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Top 10 (OK 12!) Places to Eat in the North Laine

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Written by Andy Trainer– Thu 24 Sep 2009

Here in the heart of Brighton's North Laine you're spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat.To make it easier for you, here's 10 of our favourite places to eat (in no particular order) - all within a short walk of our training centre in Gloucester Road.

UPDATE Jan 2010: This is now our top 12 places to eat!! There are SO MANY to choose from we had to add two more. Thanks especially to Brighton foodie Greg Dreyfus for his recommendations.Try them out - or if you've got your own favourite which we haven't listed, leave a comment and we'll check it out!

Price key:

£ - Under a fiver
££ - £5-£10
£££ - Over a tenner

1: The Real Patisserie

Where?
43 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED
What?
Take away only. Generously filled baguettes and a good range of salads. If you've got a sweet tooth check out their amazing French pastries. The bread and pastries are baked fresh daily by real French people!
Web: www.realpatisserie.co.uk
Price: £
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn right out of our reception and immediately right again down a small alleyway (Trafalgar Terrace). Turn left at the end of the alley and you can't miss it!

2: Toast

Where?
38 Trafalgar St, BN1 4ED
What?
Limited seating or take away. Very nice deep filled sandwiches made to order. They claim to serve the best espresso in Brighton and they might just be right. Expect to queue, but worth the wait!
Web: www.toast-of-brighton.co.uk
Price: £
Google Walking Route 

Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and immediately left again down Kemp Street. Toast is at the end of Kemp Street on the Junction with Trafalgar Street

3: Yum Yum Noodle Bar (E-Kagen)

Where?
22-23 Sydney Street, BN1 4EN
What?
One of the North Laine's best kept secrets - it's easy to miss this fantastic noodle bar above the Yum Yum oriental supermarket on Sydney Street. The canteen is low on frills but the authentic Chinese noodles, dumplings and other great dishes more than make up for the basic decor.
Web: No website - but don't let that put you off!
Price: ££
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road. Cross over two pedestrianised areas and then left along Sydney Street. Yum Yum is on the left just before the end of the street.
Note - go through the door to the right of the shop and up the stairs - the door on the left takes you in to the supermarket itself!

4: Bagelman

Where? 
7 Bond Street, BN1 1RD
What?
Limited seating or take away. Filled bagels made to order - look out for the (sometimes off-the-wall) daily specials. The staff in here are among the friendliest in town and the bagels are baked fresh in house every day. They've won a Sussex Business Award and it's easy to see (and taste) why! Expect a queue.
Web: www.bagelman.co.uk
Price: £
Google Walking Route 
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laine area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens (the fully pedestrianised street full of trendy shops). Cross the lights at the end of Kensington Gardens and head down Gardner Street almost directly opposite. Cross the road at the end of Gardner Street and straight on in to Bond Street. Bagelman is on the right

5: Bill's

Where? 
The Depot, 100 North Road, BN1 1YE
What?
Bill Collison's greengrocer and cafe in Lewes became such a success that he had to open a new branch in Brighton in the old bus depot, and we're glad he did! Expect hearty hot English classics, enormous salads and cakes to die for! Plus you can do your weekly veg shopping from the range of fantastic organic produce on display all around you.
Web: www.billsproducestore.co.uk
Price: ££
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laines area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens. At the end of Kensington Gardens turn left and down North Road - Bills is on the left

6: Mange Tout

Where?
81 Trafalfgar Street, BN1 4EB
What?
Authentic French food from this little known restaurant on Trafalgar Street - recommended to us by Brighton foodie Greg Dreyfus.
Web: none
Price: ££
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and immediately left again down Kemp Street. At the end turn right down Trafalgar Street

7: Capers

Where?
27 Gardner Street, BN1 1UP
What?
All day breakfasts, sandwiches, baked potatoes and hearty hot dishes. Don't miss their house speciality Swedish meatballs with cranberry sauce on the side.
Web: www.capers-brighton.com
Price: ££
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laines area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens. At the end of Kensington Gardens cross at the lights and head down Gardner Street almost directly opposite - Capers is almost immediately on your right-hand side.

8: The Dorset

Where?
28 North Road, BN1 1YB
What?
If you've got a bit of money to spend and you're looking for a good hearty lunch, look no further than The Dorset. A good range of classic dishes. Look out for Brighton legend and multiple pub owner Dave Day, or Lion Man as he is otherwise known. He's often seen there smoking his pipe and generally looking like a lion. Look out for his telltale chauffeur driven Bentley parked outside.
Web: www.thedorset.co.uk
Price: £££
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laine area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens. At the end of Kensington Gardens turn right and the Dorset is right in front of you on the corner of Gardner Street

9: Iydea

Where?
17 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL
What?
One of the best veggie places in Brighton so expect queues. A great range of well thought out vegetarian dishes and fantastic juices. Try the "beet this" juice.
Web: www.iydea.co.uk
Price: ££
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laine area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens and Iydea is almost immediately on your left.

10: Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Where?
Pavilion Gardens
What?
If it's a sunny day why not eat alfresco and have lunch overlooking one of Brighton's greatest architectural features - the Royal Pavilion. The cafe in the park serves sandwiches and cakes.
Web: www.paviliongardenscafe.co.uk
Price: £
Google Walking Route
Our Directions: Turn left out of our reception and down Gloucester Road to the pedestrianised North Laine area. Turn right along Kensington Gardens. At the end of Kensington Gardens cross at the lights and head down Gardner Street almost directly opposite. Turn left at the end of Gardner Street and down Church Street until you see the Mash Tun pub on the corner. Now turn right along the pedestrianised New Road and the Pavilion Gardens are on your left.

11. Sabai Thai Gastrobar

Where?
165 - 169 Princes House, Princes Place, North Street, BN1 1EA
What?
Great variety of Thai dishes, including a lot of veggie, vegan and gluten free options. A bit more of a walk and not cheap but worth it if you love Thai. If your trainer wants you back quickly after lunch maybe stay more local! Another recommendation from Greg Dreyfus - check out his Brighton food blog
Web: http://www.sabaibrighton.co.uk/
Price: £££
Google Walking Route

12. Chilli Pickle

Where?
42 Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB
What?
Tucked away in a side street in the Lanes this modern Indian / Nepalese restaurant is hard to miss - but miss it at your peril! Chilli Pickle goes way beyond what your run-of-the-mill curry joint has to offer. Beautifully presented dishes expertly executed, and accompanied by a fantastic range of Belgian beers and a good wine list - much better than the choice of two Indian lagers we're used to being offered with our curries. Not cheap, but worth it!
Web: http://www.thechillipickle.com/
Price: £££
Google Walking Route

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