Five Kemptown Places … to Celebrate Food

Farm produce, cookbooks and blogs

Needing a little culinary inspiration? We suggest a number of places in Kemptown to celebrate food.


FRESH FARM PRODUCE  AT THE SUSSEX PEASANT ON FRIDAYS – Want to buy fresh Sussex produce without having to drive all over the county? The Sussex Peasant is a mobile farm shop in an attractive wooden truck, which parks on Fridays between 0900-1800 outside Kemptown’s St George’s Church. They sell fresh fruit and vegetables, pasture-fed and organic meats, home-baked bread, cakes and pastries, cheese and dairy products, beer, wine, and juices. This week sees the first purple sprouting broccoli of the season, and a new range of jellies to accompany roasts, including a Sussex ale jelly and red wine jelly with thyme and juniper. St George’s church is at the corner of St George’s Rd and Abbey Rd, BN2 1DW.


HOME-COOKED READY MEALS AT MARMALADE STORE – The miniature Marmalade store, housed in a converted vintage electrobus stop opposite the main Marmalade cafe on Eastern Road, is a charming pantry of delights including pastries, sandwiches, jams, chutneys and dairy products. Worth checking out in the chiller cabinet are the home-cooked ready meals — with several vegetarian choices, which are prepared in the on-site kitchen. Choices include mac ‘n’ cheese with butternut squash and brie,  cottage pie and aubergine parmigiana — all available in a variety of sizes and packed in oven-ready foil trays. Marmalade Store is at 238 Eastern Rd, BN2 5JJ.


THE REAL JUNK FOOD PROJECT COMMUNITY CAFE AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL – Looking for a lunch with a difference which can also help to make a difference? This is a new community initiative to run an informal cafe serving food cooked by professional chefs from ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away by a supermarket. The food is delicious – and it’s run on a pay-as-you-feel basis.  It’s the result of cooperation by Brighton and Hove community stalwarts St Joseph and St John the Baptist, The Real Junk Food Project, Voices in Exile and Brighton Table Tennis Club. The venue is  2 Bristol Road, Brighton BN2 1AP.


TWO OF THE BEST BRIGHTON FOOD BLOGGERS – There are quite a few blogs about eating, drinking and cooking in Brighton – but two of the best are by bloggers based in BN2, The Graphic Foodie and Cate in the Kitchen. Both blogs are fun, have a great design and are full of tips about where to eat, news about what’s going on in the Brighton food world – and some nice-looking recipes. Both also have a sizeable following on Twitter. The Graphic Foodie is at and Cate in the Kitchen at


THE COOKBOOK SHOP AT EGG AND SPOON – The team which runs the excellent cafe Egg & Spoon know a thing or two about food: one of the best breakfasts in Brighton, a popular and innovative cafe throughout the day – plus a longstanding catering business. Now they have  a cookbook shop in their hidden basement area. The selection goes beyond your mainstream on-the-display-table-at-Waterstones cookbooks — there are some fascinating titles, many of them beautiful books — and chosen by people who really love cooking. For how to find Egg & Spoon, click here.