Kooks

56 Gardner Street, Brighton, United Kingdom, BN1 1UN
Critics Review 8/10
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Opening Information

Monday - Friday 10:00-17.00
Saturday 9.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Event Space
  • Dogs Welcome

About Kooks

Kooks, Brighton's welcoming and relaxed diner, serves brunch/lunch/cocktails/coffee/cake daily until 17:00.
At Kooks we love to serve inventive, delicious food - and are renowned for our all-day brunches and espresso martinis! With a great sound track and excellent service we provide one of Brighton's hottest independent dining spots.
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Critics Review
Breakfast of champions!
8/10
It was a brisk Autumnal morning and me and my partner were congratulating ourselves for being up and out before 10am. We were on our way to Kooks, a trendy Boho bistro located on Gardner Street in central Brighton's North Laine. Kooks is owned and run by Rebecca Monk, and has been going strong since opening in 2014. Music is important to Kooks, with an extensive music collection streaming through the speakers around the restaurant all day long. You certainly won't hear a generic background song here. Walking in you are greeted by a long bar which runs along the side, and as you reach the back it opens out to a larger area with plenty of tables lit up from the natural light that beams in from the skylights above. The walls are scattered with quirky artwork and there are mirrors all along the back wall opening up the whole place. You can really tell they thought well about the interior design as it felt like good use of the space. The daytime menu is served until 5pm, and consists of all day brunch, big plates consisting of burgers, salads and fish and chips, and then desserts for the sweeter teeth amongst us. Everything is priced as to be expected, but very reasonable, with brunches ranging from £7 - £9.50 and the bigger plates for lunch around £12. Kooks are passionate about using local suppliers where possible for all of their produce, including Swandean Butchers for their ethically reared meat, and Coburn bakery for the bread, which also supplies gluten free. They also get their teas from Metrodeco teas in Kemptown. We started with a couple of standard morning beverages - I went for the Shades of Earl Grey tea, and my partner had a cappuccino. Rebecca mentioned they also do killer cocktails if we would like one, including one of my weaknesses, an espresso martini, but we said we would wait until after breakfast when it wasn't as early! The tea came in a cup with the bag left in, and it was all pretty with it's extra floral ingredients. The cappuccino was well made with a light dusting of cocoa on top and silky milk. For breakfast it was a tough choice as everything sounded delicious! They make their own white pudding so I knew that had to be involved somehow. I knew what my partner was going to have before we even got there and it was the Veg Breakfast including homemade falafel, hummus, guacamole, halloumi, roast tomatoes, poached eggs, mushrooms and sourdough toast. It pretty much has all of his favourite things. I decided to have the full meat breakfast, which included poached eggs, mushrooms, roast cherry tomatoes, bacon, sausage and of course their homemade white pudding which I had to try....
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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Very busy but lovely food and plesant staff. Our doggo was very happy and accepted

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Food was amazing and service was great

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

Very friendly staff. Excellent service. We took our dog and they were very accommodating. Lovely place for brunch or lunch.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Great food and lovely atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Lovely place with super friendly staff, the cocktails we had were amazing. The only negative was that the sandwich fillings were really measly, easily rectified!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 October 2020

Another delicious brunch in great surroundings with fab service! A go-to Saturday morning stop!

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Visited On Friday, 16 October 2020

I chose the mashed avocado which was the wrong choice for me as the avocado was chilled and so the poached egg was cold although it was cooked perfectly. The atmosphere was not as it probably is usually , because of covid restrictions. No one’s fault.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 October 2020

Lovely food, great service - staff were really friendly and helpful

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Kooks is one of my, and my friends, favourite places to eat, we visit regularly and are always remembered by the owner and employees, receiving a warm and friendly welcome. The food is fantastic, and we are known to always order eggs benedict with bacon instead of ham, it’s the best I’ve had and that’s why we always go back. The service is friendly, very efficient and we’re always asked how our food is. I can not recommend Kooks enough.

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Visited On Sunday, 27 September 2020

The gluten free toast is amazing! Tastes Just like real bread and not dry like most

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Visited On Saturday, 26 September 2020

Lovely place, the staff are great!

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Visited On Friday, 18 September 2020

The staff at Kooks were so friendly and welcoming, it was lovely. The food was absolutely incredible. Thoroughly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

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Visited On Friday, 04 September 2020

Really enjoyed our food and drinks. Staff were really helpful and friendly

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

Delicious food, friendly staff and good value - will be back when I’m next in Brighton!

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

The waitress was so lovely, and the food fantastic. Will be back again soon!

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Friendly staff and lovely food was great value with eat out to help out but would visit again even without the offer as was a great start to our day!

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Visited On Monday, 24 August 2020

this was my 3rd visit back to Kooks! twice for dinner and cocktails and this time an amazing brunch. highly recommend for great food and atmosphere, right in the city centre !

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Visited On Monday, 24 August 2020

Lovely place food great Service fab

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Visited On Sunday, 23 August 2020

Great place and dog friendly highly recommend

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Really nice service and delicious food!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

Food was delicious! The service was really great, I would definitely go back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Me and my friend went yesterday after seeing Kooks was part of the Help to Eat out Scheme. When we asked for the bill, it did not show the discount. The waitress very kindly said she would do it for us but explained they were only doing it the customers ask for it. We thought it was a bit cheeky and the information was not very clear.She said they were waiting for confirmation to start applying the discount but I personally think it is very unclear.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Firstly to mention the food; we went for brunch and found the food to be amazing, great flavours and ingredients! To also mention that the staff were very friendly and offered a great service. I would very much recommend this to anyone who is in Brighton.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Lovely brunch

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