I am feeling quite peckish this morning and imagining, already, where I’d like to have lunch. So following that train of thought I’ve picked some of the tastiest places to grab some grub whether you’re in the mood for mouth-watering sweet cakes or a large, sapid luncheon. The serpentine lanes of Brighton hide a myriad of independent restaurants, which with just a little nous can be easily discovered. It was not a simple feat to hone down my list to a few of the top cafes because there are just so many great spots here. However these eats should delight even the fussiest epicurean but if you can add to the list feel free to give me your recommendations in the comments box!
Ole Ole brings a traditional taste of Spain to the frozen streets of Brighton. The food and atmosphere will transport you to the sun-drench beaches of Valencia or the quaint haciendas in the Catalan countryside. The restaurant welcomes you with a surge of heat and wafts of feisty Spanish aromas. The interior is small and intimate and each table, lit by candles, is adorned with a velvety red tablecloth. Order the sangria to start: an entire jug is reasonably priced and the sweet crimson liquid tastes of holidays and orange groves. Share a few of the divine mini tapas for a main course, as the choices on offer are truly enticing and utterly quintessential. The dessert not to miss is the Crema Catalana, a caramelized crème brulee. The lake of silky cream with a toffee-laced crust is sweet and mellows the fierce heat of the mains.
42 Meeting House Lane
The Blackbird Tea Rooms serve traditional, vintage high teas, with a variety of freshly baked cakes, extensive tea list and a uniquely designed interior. Split into two floors this classically equipped 1940’s café offers up cuppas in china teacups and wedges of sweet, spongy cake. The carrot cake is moist and moreish with a blanket of divine cream-cheese topping, worth every penny. The Blackbird instils a sense of tranquillity and British reserve while infusing its diners with an authentic nostalgia.
30 Ship Street
Food for friends is THE vegetarian restaurant to visit in Brighton. The food is imaginative, innovative and truly delectable. The modern interior is tentatively lit with flickering candles and the pale cream design creates a fresh, European feel. Large globes hang from the ceiling illuminating the delicate plates of food; the intimate restaurant has rather romantic quality. Try the cheese soufflé; rising high above its tiny dish the insides are melting, salty and filled with savoury goodness. For pudding try the hot plum and almond cake; it is moist, dense but not heavy and the warm crumb with cold cream is unarguably glorious.
17-18 Prince Albert Street
I usually find myself hiding out at this cute and quirky café during any tiring shopping day. The specials change regularly and are always seasonal. Their smoothies are gargantuan and serious contenders for best fruit shake in town. The two dishes, which I highly recommend, are the smoke salmon bagel as the generosity of salad and fish are commendable and the goats cheese salad. I have to point out I have a fixation on goats cheese but the combination of roasted squash, seeds and handfuls of leaves ensure anyone would appreciate this plate. The clock scattered walls, glittering fairy lights and vintage furniture add a certain charm to the café. This is mainly a sandwich and cake shop with fresh, divine coffee and a relaxed and appeasing atmosphere.
53 Meeting House Lane