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 Sunday, 09 May 2021

Lovely staff and great food, will definitely be back !

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

the colleagues were very helpful, friendly and fast, they made us feel welcome and were attentive, the food was great and really quick! it was my first time and ill definitely be heading back :)

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Cant fault anything about our experience yesterday - well maybe the weather, but that cant be controlled!! Food brilliant, cocktails brilliant and service brilliant - will definitely be back!

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Visited On Monday, 03 May 2021

The eggs benedict was amazing, as was the full English, smoothie and hot chocolate. Delicious food and very friendly staff.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 May 2021

Great bunch with excellent service

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Visited On Friday, 23 April 2021

Great food and lovely waiting staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Great friendly service

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Visited On Saturday, 17 April 2021

Food was really good Good price waiters were very helpful and cheery seating was quite cramped (table on the edge of pavement and gutter)

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Visited On Sunday, 18 April 2021

Wonderful food (especially the burger and cakes) and cocktails! Incredibly attentive, friendly service and just such a brilliant place to be! Reservation service was so easy and prepared ready for us even on an early arrival! Thank you Kooks!

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Visited On Sunday, 18 April 2021

The most delightful brunch and incredible service. Thank you :)

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Visited On Saturday, 17 April 2021

Lovely friendly service. Amazing food, would 100% recommend to a friend!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 April 2021

I've always loved Kooks, we booked a table to sit outside on Saturday and it was perfect. Even though it was so busy the service was great and the food was amazing! Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 16 April 2021

Food & service was great. Our table was wobbly & the table top was loose, so made it quite awkward to eat & have drinks on. So could be worth looking at that while lots of people are sitting outside as we were expecting spillages

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 April 2021

As we were outside, the atmosphere was difficult to control. However, the food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly, and the price good.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

Lovely staff, great food, would certainly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 December 2020

Lovely service and meal. The eggs benedict was especially great. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 December 2020

Excellent food. Excellent service and a great atmosphere. Have been going to Kooks for a few years now and they have never failed with their very tasty food at good prices. The staff are extremely friendly and nothing it too much trouble. The atmosiphere is chilled and relaxed. I cannot recommend highly enough. If you've not been before, get ourself down there and check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Just back from a trip to Brighton - we are here twice! That should tell you all you need to know! Lovely food, and perfect service 😊

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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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