking out to sea.
The Regency BN1 2HH
An institution of Brighton, this well-known and well-loved fish restaurant has made customers happy for many years. Family run, it’s known for its bustling and warm atmosphere: a perfect place to take the kids for lunch or just a group of friends for a good long catch up. In fact, the Regency is such a crowd pleaser you could go there for lunch on any occasion.
The New Club BN1 2HH
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, BN1 1NB
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!
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Lunch in The Lanes
Gars BN1 1HF
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.
No 32 Duke Street BN1 1AG
‘The owners of Havana brings you No 32 Duke Street.’ Almost unrecognisable, this is now a place to ‘Eat, Drink and Dance.’ The menu is an exciting selection of classic, simple dishes with creative and imaginative twists. All served in a trendy and elegant setting. Think giant, sparkling chandeliers, dark brown chesterfields and black and white vintage posters of Hollywood stars.
Food For Friends, BN1 1HF
Brighton’s popular vegetarian restaurant, Food For Friends, specialise in the art of cooking delicious plant based dishes, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Located in Brighton’s cosmopolitan and vibrant Lanes area, close to the city’s main attractions. The venue is warm and welcoming, offering a relaxed dining experience – open for both lunch and dinner.
The Coffee Break, by Edendum BN1 1HQ
The Coffee Break, by Edendum is a slice of Italy transported to Brighton, with freshly-cooked recipes that will satisfy every customer. Northern Italian tradition is mixed with Sussex produce producing delicious focaccia sandwiches, pizza squares, stuffed croissants. Stuffed fried rice balls, called arancini, are a must, once tried they will have you counting down the minutes to lunch!
Moshimo BN1 1JS
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.
Petit Pois, BN1 1AE
Located in the famous lanes on Ship Street, steps from the bustling sea front, this French tapas style formula is something a bit different in a city with lots of dining options. Serving well-known French classics with a modern twist designed for sharing – tapas style. A great spot for lunch, be it with friends, on a work lunch or by yourself. With their extensive French wine list you can enjoy a delicious glass to accompany your French tapas!
The Breakfast Club BN1 1HH
London’s successful Breakfast Club dining experience is now in Brighton’s Lanes. The Breakfast Club bring a bit of Miami Vice and art deco to Brighton. Check out their maple syrup video on this page for a bit of Breakfast Club fun. You’ll find brunch classics and something different too such as the Huevos Rancheros, which translates as rancher’s eggs and is a Mexican-style breakfast.
Agua Dulce BN1 1NE
Family owned Spanish restaurant, Agua Dulce is a popular fare. Situated on Kings Road on the seafront, their Mediterranean menu is seafood focused with plenty of meat and vegetarian options also. Also offering original ‘tapa’ this is an ideal place for sharing lunch with friends, family or colleagues. One free tapas with glass of wine.
Jamie’s Italian BN1 1ND
A stone’s throw from the beach on Black Lion Street, Jamie’s Italian is a lovely little place where you can enjoy an authentic Italian lunch with friends. Offering a light lunch with a selection of anti-pasti and sides such as bruschetta, arancini or sharing plates. If you want something more substantial however you can get yourself a huge bowl of pasta or a range of other mains.
Hotel Du Vin Bistro BN1 1AD
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.
The Black Lion BN11ND
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, it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. Available for lunchtime, early evening or weekend dining. The kitchen is open from 12pm until 10pm Sunday-Wednesday, 12pm until 9.30pm on Thursday, and 12pm until 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, you can also enjoy your food in their heated garden.
Chaula’s BN1 1HT
An Indian stalwart in Brighton and Lewes and one which gets a big credit for their authentic Gujarati cuisine. With secret recipes that have been passed down from Chula’s mother and grandmother, there is no wonder that this venue has a reputation for quality and tradition. Try their lunch time buffet for a bit of everything.
The Coach House BN11AL
A lively and unique Brighton venue, the Coach House is known for its informal and friendly atmosphere as well as it’s outstanding food. Situated in the heart of the lanes, but still only a stone’s throw from the seafront, it’s an ideal place for a quality relaxed lunch. The menu features classic dishes with a twist and all made with local and seasonal produce where possible. Great alfresco courtyard.
64 Degrees BN1 1HB
Hailed by the Guardian as the most exciting thing to hit the Brighton Food scene in years, 64 Degrees is a lunchtime experience to remember. The kitchen is literally at the heart of the restaurant where diners can eat at the pass watching the chef’s work directly in front of them. Giving you a ‘Social dining’ experience. 64 Degrees offer a six for four deal on weekday lunches (12-3 Monday – Friday).
Terre a Terre BN1 1HQ
‘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.
Curry Leaf Cafe BN1 1AE
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.
The House Restaurant BN1 1HL
A Victorian double fronted family run British bistro in the charming area of East Street down the historic The Lanes. Known for their amazing steaks and other signature dishes, the House restaurant is a popular among locals and the perfect place to have a quiet lunch with friends, business colleagues or even by yourself. There’s a great seating area outside if you want lunch alfresco.
Julian Plumart BN1 1AG
For those whose main aim to satisfy their sweet tooth at lunchtime, then this lovely little Parisian patisserie cafe is the place to come. Known for his beautifully crafted macarons, Julien Plumart also does a lovely lunch menu filled with sandwiches made with brioche baps, toasties, salads, soups and quiches. Includes choice of pastries, tarts, gateaux and other such things so naughty and nice.
Casa Don Carlos BN1 1HA
Traditional, intimate style Spanish tapas restaurant which has been a part of Brighton’s food scene for many years. It has your token red and white table cloths and is as authentic as you can get. Always busy and bustling, bookings are recommended in advance. With its fun and buzzing atmosphere, a birthday celebration lunch with friends here would be perfect.
Riddle and Finns BN1 1HB
Riddle and Finns is a seafood and fish lover’s dream. Tucked away in the discreet but delightful Meeting House Lane, it serves the freshest fish and seafood in Sussex. Quite literally, nearly all of their produce comes straight off the boat at Hove Lagoon. Think marble topped tables, candelabra’s, chandeliers and fresh, classic seafood dishes served with a big smile.
English’s BN1 1HL
One of the oldest and longest serving restaurants in Brighton. Cosy and intimate, it is perfect for a quiet exchange of gossip or business and serves the finest local seafood from the Brighton shores. Has spacious terrace and oyster bar and is based in a trio of former fishermen’s cottages. Fine dining from a time gone by.
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Lunch in the North Laine Area
Chilli Pickle BN1 1GE
Located in the trendy area of Jubilee Square, Chilli Pickle offers lunch with a bit of a kick. Indian cuisine served up in a setting which is unique and ‘little bit boutique’. Recipient of several awards, Chilli Pickle are dedicated to providing authentic Indian food, in a variety of innovative ways. Not got time to for a proper sit down lunch? Try their street food cart or take away from the Chilli Pickle Canteen.
Oki Nami BN1 1UF
One of the longest standing Japanese restaurants in Brighton and Hove. Huge on freshness, they consistently provide outstanding Japanese cuisine. The setting is in an old Regency building opposite the Pavilion side of the Brighton Dome, yet inside is contemporary and minimalist. Considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area.
Isaac At BN1 4EW (Saturday only)
But isn’t it only open at night you ask? Why yes that has been the case but Isaac At now opens it’s doors for a Saturday lunch service with two sittings – 12.30 and 2.30pm. Serving a 3-course menu similar in style to their evening fare it’s a chance to sample some fantastic dishes for £35 per head. Book online here.
Sidekick Kitchen at The Mash Tun, BN1 1UE
Since Sidekick have taken over the kitchen at The Mash Tun, people can’t stop going back for more of their homemade burgers! It’s the perfect spot for lunch, being so central amongst the hustle and bustle of Brighton. And for the sunnier days, there’s outdoor seating. Peruse their menu with quirky names and themed burgers, or try their finger-licking chicken wings.
Grow 40 BN1 4AL
Grow 40 is the lovely cosy little French café/bar on the corner of Kensington Gardens. The reason they have called it Grow 40 is because of the unique kitchen garden on the rooftop. They serve some fantastic salads for lunch made from leaves from the roof. You can’t get more local or fresh than that.
Mange Tout, BN1 4EB
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.
Franco Manca, BN1 1UL
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!
The Flour Pot Bakery, BN1 4EP
Power yourself into the afternoon with a freshly made sandwich, sausage roll or something new the bakery has whipped up early that morning. With an ever changing menu and plenty of choice it’s a great spot to have a bite to eat, especially with plenty of space to sit and relax at the back of the shop. If the sun is shining make sure to grab a seat outside for a perfect people-watching hour or so.
Kooks Restaurant BN1 1UN
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.
Silo BN1 4AN
Brighton’s first ‘Zero Waste restaurant’ is a unique experience providing an ethical, guilt-free lunch. The chef and visionary, Doug McMaster describes it as a ‘pre-industrial, primitive food system that generates zero waste’. Fittingly located in the North Laine, they have their own compost machine inside. Big on purity and ‘zero processed’, all the produce is locally and ethically sourced.
La Choza BN1 4AQ
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 provide the food at the Hare & Hound pub on London Road.
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Lunch in Central Brighton
Polpo, BN1 1UF
Polpo is near to the famous Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal, it’s a Bacaro restaurant, modelled on the scruffy wine bars of Venice. Bacaro is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food, and good, young northern Italian wines. Open all day, on the menu are cicheti (from £3), small plates (from £4) and desert (from £4). A great spot for lunch for it’s casual dining and great location!
Eatalio, Italian Street Food BN1 3WB
Eatalio brings you that typically Italian Street Food experience, offering the type of menu where you can also grab and go if you didn’t want to eat in. Giving you a range of small bites, salad bowls and piada options and Brighton’s first ever Italian street food concept. By the way, they really know how to serve a good coffee, a mean brunch bap and you must try their piada.
BeFries, BN1 1RR
Hand chipping the best potatoes available and double frying them to create the best chips you’ve ever eaten. These would be fantastic on their own but when combined with one of their sauces you have got a match made in heaven. Sauces include smoked chilli ketchups, copious mayonnaise variations, truffle infused greatness and magnificent mustards. A great stop for a bite to eat on your way to the beach!
Coal Shed BN1 1AN
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.
Al Duomo BN1 1EE
Classic Italian restaurant and pizzeria. A large and spacious restaurant, it can cater for large parties as well as lone diners. Centrally positioned next door to the historic Pavilion, Al Duomo’s has a large seating capacity for outside in the warmer months creating a lively Mediterranean atmosphere. This stalwart is the place to go for a lively and Latin lunch!
Caxton Arms BN1 3LB
The Caxton Arms is one of Brighton’s best kept secrets, tucked away in the heart of the city centre, just a short hop from Brighton station. It’s traditional pub inspired menu focuses on tasty authentic food, made by their passionate chefs. They use local butchers and fishmongers to ensure they have the freshest ingredients. There’s also a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes so everyone’s happy at the Caxton Arms, and don’t forget to check out their two-level beer garden and balcony, perfect for a sunny lunch!
Nuposto BN1 2RE
Nuposto serves you a slice of Naples on Brighton’s West Street. The Italian restaurant brings you the real deal; Italian pizza with all the smells of authentic Italy. Watch their Italian chefs at work in Brighton’s newest and sociable setting. Here you can almost touch the Italian produce in Brighton’s independent bar and restaurant.
Cricketers BN1 1ND
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
Redroaster, BN2 1RE
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 and Coffee, BN2 0GA
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.
New Steine Bistro BN2 1PB
A little French Bistro attached to the New Steine Hotel in the heart of Kemptown. This delightful place could pass as an art gallery as well as a restaurant. With interesting art all over the walls, eating here is more than a meal. The menu is French inspired and does not fail to impress. Cosy and intimate, it would be perfect for a romantic lunch date or an important business meeting.
The Old Bank Steak & Ribs BN2 1EA
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.
Morris and Jacques BN2 1TP
Morris and Jacques is an independent café on St James Street. A great place for a relaxed lunch when you want something a bit fancier than just a sandwich. They offer a great selection of light bites, salads, platters, charcuterie and local cheeses. They cater for all tastes including vegetarian and vegan. Big on simple, home cooked food. Delicious.
Brighton Rocks BN2 1PF
This trendy cocktail bar in Kemptown serves a simple but quality menu for light bites or more substantial mains, it’s got something for everyone including ‘Small plates’, sharing platters and steak. If you don’t need to go back to work after lunch, try one of their fabulous contemporary cocktails.
Neighbourhood BN2 1TP
A fun and independent bar/diner on the cool and hip St James Street. American inspired you’ll find lots of BBQ’d dishes on the menu and other classic US dishes such as chilli cheese fries and sloppy joes. The interior of this place is certainly very ‘Brighton’. Two floors covered with vintage artefacts and furniture, locally produced artwork and other interesting collectibles.
Busby and Wilds BN2 1NF
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.
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Lunch in the Seven Dials/ Brighton Station area
Chimney House BN1 5DF
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.
Cogging’s and Co BN1 3JE
If it’s a burger you want for lunch, then look no further as this is what award winning Cogging’s and Co do best. A fantastic selection of handmade Sussex burgers ranging from the classic to the adventurous. Great for large parties whether business or celebratory. They even do gluten free buns and offer a range of vegetarian options. Passionate about local, wholesome produce.
Inspired by the street food stalls in bustling train stations across India, the Curry Leaf kiosk offers a range of delicacies to the commuters and locals of Brighton after a quick bite to go. Spiced daals and soups of the day will keep you warm on your way to work and street food classics such as pakoras, samosas and bhajis are also served hot and crisp from the oven, along with grilled tandoor chicken, paneer and vegetable sandwiches.
The Sussex Yeoman BN1 3LU
Featured strongly as the ‘Best Food Pub’ in the Brighton Foodie Awards recently, the Sussex Yeoman’s reputation exceeds itself. Situated at the top of Trafalgar Street, not far from the station it is a bit of a walk up hill. But once you get there, boy will you be rewarded. Loyal to their name, most of the produce on the menu will be sourced from Sussex. Great special offers and daily specials.
The Good Companions, BN1 3TE
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.
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Lunch on London Road & North Brighton
Cafe Plenty BN1 4GW
Everything Plenty sources for their menu comes from local farms, producers and suppliers, as they believe in supporting and investing in their neighbours as much as possible. Freshly cut sandwiches, pastries and cakes will be made in their micro-bakery and there’s plenty of healthy lunch options from their seasonal menu, including salads and homemade veggie burgers.
Semolina BN1 4JN
The set lunch menu change weekly depending on what’s in season and available, sample dishes include; smoked haddock and cheddar croquettes and monkfish tempura with minted peas and sautéed potatoes. Tucked away just off London Road, Semolina is a real hidden gem – but certainly no secret as they recently came 12th in the Brighton Best Top 20 restaurants.
Moksha Café BN1 4GU
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.
Lost Boys Chicken, The Joker BN1 4QF
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.
Eastern Eye BN1 4JE
Leading Southern Indian restaurant a few minutes south of Preston Circus, Eastern Eye is a great place for a proper Indian in a relaxed and authentic setting. Very professional service, it’s ideal for business lunches as well as celebratory meals with friends and family. They have really affordable lunchtime offers including their fabulous Dosa’s. Highly rated.
Moe’s Café BN1 4NN
A little café on the corner of Preston Circus, Moe’s is a stalwart of the area. Warm and friendly owner and staff, this is an ideal place if you want a quiet, simple lunch away from it all. They do fantastic paninis with meatballs and other delights, and the best homemade cakes and slices. If savouries are more your thing try their homemade scotch eggs with a twist.
Carlito Burrito BN1 4GU
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.
Meat Liquor BN1 4GU
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?
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Lunch in 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 which vary throughout the seasons – think mac n cheese in the winter and fresh salads in the warmer months…
A stunning restaurant set in the Casino at the marina, the Waterside provides a range of classic authentic brasserie dishes with a modern creative twist. Relaxed but fancy, this is a great place for a business lunch or a celebration with friends. With a choice of two backdrops, either the buzzing casino or the calm and tranquil harbour of Brighton Marina from the restaurants outside decking area.
Located at the Malmaison hotel at Brighton Marina, Chez Mal serves classics with flare and skill, mixing French style with generous British portion sizes and modern American and Asian influences. Serving up breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in the chic modern brasserie.
Lunch in Hove
MARKET, Western Rd, BN3 1JD
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!
Cafe Malbec, Church Road
Café Malbec is an Argentinian deli based in Hove on the busy Church Road, it’s next door to it’s founders Latino America. Not only is Cafe Malbec great for a glass of South American wine but the Argentinian deli items are not to be missed, with the real-deal empanadas which come in delicious flavours such as chilli beef, chicken or cheese. They’re a perfect accompaniment with a coffee!
V & H Holland Road BN3 1BA
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.
Le Nantais Bistro BN3 2BE
For French bistro dining you need look no further than Hove! Le Nantais Bistro serve up an affordable lunchtime menu which tastes as authentic as the bistro looks. Classics, such as minute steak with frites and bourguignon pie, make up this simple but well formed lunchtime menu, complimented by an excellent hand selected wine list much of which is available by glass or carafe. An express Lunch menu is also available 12-3 Monday to Saturday.
Hove Place BN3 2FH
One of our favourites is the Hove Place Bistro pub and Gardens. Recently the food has improved, it has had a bit of a face lift and their great big gardens are as great as ever. Good venue all year round, particular 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.
Tropical Sushi, Western Road
Latin America has a long standing sushi tradition which has sadly had little exposure in the UK. Here to remedy that are the team of Venezuelan and Colombian nationals that make up Tropical Sushi. Offering a wide range of traditional and fusion plates this is a great spot for a healthy and fresh taste adventure!
The Urchin BN3 3YS
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.
Morelli Zorelli BN3 1JD
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.
Libation, BN3 2LJ
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 a menu based on using fresh, seasonal produce and sectioned into tapas plates & main plates with filled baguettes available at lunch time. Weekend Brunch served 10.30am – 1.00pm.
Fatto a Mano, BN3 2BD
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.
The Set Cafe is the informal little sister of The Set Restaurant at the Artists Residence on Regency Sqaure in Hove. Serving up cocktails, craft beers and seasonal small plates. The Cafe is a great venue for lunch which is open Monday – Saturday, reservations recommended.
Lunch in Sussex
Proud Country House, Stanmer Park
Not many restaurants in Brighton can boast the spectacular views and grounds that Proud Country House so elegantly sits amongst. Lunch is served daily from 12pm in the grand restaurant with tables clothed with linen or for a more laid back, relaxed lunch, guests can also sit in the beautiful garden or library and lounge area. Here is a sample lunch menu.
Aqua BN7 2FS (Lewes)
Lewes-based Italian restaurant Aqua, offers fresh Italian food at affordable prices, using only the best produce. The Lunch and Early Dinner menu offers great choices at fixed prices and changes every week. Valid on Monday to Saturday, 12pm until 7pm. 2 courses £10.95 (choose from starter and main, or main and dessert per person) 3 courses £12.95.
Wingrove House BN26 5TD (Alfriston)
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 for £18 and a 2 or 3 course Dinner available daily for £29/£35.
Limes of Lindfield RH16 2HN
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, BN5 9BD
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
The Bull Inn BN5 9AD (Henfield)
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! The Bull is popular for it’s freshly made to order pizzas that are stone baked in a traditional oven.
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