Find the best brunch in Sussex

Brunch, the glorious meal between breakfast and lunch and usually eaten instead of either was started in England in the late 1800s. At this time, it was more of a buffet-style meal, served in large houses to keep those who had risen too late for breakfast fed and happy. The Americans took up the idea in the 1930s after it began to fall out of favour in the UK, and it soon took hold becoming a regular occasion. Over the past decade or so, the Brits have fallen back in love with brunch however, and it has become a way of life, particularly between groups of friends at weekends. Book a mid-morning table at one of these foodie hotspots and you won’t be disappointed.


Lucky Beach Café



Lucky Beach Café is open all year round and offers a range of delectable, delicious foodie treats that are both organic and sustainably sourced.

Top three brunch dishes:

Brioche French toast: vanilla dipped brioche, pumpkin syrup, toasted maple

walnuts, coconut yoghurt, flowers, grilled raspberries and fruit and fresh mint.

Fresh crab and avocado Benedict.

Local mushrooms on toast.


The Real Eating Company

Lewes, Horsham and Chichester


Using local producers and sustainable, seasonal produce to create impressive and innovative food is what drives this popular restaurant.

Top three brunch dishes:

Eggs royale.

Egg and wild mushrooms on toast.

Fried egg, two smoked bacon rashers and melted cheddar cheese in a brioche bun.


The Ship Inn



Snug and cosy in the winter with lovely outside seating in the summer, The Ship Inn is a brunch venue for all seasons.

Top three brunch dishes:

Scrambled eggs with green chilli and spicy chorizo.

Omelette Arnold Bennett with smoked haddock and gruyere.

Boiled eggs with Marmite soldiers.


Miss Wall’s Back Garden



This great vegetarian restaurant offers decidedly different food that tastes amazing; both veggies and meat eaters will find something delicious to feast on here.

Top three brunch dishes:

Bananas on toast.

Spelt pancakes with blueberry compôte.

Scrambled eggs on homemade bread.

Le Magasin



Le Magasin serves up a wide range of exciting European dishes that are just right for brunch-time eating.

Top three brunch dishes:

Smoked salmon and scrambled egg.

Sussex ham and cheese croissant.

Eggs Florentine with spinach and hollandaise.


The New Club



The owners of The New Club want to serve good, honest food using top quality ingredients, which is exactly what they do.

Top three brunch dishes:

Mexican eggs: organic eggs, chilli tomato sauce and cheese served with caramelised corn and pepper salsa, sour cream and warm corn tortillas.

Organic poached eggs with slow-roasted tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, avocado, halloumi and grilled bread.

Smashed avocado on sourdough with za’atar pesto and poached egg.


Billy’s On The Beach



Everything at Billy’s On The Beach is freshly prepared and locally sourced wherever possible, so you can relish guilt-free  Sussex produce in a beautiful setting.

Top three brunch dishes:

Potato rosti, smoked ham, Emmental cheese and two fried eggs.

Grilled kipper with toast and butter.

Bubble and squeak with two poached eggs and either bacon or ham.





The ideology behind Silo is to respect the environment, the food and our bodies; eating here is an enriching and eye-opening experience.

Top three brunch dishes:

Porridge, seasonal fruit and hazelnut milk.

Coddled egg, blood pudding and kimchi.

Toast, beans, slow-cooked egg, mushrooms and bacon or crispy seaweed.


Munch Coffee Bar & Kitchen



Munch is the perfect place for a family brunch, offering plenty of space for buggies as well as an excellent children’s menu. All the food is fresh and home cooked.

Top three brunch dishes:

Eggs Benedict with home-baked ham and hollandaise.

Garlic mushrooms, feta or halloumi on toasted ciabatta.

Waffles drizzled with either maple syrup, honey or chocolate sauce.


Wheat & Beans



Inspired by Latin-American and Mediterranean flavours, Wheat & Beans specialises in outstanding baked goods and fresh flavours.

Top three brunch dishes:

Pibil pork empanadas – slow-cooked pork with achiote and red onions.

Roasted pepper and brie on flatbread.

Roast chicken flatbread with tomatoes, rocket and a mildly spicy harissa mayonnaise.


The Sussex Bread Company



At the Sussex Bread Company the owners specialise in gluten-free, artisan breads, which accompany most of the meals served here too.

Top three brunch dishes:

Egg, bacon and sausage bap.

Stilton rarebit.

Focaccia, quiche and salad.




This quirky combination of food, art and antiques works really well; it’s an interesting space in which to eat delicious food.

Top three brunch dishes:

Organic muesli served with milk or with Plaw Hatch Farm yoghurt.

French toast served with blueberries, maple syrup and butter.

Local bacon and sausage topped with an egg and mushroom or tomato in a soft white bap.


Stanmer House



A beautiful Georgian country manor house set in gorgeous parkland, the location of this exquisite brunch venue is simply stunning.

Top three brunch dishes:

Smashed avocado and fresh chilli on sourdough with eggs.

Buttermilk pancakes with banana, berries, honey and crème fraiche.

Eggs Royale with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce.


The Toll House Store & Café



Known as the smallest department store in Sussex, The Toll House offers a range of exciting products and a lovely café to relax and eat brunch in.

Top three brunch dishes:

Smoked salmon and bacon roll.

Avocado and tomato on toast.

Butter, banana and honey on toast.




Brighton & Hove


Sugardough is a traditional bakery hand-making delicious food from scratch every day. Nothing artificial, just good seasonal food. Sourdough breads, delicious cakes and pastries are delivered from Sugardough’s Hove bakery (where you can watch everything being made) to Sugardough in Brighton’s Lanes every morning. The bakery and restaurant in Brighton’s picturesque Lanes serves delectable cakes, pastries and bread as well as modern British dishes with European and North African influences in a beautiful, informal setting.

Top three brunch dishes:

Roasted tomato, red pepper and basil soup with sourdough toast.

Eggs Benedict with cherry tomatoes.

Organic eggs baked with yoghurt and dukah spice.

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