Words By Bryony Rule, Travel and Culture Online sub-Editor
Brighton is brimming with diversity, and we are lucky to be presented with an abundance of independent eateries. Amongst these is an incredible array of black-owned restaurants, cafés and takeaways, which offer something for everyone. There are a multitude of ways in which to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and one great way to do this is to spend your money on black-owned businesses.
So next time you’re feeling peckish or are looking for somewhere to grab a coffee with your flatmates, check out one of these spots.
Dough Lover Diner
This beautiful café offers a truly inclusive and thoughtful menu. From unique brunches, beautiful baked goods (entirely gluten free, and with a wide array of vegan options), to their wide range of cocktails and homemade organic nut milk, everything they serve is fresh, high quality and of course delicious!
Located on North Road, this restaurant and takeaway is a must-try for all burger fans. Crowned ‘Britain’s Best Burger’ in 2017, they serve fresh, local and indulgent combinations, catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. Their popularity continues to surge, winning people over with their passion, quality and amazing tasting offerings.
A hidden gem tucked away near Brighton station, this Caribbean takeaway offers authentic Jamaican cuisine, alongside fantastic value for money and wonderful customer service. The owner has picked up a great knowledge of Caribbean cooking techniques when visiting his Grandfather’s birth country of Jamaica, and this expertise is clearly evident in the dishes they serve. You can even enjoy the Dutch Pot without leaving your sofa, as they can be found on all main takeaway services.
Le Baobab Cuisine
Serving up a range of traditional and contemporary gourmet dishes from Senegal, Le Baobab brings the country’s vibrant cuisine to Brighton through home cooked, fresh ingredients. They focus on authentic staples and spices, and pride themselves on their welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. They even offer their take on a special Sunday African Roast, the Tiebou Dien!
This homely café on London Road offers a beautiful space to meet, learn, or simply sit and enjoy a delicious, ethically sourced coffee. All of their offerings are sustainably sourced from African countries, or made to traditional African recipes. This coffee shop cannot be faulted; from its beautiful interior, friendly and chatty staff, to its extensive library of books, written by Africans or about Africa, Africa House provides the perfect environment for all to connect to the continent.
Mama Bubble’s Kitchen
Based on the ethos of providing wholesome, home-cooked meals to all, Mama Bubble’s lovingly prepares a range of hearty meals from scratch in her kitchen to deliver to homes across Brighton and Hove. Introducing bold combinations and flavours, owner Winnie views food as the ultimate display of love and wants to nurture those around her through the joy and comfort of delicious food.
Keeping Brighton satiated, Bready’s serves up a taste of Jamaica from their food van, which can often be found on The Avenue near Brighton Uni. Their offerings are always fresh, authentic, vibrant and delicious, with a dish to satisfy everybody.
The first Ethiopian restaurant in Brighton, Abyssinia is located near the Level. Serving up delicious and healthy dishes, the restaurant showcases a range of traditional Ethiopian spices and cooking styles, always resulting in a mouth-watering outcome. Their food is also available on UberEats and Dinner2go, making it easier than ever to sample their incredible Ethiopian fare.