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Pavilion Gardens Cafe

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Royal Pavilion Grounds | New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG, England
+44 1273 730712
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Established in 1941 in the gardens adjacent to the Royal Pavilion. The...
Established in 1941 in the gardens adjacent to the Royal Pavilion. The cafe is very popular with customers and known for its famous rock cakes baked on the premises daily. Now located between the Royal Pavilion and Theatre Royal and close to the Brighton Dome right in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. This is an Oasis in the Heart of the City.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Flying rats in Brighton

Seagulls are flying rats! It is now hard to find a traditional British sandwich these days. Most have Italian bread and fancy names. However this charming family run cafe with outdoor seating sells delicious Rombolds Belgium filter cafe plus the inevitable Speculous biscuit. A rarity these days in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Jilliana R
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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  • Dining on a budget
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Seagulls are flying rats! It is now hard to find a traditional British sandwich these days. Most have Italian bread and fancy names. However this charming family run cafe with outdoor seating sells delicious Rombolds Belgium filter cafe plus the inevitable Speculous biscuit. A rarity these days in the city plus old fashioned sandwiches. I settled down to eat mine... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful, tranquil oasis in the centre of Brighton. A view of the gardens & the pavilion. It's a cafe - it sells coffee & cake. Simples.

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

I am glad you found the cafe an Oasis in the Heart of Brighton. Thanks for your review. More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Great little spot sitting under the trees to people watch and hang out. There is always music playing in the gardens it's a special little corner of brighton,

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the cafe, gardens and the music. More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

A very pleasant cafe situated in the Pavilion gardens. The tea was good, my sandwich was hearty and the service friendly. The panoramic view of the Pavilion was breathtaking.

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review. Look forward to seeing you again in 2015. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Not quite sure what the plastic privet elephant outside is about but the little cafe was a welcome find on a cold and windy day. Had a very good decaf coffee and a hot chocolate - £4.50 for the two, very good for Brighton prices. Had intended to have a slice of cake but they looked a little dry under... More 

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The green Elephant was the smallest of thirteen that were part of a charity tour around the country ending in the Pavilion Gardens to raise awareness of conservation issues and raise money for Elephant corridors in Africa see http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__9229_path__0p224p1271p1289p1289p1289p476p1531p.aspx We purchased it to raise money for the Pavilion Gardens. More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The cafe has a somewhat iconic status amongst Brightonians and there was a real backlash when the council suggested it would be closed when the Pavilion Gardens was redeveloped. I'm not sure what happened but it looks like the cafe will be staying. The food isn't going to set the world alight but on a sunny day in Brighton it's... More 

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Shoreham
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129 reviews 129 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Pavilion Gardens Café has been serving light lunches and teas for many years. Well worth a visit on a sunny day.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Pavilion Gardens Cafe is wonderfully located in the centre of Brighton; however, as it is opposite the Royal Pavilion, overlooking its gardens, you are under the impression that you are in the countryside. We had filter coffee and tried a couple of the baguettes and they were delicious (especially the one with cranberry and brie). If I had to... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Went to a function at the cafe,the staff and the service provided was absolutely brilliant,the food provided was fantastic,deserves more than 5 stars,

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

Always a pleasure to hold the Annual Max Miller Charity Garden Party and look after such nice guests. Glad you enjoyed the food and hospitality and will pass on your thanks to our great team. Understand we raised well over £3000 for the new Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre - such a good cause. More 

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We met a friend here, a regular customer. He had praised the cafe so much that we had to meet up with him there! We were not disappointed. Although it was very busy, there was lots of seating and tables were cleared very quickly. Tea, coffee, juice, sandwiches and rock cakes were all excellent. A lovely cafe to pass the... More 

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David S, Owner at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, responded to this review

We are so lucky to have so many regular customers who help to make the cafe an Oasis in the heart of the City. Thank you so much for your lovely review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Royal Pavilion Grounds | New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 730712

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 9
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, British, English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

Established in 1941 in the gardens adjacent to the Royal Pavilion. The cafe is very popular with customers and known for its famous rock cakes baked on the premises daily. Now located between the Royal Pavilion and Theatre Royal and close to the Brighton Dome right in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. This is an Oasis in the Heart of the City.
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?