Great spots for lunch and quality time in Brighton, Hove or Shoreham

If you want to treat your elderly friend or relative to a tasty lunch in Brighton, Hove or Shoreham, why not give our recommendations a go and enjoy some quality together time

A nice local lunch out and about in the community, in Portslade, Shoreham, Southwick, Brighton and even up to the South Downs, is sure to do you the world of good. As well as the nutritional benefits of a good meal, social interaction is also vital for our health and wellbeing. Your elderly friend or loved one may find it harder to stay connected then they once did so why not invite them along?

To help, we’ve put together a list of five of our favourite local lunch spots.

The Café@Emmaus

The Café@Emmaus is part of the larger Emmaus site in Portslade, run by the charity working to end homelessness. The site also includes a secondhand superstore, garden shop and bedroom store. At the café, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea is available and the atmosphere is always relaxing and welcoming. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available.

Parking is available and there are also disabled spaces. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm, offering a peaceful and inviting space to enjoy food, company and support the homelessness charity.

“A lovely, friendly and spacious café which makes wheelchair access easy. It’s also great to visit their emporium with lots of secondhand and upcycled furniture, books, nik nacks, etc.” Dave – Care Pro, Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham.

Location: Drove Rd Portslade, Brighton, United Kingdom, BN41 2PA

Hummingbird Restaurant

The Hummingbird Restaurant at Shoreham Airport is run by Truffles Bakery and is named after the first flight ever taken by Harold Piffard on his self-built Hummingbird bi-plane. It is in a beautiful Art Deco building, with the restaurant reflecting this in style and music. Good food and great service.

Located next to the River Adur, it is a great location to enjoy the view and the planes. Outside seating available on the terrace and parking available. Open Monday-Saturday, 7am to 6pm, and Sundays 7am to 5pm. Food is served between 7am to 4pm and drinks between 7am and 5.30pm.

“I took a client over to Shoreham airport to watch the planes, and the Hummingbird is a nice to watch from and enjoy cake, coffee or lunch.” Heidi – Care Pro, Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham.

Location: 15G Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FF.


A family-owned Italian restaurant, also serving hot drinks, snacks and award-winning ice cream to take away, Maroccos has become an institution on the Hove seafront since opening in 1969. Maria Morocco still runs the restaurant and founded it with her father after they came to England from Italy in the 1950s.

Italian and seafood menu, big portions, nice atmosphere and good service. Indoor dining and take away. Open seven days a week 8am to 10pm. Paid parking available near by.

“Iconic spot along Hove seafront, with parking nearby at King Alfred, great location and handy for short stroll taking in the sea air and view.” Jess – Care Pro, Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham.

Location: 8 King’s Esplanade, Hove BN3 2WA

Carats Café Bar

Carats Cafe Bar is a popular spot on Southwick beach, south of the Lady Bee Marina, east of the Shoreham Harbour. A peaceful seaside location, the fully licenced seasonal restaurant service all-day breakfast and lunch. With plenty of outdoor seating, and some under cover with a sea view.

Dog-friendly and open seven days a week, 8am to 5pm. Parking available, £1.50 for two hours, and there are public toilets available in the car park which is next to the cafe. Steps down to the beach.

“Plenty of seating outside and inside the cafe and lots of benches where you can look out to sea, a great spot for lunch.” Dave – Care Pro, Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham.

Location: Basin Rd South, Southwick, Brighton BN41 1WD.

Devil’s Dyke pub

The Devil’s Dyke is a traditional style country pub, serving drinks and gastropub dishes. It is an ideal spot to rest after a walk, or just to take in the wonderful views down over Devil’s Dyke Valley on the South Downs. It is the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK, stretching over nearly a mile long. Local folklore says that the valley is an unfinished trench which was dug by the Devil in an attempt to flood the churches of the Weald.

Friendly staff and outdoor seating available. If the weather is not up to par, the inside seating is snug, and the outside surrounding can provide a picturesque backdrop for enjoying the pub-food for a sociable lunch. Open Monday-Friday, 11.30am to 9.30pm.

“Lovely views up at Devils Dyke National Trust car park, slightly uneven surface in parts, or you can sit outside at the Devils Dyke pub and enjoy a hot drink or lunch.” Toni – Marketing, Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham.

Location: Devil’s Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 8YJ.

There are many great spots for a lovely lunch in and around Brighton, Hove & Shoreham, with many suitable for older adults. Why not try one of our suggestions on your next outing – a good chat over lunch in a nice local venue is sure to put a smile on your faces!

There are many benefits to Home Instead’s companionship-based home care. We provide high quality, expert support services to allow clients to continue living safely and happily in their own homes as they age. And our committed team of fully trained and compassionate Care Professionals are locally based across Brighton, Hove and Shoreham.