Best brunch Brighton: 20 tasty spots to start your day

Oh we do like to brunch beside the seaside…

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Best brunch Brighton: 20 tasty spots to start your day

Brunch in Brighton, in our humble opinion, offers some of the best options anywhere in the UK. The concept of combining breakfast and lunch into one super meal isn’t quite as ground-breaking as it was a decade ago, but if anything, brunch is more popular than ever. Diners continue to flock to cafés and restaurants offering this 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, even blending into full-on lunch menus. You can find more or less anything you want for brunch these days, 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 brunch spots in the cultural capital of the South coast. 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 here that’s guaranteed to tick all the boxes. Drag brunch in Brighton is also an area of growing popularity, with a number of venues offering drag and bottomless brunch as a weekend activity that scores high on both entertainment and good food for a win win scenario.

The best part about going for brunch in Brighton, is the fact that after you’ve stuffed your face, you can wander down the beach in minutes, inhale some sea air and walk off those pancakes! Now what could be better than that?

With such a range of different brunch spots in and around 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 here 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.


Best brunch in Brighton

Check out our pick of the city's best brunch spots, from low-key cafes serving great eggy breakfasts to sweet treats and pancake stacks galore. Looking for brunch on Brighton seafront? We've got that covered too, with everything from beach cafes to rooftop restaurants overlooking the English Channel.

The New Club

blueberry pancakes at new club

What: Inspired by the indie coffee houses of New York and LA, The New Club overlooks Brighton's seafront and 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 rolls to stacks of American-style pancakes. Top these off with some proper Canadian maple syrup to really sweeten the deal.
Where: 133-134 Kings Road, BN1 2HH
Book now: The New Club

Oeuf Cafe

pancakes, a full english and a cocktail at oeuf cafe

What: Just a few steps from the seafront, this cafe in Hove offers a delightful all day menu full of your favourite brunch classics. This cosy joint is a real floral paradise, with baby pink walls and a pastel green bar adorned with gold detailing that make it the quintessential cafe. Brunch offerings can be enjoyed on outdoor seating with sea views or tucked away in the secret garden, the perfect spot for those summer days. It'll come as no surprise that eggs are on the menu, but this comes alongside a number of indulgent pancakes or even the signature 'Frumpets' - a stack of french toast battered crumpets that you won't find anywhere else.
Where: 8 Third Avenue, BN3 2PX
Book now: Oeuf Cafe

Cafe Coho

avocado on toast at cafe coho

What: This youthful cafe has a real reputation as a barista-haven, having won awards in the past for quality coffee. You can grab a stack of pancakes alongside an artistic flat white, or tuck into a wide range of breakfast rolls, eggy breakfasts and vegan plates. Cafe Coho is permanently packed thanks to its spot in the South Lanes, but on sunny days you can nab a table outside for some people watching.
Where: 53 Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Book now: Cafe Coho


cooked breakfast from kooks

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 about that? 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 a coffee or a cocktail on the side. We know which one we'd go for...
Where: 56 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN
Book now: Kooks

Starfish & Coffee

poached egg dish from 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. Favourites on the brunch menu are the full English and vegetarian equivalents alongside a selection of delightful pastries from the nearby Fika By The Sea Bakery. Drinks are also kept local, with coffee coming from not-for-profit roasters SkyLark Coffee. 
Where: 32 Egremont Place, BN2 0GA
Book now: Starfish & Coffee

The Ivy in the Lanes

maple syrup pancake drizzle

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 at the classic restaurant group, 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 is the hot buttermilk pancakes with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and strawberry sauce.
Where: 51A Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Book now: The Ivy in the Lanes

Lost in the Lanes

a selection of brunch dishes from 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 smoky beans on sourdough, and vanilla french toast. However, Lost in the Lanes also offers a few more unusual brunch dishes too; think avocado toast with pomegranate, molasses and cured Chalkstream trout on toasted dark rye with Southdown’s butter.
Where: 10 Nile Street, BN1 1HW
Book now: Lost in the Lanes

Lucky Beach Café

a grilled sandwich topped with bacon and a fried egg

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 fresh crab and avocado eggs Benedict, pulled pork and egg Royale, and maple and bacon pancakes for those with a sweeter tooth.
Where: 183 Kings Road, BN1 1NB
Book now: Lucky Beach Café

SIX Brighton

dining room at six (left), full english breakfast (right)

What: Menus at SIX Brighton are a culmination of farm-to-table cooking combined with sustainable and artisanal produce from local business. Here, coffee comes from Wolfox Coffee with pastries delivered by Brod + Wolf Bakery. All of this can be enjoyed amongst the backdrop of stylish and floral dining rooms that just ooze charm as you tuck into delightful brunch offerings. Here, you'll find a menu bursting with all the classics, with full breakfasts, eggs benedict alongside a hefty selection of pancakes. This one also has the option of adding bottomless prosecco to your meal, no matter what day it is!
Where: 102-106 Western Road, BN3 1FA
Book now: SIX Brighton


a full english breakfast from village

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 pancakes with fruit compote to the Village hash made with sausage and goat’s cheese. Village's brunch menu is also incredibly reasonably priced featuring a full English with all the trimmings for just over a tenner.
Where: 129 Islingword Road, BN2 9SH
Book now: Village


maple and pecan pancakes at baked

What: Anyone who has been up and down Church Road will recognise Baked, with a smart navy frontage and south-facing terrace occupying a corner of the main road near Palmeira Square. Healthy brunches are the order of the day here, ranging from pancakes to cooked breakfasts to huevos rancheros. The bottomless brunch is great value as well.
Where: 69 Church Road, BN3 2BB
Book now: Baked


sea view lounge at rockwater

What: This beautiful beachside spot in Hove - a hop, skip and jump from Brighton - has a variety of spots to hang out in. The bar and restaurant is where you’ll find the main brunch offering, ranging from eggs on toast and pancakes to lobster waffles and even a crab benedict. You can get the same menu on the quaint roof terrace, and there are often yoga classes in the mornings as well.
Where: Western Esplanade, BN3 4FA
Book now: Rockwater

Mange Tout

brunch dishes and pastries from mange tout

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 chalkboard and features Gallic classics such as croissants filled with ham or salmon, pain perdu and a selection of full breakfasts - also available in vegetarian and vegan options. Meanwhile, Mange Tout's mimosa is the perfect accompaniment to any brunch.
Where: 81 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EB
Book now: Mange Tout

Nowhere Man

fruity pancake stack at Nowhere Man

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. 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
Book now: Nowhere Man

Moksha Caffe

avocado on toast at moksha caffe

What: Moksha Caffe 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 all kinds of diets with everything from dirty brunch burgers to vegan falafel and poke bowls. The Moksha Caffe’s own blend of coffee is sure to help everything go down a treat.
Where: 4-5 York Place, BN1 4GU
Book now: Moksha Caffe


a selection of brunch dishes, eggs and coffe from sugardough

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 from 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
Book now: Sugardough

Café Rust

brunch table at cafe rust

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, BN1 4QF
Book now: Café Rust


cutting into poached eggs on avoacdo toast

What: Redroaster is a name you might hear quite a lot when it comes to brunch in Brighton as it provides 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 fig and burrata bruschetta, crab and avo eggs benedict and salted caramel pancakes. Redroaster also offers a well-priced bottomless brunch option.
Where: 1D St James's Street, BN2 1RE
Book now: Redroaster

Best vegan brunch in Brighton

Brighton is a famously excellent city to be vegan in, so it's no surprise that the place is packed with great plant-based brunching options. Drop into one of these recommended restaurants for a spot of avocado toast, spiced tofu scramble or coconut pancakes. 


oyster mushrooms on sourdough (left), the interior of Botanique (right)

What: Another great spot for those looking for the best brunches in Hove, Botanique offers a fully vegan menu. Local and organic vegetables arrive fresh each day, making up the bulk of the menu with extra herbs grown on-site in the indoor hydroponic farm. The brunch menu here may not be huge but it sure hits the spot with a creative menu of plant-based dishes. Tuck into caramelised red onions on sourdough with a butternut squash puree or chickpea pancakes with fennel and apple kimchi, avocado and a carrot chutney aioli. 
Where: 31a Western Road, BN3 1AF
Book now: Botanique

Green Kitchen

vegan full english at green kitchen

What: One of Brighton’s beloved vegan sets, Green Kitchen whips up delicious cooked vegan breakfasts, huge pancake stacks and even stretches as far as a seitan steak and chips if you want something more substantial. The vegan hollandaise is the best in the game.
Where: 8 Preston Road, BN1 4QF
Book now: Green Kitchen

Looking for a slightly boozier affair? Why not try one of these spots for the best bottomless brunch in Brighton?

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