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October 20, 2013

On Friday evening we walked 30 seconds around the corner to a friends house, to welcome them to their new home – another reason why I love Brighton; you’re never too far from a friendly face – and we decided to make breakfast (brunch) plans for the next day. Bright and early (ahem) he popped round and we made our way down to the seafront in the wind and the rain to try out a new place that had recently opened which promised a vegan brekka. Smokeys is a cafe/bar/restaurant that I’m sure would be super fun in the evening – or to hire for a party – and the perfect remedy if you have a hangover.

The interior was pretty cool, and the menu sounded great – especially if you’re a meat-eater (pulled pork, anyone?) and they served a vegan english breakfast, so we were all sorted. The breakfast was ok – good coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and the food was fine. Nothing to write home about – watery tomato and mushrooms, a fried wiener, and alright beans. The potatoes were pretty good. To be honest, for the price, you kind of know what you’re getting yourself into. Nevertheless it was a great start to the weekend, and set us up for a couple of hours spent getting the rest of Trout’s suit for the wedding, before heading home and enjoying the rest of our Saturday.

Would I go back? Possibly. If a friend really wanted to try the other dishes on the menu, I would pop along for the vegan breakfast (the only option seemingly available on the menu, although I would be interested to see if they could make a vegan burger). It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great, either. I could make a better english breakfast myself, to be frank – but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house (although maybe not to trek through the wind and the rain for!).

This afternoon we have Trout’s sister, her fiancée and the kiddies over for an early dinner of tagine, couscous, flatbreads and hummus. It took us so long to decide what to cook – something that everyone, of all ages, would like. It’s been forever since we cooked for meat-eaters too, which I think made us even more nervous on deciding on a meal! We’re really hoping this goes down well. It isn’t spicy, just a little exotic, so here’s hoping the kiddies have an open mind.

I hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2013 8:02 pm

    I love a good tagine, sounds like a fantastic meal. I hope your visitors enjoyed it.

  2. October 20, 2013 9:15 pm

    I always get a little nervous cooking for omnivores! I guess it’s the extra pressure of wanting to show vegan food in a good light. Your menu choice sounds perfect to me :)
    Nice to find vegan options in a non-vegan restaurant too, even if it wasn’t particularly special.

    • October 23, 2013 9:29 am

      I know, that’s why I don’t like to complain too much because I know how lucky we are to even have anything on the menu!

  3. October 21, 2013 5:30 am

    There isnt a better start to the weekend than breakfast with friends (but pulled pork? Ha, Id rather not, thanks!). Im moving on Friday (FINALLY!) so you shall have to let me know if you’d like to do coffee one day! x

    • October 23, 2013 9:30 am

      How exciting! I hope the move goes well. Email me and we can sort out a coffee date x


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