Baker & Spice, Brighton

written by Eshé Brown April 25, 2016
Buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries

Posh Nosh at Baker & Spice, Brighton

Whilst most of Brighton watched or ran the marathon we headed for breakfast at new spot Baker & Spice. Nestled in the South Lanes at the former site of Fishy Fishy, this is the first of the small chain’s locations outside of London.

The café boasts a wide array of daily cooked breads, cakes and pastries, which lay temptingly before us as we took a seat in the sun-drench conservatory.

Baker & Spice Brighton

Baker & Spice Deli & Cafe, Formerly Fishy Fishy

 

With rumbling stomachs, these delicacies seemed to whisper sweet temptations that led Simon to order Blueberry topped Buttermilk Pancakes with an extra side of bacon (£9.50 + £2 for bacon).

As a marathon runner wrapped in foil entered, I suddenly felt the need for something healthy, opting for the Tomato and Avocado on Toasted Sourdough, with extra poached-eggs (£11.50 + £2 for eggs). The tartness of the blueberries and sweetness of the pancakes worked well, though they were slightly undercooked, which tainted the classic American experience we had hoped for. However, the bacon was perfectly crisp.

My breakfast came piled high with rocket, red onion, cubed avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. On seeing the bright orange yolk ooze out, I had no doubt they were fresh and free range. The sourdough tasted better then I’ve had before too, toasted lightly enough to cut through and kept warm by the hot plates.

Baker & Spice Brighton - breads, cakes and pastries

Breads, cakes and pastries

Baker & Spice Brighton - Croissants

Baker & Spice – Croissants

Baker & Spice Brighton - Blueberry muffins & pain au raisin

Blueberry muffins & pain au raisins

Baker & Spice Brighton - Fruit Tart & Cinnamon Danish

Fruit Tart & Cinnamon Danish

 

Baker & Spice Brighton - Sparkling Raspberry Frobishers Juice

Sparkling Raspberry Frobishers Juice

Buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries

Baker & Spice Brighton - Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Extra bacon

Baker & Spice Brighton - Tomato & avocado on sourdough toast with poached eggs

Tomato & avocado on sourdough toast with extra poached eggs

Taking advantage of the 20% local business discount I popped in for lunch a few days later and picked up a veggie lasagne to-go (£5.50 without discount). The pasta was layered with tomato, spinach, pine nuts and cheese, but was too heavily salted to finish.

Baker & Spice Brighton takeaway

Food to go & 20% local business discount

Verdict

RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
PRICE: £30.90 with coffee and juice

This sun-trapped location provides the perfect spot to while away a morning chatting with a friend, or people watching. The staff are friendly and very attentive with all their customers and whilst my experience so far wasn’t perfect, it’s early days and I’m sure they’ll iron out these small flaws as they go. In terms of the price point, it’s high, but I’m a firm believer that you have to pay for quality ingredients and if something is too cheap, you should ask why that is. I’ll certainly return to indulge in the many tempting cakes and pastries.

Baker & Spice Brighton

A sun-trapped location

Website: http://www.bakerandspice.uk.com/
Phone: 01273 772352
Address: 36 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL
Twitter: @BakerandSpiceUK
Facebook: Facebook.com/BakerandSpiceUK

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*Disclaimer: I was invited to review by Baker & Spice, but as always, my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest opinion on the whole experience.

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