One of my favourite bits of visiting with Clementine, both when she was here and when I was in Glasgow, was how in tune we were with our activities. We have similar interests in that we both enjoy historical landmarks, museums and spending too much time looking at makeup. And we also have similar tolerances for crowds and chaos. So, while we would spend time seeing the sights of the cities we were in, we also appreciated having down time to just hang out the way we would if we lived in the same city on a more permanent basis.
This meant girls nights in eating snacks and watching YouTube, of course. It also meant on Clem’s last Sunday in Southern England that instead of trekking to London to spend far too much time crammed in a hot, sweaty tube car, we decided to have more of a “typical” (for me) Sunday in Brighton. We decided on brunch, a bit of a walk, a trip to a tea house I wanted to try and an afternoon of blog-related items and photo taking before dinner near my flat in Seven Dials.
Basically the perfect Sunday.
For brunch (although it was safely in the lunch territory as we arrived quite a bit after noon), we stopped by Café Coho’s location in the Lanes.
I had a bit of scrambled egg and salmon:
While Clem went for a more traditional breakfast:
Both were very yummy and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was relaxed but had a bit of personality, with vintage tunes such as Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of I Wanna Be Loved By You playing in the background. The guys working behind the counter were super friendly and excellent at remembering names.
Since my breakfast was toast-free and fairly light, I decided to sneak back downstairs before Clem had finished and snagged myself one of the two (!) gluten free cake options available. They had a rich looking chocolate and orange one, but I ended up going for a slice of banana and chocolate chip. It was breakfast, after all.
Very impressed by this place, and I will be sure to return. They also have a location at Brighton station which is perfect because 1) it is close to my flat and 2) the next time I want to grab a coffee or snack before I get the train I will know where to go!
I thought I would show you a bit of what I’ve been up to by sharing some photos I’ve taken recently!
Clem and I are slowly but surely getting to the swing of things over at Anthologie.
And I’ve been slowly working spring colours back into my wardrobe. Still a bit too early to ditch the long cardigans and black tights though.
But spring truly is here. I am back running after 3 weeks off with an injury, but I must admit I spent most of my first morning back taking photos of pretty blossoms instead.
It was my friend Sam’s birthday on Tuesday and I had another amazing gluten free burger at the Earth and Stars. Really impressed with Brighton’s GF burger offerings. It’s hard to pick a favourite. If you know of one I have not yet tried, let me know!
Speaking of gluten free food, I got my Snackly box this month and it’s basically already gone. I liked a lot of things in it, but was most surprised by how much I loved this:
Brighton is full of so many quirky places to grab a drink and a snack, I sometimes wonder how places like Starbucks and Costa stay in business at all. Yes, of course, I grab my latte in the morning from a big chain store (although I would be open to changing this) but in the evenings and weekends, it’s no question that you will find me in some cute little café.
Obviously, the availability of gluten free snacks is also key. One of the best gluten free cakes I’ve had alongside a cup of tea in Brighton has come from the Blackbird Tea Rooms, located in the Lanes.
Decorated in an adorable vintage style, with clusters of photos on the walls and bundles of fresh flowers on each table, it’s hard to curb the desire to photograph everything.
When we got there in the afternoon on a Sunday, it was understandably busy, but we waited. And I will say that I think it is worth the wait, to get a slice of their very moist Orange and Almond gluten free offering. My gluten-eating partner-in-crime, Clementine, also enjoyed her carrot cake and Rosehip & Hibiscus tea (which is honestly just stunning to look at, with its light pink colour).
The servers, a group of ladies in perfectly pressed black dresses with white aprons, provide amazing customer service and are lovely to chat with. Even with a busy tea room and a queue, I never felt particularly rushed, and Clementine and I were able to eat at a leisurely pace and have a bit of a chat in the warm room on the ground floor before heading back out into the windy Lanes.