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15 of the best brunch spots in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 15:20 14 May 2018

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Hazel Sillver presents some of the best cafés and restaurants across Sussex to head to for eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys and lashings of coffee

Waterhouse Bar, Hilton Brighton Metropole

The Waterhouse Bar now has a bottomless brunch menu. The hotel in Kings Road offers a £25 one-course menu daily with vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options and free-flowing Prosecco or horseradish Bloody Marys for 90 minutes from sitting down.

Brunch hours: 11am-5pm.

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The Ship Inn, Rye

This charming old inn, based in The Strand, has a rich history and lots of character. The breakfasts are very good and include eggs Benedict, kippers, eggs and smoked salmon, and French toast. Ingredients are locally sourced, sustainable, organic and seasonal where possible. Dogs are welcome.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8am-11.30am daily.

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The Beach Deck, Eastbourne

Slap bang on the beach in Royal Parade the views, sea air and surroundings of the Beach Deck are hard to beat. Tasty brunch options include avocado and poached egg on sourdough; chorizo hash; bacon butties; and banana and oat smoothies. Dogs are welcome inside until noon and outside all day.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8.30am-11.30am daily.


The Double Decker Café, St Leonards

All aboard! The Double Decker is a bright red bus serving hearty breakfasts, such as full English platters with bubble and squeak, veggie breakfasts and strong espressos. It’s owned by the 1066 Bakery and many of the ingredients are locally sourced. There is a play area for children next to the bus in Highfield Drive.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8am-2.30pm Monday to Thursday; 7.30am-2.30pm Friday; 8.30am-1.30pm Saturday; 9.30am-1.30pm Sunday.

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Miss Wall’s Back Garden, Eastbourne

This lovely vegetarian café in Grove Road serves nutritious, delicious meals made with locally sourced, natural wholefoods. The breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, fresh green juices, spelt croissants, and bananas on toast.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8.30am-11.30am Monday to Saturday.

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The New Club, Brighton

Paradise for brunch fiends, the New Club was inspired by the brunch scene in the US. Tasty options at the King’s Road venue include poached egg and avocado on sourdough, pancakes, brioche bacon rolls, and Mexican eggs. Wash it down with something from the Hangover Cures menu (such as a Bloody Mary, or a vodka-spiked Hard OJ & Lemonade), as you soak up the sea views.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 10am-3.30pm weekdays; 9am-4pm Saturday; and 9am-2.30pm Sunday.

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Elephant Café, near Fletching

Trading Boundaries is a shopping oasis in the Sussex Weald and every Sunday its café offers Sunday brunch with live jazz. Enjoy eggs Benedict, American pancakes, or a smoked salmon bagel, with locally roasted coffee. Ingredients are organic where possible.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 11am-4pm Sunday (with jazz from 11.30am-2pm).


Le Magasin, Lewes

This stylish licensed bistro, in Cliffe High Street, Lewes, serves delicious breakfasts, such as smoked salmon and scrambled egg, vegetarian platters, waffles with Chantilly cream and berry compote, and garlic mushrooms on toast.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8am-noon Monday to Saturday; 9am-noon Sunday.

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Tom’s Food, Cuckfield

Being part of the Nicky C interiors shop in High Street, it’s no surprise that this cafe is glorious to look at. But the food is wonderful too. Brunch options include ham hock muffin, scrambled egg on sourdough with avocado and roasted tomato, and Welsh rarebit. Enjoy it with a cup of locally roasted coffee.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 9.30am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday.

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Morris and Jacques, Brighton

Loved by locals, this friendly St James Street cafe offers English and Mediterranean breakfast and brunch all every day, inside or out in the sunny garden. Dishes include mackerel pate with toast, rarebit with egg and rustic bread with olive oil.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8.30am-4.30pm.

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Billy’s on the Beach, Bracklesham Bay

Gaze over the sea as you enjoy a lazy brunch at this licensed beach café in Bracklesham Lane, not far from Chichester. The tasty menu includes toasted muffin with haddock, crushed avocado and a simple breakfast bap. The café has a kids’ menu, and disabled access.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 9am-11,40am.

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The Hungry Guest, Petworth

This contemporary artisan café in Lombard Street offers daily breakfasts as well as a Sunday brunch menu, which includes green eggs and ham, waffles with banana, cream and maple syrup, croque monsieur, and fresh juices.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 9am-11.30am.

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The Sussex Produce Company, Steyning

Behind their High Street shop selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, deli goods and pantry supplies, the Sussex Produce Company café offers excellent brunches. Enjoy pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon, full English, and eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce, alongside Bucks Fizz and organic coffee.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8.30am-11.30am Monday to Saturday; 9.30am-11.30am Sunday.

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Cowdray Farm Shop and Café, Midhurst

The café serves food made with produce from the Cowdray Estate or from the local area. Enjoy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, mushrooms on toast, and regular or vegetarian full English platters, washed down with coffee. Dogs welcome in the outdoor seating area.

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8am-11.45am Monday to Saturday, 9am-11.45am Sunday.


Lucky Beach, Brighton

The brunch menu at this eatery on Kings Road Arches includes fresh crab and avocado benedict, chilli eggs and bacon and the Beirut breakfast (egg, hummus, za’atar foccacia, goat shoulder, beetroot tahini, toasted seeds, roasted aubergine and herbs).

Breakfast/brunch hours: 8.45am-11.45am Monday to Friday, 8am to 11.45am weekends.


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