The concept of combining breakfast and lunch into one super meal isn’t perhaps quite as ground-breaking as it was a few years ago. However, that doesn’t mean that brunch is any less popular than it was when the concept was first conceived. Millennials and adults alike still love to flock to cafés and restaurants offering the late-morning meal whenever they have the opportunity. What’s more brunch is by no means just a case of avocado on toast with a poached egg anymore; brunch menus these days tend to cover a fair bit of ground. A variety of different styles and genres of restaurants now offer brunch and that’s certainly the case in Brighton.
Brighton has always been known as a city full of quirky backstreets, hipster cafés and great food. So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there are a lot of incredible brunch spots in the cultural capital of the South. Whether you’re in the market for a stack of syrup-drizzled pancakes, an acai bowl, or a huge full English, there will be somewhere in Brighton that’s guaranteed to tick all the boxes. One of the other reasons we think that Brighton is such a great city for brunch is the fact that after you’ve stuffed your face, you can wander down the beach in minutes, inhale some sea air and go for a wander. Now what could be better than that?
With such a range of different brunch spots around in Brighton, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a bit overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve put together a guide below to the best brunch in Brighton to help you find the perfect place. So, whether you live in Brighton and are looking to discover somewhere new, or are visiting for a few days and want to try the best places, we’ve got you covered.
The New Club
What: Inspired by the indie coffee houses of New York and LA, The New Club overlooks Brighton's seafront as since opening in 2013 has become renowned for its crowd-pleasing brunch menu. Covering all bases, The New Club's menu includes everything from hefty breakfast burgers to stacks of American-style pancakes. Wash your food down with one of the brunch cocktails on offer and you'll be sure to leave with a big smile on your face.
Where: 133-134 Kings Road, BN1 2HH
Lost in the Lanes
What: This contemporary café tucked away in the quirky Brighton Lanes is all about serving simple brunch dishes made using high quality ingredients, in a casual, minimalist setting. It's a great spot to escape to while enjoying classics such as beans on toast, and toasted banana bread. However, Lost in the Lanes also offers a few more unusual brunch dishes too; think miso roasted carrots with spiced orange and chilli quinoa and mint labneh.
Where: 10 Nile Street, BN1 1HW
What: This hipster bistro run by local DJ Tim Healey is all about big plates, good tunes and cocktails a plenty, and who can complain? Based in the North Laine area of the city, you can expect hearty brunch dishes at Kooks such as a full English featuring sausages from a local butcher. It's up to you whether you choose to go for a coffee or a cocktail on the side. We know which one we'd go for...
Where: 56 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN
Moksha Kitchen & Coffee
What: Moksha Kitchen & Coffee has been a brunch favourite among Brighton locals for a while now thanks to its broad menu focused around top quality, sustainably sourced produce. The family run café caters brilliantly to vegetarian and vegan diets too with a particularly impressive selection of Buddha bowls available. If you've got space, we'd also recommend trying a slice of one of Moksha's freshly baked cakes.
Where: 4-5 York Place, BN1 4GU
Starfish & Coffee
What: Nestled away in the hilly Hanover neighbourhood of Brighton, Starfish & Coffee is an independent café which really has gone all out with its brunch offering. The generous portions here certainly won’t leave you needing much else to eat before dinner and that’s no bad thing when the food tastes so good. A favourite on the brunch menu are the breakfast bowls which consist of a large sourdough roll filled with a breakfast filling and then oven baked.
Where: 32 Egremont Place, BN2 0GA
The Breakfast Club
What: This Brighton outpost of The Breakfast Club was the first one outside of London and it's certainly bursting with character. Brunches at The Breakfast Club never fail to disappoint thanks to its expansive menu which ranges from big fry ups and breakfast burgers to cornflake fried chicken and waffles. We suggest stacking up on sides too and turning your brunch into a proper banquet.
Where: 16-17 Market Street, BN1 1HH
The Ivy in the Lanes
What: If it's a bit more of a special brunch that you're looking for, you can't go wrong with a table at The Ivy. Just like all branches of the classic restaurant, The Ivy in the Lanes is both brightly and stylishly decorated to give the place a classy feel. The brunch menu, offered only at weekends, means business too and features starters as well as mains. A particular favourite of ours are the hot buttermilk pancakes with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and strawberry sauce.
Where: 51A Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Lucky Beach Café
What: Located right on Brighton's gorgeous seafront, Lucky Beach Café is already a winner thanks to its amazing views and sun-drenched outdoor tables during the summer. Add to that the fact that it serves a mean brunch menu focused around sustainable produce and it becomes a must-visit spot. Treats on the menu include crab and avocado benedict, and chocolate brioche French toast with cream for those with a sweeter tooth.
Where: 183 Kings Road, BN1 1NB
Food for Friends
What: A long-time favourite among Brighton's non-meat-eaters, Food for Friends has been lauded for its innovative vegetarian and vegan cooking ever since it opened in 1981. It has seen a fair few revamps and changes over the years in an effort to keep up with the times, and one of those was the introduction of a brunch menu. The meat-free menu includes dishes such as vegan American-style pancakes with coconut yoghurt, and spicy tofu scrambled eggs with tomato salsa.
Where: 17-18 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HF
What: You'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd stepped into a country pub when you first enter Village in Brighton's Hanover borough. However this unlikely-looking café-cum-bar actually serves a stonkingly good brunch with dishes on the menu including everything from dippy eggs and soldiers to a rarebit. Village's brunch menu is also incredibly reasonably priced with a full English with all the trimmings costing just £9.
Where: 129 Islingword Road, BN2 9SH
What: Situated just a stone's throw from Brighton train station, this French-inspired bistro lives up to its name as you really will want to eat everything when you see the menu. Serving brunch every day of the week Mange Tout's regularly changing menu is written up on a chalk board and features Gallic classics such as croque monsieurs, croissants filled with gruyere, and pain perdu. Meanwhile, Mange Tout's mimosa is the perfect accompaniment to any brunch.
Where: 81 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EB
What: While there is the option to have a bagel with your coffee at Nowhere Man, the brunch menu is predominantly focused around one thing and that’s pancakes. Options start simple with a stack of three topped with maple butter costing under a fiver. However, if you’re feeling like something a little more substantial why not go for a stack topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, whipped cream and blueberry compote?
Where: 53 Upper North Street, BN1 3FH
What: Hidden away in the Lanes, the Brighton outpost of Sugardough functions both as a bakery and as a restaurant serving seasonal British dishes with the odd Levant twist. Depending on how hungry you are, you can either pick one of Sugardough’s wonderful pastries to have for brunch, or go for a dish of the brunch menu such as potato rosti with gin cured salmon and a poached egg. For £20 per person there’s also the option to add bottomless prosecco, bellini or mimosa to your brunch.
Where: 18 Market Street, BN1 1HH
What: Priding itself on serving only the freshest produce, Café Rust is a quaint and quirky café in the up and coming Brighton neighbourhood of London Road. Boasting a small garden out the back which always proves popular during the warmer months, it's a perfect place to come for a long, lazy brunch. Indulge in delicious dishes like eggs Benedict and Welsh rarebit, with a selection of daily specials also available.
Where: 50 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
What: There's no shame in occasionally craving a big, greasy fry up and that's just what Billie's Cafe does best. This homely café is completely unpretentious which we love and that includes the prices which rarely drift over the £8 mark for generously sized portions. Once you're there, we'd suggest going all in and opting for the all day jumbo meat breakfast which comes with everything you could possibly hope for.
Where: 34 Hampton Place, BN1 3DD
What: Redroaster is a name you might hear quite a lot when it comes to brunch is Brighton as they provide their ethically sourced, hand-roasted coffee to many of the city's top cafés and restaurants. However, Redroaster Café itself serves a brilliant brunch menu alongside its popular coffee. The all-day menu covers plenty of ground in terms of different cuisines, including dishes such as smoked lamb, aubergine and fried egg on toast, and a breakfast burrito. Redroaster also offers a well-priced bottomless brunch option for £29.95 per person.
Where: 1D St James's Street, Kemptown, BN2 1RE
Find yourself in London looking for a brunch spot? We've got you covered with our guide to the must-visit places for brunch in the Capital