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Give into Temptation and Enjoy some Tea and Cake with a Monkey

Monkey at Temptation Cafe
~  As you step onto Gardner Street after a day at the beach it is hard not to miss the knitted and crafted displays that appear from all angles in the window of Temptation Café.  The knitted Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Wheel and handmade seagulls might have tourists and locals stopping to take photographs, but it is what they have to offer inside that has people returning again and again.

Four years ago Peter Allinson and Paul Tempest turned over the open sign at Temptation Café for the first time and kicked off a reputation for great coffee and exceptional food, a reputation that they have successfully maintained ever since. Voted winner of Sussex Young Chef of the Year 2009 and Runner Up 2010 at the Sussex Food Awards, as well as appearing in the top ten for the Brighton Foodie Awards more than once, the credits keep rolling in.  One of Temptation's defining strengths is its use of local produce and along with this Peter’s passion for supporting local industry, “Sussex is full of great food and being a local boy, it made sense to use it.  We have excellent producers and produce and I wanted to find a way of incorporating it into our menu.  We like to think that whilst not everything we use is local, each dish has a local element to it.
Temptation Cafe, Brighton

Brighton Pavilion, Temptation Cafe
Although Brighton has an abundance of breakfast choices, it is Temptation’s Sussex Breakfast that is a must-have with the Veggie Breakfast consisting of, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggs, beans, toast and grilled halloumi. As for lunch, you will be spoilt for choice with summer lamb kebabs, roasted mackerel, Niçoise Salad and chickpea & guacamole pitta or perhaps Peter’s Special. “The Sussex Food Platter is my favourite - it is something I invented when we first opened and I love the variety of tastes, textures and colours.  We make our own chutney, source really good quality cheese and ham from around the county, with tasty bread and local apple juice - it is a relaxed meal - bit like a special ploughman's lunch with Sussex right through it.”  

Dishes start at £4.95 and go up to £9.95 with a sharing platter at £16.95.  All made on the premises! After lunch choose a piece of homemade cake, with chocolate, carrot , walnut, victoria sponge and maybe even a lemon drizzle to choose from. Compliment your cake with a cup of Herbert and Ward coffee or a Teapig tea, order a pot and wait in anticipation to see what tea cozy you will get, will it be a sheep, a monkey or an elephant?

Temptation is a favourite for all ages and including families, as it's child friendly atmosphere allows mums and dads to feel at ease, and has a children’s menu with a wide choice as well as affordable prices, starting at £2.95. Temptation offers a relaxed atmosphere with comfy sofas, a bright interior with lots of natural light provided by the great big sky lights at the back, and art and photography exhibitions adorning the walls.

Temptation can also be hired for private events including weddings and birthday parties, which is one of the reasons why on Thursday 15th August Brighton Writers and Myriad Editions will be holding a free literary event starting at 6:30pm at this very venue.  US author, Fayette Fox will read excerpts and answer questions about her debut novel, The Deception Artist. The licensed bar will be open and you can buy hot & cold drinks as well as cake.

Seagulls at Temptation Cafe, Brighton

Temptation Café ticks all the boxes for eating out, so next time you walk down Gardner Street keep an eye out for some knitted creations on display and take some time out and give in to Temptation!

Opening times: Sunday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9pm-6pm
56, Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN

Temptation Cafe
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