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Brighton’s Top Cafés No.10 – Red Roaster

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There’s nothing more Brighton than sitting in a café, watching the world parade itself past. Thanks to its inclusive nature, this town is home to the widest and wildest variety of peoples and styles. If it’s ‘happenin’, it’s happening here.

So if you are looking to rest legs weary from shopping and watch the show, check out our guide to the top brew spots.

In a town of a thousand cafés, to make it into the top ten is no mean feat. To that end, this top ten is more like ten of the best – all worthy of a visit.

No10. Red Roaster

Just off the Old Steine, as St James’s Street begins its climb into Kemp town, is the Red Roaster. A handful of decidedly average outside tables disguises what is a great place to drink coffee. As with all good cafés, this sit-down spot puts its coffee first.

Central to the Red Roaster experience is the freshness of its beans; when choosing your tipple, the all important date of roasting is always within sight. As well as the black gold, there are teas; some good cakes; biscuits and a selection of snacks.

It’s a large space. Smaller rounded tables are fronted by two leather sofas in the window. There always new photography on show, and its not your ‘owners holiday snaps’ or ’student’s first exhibition’, it’s quality. As is the coffee, as is the service.

The kitchen/ preparation area is open so you can follow the staff as they put together your brew. Turning with your tray festooned with sweeties you may struggle sometimes to get a seat; it’s a popular hangout for the Kemp Town crowd as well as Brighton town-trippers.

Our advice: Get there early, don’t bother with the sofas, and don’t bring a paper – there’s usually one lying around.

Picture 1Red Roaster

No. 1d St James’s Street

BN2 1RE

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