With huge thanks to my first ever Guest Blogger, fellow Brightonite, co-founder of Brighton Writers and contributor to Pretty Litter magazine, Rosie Davis has written a review of Rock Ola to get your taste buds slathering.
~ Brighton is filled with places to eat and drink, but here is a place that takes you away from the main bustle of Brighton and into a 1950s American Diner. Rock Ola Coffee Bar has been tucked away for ten years and yet a combination of atmosphere, food and free jukebox have kept this small but perfectly formed cafe bringing in the regular customers and record fans.
|Rock Ola, Burger and Coffee Bar|
As you walk through the door your vision is bombarded by record memorabilia that covers the walls and tables. Look out for the gold plated Elvis record, paintings of iconic musicians, as well as collectable items from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
The record theme continues with the original jukebox that stands pride of place for everyone to admire and use for free! You will notice the make of the jukebox is Rock Ola, hence the café’s name. It is rare to find such a treasured piece as this still in constant use. Choose from a range of tunes from David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Elvis and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. And if this has inspired you to revert back to vinyl then head through the adjoining door to Wax Factor, the second hand record shop for a browse.
The inspiration in here is clear; a love for rock ‘n’ roll, the music, the dancing and the style. The owners of the shop and café, Pat and Al Berwick still visit jukebox and record fairs searching for eye-catching displays, so there are always new gems to find out.
Take a seat in one of the diner style booths and try the American Special of 2 eggs, 2 bacon, tomatoes, hash brown, 2 pattie burgers, 3 buttermilk pancakes and syrup. Top this off with a chocolate milkshake or a coke float or glass of homemade pink lemonade. Rock Ola has also been recognised by the Vegan Society, so there is a wide choice of vegetarian and vegan options meaning you won’t be limited for choice. When it comes to burgers, you’re in the right place. Home-made burgers start from £4.95 - £9.95, the beef burger is made from steak mince and the Rodeo Burger has a choice of cheese, 3 onion rings bacon and gherkins.
Once you have tasted one of the burgers you are guaranteed to want to come back for more, so head back to the Rock Ola Burger Bar on Friday nights from 6 pm - 9 pm. It is BYO night, grab a bottle of wine and taste your way through all the burgers, including The Elvis Burger! Weighing in at over 1kg this is a mighty meal. There is also the succulent pulled pork sandwich to try, marinated for 12 hours and slow cooked for 8 hours by chef / manager Mark Chipping, this is his signature dish and another personal favourite.
29 Tidy Street, Brighton, BN1 4EL
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Fri eve 6pm-9pm Sat 9.30am-4.30pm
Tel: 01273 673744