Nest, quite simply is a petite star amongst the North Laine cafés. It’s on Kensington Gardens…which means on a busy Saturday with hoards of visitors crammed into this narrow lane that it’s easy to miss. Don’t. It’s close to Snoopers Paradise on the opposite side…which I really hope you wouldn’t miss. I had walked past here plenty of times before we finally chose it for an emergency coffee. Thank goodness for that emergency as we are now regulars for coffees, cakes, pink lemonade and delicious, but reasonably priced lunches (I can really recommend their sandwiches, quiche and their side salad).
The staff are always friendly (even with small people spilling drinks) and they really seem to care (complimentary babycino one day!). There are two floors, a mishmash of retro furniture, a lovely clean loo (these things are important with small ones in tow), two little books ‘stores’, local art on the walls, a chilled vibe…and expert tips. This is what I really like…these guys know their coffee…amazing coffee facts are written on the stairs which you can read on your way upstairs…and there are tips on making the best coffee which ever way you do it, on the walls. So if you aren’t sure you’re using your ‘French press’ properly…make sure you find Nest and check out their tips!
Where: Nest, 35 Kensington Gardens, North Laines, Brighton, BN1 4AL