Breakfast has become my favourite meal out and here is my list of Brighton's best -
Velo Cafe - Rose Walk, The Level, BN1 4ZN - www.velo-cafe.co.uk
The first on my list has an unfair advantage; it's my local. Set abruptly in the middle of Brighton's biggest park, Velo cafe could have been lazy; it might have served the secured punters with mediocre coffee and over cooked eggs but instead we have locally roasted small batch coffee and a breakfast menu that hasn't disappointed yet. Maple porridge with roasted plums and eggs Florentine and particularly good.
Marmalade - 237 Eastern Road - www.cafemarmalade.co.uk
Marmalade is a little walk from Central Brighton, in Kemp town but well worth the trip. There are glimpses of the buildings former use; an old diary but now transformed into a stunning, light, clean cafe. The food is fiercely fresh and you hear the chef discussing an order, such is their proximity. We ate eggs & soldiers, honeyed granola and cheese on toast. We drank flat whites and read the newspaper in warm reflected sunlight, no wonder I like it.
The New Club - 133 Kings Rd, BN1 2HH - www.thenewclubbrighton.com
I Gigi - 31A Western Road, BN31AF - www.igigigeneralstore.com
Bread & Milk - 82 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EB - www.breadandmilk.co.uk
Located on Trafalgar Street, the main artery feeding Brighton station, Bread & Milk is easy to find. It packs a lot into its small quarters nicely combining vintage with a touch of the industrial. As well as serving artisan coffee they do a lovely line in fresh juices and a simple menu (though the small kitchen does limit them to a toasted sandwich & breakfast muffin). At the weekend it becomes a place for exulting in the what’s-the-rush pace, I suggest going to drink coffee and eating a breakfast brownie.
Small Batch - 17 Jubilee St, BN1 1GE - www.smallbatchcoffee.co.uk