Brighton & Hove's Best Brunch & Breakfast Spots 2020

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Let me conjure up a scene - you've woken up at leisure, no rushing, no alarm clocks, no work and you can take your time. All you have to do is grab a few friends or an enjoyable read and head to somewhere where the food is healthy, hearty and scrumptious. 

Brighton is made for Brunch and there are tempting options all over Brighton and Hove, so here are just a few favourites and why we love them.

An independent neighbourhood cafe a mere stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion, Starfish & Coffee burn a serious flame for mouthwatering brunch dishes, championing the breakfast-lunch hybrid with their motto, 'brunch like a boss'. So, how do Starfish & Coffee make their brunch offerings so bloody good? They start by using only local, seasonal produce, with ham and free range eggs sourced from Holmansbridge Farm near Lewes, sausages and bacon from Ockham Farm in Ewhurst Green, milk from Ringmer cows, and smoked salmon from Edburton. Their coffee comes from Brighton-based roastery Coffee at 33, and fresh bread, pastries and sweet treats arrive daily from artisan bakeries such as Coburn & Bakery, Becky's Brownies and Cookie Cartel.

Take a wander down to Lewes Road and discover the hidden gem that is Brewed. Known for their own house roasted single origin coffee which you may have seen dotted around some other notable Brighton eateries. Brunch lovers need to add this place to their bucket list immediately. Grab a pew on their decked sun terrace and tuck into a mighty fine brunch whilst sipping on a freshly roasted coffee for the ultimate mid-morning indulgence. They serve classic brunch staples alongside regularly changing seasonal plates. Open in the evenings too for craft beers and wine and tasty little vegan and omnivore friendly small plates.

This laid-back espresso bar serve up one of the world’s leading coffee roasters, Allpress. Coffee connoisseurs come forth! As well as a heavenly selection of loose leaf teas from Brew Tea Co. Veggies and Vegans are well catered for and their brunch menu is just stellar. With breakfast burritos, apple crumble pancakes and cornbread waffles on the menu, you'll have a hard time deciding which delicious brunch option to choose from.

Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts & light lunches. This is the brainchild of the mind behind Lala’s Cafe over in Hove - another spot well worth checking out for that right-on cafe experience. Rust is full of shabby chic charm - which you can soak up over a cup of locally sourced, RedRoaster coffee, or one of their freshly-made quiches, salads and delicious sandwiches. If it’s sunny out, try and nab a seat in their beautiful patio area and escape the hustle and bustle for a few minutes. Also hosting grea​t pop-up dinners in the impressive cellar, Cafe Rust - whether night or day - is a must visit.

A contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees, speciality teas, a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such as roast peach, proscuitto, rocket and whipped ricotta salad or head down on a Saturday morning for a Wriggle favourite – The Lost Breakfast with free rangepork sausage and eggs, smoked streaky bacon, homemade hash browns,heritage tomatoes and field mushrooms on sourdough. Acai Bowls are a big house favourite a definite must try, small breakfast bowls jam-packed with goodies such as fresh fruit, pistachios, hemp seeds, bee pollen and granola. For afternoon treats chose from a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

Having recently taken over this lovely cafe in Hove, the wonderful team behind Treacle & Ginger are excited to serve the lovely people of Brighton. It's a great place to meet friends and to discover great local art and crafts, with regularly changing wares on display in keeping with the seasons. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or refreshing soft drink and a slice of homemade cake - there are plenty of cakes and savouries to try. Or join for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Offering Sussex sparkling wine, selected local craft beers, Hurstwood cider, Brighton gin and a great Bloody Mary, there's something for all tastes at Treacle & Ginger!

Young downtown boho spot with soft lighting, cracking small-plate dining and a lovely big bar to prop up and chat with staff over. What more could you want? Breakfast? Cool, how does ‘local butcher’s sausage, poached eggs, white pudding (divine), roasted vine tomatoes, crispy bacon, mushrooms and sourdough’ sound. Tunes? The playlist (one indie, some oldies, select electronica later on) is curated by owner, local DJ and producer Tim Healey. Art? Bespoke pieces dominate the capacious back room. And there’s burgers, plus Mediterranean and even Indian options to fill your face. It’s ace.

Tucked away in Hove inside a beautiful old building overlooking the stunning Palmeira Square is Down to Earth Coffee. With incredible regular beans from Round Hill Coffee, as well as a dreamy selection of rotating guest espressos and filter choices, Down to Earth are bringing their A-game to the booming Brighton & Hove coffee scene. Come for the idyllic views and a cracking cup of Joe, and stay for the freshly baked treats adorning the counter – or go all out with one of the inviting brunch dishes.

How do you like the sound of tucking into a beautiful breakfast dish as you watch the bustle of Brighton pass by? Sounding good? Then this Wriggle at Oseta Cafe is for you! Choose any dish from their breakfast menu paired with a hot drink of your choosing. A few of our favourites are the Smokey homemade beans w/ feta, herb dressing & chilli flakes on Sourdough or 2 eggs, avocado, spinach, halloumi, humous, roasted cherry tomatoes, nuts & seeds.

There's a stunning brunch menu at Mange Tout, be sure not to miss the heavenly 'full mange tout' cooked breakfast complete with free range Sussex bacon, Toulouse sausage, roasted mushrooms, spinach, tomato compote, organic eggs and organic tartine. What we're totally enamoured with, though, is the beautiful lunch menu. A chalk board details the small but perfectly formed list of daily changing starters, mains, sides, cheeses and desserts. Go with a group of loved ones and order one of everything - Mange Tout is french for 'eat everything', after all! There's also a fabulous selection of drinks – locally roasted coffee and sustainably sourced teas sit comfortably beside a pretty special list of natural wines.

Baked in Hove is for brunch lovers. For a slice of the way things are done here, order a coconut coffee and start the day with a tropical kick. The wide variety of breakfast options will serve you well, whether you’re looking for a healthy treat or something calorific to cure that hangover. For the ultimate breakfast experience, pick the mouth-wateringly good poached eggs, served on toasted sourdough with a luxurious combination of basil, feta and avocado. Sides can be added, and it's a hard choice between salmon and bacon. If you've more of a sweet tooth, the pancake stack slathered in house syrup and raisin butter really gets your taste buds going.

Opposite St Peters you’ll find a real cool little joint called The Longhouse Cafe. It’s 100% plant-based and has oodles of tasty menu options and a whole heap of charm. Sparse white walls paired with colourful artwork, a ceiling canopy of beautiful foliage from local indoor plant shop, Spiderplant and vibrant miss-matched furniture make it an Instagrammer's dream. Pop yourself down and meander the heavenly menu. The breakfasts are mightily moreish but there are plenty of decent lunch items too such as soups, curries, stews, and warming chilli. Many of the dishes are gluten free as well as vegan, so you can rest easy knowing your tum and conscience are happy.

The award winning café has much to offer. With reclaimed furniture and exposed brickwork, this is a stylish place to sit back and watch the world go by with a cup of your favourite brew. The deceptively large building is set over two levels, so don’t be put off if it looks a little busy from the outside. With an extensive range of cakes, pastries and savoury items alongside a full breakfast and lunch menu - with boozy options too - this truly is an all-day venue. Their house blend espresso, Revelation (Guatemala), comes from London’s Union hand-roasters: a dark roast espresso giving complex floral aromatics, ripe red fruit notes of cherry and a dark caramel treacle-like body.

Nestling amongst the residential streets of Prestonville sits Joe's Café, which dishes up must-try hashes and hearty breakfasts. Tuck in to see why they achieved Best Cafe and Best Breakfast in the 2015 Brighton Food Awards. Nibbling on a monster slice of homemade cake whilst sipping a local brew - in the homely atmosphere created by husband and wife owners and 27 years of heritage - will make you feel right at home. Grab a table in the sunny garden, weather permitting.

You can't miss The New Club on the seafront and inside you'll find great views of the old pier and the sea twinkling back at you through its large windows. Open since 2013 this American style diner not only offers breakfast burgers, but also a selection of hangover cures and hard brunch beverages. All angles, literally covered. Their coffee is direct trade organic coffee from Union and they use 35 day aged Herefordshire beef from a local Sussex farm. They also recycle as much as they can and nothing goes to landfill.


Renowned for their phenomenal breakfast and brunch offerings, Six requires you to add this to your brunch bucket-list immediately. The pesky breakfast is one of a kind - smoked salmon, crayfish, mackerel, hash browns, mushrooms, purple potato, cherry tomato, avocado, organic baked beans and toasted sourdough. Beat that.

This funky indecent coffee shop has come a long way since it first opened its doors back in 2007. From the humble coffee shop to a food-led place for breakfast and lunch. They love to challenge themselves on keeping on top of food trends and providing top quality produce from local and ethically sourced food. Run by Oliver de Trafford who has got a long background in hospitality where he originally trained and worked as a chef. With a dream of running his own restaurant, he eventually left his job as a manager for a high street coffee chain to set up Moksha with the help of his mum Kate and stepdad Karl. Did you know that Moksha means release and liberation? A fitting name for a café, hoping to provide you with just that and good food.

V & H specialise in creating award-winning best breakfasts, brunches and lunches by sourcing the highest quality, local and ethically sustainable produce from within Sussex, using the local producers and seasons as inspiration for their dishes. Their beverages are also sourced as ethically and locally as possible but packed with with flavour. They cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements including gluten and dairy intolerance as well as dietary choices such as vegan and vegetarian.

For all manner of single origin decadence, Black Mocha - on the North Laine’s eastern fringe - might just be King Bean. An elegant symphony of sweet and savoury resonates right through this diminutive little café, starting with street level decor and concluding with a fine selection of premium eats and liquid treats. The Espresso, from Monmouth of London, is genuinely outstanding (thick, fruity and complex) and the cake curation is equally gilt-edged – those hoping to be seduced by divine vegan and gluten free fancies will not be disappointed. Put a couple of hours aside and percolate in Black Mocha - it’s up there with the creme de la crop.

Bringing you award-winning, sustainable food & drink from their weatherproof seafront venue, Lucky Beach were recently ranked #3 best burger restaurant in the UK, as well as best food by the sea. It's no surprise, as these burgers are sensational. Much of the produce is locally sourced, organic and sustainably-managed, and they even roast their coffee out of their own accredited Brighton Roastery. Throughout the year, Lucky Beach regularly host​ events, recently featuring some of the UK's best known Michelin star chefs and TV favourites. When it comes to burgers, beers or a spot of brunch by the beach, there's really no place quite like it.

A wholesome, healthy and homemade food lover's retreat. Nestled away from the action of Kemptown, you may be surprised at how busy this quirky little cafe is, but with peeled back walls and upcycled features including an old sink as a salad bar and tin cans for display stands, it’s hard to miss. And you’ll be spoilt for choice at the cafeteria-style counter that’s teeming with delicious quiches, sandwiches, salads and cakes - all prepared in their open plan kitchen. The staff clearly enjoy their work together, which creates a real sense of harmony and a warm welcome.

Reviews of Iydea are littered with flabbergasted I’ve-never-been-to-a-veggie-joint types, slack-jawed​ at the quality, affordability and flair of the vegetarian grub at Iydea. Boasting environmental packaging and health-conscious raw grub, Iydea is a casual spot serving up delicious homemade veggie food in a canteen style setting. With a number of alternating dishes from baked aubergine boats to moussakas and quiches, the taste lives up to the vibrancy of the countertop options. Their Kensington Gardens spot is bang tidy for people watching or a quick game of ‘Vegetable or Mineral?’.

Owners Jo and Pete were inspired by their travels in Australia and New Zealand, particularly by the brunch scene. So after having worked at restaurants for over 50 years, they decided it was time to open their own place with their new found inspiration. They have created a ‘home from home’ style eatery where you can relax with friends over a leisurely brunch. And boy do they do brunch right. Picture pink lattes alongside beautiful poached eggs with lashings of hollandaise, spicy shakshukas and stacks of buttermilk pancakes.

1920's inspired American eatery on Brighton's iconic seafront. These guys specialise in freshly squeezed fruit and veg juices, authentic American milkshakes and banging brunches. Furnished with eclectic up-cycled furniture, everything in the eatery is for sale. Inspired by turn of the century, speak-easy prohibition era, the ramshackle diner plays music from the 1920's and 30's creating a New York Deli Style vibe. If you've got a ravenous lunchtime pang head over for one of their signature sandwich stacks. Or if you're in the market for a breakfast tummy filler - the Dade County Breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, chicken goujons, streaky bacon and scrambled eggs and maple syrup is a real crowd pleaser. This is New York Style service with a smile..

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