If you ask us, there is only one way to jumpstart your weekends, and that’s to brunch. Brighton and Hove was recently named one of the best cities in the UK for brunch, and we tend to agree. Brighton has a remarkable number of delicious brunch spots. Whether you begin your days with sweets or savouries, it makes no difference because it’s near impossible to order “wrong” given the wealth of options available in Brighton and Hove.
Lost in the Lanes
Lost in the Lanes’ mission is to create a recharging café atmosphere for people, and in that they have succeeded. A major contributing factor to what makes Lost such a Brighton favourite is its thoughtful menu; the product of locally sourced ingredients and simple cooking techniques. Lost’s delightful coffee and piquant breakfast bowls make it a Wriggle top-pick for weekend brunch.
Where: 10 Nile St, Brighton BN1 1HW
The Flour Pot Bakery
The Flour Pot Bakery sets itself apart from other cafes thanks in large part to its artisanal baked goods, and honestly, if the idea of flakey pastries made with french butter, and sweet handcrafted fillings doesn’t make you salivate, we don’t know what will. Oh, and be sure to pick up a ciabatta loaf to take home!
Where: 40 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
Jo & Co
Inspired by the breakfast food they experienced whilst traveling through Australia and New Zealand, the owners of Jo & Co know how to do brunch. The Antipodean influence is obvious in the cafe’s menu – eggs poached to perfection, fluffy stacks of thick buttermilk pancakes, and picture perfect lattes with immaculately steamed milk. The Aussie/Kiwi vibes don’t stop at the food and drink here. Jo & Co has an incredibly relaxed atmosphere reflective of the leisurely brunch and coffee culture that thrives in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the perfect place to meet up with friends on a Sunday morning.
Where: 115 Church Rd, Hove, BN3 2AF
Kooks’ yellow signage beckons passers-by to enter into its aesthetic dining space for brunch. Electronica and indie tunes fill the airwaves of this trendy joint and a large bar with stool seating make it feel like an extra cool place to be. Whether you’re looking for something lighter, like their Apricot Granola, or beefier, like the Crispy Bacon Breakfast Sandwich, you won’t leave Kooks hungry or unsatisfied.
Where: 56 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
17Grams’ brunch is a buffet of modern twists on classic breakfast favourites. Take for instance the Avocado and Kimchi served on sourdough toast with the option to add a poached egg. Or the Rhubarb and Custard Pancakes with maple roasted pecans. Have we got your attention? Good. Now head to 17Grams and make sure you grab one of their alternative coffee offerings to go with the food – we highly recommend the Beetroot Latte.
Where: 12d Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB
There are few things in life as satisfying as a good meal at a cafe on the beach. And this, Lucky Beach has nailed. Breakfast Tacos served with ripe avocado, home fries, and hot sauce is as flavourful as it sounds. The Lamb Fry with local eggs and organic lamb cooked in herbs and spices is finger-licking. And don’t forget the Brioche French Toast with salted caramel sauce and banana. The entire menu is *chef’s kiss* and Lucky Beach’s setting is the cherry on top.
Where: Kings Road Arches, 183 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB
If you’re looking for a hearty brunch served in a sunny garden, Joe’s Cafe is definitely the place to go. Joe’s serves Drury coffee, conveniently roasted in nearby Hove. You cannot beat the Meaty Hangover (fried up bacon, sausage, onion, and mushrooms) on a Sunday morning when you’ve had one too many the night before. Joe’s is great for families. There are tins with colouring utensils and special menus for the little ones in your life.
Where: 24 Upper Hamilton Rd, Brighton BN1 5DF
Imagine yourself sitting at a small, sunny bistro, mimosa in hand, while you wait for your “Le Oeufs de Mange Tout Royale” (organic eggs on toasted sourdough in a hollandaise sauce with locally smoked salmon) to be delivered to your table. This could be your Saturday reality at Mange Tout. It opened its doors in 2009 and quickly became one of Brighton’s favourite independent cafes, with a cozy space and friendly staff that ultimately adds to the overall brunch experience.
Where: 81 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
Moe's @ the Circus
Right on the corner of Clyde Road sits Moe’s @ the Circus. Brunch here consists of traditional fare like croissants, bacon rolls, and eggs on toast, but if it’s not rokw, don’t fix it! Grab an outdoor table on a sunny day in Brighton and enjoy classic breakfast bites and a good cup of joe.
Where: 1 Clyde Rd, Brighton BN1 4NN
What once was a humble coffee shop is now a Brighton hub for scrumptious brunch. Moksha, which means release and liberation, has an abundance of breakfast options including pancakes, shakshukas, and scrambles. The Dirty Breakfast Burger (bacon, hash browns, cheese and eggs) is a favourite amongst visitors and so is the Moksha Breakfast with Sussex Cumberland sausage and crispy sourdough toast.
Where: 4-5 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
Redroaster is more than a highly-praised independent coffee roaster. Much more, in fact. For one, its bottomless brunch makes for the ideal start to any weekend, especially after the long lockdown we’ve all endured. At Redroaster, free-flowing prosecco accompanies thoughtful menu items like Avocado Benedict with Fresh Crab and Lemon Dill Hollandaise sauce or the decadent Sweet Waffles with Chocolate, Cream, and Hazelnuts. The restaurant’s hanging plants, marble espresso bar, and gold prosecco shelves create an environment that elegantly echoes the delicately plated food.
Where: 1D St James's St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1RE
SIX serves up contemporary cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and exquisite atmosphere-- all inspired by the surrounding countryside. The spacious restaurant’s interior design is as beautiful as its extensive organic menu offerings. Gluten-free, plant-based pancake stacks with a side of On the weekends, Fridays through Sundays, for an extra 20 you can add an hour and a half of bottomless Prosecco to any breakfast or brunch dish you order.
Where: 02 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1FA
Starfish and Coffee
There is a reason that Starfish & Coffee is consistently listed as one of Brighton’s best brunch spots. Located just steps away from the Royal Pavilion, this independent cafe has created an atmosphere where mouthwatering brunch and delectable cocktails go hand-in-hand. Menu items arrive at your table looking almost too good to eat, but one sniff of those fresh ingredients will have you reaching for your utensils. Don’t leave without trying the Chorizo Hash or the Vegan Brunch Burger-- trust us!
Where: 32 Egremont Pl, Brighton BN2 0GA
The New Club
After the owners of The New Club returned from a trip across the United States, they knew what they had to do: open a cafe that infused American diner culture with Brighton’s famed seaside views. The New Club is a can’t miss brunch stop for those seeking a heftier morning meal with offerings like breakfast burgers and Bloody Marys made with bacon flavoured vodka.
Where: 133-134 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2HH
V&H has one of the best brunch menus in Brighton, not only because the food is delicious and the service is spectacular, but also because the offerings are so inclusive of modern dietary requirements. Vegans, vegetarians, and celiacs can all partake in the delights of brunch at V&H. Another contributing factor in V&H being a Brighton brunch favourite is its commitment to working alongside local, artisanal suppliers and farmers to ensure the ingredients they use in every dish is fresh, seasonal, and sustainable. The Full Vegan breakfast with mushrooms, smashed avocado, homemade baked beans, hummus, and sourdough toast is packed with flavour and seasonal greens that will leave you full and satisfied. V&H’s Breakfast Muffin with sausage, smoked bacon, fried egg, cheese on an English muffin is also an absolute winner.
Where: 63b Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1BA
Hidden along Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the quiet brunch escape you have been looking for. The cafe’s beautiful wooden tables for two and blue paint on the plastered walls makes it feel intimate and cozy. The garden area with its stoney walls and rustic tables is a fabulous setting for brunch on a sunny day. Try the Tofu Scramble served with avocado or the Croque Monsieur with bechamel sauce. The cakes here are also absolutely moreish. Wash all your nibbles down with organic coffee from Brighton’s own Redroaster and you’ve got a smashing set up.
Where: 50 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF
And: 81 George St, Hove BN3 3YE
And: 115 St. George’s Rd, Kemptown BN2 1EA
Baked’s brunch centres around fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and a seasonal menu. Their fresh juices and smoothies pair perfectly with warmer weather, but their coffee is above par as well. The eatery’s Chorizo Hash (potatoes, bell peppers, roasted onions, spinach, and eggs with a chipotle sauce) is a favourite amongst restaurant regulars, as is their Nutella and Vanilla Ice Cream Pancake stack. As a bonus, Baked is dog-friendly! Their fantastic service extends to your four-legged friends with water bowls and treats available.
Where: 69 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BB