When I’ve had enough of the chaos in Brighton mall, the crowds of Western Road I often head to the peaceful grounds of the Royal Pavilion where I can relax in the gardens, sit on the grass or head to the Pavilion Gardens Cafe which has a stunning view of the Pavilion. From here you can sit back, watch the world go by and have something to eat and drink.
The family run cafe was established in 1930, was a refreshment hut at the Palace Pier and moved to its present site in 1950. According to their website they have a member of staff who joined in 1969 and is still working there today at the age of 73, so they must look after their staff!
I was there there today with my wife and son. The portion sizes are really good, no small sandwiches here, instead fresh produce, decent size baguettes and cakes made on the premises. You can see their menu here. Its surprising how places you go to that don’t have a high chair for babies, but of course they do.
There are lots of tables around the cafe, but if they are all taken during the height of the summer then there is lots of grass to sit on!
Whilst there I met David Sewell who is the owner of the cafe. He is a very friendly and interesting guy with his finger on the pulse as he is also the Chairman of Brighton’s North Laine Traders Association. I hope to go back to David in the future and have a proper chat with him and interview him about the North Laines, so watch this space.
Address: Royal Pavilion Gardens, New Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UG
Opening Times: Mon to Sun, 9am – 5pm
Phone: 01273 730712