I was a fan of the Breakfast Club before I’d even eaten there. My love of breakfast food is well documented, so when I heard there was a place where you could eat it all day and night, I was sold.
My first experience of their food was at the finish line of the Brighton Marathon, in 2014 (pictured below) and I was hooked. My second time was at The Foodies festival where I drunkenly pestered them (two days in a row) for use of their power point to charge my phone, whilst eating two more of their American breakfasts – I can’t comment on those either, because I was… trashed (soz Mum).
After that I periodically hounded them via Twitter about setting up shop down here in Brighton, and whaddya know, in June 2015 my dream came true.
I am going to do a bit of a disclaimer, just so we are crystal clear on this. Most of the food in this post was free. I know the owner and I consider two of the senior managers good friends – I make no secret of it, but this in no way impacts of the authenticity of this review, ok.
I absolutely love the interior. All of the cafes have a different theme and Brighton’s is Miami Vice – paradise for someone who loves Miami, is obsessed with the beach and once based an entire student marketing campaign around pink flamingos (it’s a long story).
Green is good smoothie – £4.70 (£1.50 from each one sold goes to charity)
The all American – £11
The day that I ate this came at the end of one of the grimmest weeks in 2015 . I’d broken up with someone, I was commuting four days a week to a job I hated and I’d been up all night watching the news, as the horrors of the Paris attacks unfolded. Had I not have been meeting someone else who needed cheering up, there, I definitely wouldn’t have gone – but I’m SO glad I did – it’s the kind of place it’s almost impossible to remain upset in.
At £11 it’s not the cheapest you’ll find in Brighton, but it’s not going to leave you hungry. A potato element in a cooked breakfast, is to me what a cheese element is in a roast – vital, and these rough-cut homefries were perfect for mopping up the molten-middled eggs which oozed pleasingly across my plate. I saved the pancakes until last to have with the bacon, that was as crispy as I’d have made it at home, and then drowned the lot in maple syrup. The only thing that is capable of killing my appetite is misery, and even that was overridden by this beaut.
Pancakes & berries with maple syrup & vanilla cream £9
I’m a great advocate of breakfast desserts, and despite having pancakes with my ‘main course’ they were so good I couldn’t resist another stack for afters. And this really IS a stack. The vanilla cream gave it an extra layer of indulgence and they hadn’t scrimped on the fruit or the syrup – it gets a big thumbs up from me – definitely the best I’ve had in Brighton.
Check out the full breakfast menu here.
Buffalo wings – £8
I say it every time I talk about wings now, but I’m just not sure any will ever match up to the ones at MEATliquor, but I’ve eaten these on a few occasions and I definitely will again. The sticky sauce errs more on the side of BBQ than buffalo but I’m not complaining, they’re great, especially with the blue cheese dip they’re served with, which our lovely waitress replenished for us at no extra charge.
Mac ‘n’ cheese – £3
This is the only thing on the menu that I am not crazy about. I’ve ordered it on a few of my visits and it just isn’t everything I want from a mac ‘n’ cheese. That said, it’s a side dish not a main event, and I’ve scraped the dish clean every time, I don’t hate it, it’s just a bit… one dimensional.
Nachos with refried beans – £8.50
I have to admit to being very slightly worse for wear whilst demolishing these, if I had to level any sort of criticism at them then I’d say that the cheese wasn’t totally melted – but my heart wouldn’t really be in it, because I loved them, and you get a mountain of food that is perfect for sharing and drunkenly gorging yourself on. For £8.50, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Fried chicken, sage waffle, chilli butter with gravy & maple syrup – £9
I’m sure some of you just read the description of this wondrous dish above and are thinking ‘what the actual…’ but hear me out. Gravy and maple syrup shouldn’t work, but it really really does. The fried chicken will be a huge crowd pleaser as it’s strips of lightly battered breast, rather than on the bone (I know this prangs some people out) and the sage spiked waffle soaks up the chilli butter and syrup like a delicious savoury but sweet sponge. Don’t knock this combo ’til you’ve tried it, it’s a winner.
Hash with artichoke, sun blush tomato, parmesan, spinach and hot sauce with extra ham hock – £8
Roasted spiced cauliflower, green beans, pear and peashoots with cashew dressing – £8
Short rib and goats cheese fries with crispy onions – £5.50
I didn’t try any of the meals pictured above but thought I’d stick the pictures in to give you a greater overview of the menu. They all look real pretty though, and I’ll definitely be getting involved in those short-rib topped fries on my next visit – total food porn.
Check out the full dinner menu here.
I’ve never had a proper full on Thanksgiving meal before, what with being English and all… however, it’s an annual celebration across all of The Breakfast Clubs and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the three course feast we were served.
It would be fair to say that I’ve sampled a lot of the cocktail menu and they’ve all been delicious and very strong. A couple of the Margaritas (pictured above) in particular, made me extremely wobbly on my feet.
Anyone who follows me on instagram will know that my not so guilty pleasure, is playing Bingo. I’ve been a member of Gala since I was 18 (don’t judge me) but if strip lighting, shit food and a questionable clientele aren’t your bag, then may I recommend trying the boozy bingo at The Breakfast Club. Happy hour priced booze flows all night with free shots and a hilarious host.
They also do a quiz… our team came last – I don’t want to talk about it.
So don’t be fooled by the name, whilst breakfasts do take centre stage there’s something for everyone and at any time of the day. It’s family friendly (if you’re into that kind of thing) but the vibe is still buzzy and fun, which the decor, friendly staff and soundtrack of absolute chooons can take a lot of the credit for.
Of course there’s been grumbling on social media about ‘London bigwigs coming down here and monopolising The Lanes etc’ but pffft to them – I love it – the staff, the food, the ethos and their charity work – just all of it – and I have and will be back time and time again.
Have you been to The Breakfast Club? Where do you go for brunch in The Lanes? I’m working on my 2016 Brighton breakfast round up so please do post your suggestions in the comments section below or hit me up on social media – links below.
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