The Depot 100 North Road Brighton BN1 1YE 01273 692 894
When this tempting emporium first opened, it fitted Brighton’s quirky North Laine district so perfectly that it was easy to imagine it had been around forever. Like its big sister in Lewes, it was part specialist grocer and greengrocer, part organic café, and 100 percent cool: its high ceiling, huge doors and lofty shelves gave it warehouse chic, and the food was fabulous.
Bill's Brighton has since evolved into a link in a chain stretching to Covent Garden, Cambridge and beyond. In the process, much of the fresh produce has been cleared away to make room for more tables, and the menu now dwells on contemporary pub or café classics rather than interesting creations using locally-sourced ingredients. While this may disappoint those who loved Bill’s for its original farm-shop food-hall feel, the crowds keep coming – there’s a scramble for space at breakfast time, and the rush never really stops all day.
Lots of people love this place, there is no doubt about that. But the meal I had here was ordinary, extremely overpriced and left me really hungry. I felt rather let down after spending that much - it was disappointing as I had been looking forward to finally eating here. Was more like not very adventurous pub grub. Having said that, the staff were extremely patient with our large party and many orders at different times.
We had a lovely lunch here during a day trip to the seaside. Our children moaned as we dragged them away from delights of the seafront in order to get here, but it was worth it. Tasty food, relaxed, friendly staff, a great atmosphere. We tried Bill's beer which got the thumbs up. It was hard to leave without buying some of the items on sale. We will be back.
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- Brunch Available
- Evening Restaurant Service
- Outdoor Seating
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