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Brighton’s Top Café’s No.8 – Ground

Really about time we followed up our Top Café blogs, and after we popped out of our bed and breakfast in Brighton and popped in for a brew in Ground, we knew which coffee shop to start with!

Black gold served here

Black gold served here

Located at the top end of Kemptown (36 St George’s Rd), it’s well worth the walk. While the furnishings are simple, they are welcoming enough and there are plenty of papers and a well-stocked bookshelf to sift through.

But down to the real deal: the coffee. Being fussy types and having recently returned from Italy, we asked for the increasingly popular ‘Flat White’, but made with a Ristretto. Before you know it, we’re deep in the conversation about Ristretto and clearly Ground’s baristas know their stuff.

There are several opinions on how this sweet coffee shot differs from the others (see below) but once it was served up, it really put other coffee options to sleep.

Accompanied with a slice of chocolate and orange cake, which kicked with cocoa and zest but didn’t hammer the wallet, it was the best coffee we’ve had in Brighton this year.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff; great coffee and cakes; a funky Italian bike in the corner, but not over styled; it’s a great place.

If you are looking to Kemptown or are visiting Brighton just wanting to wander a little further, pop in and try a coffee with a Ristretto. Well grounded, but still cool.

Ristretto: A shot of Espresso taken when just the first ¾ of the water has run through – according to some!

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Brighton Rocks not Brighton Rock

There’s a bar in town that’s arguably cooler than the remake of Graham Greene’s classic BrightonPicture 2Rock: it’s Brighton Rocks. Ok, they may have had help with the name, although it’s more School of Rock than Brighton Rock, and is sited in Rock Place – on the Kemp Town side of town.

The music connections keep on rolling, as just next door is the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. That said, don’t be expecting a snakebite and black, spitooned, rough arse biker bar, or raver haven: this intimate hangout has more than a little style.

And the food rocks (sorry). Served up on slates, we tucked into some excellent mezze of whatever it was: really well presented and delicious.

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Top food, top tunes

With a DJ tucked around the corner, and staff who were more than happy to stick the kettle on for us rather than serve us a pint (we were really cold) it’s definitely earned its place in our hearts.

For deals on Brighton hotels check our special offers page, and look here for Brighton Rocks.

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Brighton? Isn’t everybody gay?

Brighton Pride 2010

That’s the response I usually get when I tell people I live in this city! And the first time they visit, either staying in a hotel in Brighton or crashing over at my place, they are always poised to witness some ubercamp, boy-on-boy, girl-on-girl, tranny, bi-fest!

Living here, we just don’t see it like that. Brighton is very gay friendly. It supports the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender) community. But it’s as much about tolerance and equality than individual sexuality. And to live in a town with such an open mind is truly a privilege.

Yes, you will see public affection between people of the same sex, but you’ll see straight people holding hands and kissing too!

Everyone is welcome here. That’s the beauty of this place, and even on a short weekend break you can pick up the vibe. And forget the stereotypes; there are certain styles and fashions in every community.

Here’s a link to our sister blog aimed more at the LGBT community; regular people going regular things, but just a little better dressed!

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Pride 2010 – The Party in Pictures I

The weather was great, and the town was packed. And, as always, Pride went off in style. Here’s the first instalment of pictures (follow the link below) the next batch gets published once we’ve recovered!

Brighton Pride 2010

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Brighton Pride 2009

I am Nick the Innkeeper – proud owner of The Ambassador. My Pride was mostly as it should be looking after our guests, and being a mini visitor information point – best places to eat, events program – getting all to the Parade on time; wear a hat and take some sun protection lotion: then it rained on the Saturday afternoon.

Anyhow we managed to close up for an hour so the staff and the Innkeeper could see the parade which always makes me proud to live in Brighton and be part of such a diverese and open minded city by the sea, even though a lot of the floats are a bit home made: well done to those that give up loads of their time to make them! Read the rest of this entry »

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