Brunch is one of those things that every Brighton foodie will have an opinion on (alongside best roast, bloody Mary’s and coffee!) I’ve been eagerly watching Hixon Green transform from an empty shell to gorgeous new venue over the past month or two so I needed no persuasion to go and check it out for myself. The only decision I did struggle with was whether to visit for Breakfast, Lunch or spend an evening enjoying the amazing selection of wines with a cheese or charcuterie board. In the end a rather debauched weekend made the decision for me, and come Sunday morning when the sun was shining (although freezing cold) it seemed like the perfect time to head out for an indulgent Brunch down in Hove.
One thing I had not bargained for was that half of Hove seemed to have the same idea – which when that ‘gagging for a coffee’ and ravenous hunger that accompanies any good hangover is in full swing, is probably not the best state to enter a jam packed new cafe (especially if you have hanger issues!) We were greeted warmly as we entered and were informed a table in the window would only be a minute or two (which given how busy it was seemed exceptionally lucky!) Our waiter came over promptly and our coffees and fresh orange juice arrived shortly after our order was taken. Again, my usual dilemma of what to order was actually made easier by the fact my hangover was demanding nothing less than a full English, though I should point out the menu had loads of delicious sounding options. In the end we decided to go all out and order extra avocado as the mouth-watering description of the Avocado Smash was just too much to pass up on. Despite our initial gratitude at the speed of the service (believing the hangover Gods were on our side), there was a bit of a wait on food – although this was expected, due to the fact that almost every seat in the house was taken. When our plates were set in front of us we knew it had been well worth the wait.
The full breakfast really is the ‘real deal’. Everything including the eggs were cooked to absolute perfection and the sausage and bacon were noticeably great quality. Throughout the meal the staff were friendly and attentive, checking back on the food and offering more drinks. Hixon Green definitely doesn’t scrimp on size or quality which can be noted in the general opulence of the place. The high ceilings and light airy feel of the place is a perfect setting for a sunny Sunday brunch and I am keen to go back and check out the vibe in the evening as the feel of the place bodes well for a relaxed date night with wine and deli board. Big tick from me, already looking forward to my next visit.
Hixon Green is at 24 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EA
Words by Anya Zervudachi
Images by Barney Warner