w digital’s #brightonSEO guide to Brighton’s cuisine, coffee and culture…

Attending #BrightonSEO? Especially for those of you from out of town welcome to the w digital insiders’ guide to Brighton. We’ll fill you in on independent coffee shops, great places to grab something different to eat during the lunch break and of course the best spots to relax with a beer at the end of the day.


Marwood Coffee Shop
Ship St. Court

Marwood may take you a while to find, it is wedged into a tiny little alleyway along Ship St. called Ship St. Court. Inside you will find an eclectic mix of ornaments and nic nacs hanging from every available surface, the tables are constructed from old doors and window frames. A few of the chairs have been fashioned from old Apple Macs (from the training centre that used to be situated in the building). Aside from the décor their coffee is out of this world and they offer a variety of delicious cakey treats. They have also recently put in a kitchen with a varied menu of breakfast and lunch fair that will not disappoint.

Kensington’s Cafe
1 Kensington Gardens

Kensington’s Café has become an institution in Brighton, it has been around as long as I can remember and has always offered a consistently good quality of food and drink in the heart of North Laine. Head over to Kensington’s Café during lunch and if you’re lucky enough to grab a spot on their sunny balcony, it’s the perfect place to reflect on the mornings’ talks or grab an English breakfast if you had a bit too much fun the night before.

The Coffee Counter
Vine Street

This coffee shop is very close to the Brighton Dome, head past Jubilee Square and over the road you will find Vine Street. This area of Brighton has become more and more gentrified over the last few years and now includes an incredible little antique furniture market, photography and artist studios. Nestled in amongst this you will find The Coffee Counter, the artwork is a throwback to some of the best cult films in history and the street outside is bathed in sun. This operation was set up for only £250, if you are interested in finding out how just pop in and ask!

Of course if you don’t fancy strolling too far from the Brighton Dome you can always go to Small Batch coffee on Jubilee St. who offer some great coffee, ample seating and free WiFi to catch up on your work emails and tweets.


La Choza
36 Gloucester Rd.

La Choza is widely accepted as the best Mexican restaurant in Brighton, they offer Burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas, Tostadas, Nachos and oh so much more. We suggest phoning ahead for to collect as your chances of getting a table will be slim if you are hoping to get back in time for the afternoon #brightonSEO session.

The Coal Shed
Boyces St.

If you are not of a vegetarian persuasion and enjoy a well cooked slab of meat then The Coal Shed is the place for you. They offer a menu of fine wines to compliment every cut of meat on offer; filler, rib-eye, sirloin, chateaubriand, porterhouse and prime rib. They also offer selected cuts for sharing and charge by weight. This is the perfect place if you need to wow a client for lunch.

Kindlewood Pizza
Brighton Station

One thing that Brighton has been lacking in the past is a pizza place that you can just pop along to on the way home from work or after the train commute. Kindlewood Pizza at Brighton Station fills this void nicely. They can cook you an amazing traditional style pizza in under 10 minutes, they also stock Café Coho coffee to get your caffeine fix.

Bars and Pubs

The Basketmakers Arms
12 Gloucester Rd.

With a wide variety of local Sussex ales and ciders on tap The Basketmakers Arms is a great place to grab a post-conference libation.  This multi award-winning pub has a cosy and comfortable atmosphere. It is customary to scribble a message and place it into one of their tobacco tins hanging on the wall, these are filled with wishes, dreams, inane scribbles and swear words, well worth a read.

The Twisted Lemon
41 Middle St.

For the cocktail lover, The Twisted Lemon have a huge range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails for all tastes, all served with their trademark flair. They also make a mean Old Fashioned for all of you Don Draper wannabes.

Fortune of War
Brighton Beach (down from West St.)

Hopefully if the weather deities are smiling upon our Friday afternoon you can head down to the iconic Brighton beachfront for a sunny pint in Fortune of War. They have seating indoors and outdoors which leads all the way down onto the pebbles. If it gets hot enough you can dip a toe into the sea if you like.

So there it is, this guide had the potential to be incredibly long. Have a great time visiting our amazing city! Enjoy #brightonSEO!