Known to Brits as a fab place for seafood, vegetarian delights and... well, cheap bar food, Brighton’s right on target to sate even the hungriest of stomachs.  Though we have a number of friends in town who have gifted us with plenty of in-home meals, we do have a couple suggestions for you when on the run.

Marwood Coffee Shop:  Beloved by Brighton’s boho set, Marwood Coffee Shop was happy dishing out “life-changing cakes” and “kick-arse coffee,” and ended up opening their kitchen “by accident.”  We’re certainly glad they did.  Simple hangover plates like “Green Eggs and Ham” (scrambled with pesto) and “Devil’s Toast” (spicy chorizo with tomato garlic chili and grilled goat cheese) make this the perfect stop-off after an all-nighter. 

But aside from the tasty treats, perhaps the best part about Marwood is its decor, a hodge-podge of 80s pop culture references in 2-and-3D.  Jack Nicholson makes an eye-opening appearance from The Shining in one corner, while the entire Star Wars Rebel Fleet battles against the Empire from the ceiling in another.

Marwood Coffee is open Sunday through Wednesday from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM, and from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM Thursdays through Saturdays.  Be on the lookout for garden seating in warmer months, and if you’re just itching to find out who will be making your cup of ‘cino, check out their website for barista profiles!

Marwood Coffee - 52 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex  BN1 1AF, (011) 44 01273-382063,

Taylor Street Baristas:   Perhaps a bit less kooky, Taylor Street Baristas is another spot we enjoyed on our most recent trip to Brighton in February of 2012.  Part of a larger chain with a number of outposts in London, the three siblings behind Taylor Street Baristas pride themselves on offering rich, dark brews similar to the ones they grew up with back home in Australia.

To achieve their superlative espressos and cappuccinos, Taylor Street hunts down baristas with at least 2-3 years experience before training them further on techniques and presentation specialized to the chain. 

A full line of breakfast goodies and lunchtime salads, sandwiches and quiches are also available.  The menu changes seasonally so that you can be assured you’re sampling the freshest ingredients around, and not just downing some pre-packaged piece of turkey slathered with mayonnaise.

Taylor Street Baristas are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM, Saturday from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Taylor Street Baristas - 28 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex  BN1 3XA, (011) 44 01273-735466,