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.
Incredibly spacious inside, the high ceilings and industrial interior make this feel a comfortable place to stop off. There's a feeling that you can spread out with plenty of room left for everyone else. Large glass windows and doors face onto a pedestrian area that is just around the corner from Preston Circus and the Duke of York's cinema. Inside tiers of freshly baked cakes dress the window. On the counter savoury dishes such as macaroni and lamb moussaka jostle for attention, whilst against the wall a refrigerator holds large glass jugs full of freshly made juice.
There's a sense of abundance, and of er, plenty in fact and it's very popular with all ages. Coffee is supplied by Coffee@33 and is a special blend of Brazilian and Sumatran beans. For tea lovers, there are 22 teas to choose from, supplied by the Brighton tea and honey company Chi, while breads baked on site range from sourdough, rye and wholegrain to farmhouse.
Eat - Plenty BLT of bacon, lettuce and tomato on freshly baked bread (£4.50)
Drink - Milk Oolong loose Chi tea (£2.20/2.80)
Rivalling Cafe Plenty in the best possible way, Marmalade is also maxed out on freshly made food on display. Interesting loaf cakes such as lemon, banana and pumpkin line the top of a glass shelf, while underneath thick wedge sandwiches packed with traditional fillings are piled high.
The bread comes from the hugely popular and local Real Patisserie bakery. Turn to face the main counter and tiers of quiches and other savoury dishes like salmon, leek and spinach lasagne await. To the right a further section is dedicated to salads with large bowls full of colourful salad combinations. Located out of the centre in Kemptown, Marmalade sits on the edge of Sussex Square, the prestigious square built for Georgian aristos and home to the man who created Alice in Wonderland.
Eat - Cheese and ham toastie (£5.10)
Drink - Hot Chocolate with cream (£2.95)
This local independent has proved so popular that it has now expanded into two shops both in great locations. In the first, located in the most seasidy part of Hove, baking still goes on in the back of the shop. There are only a few tables and chairs but if they're already occupied then what could be nicer than to take a brief stroll down a nearby alley and find yourself on the beach with some fresher-than-fresh baked goods?
Equally, their second store is at the foot of the south lanes where you can wander around afterwards looking at antique and new jewellery, bespoke perfume, fancy chocolate and seventeenth century swords. Although this second cafe has a great deal more seating, it still gets pretty packed. Their brunch menu includes some unusual choices so try something different and go for Bagdad eggs or French toast croissant with maple syrup.
Eat - Ham Hock Croque Monsieur with toasted sourdough, ham hock, seeded mustard béchamel and fried organic eggs (£8.55)
Drink - Keemun Holly, the finest tea from China (£2.50)
With a deserved reputation for serving the best coffee in Brighton, Counter Coffee is a must do when it comes to decanting for brunch and caffeine. They provide "One of the best Vegan breakfasts I've ever had" according to City Manager Michael which in Brighton, is praise indeed.
Pull out a stool, enjoy the effortlessly cool decor and tune in to their Spotify playlist
Eat - Vegan full english, vegan sausages, scrambled tofu eggs, cherry toms, mushrooms, onions, roast peppers, chilli and toast (£6)
Drink - Cappuccino (£2.60)
If you need your brunch to be a little more rock n roll and let's face it, we all need a little of that in our lives, then maybe the Sidewinder is for you. Only launched at the beginning of June, their new bottomless brunch menu is courtesy of Kerri of Too Darn Smokin.
Her offering includes a Creole black bean chilli that our source tells us is the best to be found in Brighton. Served every Saturday 11 am - 1 pm this bottomless brunch comes with Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Add in a funk and soul DJ set and this brunch has the potential to just run and run.
Eat - Creole black bean chilli with dirty rice, melting cheese & sour cream, with vegan options available
Drink - bottomless Mimosa of orange juice and Champagne (£20 for both)
If set menus and places that do brunch on the side really doesn't cut it, then you must be looking for the Daddy of brunch venues. What makes this place the Daddy? It's got breakfast in the title and Breakfast is like brunch, but, earlier. Dec'd out in the best colour scheme going, that's pink, gold and turquoise btw, it's fabulously kitsch. Plus, this place legitimises brunch at any time of day.
When getting up late has become supersized, this is the place to head. Open til 11:30 pm on Saturdays and 8 pm on Sundays and with weekend brunch served all day, satisfaction is guaranteed. This chain began in Soho, London and are known for their banging brunches.
Eat - Fireball Chicken and Waffles of spicy buttermilk chicken with house dill and cider pickles, fresh baked waffle, peanut butter, sour cream and Maple syrup (£10.50)
Drink - Red Juice of beetroot, ginger, pomegranate, lemon, carrot & apple (£4.40)
Our next stop takes us to just around the corner from Regency Square in a diner that takes its name from former days when it was a nineteenth century member's club for "ladies and gentlemen of an approved social position". These days it's a little more egalitarian and a perfect stop off if you're planning a visit to Brighton's latest attraction, the space-age looking i360. 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.
Eat - Pea Pancakes & Smoked Salmon with Poached Egg, pea shoot salad and herb cream cheese (£8.50)
Drink - Hard OJ & lemonade, a house infused citron vodka, freshly pressed orange juice, Aperol, house lemonade syrup, topped with soda, served tall over ice (£7.50)
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. However, it's the brunches that have us lusting for more. Ham hock on toast, breakfast burgers and their delectable crab and avocado benedict pair beautifully with their house roasted specialty coffee. Great food and views, you can't go wrong.
Eat - Fresh crab (claw & brown), organic eggs, lemon dill hollandaise, fresh avo, yuzu/mango curd, sourdough (£9.95 )
Drink - Bottomless coffee £3,25
Massive thanks to Sarah Agnew for her round up and photographs provided. Check her fantastic website here