18 of the best coffee shops in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:55 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 21 February 2018
Whether it's your morning kick-start or a post-lunch pick-me-up, that cup of coffee has to be good. Thankfully Sussex now has a booming coffee shop culture, with quality beans roasted by well-trained baristas. Hazel Sillver suggests some of the best places to head for your daily caffeine fix, along with a slice of cake or two...
Bullet Coffee House, Hastings
This is a lovely coffee house and eatery, run by the affable Vicki. As well as great coffee, there is a good selection of homemade cakes and a menu of tasty brunch and lunch dishes, including veggie and vegan options. Don’t miss the famous Bullet sourdough bread – delicious.
38 Robertson Street, TN34 1HT; 01424 717477; Facebook
Hanushka Coffee House, Hastings
Bookworms will love this atmospheric café. Customers are surrounded by books, which they are welcome to pull off the shelves and read. As well as excellent coffee and hot chocolate, Hanuska offers cakes (including gluten-free options), light lunches and cream teas.
28 George Street, TN34 3EA; 01424 426969; Facebook
Hayden’s Coffee Shop, Rye
This stylish eatery offers good coffee made with organic fair trade beans, as well as tasty breakfasts such as bacon sarnies, eggs Benedict and French toast, lunches and cakes made with organic ingredients. Hayden’s also offers eco-friendly B&B accommodation.
108 High Street, TN31 7JE; 01797 224501; haydensinrye.co.uk
Nelson Coffee Co., Eastbourne
This small café by the station, run by a husband and wife team, serves first class coffees and teas and a range of tasty food, including cakes (such as salted caramel cake and vegan carrot cake), pastries, toasties and other savoury snacks. Don’t miss the wonderful Earl Grey tea.
4 Terminus Road, BN21 3LP; 01323 301150; nelsoncoffee.co.uk
Buttercup Café, Lewes
The Buttercup serves delicious, healthy food and wonderful organic coffee in a nice atmosphere. Drop by for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea; the homely menu includes vegetarian and often vegan options, as well as gluten-free choices.
15 Malling Street, BN7 2RA; 01273 477664; thebuttercupcafe.wordpress.com
Baltica Café, Lewes
Sup well-made tasty coffee out of beautiful cups in this Polish pottery shop café. All the Baltica drinks (such as excellent Flat White coffees) and food – such as Polish cheesecakes, pancakes and sandwiches – are served in the adorable blue and white pottery, which is available to buy from the surrounding shop.
145 High Street, BN7 1XT; 01273 483449; www.baltictrader.co.uk
Coffee Counter, Brighton
This little café has a friendly, bohemian atmosphere and serves quality coffee and great breakfasts, brunches and lunches. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and dogs are welcome. Situated in a quiet street, this is a good spot to escape the hurly burly of the Lanes at the weekend.
15 Vine Street, BN1 4AG; 07981 420149; Facebook
Small Batch, Brighton
This fair trade roastery has seven stylish coffee stops around Brighton and Hove, including a large, relaxing café on Western Road that allows dogs. The high quality coffee is made with Small Batch beans, which are purchased through direct trade initiatives and roasted in small batches to ensure freshness.
111 Western Road, BN1 2AA; 01273 731077; smallbatchcoffee.co.uk
This much-loved Brighton institution has been hand roasting and selling beans for over a decade. Each cup of coffee is brewed with ethically sourced fair trade and organic blends, which can be bought by the bag in the café.
1d St James’ Street, BN2 1RE; 01273 686668; redroaster.co.uk
Café 33, Worthing
A friendly little café offering amazing cakes as well as good quality coffee and hot chocolate in stylish surroundings. The breakfasts (such as bacon sarnies), brunches and lunches are also good and reasonably priced.
33 Warwick Street, BN11 3DQ; 01903 200080; cafe33.co.uk
This gem of a coffee shop has a great atmosphere, with jazz playing and friendly staff who brew delicious espressos and flat whites. They offer tasty food, such as paninis, cakes and ice creams, and serve excellent hot chocolate, which can be made with almond milk for vegans. Dogs are welcome and they serve alcohol so you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your lunch.
Church Square, PO19 7BD; 01243 775323; attibassi.co.uk
Garton’s Coffee House, Midhurst
Situated in the market place, next to the church, this is a relaxing place to stop off for a cuppa. Garton’s serves very good coffee, as well as breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea and takeaway sarnies. There are vegetarian dishes available.
The Old Town Hall, GU29 9NJ; 01730 817166; gartons.net
The Hungry Guest, Petworth
Situated in the gorgeous town of Petworth, stop off here for a quality cup of coffee before browsing the antique shops and boutiques. The café serves breakfasts, brunches and lunches such as fishcakes and sourdough pizza.
Lombard Street, GU28 0AG; 01798 344564; thehungryguest.com
Petworth House & Park, Petworth
Enjoy a coffee after exploring this magnificent National Trust house and deer park. There are various coffee opportunities, including the main restaurant, a café in the servants’ hall and the vintage French truck, which serves coffees, cakes and ice creams. -
Petworth GU28 0AE; nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house
Cafes that serve organic coffee & milk
• Hayden’s, Rye - listed above
• Laporte’s, Lewes - 4 Lansdown Place, BN7 2JT; 01273 478817; laportes.co.uk
• St Martin’s Coffee House, Chichester - 3 St Martins Street, PO19 1NP; 01243 786715; organiccoffeehouse.co.uk
• Lovefit, Brighton - 110 Queen’s Road, BN1 3XF; 01273 777941; lovefit.co.uk
• Infinity Foods Kitchen, Brighton - 50 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN; 01273 670743; infinityfoodskitchen.co.uk