I heard somewhere that Brighton has the most pubs, restaurants and cafés per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. When new restaurants and cafés come to town, you'd expect owners to compete for business but I'm not sure Brighton business owners see other companies as competitors. There's an unspoken ethos between business owners in and around the North Laine that welcomes the new kids, and supports and encourages everyone to attract locals to the area. There's enough pie to go round for everyone and I love this shared ethos in business.
The Flour Pot Bakery, although not quite a newbie to the North Laines, but very much new to me, took over an old antiques/furniture crafting store not long ago, at the top of Gloucester Road on Sydney Street. Following the Brighton Food Festival during the Easter bank holiday, Neil & I found ourselves parked nicely on one of their wooden benches with a cappuccino in hand, amazed at the look and atmosphere of the place. What was once a fairly dark and uneventful space, now sits one of Brighton's nicest coffee shops to chill and get inspired in.
The interior decoration has this rustic yet traditional vibe which sort of distracted me in conversation. The copper lighting, striking black and white floor tiles and pale wooden seating look fantastic against the smoky grey exterior - and I still find myself wondering who is behind the interior plans that were in place; they have my dream job :)
I regrettably didn't go for cake whilst I was there, instead we tried one of their scrumptious home baked sausage rolls which kept us ticking over, and I had my first cup of coffee of the year. Caffeinated, that is. Thank God there were no palpitations as I usually get.
10/10 for this fun space. Sometimes when you're in need of interior inspiration, you don't need to look as far as your local coffee house.
I'm Fifi Mcgee
I'm a cushion addict, passionate about designing my house to be a place that improves my life