Kooks

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

Monday - Friday 10:00-18:00
Saturday 9.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • 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, 11 August 2019

Lovely thanks very much had a great brunch and the place catered well considering there was 9 of us

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Visited On Sunday, 04 August 2019

Really good food with really friendly service. Can’t fault it!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 August 2019

The service was pretty quick considering that myself and my friends came out for brunch on Pride Saturday. We were seated immediately and our food arrived pretty quickly, considering how busy it was. The best, and most refreshing, part of our meal was the honesty of the waitress, who realised that we'd paid too much, and came back to tell us instead of presuming the £40 we'd left was a tip! Credit to her, and thanks for a lovely meal :o)

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Visited On Saturday, 27 July 2019

Food was great.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 July 2019

Great food in a friendly restaurant

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Loved it! Especially Stacey, she's the best! :)

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Always great food, and wonderful staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

The food and drinks were delicious and the staff were all friendly, fun and amazing. Can't wait to go back!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

A handy place for a relaxing brunch or lunch

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Visited On Sunday, 19 May 2019

Nice staff on a busy Sunday - food was good and recommend booking if you can.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 May 2019

Lovely staff, lovely food!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 May 2019

Great place for a weekend brunch. The eggs Benedict is amazing

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Visited On Saturday, 11 May 2019

Staff were great as always, and the food incredible. You can’t beat the Eggs Benedict with Ham Hock in Kooks. It’s simply the best.

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Visited On Monday, 29 April 2019

My fave place in Brighton ! Wonderful food ,atmosphere and staff. I came last year for my birthday brunch and just had to come back again for this year's with my sisters . they loved it !

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great brunch!

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

We visited for breakfast/ brunch on mother’s day. The service was great and the food was amazing! The complimentary glass of Prosecco for mother’s day was a lovely touch! Will definitely be coming back again.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Great friendly staff, good service. Took my mum and dad here for mothers day, my mum was given a complimentary glass of prosecco, the food we had was great and well priced. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

I absolutely could not recommend Kooks more highly - I had a quick look a the website and decided to book for Mothers Day. The staff were outstanding; attentive, friendly and fantastic with the children. My wife said it was the best "Eggs Royale" she has had in years plus she got a complementary Prosecco which went down well! Wonderful place, I think we now have a go-to venue in Brighton. Plus the menus are cool!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Great brunch and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Loved it. Ordered the grilled hallmomi sandwich with extra bacon, couldn’t fault it. Would definitely go again. Nice atmosphere, nice food and nice people. Only thing for me was the fresh orange juice wasn’t the best, but that’s not to say it’s bad.

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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

Excellent food

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Visited On Friday, 31 August 2018

Friendly staff, freshly prepared tasty food

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

The slow service really let you down.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Gorgeous veggie food (artichokes/cauliflower) and really good waitress, only issue was under cooked squid. Still ate most of it though :)

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hi, we visited Sat 14th July for lunch. Although the food was pretty good the service was rather strange! There was one waitress in particular who kept asking us if wanted drinks/to order food quite aggressively, before we'd eaten properly sat down and looked at menu! Then every couple of minutes her or a colleague was back, asking if we were ready. She also came over to ask if everything was alright with our food before we'd even started it! Then she turned and walked away before I'd answered! Quite amusing really but it detracted from the relaxed brunch vibe we were going for. All felt like we were basically being rushed to get in and get out. It was quite busy but we had booked a table and my friend is pregnant so we weren't expecting to be hurried through our meal. As I said the food was nice but I probably won't rush back!

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