Awesome Places To Take Your Family To Eat Out In Brighton & Sussex
No compromises for anyone.
No one has to compromise at any of these top child friendly spots in Brighton & Sussex. But they’re not just child-friendly: parent-friendly, grandparent-friendly, auntie-friendly, uncle-friendly, child-free-friend-friendly… everyone included, no-one short changed. They’re my own family’s faves; I hope they’ll become your family’s faves too.
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Bread & Milk is a super stylish pit stop for all the family. There isn’t a separate kids’ menu but there’s a huge selection of sandwiches, toasties, flatbreads, croissants, pastries & cakes on the counter to choose from. It’s easy to navigate with a buggy and right next door to the car park on Whitecross Street. They serve locally roasted Pharmacie coffee and locally blended Polite Society tea too. Nice local touches in this unconventionally child-friendly indie coffee shop.
Marmalade is a beautiful cafe on an unassuming corner of Kemptown. We don’t get to go over very often but when we do it’s always a pleasure. Aside from the gorgeous rustic decor there’s a mound of tempting cakes and an Ottolenghi-esque selection of savouries and salads piled up along the counter. Children are warmly welcomed and there’s a great selection of breakfasts and lunches alongside sweet treats including these delightful jelly tot topped fairy cakes. There’s a stack of well-loved colouring books and crayons if your little one needs a little distraction.
Cloud 9 Bakery: South Lanes, North Laines & York Place
Indulge your kids and inner kid at this super colourful & fun ice cream parlour and bakery. Cloud 9’s homemade cakes and ice creams are perfect for special occasions and special treats. Sit in, take out, host a birthday party or order something personal for a special occasion. There are flavours to tickle everyone’s taste buds from vanilla to banoffee and they happen to make one of the most divine hot chocolates around.
Fatto A Mano – North Laine, London Road
A top pizzeria for families. The perfect place to swing by for an authentic, quick Italian lunch or dinner. There are three branches in this ultra child friendly Brighton & Hove micro chain: two in Brighton. It’s super reasonable as kids eat free. Pizzas are fluffy and delicious; service is quick. The children’s menu even turns into a Fatto A Mano fortune teller, keeping little fingers busy while they wait. What more could you want when you’re eating out with your bambinos?
Franco Manca is the Brighton family classic. Dine alongside all the other hipster mums and dad’s in this industrial-styled pizzeria. Staff are pleasant and efficient. Service is quick, prices reasonable and food delicious. Sourdough proves in wooden pizza boxes in the restaurant; pizzas are freshly made by hand and topped with fresh ingredients, many of which are organic. There’s a bargain £5 kids menu with a choice of 3 pizzas, small drink and scoop of ice cream or sorbet. Another quick and easy crowd pleaser.
Gelato Gusto: North Laine & Brighton Beach
Gelato Gusto serve a huge selection of homemade gelato in their cool, pastel coloured gelateria. Gelatos are made with local cream and milk; vegan gelatos are made with soya, oat and coconut mylks. You can have your gelato anyway you like it: cone, cup, atop waffles or crèpes, in a gelato burger, with a lolly waffle, in a freakshake, on a banana split or in a knickerbocker glory. This is the perfect place to grab a treat for the whole family whether you’re sitting in or taking out. And if you don’t feel like ice cream (who ARE you?) they serve a decent coffee (using local Red Roaster beans) and make Brighton’s best vegan brownie.
I’m all up for supporting local and independent but when you need to eat with kids and hanger’s in the air, you need a trusty fast food joint for, well, fast food that’s properly fast. Enter Leon. Leon is my favourite spot for child friendly & grown up friendly fast food in Brighton. It’s right next to the Churchill Centre, there’s loads of room for buggies and a fab selection of food for all the family. I love that kids’ boxes come served with lots of veg. Even my vegetable refuser will wolf down a portion of meatballs, rice and broccoli sans complaint. It’s so much better than going to the Golden Arches up the road and just as fast.
Moksha is a super popular cafe thanks to its incredible brunches. You won’t feel out of place with kids in this buzzy cafe. But you won’t feel like you’re at a pre-school hangout either – it’s a mixed crowd of all ages. It’s a big cafe with loads of high chairs and you can easily get your buggy in. There aren’t many big cafes worth bothering with in this bit of town, so it’s one to keep note of if you have tiny tots in tow. There’s a sensible choice of food for kids and all milky drinks are made with organic milk. The mum in me gives extra love to cafes serving organic milk. It gets busy at weekends so you may need to wait for a seat but the fluffy pancakes are worth it.
Murmur’s a smart casual restaurant on Brighton Seafront with a child-friendly ethos sat at it’s heart. But it’s not all about the kids. The food’s incredible for all ages. This is the place to head to when you want to go out for a meal that’s extra but you want to take your kids along with you. This is a great place to take your mini gourmand for their My First Fine Dining experience. Or seasoned little diners. Either way it’s outstanding. Drink in the beautiful sea views and make the most of the central Brighton Beach location with scooters, bikes or just going for a leisurely family stroll. I’ve got a lot of love for Murmur. I wish more restaurants were just like this. Family friendly perfection.
Arguably the best family-friendly brunch in Brighton. Situated opposite Queen’s Park, this neighbourhood coffee shop makes brunching Brighton-style a breeze, even with the smallest members of your crew. There’s a vast brunch menu with all the classics alongside some speciality dishes. Decent coffee, cool teapots and a mural which will keep your kids entertained for days.
The Ginger Dog is a laid-back stylish Gastro pub in Kemptown serving incredible seasonal food and drink. There’s a brilliant wine list and the cocktails are exceptional. When you step in it’s not immediately child-friendly with grown-up interiors and a heaving bar. However, little ones are very welcome in this posh boozer. There’s a £10 menu for kids which includes a decent main, pudding and small drink. FYI, I’m a huge Ginger fan. I’ve eaten at all of them countless times, held a big private function in this very pub and the food has never disappointed. With or without kids.
Under 7s eat free before 7, yes, even at the weekend. This is the perfect spot to indulge your inner foodie and get your kids to try out some new dishes. The kids’ menu is straight ahead – think mac and cheese, grilled fish & seasonal veg, sausage and chips. But that doesn’t mean they can’t share from your plate. Potions are generous, so there’s lots to go round. It’s a hip restaurant with amazing sea views if you can bag a window seat. I’ve heard excellent things about the sharing roasts. This is the place to come if you’re looking for a decent treat for all the family. Kids are given a stick of candyfloss at the end of the meal (as long as you give the parental nod).
Chain with a heart, Wahaca, are the epitome of family-friendly. The ginormous Brighton restaurant boasts a foosball table in the bar and quirky locally-inspired decor. Someone’s given some careful consideration to the kids’ menu, which includes a streamlined selection of healthy yet child-pleasing options. Kids can have a free babycino, colour in with classy crayons but best of all the service is quick; dishes are cooked to order and served straight away. A great child friendly introduction to Mexican street food in the heart of Brighton.
The Hove branch of Fatto A Mano, is perfect for a quick family bite to eat. It’s the same deal as the Brighton restaurants, kids eat free when their grown-up buys a main. Reliably good pizza and service in the heart of Hove.
The Ginger Pig is the biggest of the Gingers and much like the other pubs in the micro chain, it’s smart and laid back with just enough sophistication to make it feel special without being stuffy. The food’s always on point: local, seasonal and delicious. Families are warmly welcomed and there’s a sensible choice of child friendly food on the kids’ menu. Ginger roasts made with locally sourced ingredients are especially worth booking a table for on a Sunday.
Big Beach Cafe is half bar, half cafe and 100% family-friendly cool. Hove Lagoon is the best place to take kids on a hot summer’s day. Mine love, love, love the paddling pool. But don’t dismiss it during winter. The playground’s brilliant for drinking in those precious milky winter rays. Oh, and all the more excuse for heading indoors to warm up over coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger. There’s a cute little kids’ play area inside too. And lots of different food options. Brighton Mum and author of The Selfcare Cookbook, Gemma Ogston helped design the incredible vegan menu here.
Artisan bread table, strong coffee, selection of toys and colouring, Friday donuts… Need I say more? Our favourite cafe in Hove to hang out with the girls. All the credentials of a Brighton / Hove coffee shop for parents who don’t want to leave their coffee sipping, newspaper reading days behind and child-friendly enough to make it a fun hangout for all the family.
We ❤️Wickle for it’s lovingly handpicked selection of tasteful wares and sweet little cafe. Food is wholesome, well-considered and all of the little details have been thought through. Hot chocolates are made with melted organic buttons, there are lots of healthy snacks alongside yummy treats for kids, great breakfast and lunch options too. Best of all there’s a wooden play table to keep kids entertained while you sip your coffee (organic, of course) and a buggy parking valet service.
Lancing & Worthing
Hands-down one of the best family friendly destinations in Sussex. Beach on one side, park on the other. Part cafe, part bar, part diner-style restaurant. Come here for brunch, lunch, drinks, roasts and watch out for special events through the year. The ultimate hot chocolate is well worth a mention with it’s dripping salted caramel sauce and giant toasted marshmallow atop smooth and creamy hot chocolate. Grab some loaded fries and a hot drink to round off a windy walk along the beach or romp in the park on a winter’s day; or pizza, ice cream and cold drinks when the sun’s out in summer.
One building, two epic local brands. This is a winning family friendly collaboration of great pizza and delish gelato. The pizzas are divine and kids’ pizzas come with a side salad as standard. The menu boasts all of the toppings you could ever want. And kids can customise to their heart’s content too with as many half price toppings as they like. This is a brilliant place to go if you need vegan options; their vegan pizzas are inspired. Best of all, you can sit in or take out. Oh and kids eat free pizza on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when their grown-up buys a main. Boho Gelato make a selection of some of the tastiest gelatos in Sussex, chose your toppings and enjoy. The perfect way to finish off a family meal.
Pitch is a super smart restaurant with an ultra warm atmosphere. This is the perfect place to take all the family for a special celebration meal. Or just because. The food is simply incredible. The staff are incredible. The drinks and plates are a feast for the eyes as much as the belly. Kenny combines interesting, fresh, seasonal, humble and complimentary flavours beautifully. Despite being a fine dining restaurant, kids are so very welcome. Kenny Tutt (MasterChef Champion 2018) and his wife Lucy have mastered the art of making everyone feel at home (albeit a super chic home) in their beautiful restaurant.
A surprisingly big coffee shop in the centre of Worthing with a cool vibe. The staff here are incredibly friendly and helpful. Grab a decent coffee or spot of brunch with your nearest and dearest in the latest branch of trendy Brighton coffee chain Small Batch. Kids can choose from a small selection of child pleasing dishes on the kids menu and there are lots of lovely brunch options for grown ups.
Hassocks, Hurst & Ditchling
Sadly closing in December but perhaps rising like a cake-selling-phoenix from the flames in another location next year (fingers firmly crossed on this one). Sussex Mother has been one of our favourite local go-tos for the past year. Great coffee, delicious homemade cakes, freshly cooked breakfasts and lunches with inspired favour combos, local produce, great selection of food and snacks for kids, ace play area, artisan crafts and vintage pieces for sale, all in a super quirky space. It’s been an all-round top spot for families. Enjoy it while you can.
Generous portions and freshly made food dominate at Bella & Megs. There’s a kids’ breakfast and lunch menu with all the child friendly classics. This cafe’s a must for casual family brunching or lunching in Hassocks. There’s a decent selection of coffees, gourmet hot chocolates, pastries and cakes too. A bookcase with distractions for little ones is a sweet touch to stave off boredom while you wait for your order.
Yep, another Ginger pub. Perhaps the most child-friendly of the Gingers with it’s gorgeous garden, climbing frame, tree swing and space to run around when it’s warmer. It’s the same £10 kids’ deal and same local, seasonal food for grown-ups as the other restaurants. The only difference is its countryside location. The Ginger’s support local charity The Rocking Horse Charity with donations from selected dishes on the menu.
Super-chilled award-winning country gastro pub with incredible garden and exciting play area. Kids are always welcome. Brunches, lunches and dinners are all top notch. And kids’ get their own menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cosy, quaint vintage tea room in the heart of Ditchling. The staff are incredibly warm and welcoming whether you’re 3 or 93. The menu is vast and covers all traditional bases including sandwiches, roasts, a huge selection of homemade cakes and knickerbocker glories.
A traditional country pub which has been modernised inside with trendy dark wood walls and painted furniture. There’s lots of space in The Sportsman, making it excellent for larger gatherings. They serve Lindfield Coffee Works coffee, make a mean breakfast alongside hearty lunches, dinners and Sunday roasts. There’s a fab kids’ play area outside for sunny days and a box of toys inside for rainy days.
The Bull is better known as the Pizza Pub round here. It’s an unassuming pub from the outside with lots of local charm once inside. The menu is mostly made up of stone baked pizzas with all the toppings you could possibly want. There’s a decent choice of vegan and gluten-free pizzas too. There’s a skittles alley and function room, which you can hire for very reasonable rates. But the best feature of this pub is the incredible adventure playground tucked away in the stunning garden. Our girls love the space to run around and play in the garden, far enough away from Mum and Dad to have some serious fun, whilst still in view. This is a fab crowd-pleaser for groups of friends with kids.
A chintzy tea room serving the most delicious seasonal scones and a sweet teddy bears picnic. The teddy bears picnic is served in a basket with a mini teapot of juice or milk for little ones. There’s a massive pile of books and toys to keep even the smallest members of your tribe happy. It’s a touch on the small side, so not brilliant for buggies but there are plenty of high chairs for babies and young toddlers.
Great space to meet up. Cute little playroom, perfect for under 3s, all the usual drinks and snacks, simple lunch options, free parking and loads of space for buggies. Oh and most importantly strong, decent coffee.
A quirky tea room on the edge of Burgess Hill in the middle of Mabel’s Emporium, an eclectic vintage shopping experience. There’s a whole host of different stalls downstairs selling everything from second hand toys to vintage tools and there’s a selection of smaller units upstairs housing hairdressers, cake decorators and a gym. Mabel’s Tea Room use lots of fresh, local ingredients and make many dishes from scratch. Their afternoon tea is incredible. Bookings must be made in advance.
Set in Victoria Park, a stone’s throw from the playground, Tory’s is the perfect place to grab a cuppa, some breakfast or lunch after a play. There are lots of tables outside and a cute tearoom inside. The homemade cakes are to die for and there’s an extensive choice of meals and snacks for kids.
Flinders has a cool cosy, industrial vibe. They serve decent coffee made with locally roasted Lindfield Coffee Works beans, steep delicious sticky chai lattes in pots and use real chocolate flakes on top of hot chocolates and cappuccinos. Famed for their Sussex Charmer on Toast, this is an easy place to bring kids for breakfast, second breakfast, brunch or dinner. There’s a respectable selection of freshly made food and lots of simple options for kids, alongside family pleasing pastries and savouries.
One of my all time faves. I reckon this is the best cup of coffee in Sussex. They make truly artisan coffee and offer a carefully curated selection of food all served up in their slick warehouse-style roastery. Lindfield Coffee Works doesn’t just deliver for grown-ups, it’s a joy for kids too. There’s a simple child-satisfying menu, free babycinos and a decent selection of treats at the counter.
Show me the child that doesn’t enjoy watching a Willy Wonka style chocolate tap and choosing from a rainbow coloured selection of homemade ice creams. This is a kids’ dream come true. Top selection of ice cream, old fashioned sweet shop, milkshakes and more. There’s a lovely kids’ play area and chalk board to keep them occupied while you sip on your coffee or enjoy an ice cream.