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Top Cafés in Brighton No.6 – Café Coho

It’s been a long time coming this review. Especially considering we’ve been back to this next café 5/6 times in the last 3 months. So sliding easily into our slow-time review of cafes in Brighton is the fairly new Café Coho at 53 Ship Street.

Chunky funky

Chunky funky Coho

Greet location: just on the edge of the South Lanes, without being crushed into the rabbit warren, the café has a prime people spot.

Coffee – Ok, down to business. Union hand roasted is a top blend and we’ve always liked the delivery at Coho.

Space: upstairs has a good-sized table and spot on window view up the road. Service is good with the staff happy for you to run a tab for a few people and settle up later.

The food’s ok, nothing really special, but then again the ploughman’s sandwich was great and there are plenty of midday sarnies and snacks to feast on.

As a quick drop back off the high street and option to the chain store coffee bars it’s well worth a try. Bare stone walls add to the chunky modern feel – and it would make a great spot for a reception…

Christmas shopping in Brighton and it’s all getting too much, step out of TKMax – we know you go there – and turn left towards the South Lanes, Coho’s just around the corner , can’t miss it.

We’ll be upstairs; it’s our favourite spot.

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Fed up? Weekends in Brighton are filled with top nosh

For food fans there’s nothing better: a whole month of food-related events. Yes, it’s the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival! And it’s on for all of the weekends in Brighton this September.

Munch fest

Munch fest

And if you thought it was just about filling your boots and filling your bellies, you’d be wrong: there’s also cheese rolling…

Other highlights include a session with Antonio Carluccio as he serves up some of his favourite dishes of the last 50 years.

And for those of you who just can’t have a night out without a cocktail, there’s the finals of the ‘Mix Off Cocktail Competition.’

So expect stalls and delights aplenty as once again the city gets its gastro on. Weekends in Brighton have never looked so tasty – there’s always great food and drink in Brighton, so all we need is the weather, and if the current spate of sunshine is anything to go by, we’ll be tucking into those cocktails for a few weeks yet!

More information on the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

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Brighton’s best Valentines Day idea ?

We’re lovin’ champagne and cupcakes!

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Not your usual Valentine’s day partnership, but what the hell; we are not the usual Valentine’s people! Champagne and cupcakes on Valentine’s Day is to be the food of love for some lucky Brighton schmoozers, at a special event on in the town centre.

On Monday the 14th the Angel food bakery is opening its heart. With a table booked for the evening, you’ll get a glass of the bubbly stuff and some sweetness to nibble on, before being tempted by the dazzling array of fancies.

You get just half an hour – not so bad as there are other sweet things to be tasted on this night…Slotted in the South Lanes’ maze of curios, the bakery is the town’s only dedicated ‘cupcakery’.

Only free range eggs are harmed in the making of its tooth looseners, and you’ll have so many cakes to choose from, you’ll need a doberman-size doggy bag.

For Valentines Day hotel breaks and discounted rooms checkout our special offers pages.

And if you can’t resist the cupcakes, visit the Angel food bakery for details. Sweet.

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Brighton’s Top Cafés No.7 – Tic Toc Café

Formerly known as The End Of The Lanes Café, this little hot-spot enjoyed a complete refit not long ago. And while the décor may be different, thankfully they kept a top selection of hot chocolates.

Inline with Brighton’s quirky coffee culture, it’s a lovely spot to sit. While other places have more outrageous décor, the owners have kept a lid on their creative juices, just letting them flow enough to make the place interesting.

Grab a cuppa...

Grab a cuppa...

This was the first place we found the delightful chocolate on a stick drinks – thick chunks of chocolate that you dunk in hot milk, mmmm.

There’s also a fine selection of stickies and cakes, with some sandwich and salad items as well.

It’s a great spot for bookworms, too. Just take along an unwanted paperback and swap for one from their shelf. And with it being Brighton, you know there is always something zany, spiritual or radical to leaf through.

The café is small however, but this adds to the ambience. It’s the place to round off a good shopping session, or creep into mid-week, far from the madding crowd.

If you prefer, there’s always the coffee chains just around the corner. But why bother? After all, they costa too much and you get very few stars for your bucks…

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The Pavilion: It’s time for a visit

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

You’d be surprised just how many people live in Brighton with their families and kids, and never visit the Pavilion. It took us five years to make the trip, and it was well worth it.

The Pavilion is one of the most iconic of Brighton landmarks; along with both piers, it is one of Brighton’s defining pieces of architecture.

If you’re worried it’s going to be a boring history lecture in a dusty old room, don’t be. I was enchanted on my first visit; it’s a fascinating place.

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Art For All

It’s not often you can just walk into a stranger’s house, have a good nosey round and help yourself to a picture or some jewellery.

Well, in Brighton you can because it’s the Artists’ Open Houses Festival. Visitors to the city can wander around and pop into nearly 250 venues and look at original art, even grab themselves a cuppa while they are at it.logo

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Bighton’s Top Cafés No.9 – The Sanctuary

Set just south of Western Road, on the way to Hove is the Sanctuary Café. And what a sanctuary it is. Opposite, in a back lane is a yoga and therapeutic massage centre, and inside is food of the finest flavours.

Sanctuary Cafe

Sanctuary Cafe

With dedicated organic fare, the team at Sanctuary prepare most of the food on-site; this includes cakes and snacks, which are top notch (several vegan and gluten free options) – definitely one for the Top Café’s list.

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Books for the Beach: Brighton Rock

With so many of us choosing to come to Brighton for a day on the beach, lets look at one book that you need to pick up before you settle in the sun.

This is not a novel for the children. But for those of you on the lookout for a dark thriller, something to cast a sinister shadow over the streets, it’s a great read.

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Brighton’s Top Cafés No.10 – Red Roaster

Grab a cuppa...

Grab a cuppa...


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.

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Cafe Culture

aug09 033There are many myths about England. One of them is that London is foggy. Another is that there’s some sort of “stiff upper-lip” thing going on. You’ll see just how reserved British people are when you venture inside any pub on a Friday night.

The only stereotype I’ve found to be true is the national obsession with tea. There’s nothing like a “nice cuppa tea” as my nan says. There are loads of choices in Brighton when you are “gasping” (thanks Nan) and can’t access an IV caffeine drip. Read the rest of this entry »

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