Breakfast at Marmalade, Brighton

I wish I had a Marmalade a few minutes from my home in London. A relaxed, unpretentious cafe serving good nutritional food with the best flat white I've had in a long time. During our 3 day stay in Brighton I couldn't help but go in for a coffee each day, and on our final morning we ambled down for breakfast.

This is the kind of place you really wish you had on your doorstep, always buzzing with friendly staff who are happy to chat or answer your questions. You can buy fresh bread or pastries daily, their sourdough gets the big thumbs up. We bought some back to London with us it was that good.

The smoked salmon with scrambled eggs piled high on their sourdough was delicious, we devoured it in no time. All washed down with a couple of their famous flat whites, a fulfilling breakfast. It's easy to see where they get their inspiration from as there are piles of great cookery books lying about from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi and Bill Granger. Their kitchen is tiny and in full view so which I guess restricts the length of their menu, there are no full English breakfasts here, but no worries because what they do do is achieved with skill, flair and an abundance of locally sourced ingredients. What I love about Marmalade most (with the coffee being the exception) is that it feels like somewhere that the whole community hangs out in, people say hi to each other, the staff seem to know their regulars well, calling them by name. In this transient world it's easy to forget our neighbours, that doesn't appear to be happening in this little corner of Kemptown, Brighton. They even welcome in strangers like me, so do go try them for yourselves.