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Brunch time! Where to eat the best meal of the day

A bona fide excuse to drink before midday, plus, it's way easier to get a table booking for a morning slot. What are you waiting for? Bag brunch at one of these Sussex gems

Cafe Number 4, Horsham

If you like your brunch with a side-order of people-watching, Cafe Number 4 in Horsham’s gorgeous Market Square is your go-to. Sit and watch the world go by whilst sipping something frothy, soft or boozy and tucking into brunch faves like pancakes, French toast, bagels or a good old bacon butty. Absolutely no greasy spoon fare here, it’s all locally-sourced, home-cooked and utterly delicious.

Sussex Pass at The White Hart, Wadhurst

Sunday brunch just got seriously classy at this high-end but cosy village pub with a decked outdoor area. Choose from a menu featuring favourites packed with locally sourced top quality ingredients like Eggs Benedict, upmarket smaller dishes such as shellfish crepes or beetroot and gin cured salmon, mac ‘n’ cheese and creamy porridge. Wash it all down with a bottomless mimosa or Bloody Mary.

Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe, Midhurst

One for brunch in the most stunning setting near the atmospheric Cowdray Ruins and just outside the pretty town of Midhurst, heaving with indie shops and businesses. The Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe serves up classics like a full English, veggie breakfast, avo on toast (sourdough, natch) and waffles. Enjoy with a coffee, smoothie or booze – we won’t judge.

Starfish & Coffee, Brighton

This award-winning indy cafe in Queen’s Park is so committed to the best meal of the week it’s launched the hashtag #BrunchLikeABoss, and you can do just that with a huge menu crammed with favourites and more unusual brunch dishes. Breakfast bowls, avocado pear and chorizo hash (which has ‘hangover cure’ written all over it) join the staples, eggs every which way, full English, veggie and vegan options and a range of boozy accompaniments. The name’s from the Prince song, btw. Hashtag Brighton.

Jo & Co, Hove

Another brunch specialist, with a menu packed full of savoury and sweet options like these delicious buttermilk pancakes which you can have in ‘healthy’ (fruit and yoghurt) or with Nutella, bananas and chocolate brownie ice cream. Shakshuka is another speciality, along with all manner of Benedicts (pulled pork, smoked salmon or BBQ jackfruit), hashes and heaps more. Go for a bubbles brunch and have any dish with a bottle of Prosecco for a bargainous £25.

No 1 Broad Street, Cuckfield

Another high-end option in classy Cuckfield, the Sunday brunch. menu at this restaurant includes all the classics done very well. Think Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale with homemade gravlax, buttermilk pancakes and French toast as well as meat and fish dishes.

Skylark, Eastbourne

Mmmm, avocado, halloumi and poached eggs on toast. Skylark in Eastbourne serves brunch all day and we agree that it’s always a good time to tuck into dishes like this one. Also on the menu, baked eggs, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, vegan brunch platter and plenty more besides. Eat in the charming courtyard garden. Yes please.

Billy’s on the Beach, Bracklesham Bay

A sure-fire winner with the kids, and with anybody else who loves the full-on diner experience. Billy’s at Bracklesham faces the pebble beach so it’s a perfect spot for a family brunch, with breakfasts and pancakes as well as heaps of juices and milkshakes. It’ll bring out the kid in you.

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