Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Lunch in Brighton and Hove

Our top picks

Seafront

The all-day dining menu at the stunning Cyan restaurant offers a decadent spread of seasonal plates of varying sizes. Nibbles, small plates for the grazers, large plates which are perfect for a main or for sharing and large sharing platters which offer some exquisite examples of Sussex’s finest and seasonal produce.

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.

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Photo credit: Justin De Souza

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

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-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.

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.

The Coal Shed on Boyce’s Street has been a popular destination for over 10 years and was the first of it’s kind to introduce the Josper grill for chargrilled sealed in flavour and exquisite meats. At lunchtime you can enjoy two or three courses from the a la carte menu (£20/ £24) from 12 – 4pm Monday to Saturday. Making it an affordable option on a luxury lunch in the Lanes.

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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.

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.

Open from noon from Wednesday to Sunday Kokedama provides a lunch offering that is elevated and somewhat special. The restaurant serves an entirely plant-based culinary experience. Small plates of exquisite quality and flavour make up the menu, so you can feast on as many or few as you like. If you’re after a lunchtime tipple then make sure to sample some of the stunning natural wines and innovative cocktails. Being Lanes based makes Kokedama the ideal spot to stop for lunch in between visiting some of the other cosmopolitan offerings in the area. 

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, local ingredients, with an emphasis on simplicity and authenticity. There are six lunch dishes which change seasonally, and always offer something creative and unexpected. Expertly mixed cocktails and a well thought out wine list make Lost in the Lanes a delightful find for leisurely lunches while visiting Brighton’s famed shopping area. 

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.

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.

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).

Lunch at Post House is a must. Their beautifully curated sharing plates menu is elegant and exciting. The dishes are made from the best in local and seasonal ingredients, they are presented with beautiful consideration and offer delicious explosions of flavour. Enjoy modern cuisine in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes and because they are made for sharing you can order more than one dish!

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 decades. Their imaginative and contemporary cuisine has won them Michelin Guide approval and the team at Terre a Terre have proven that their expertise can really push the boundaries of traditional cooking by creating the most exciting and delicious dishes. A lunchtime experience to behold, vegetarian or not.

Lunch in The North Laine area

Open from midday daily, Al Duomo serves freshly made authentic Italian food. It’s a perfect spot to stop for a quick, or leisurely, lunch. In the summer months enjoy dining alfresco with their suntrap terrace and views into the Pavillion Gardens. Seafood is something of a speciality for Al Duomo, using locally and freshly landed catches. Finish your meal off with some of their delicious gelato, which is also made in-house. 

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.

Looking for something fast, fantastic and famously delicious then head to The Gardener cafe. Set on Gardner Street in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine area, the cafe offers guests the chance to dine out on vegetarian and vegan dishes that have been lovingly created using ingredients that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. It runs as a charity by the team behind The Real Junk Food Product and operates on a PAYF basis. The menu is dictated by the ingredients available but the quality of the meals don’t budge. 

Superbly located in the heart of Brighton’s popular North Laine area, 2 Church Street is in a prime spot for you to enjoy a light lunch that’s sandwiched in between shopping trips, leisurely afternoons spent with loved ones or work stuff. The food offering is simple and offers sharing plates that champion the best produce from local suppliers and are clearly listed as charcuterie, smoked fish, pickles and cheeses. Should you decide to add a little tipple to the table then this intimate restaurant also offers a superb cocktail list and an abundant selection of world wines to help you unwind.

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.

Kemptown & Hanover

Set sea facing in Kemptown and serving lunch to the dinner menu of internationally inspired small plates, Daddy Longlegs has something that will tickle every taste. The menu changes weekly so only expect the same great quality when you return (which you will) as the dishes will be different. If you’re looking for a lunch time tipple then their natural wine list should have you salivating. Dining alfresco? Then head to the back of the restaurant to discover their exceptional lawned beer garden, which is the perfect spot to catch some lunchtime sunrays.  

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.

Pizza for lunch? Why not, it’s fast, filling and at Purezza it’s 100% vegan. Purezza has been on its spot on St James’ Street since 2015 as the UK’s first entirely vegan pizzeria. Their secret recipe for plant-based mozzarella and authentic sourdough bases have earned them numerous national and local awards. For weekday lunchtimes they offer a slightly smaller pizza and a paired back menu of five options at just £5 each.

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.

Lost Boys Land on London Road is the chicken shop for the discerning adult who refuses to grow up. Open from midday on Wednesdays through to Saturdays they serve Southern buttermilk soaked chicken, that completely reimagines the chicken shop experience. Homemade sauces in a range of flavours and heat crown the experience where you’ll be offered the option to dunk, drizzle or drench, depending on how saucy you want your lunch break to be!

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.

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

For a lunch that’s worth venturing over the Brighton border from head to Baked. The inviting, family-friendly, neighbourhood cafe is enviably set on the sunny side of the street, on a south-facing corner of Church Road, Hove. Whether it’s a lite lunch with a side coffee you’re after or a leisurely cocktail accompanied luncheon with friends, Baked provides both. Being just a short stroll from the idyllic Hove coastline, the cafe provides the perfect setting for resting after a seaside stroll.

Guests can enjoy an all-day brunch and lunch menu at Cafe Coho in Hove. The super stylish, retro diner-inspired cafe offers a great selection of dishes made from locally sourced produce. Daily specials are offered, alongside baked goods and a thoughtfully curated wine list. As well as hand-crafted cocktails, which are made fresh and available for you and friends to enjoy on those long laidback lunches in Hove (actually).

Set aside two to three hours for lunchtime dining at etch. Dining here offers an unparalleled experience to others in the city and is a culinary journey of excellence that simply can’t be rushed. Expect the best at Etch, over six to nine courses of innovative tasting plates that will take you to new culinary heights. The restaurant is stylish, sophisticated yet unpretentious with service that is fit for a king.

The Farm Tavern in Hove serves their build your own sausage and mash lunch on Saturdays, making it a good spot to line your stomach if making a day of it in local pubs. You’ll get to choose from a whooping selection of meat, veggie and plant-based sausages, pair them with a flavoured mash of your fancy and drown it all in one of their sumptuous selection of sauces (gravy). Or of course, if it’s a Sunday lunch you’re after then you’ll want to read about theirs here.

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.

Open from 10am daily and serving food from noon, Paris Wine Bar in Hove is a popular spot among locals for its modern British tapas menu and an extensive list of quality wines. The atmosphere throughout the bar is cosy and conducive to sticking around for the long haul, grazing your way through both the wine and food menus. At the back of the bar is a large garden area that’s shielded from the elements and the hustle and bustle of Church Road.

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

An award winning countryside pub, located in West Sussex that is fondly frequented by locals and provides a perfect destination spot for your out of town ramblings. The Crown Inn serves a menu of well made, gastropub classics, as well as daily changing specials, real ales and an exquisite wine list, which features many locally grown wines.

This stunning pub and restaurant is located in the heart of the great Sussex countryside in Lower Bedding near Horsham. The Crabtree has been family-run for over ten years, who originally set up the trailblazing Food for Friends in Brighton. Local produce includes seasonally foraged ingredients and meat from neighbouring farms.

Serving lunch between 12 pm – 3:30 pm Mannings Health has a well thought out menu of lunchtime offerings for you to enjoy alongside the epic views of the vineyard and the golf course. With wines from the family South African estate, and their own UK wines joining the menu soon. The cheese fondue has caught our eye.  

Head to Hurstpierpoint, explore the countryside, peruse the many treasure troves along the chocolate box highstreet and check in to Morleys Bistro for lunch. A sophisticated and stylish countryside restaurant that serves a menu of French inspired dishes, offers a superb wine list and cocktails that you’d swap out dessert for. 

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.

Venture over to the historic riverside town of Lewes for a lunchtime feast at the Needlemakers. The exclusively plant-based menu comes from the team behind The Roundhill (BRAVO, Best Sunday Lunch 2020, Moshimo Vegan Challenge winner 2019). They serve everything you’d want from a cafe from knockout brunches, lunches and countertop treats. Locally sourced wines and beers means that lunchtime here can be celebrated with a toast of the bubble stuff. 

Head to Brighton’s coastal neighbour Eastbourne and experience the excellence of Port Hotel. The restaurant is set on the ground floor of a contemporary restored Victorian townhouse. It’s sleek, modern and benefits from unbeatable views of the coast. Lunch here is an experience that should be savoured. The menu offers small and sharing plates of modern cuisine that champion local and seasonal ingredients and flavours thoughtfully curated and simply divided into five key offerings: little delicacies, meat, fish, veg and sweets. Should you wish to add a tipple or two to your luncheon then there’s a superb selection of exquisite local wines, beers and cocktails. 

Wine and dine your lunchtime away in Sussex in the Tasting Rooms at Rathfinny wine estate. From Wednesday to Sunday guests can enjoy the Michelin awarded, weekly changing three-course menu of modern cuisine, alongside the stunning views of the vineyard and sip on the fruits of its yield in the process.

North of Hurstpierpoint you’ll find a charming pub called the Sportsman. Known for its warm, hospitable service, exceptional food offering and bountiful selection of cask ales. The food served here is of an exceptional standard, by using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients they’ve ensured that the menu of gastropub favourites is of the highest quality.

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.

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.