Review: Joe’s Cafe, Brighton

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis or who follows me on Twitter knows that I love a fry up.  In 2012 I went on a mission to find the best in Brighton (post here) and originally reviewed Joe’s cafe in that.  

Fast forward two years and what used to be an archetypal builders ‘caff’ with an oddly feminine feel and bog standard ingredients, has been completely transformed by its new owners, into a bright, beautifully decorated space with crates of freshly baked bread, locally sourced produce and free wifi.

It’s tucked away in a residential area of the seven dials next to the Chimney House pub on Upper Hamilton Road.  It’s a bit out the way if you live centrally, but it’s definitely worth the trip and there’s ample street parking for a quid an hour.

Beautiful, clean and good-sized wooden tables with all branded condiments, including my favourite brown sauce by Wilkin & Sons Tiptree, it pisses all over HP, I think you can buy it in my beloved Waitrose.  

If you’re hankering after some shit caff with deep-fried slice, tinned tomatoes and crusty supermarket brand condiments then you are going to be sorely disappointed… and actually if you would prefer that to this then what the hell is wrong with you anyway.  

Fresh bread and pastries

The toast is made with this bread and there’s a good selection of savoury pastries.  I only spotted the fact they had marmite sausage rolls AND Picnic Corner scotch eggs– they are THE BEST, and Paul the guy who makes them is a thoroughly nice chap too.

You can check out their website for a larger scale menu here or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Bigger breakfast- £6.50



Gorgeous chewy toast with real butter, heinz beans and a whole tomato all get a big thumbs up from me, as doe the fact that the meat is all local and there’s no extra charge for the loveliest black pudding I’ve had in a while and a portion of fried potatoes too. It’s all topped off with a free range egg and a free hot drink on the side.  As a good friend of mine would say, BOOM.

I would give this a mark out of 10 but my post tomorrow is going to be the return of the Brighton fry up challenge – part one is my most viewed entry on this blog to date, and at nearly 2 years old is seriously in need of an update. Stay tuned folks.


I’ve been back twice since in varying shades of hangover and I’m delighted to report that both return visits were consistently excellent.

Have you been to the new look Joes?  Where’s your favourite place to eat a fry up in Brighton.  Comment in the box below or tweet me, I’m always looking for a new spot to have a good breakfast!

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3 Comments

  1. April 8, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    I used to live just around the corner from Joe's about four years ago and as greasy spoons went it was quite good. Cheap and cheerful and the food — while not gourmet — was tasty enough. So I'm a little sad that it's been spruced up but my gosh it does look good.

    • November 21, 2014 / 4:33 pm

      Totally missed this comment at the time Kevin! I went to the old Joe's too and I'd say cheap and cheerful summed it up perfectly. I did enjoy the old version but the new one really is the best I've found in Brighton 🙂

    • November 21, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      I will have to make the effort to revisit my old stomping grounds one of these days!

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