Working in Brighton and living just outside means I have the opportunity to visit a lot of gorgeous cafes.
Today I decided to head to Cafe Coho for lunch. It’s located literally a 2 minute walk from my office on Queens Road, so it couldn’t be any closer really. I don’t usually tend to eat here at lunch time, as I often bring my own lunch to work. However, I often come here to buy a hot chocolate early in the morning (and my 10% local employee discount black card comes in super handy here!)
Often on a Friday I head to the Street Diner – a local street food market featuring tonnes of different foods spanning lots of cuisines. However, after a heavy night of drinking at our company party yesterday I wasn’t feeling up to too much food and every time I go to the Street Diner I’ve always left absolutely stuffed.
For a quick lunch, I opted for a vegetarian sausage roll which was filled with sweet potato and feta, topped with crunchy seeds. Also, as I wasn’t feeling 100% I decided to treat myself to a raspberry flapjack slice, drizzled with white chocolate and again topped with seeds.
It was a hard decision to choose what sweet treat to go for, let me tell you! They have such a great selection of cakes, brownies and flapjacks that I had my eye on. I was considering the Peanut Butter brownie, but I knew it would be too heavy and sickly for me, and I feel I made the right choice.
And, of course as I’m obsessed, I had to get a hot chocolate. I drink so much hot chocolate year round, but as soon as there’s a slight chill in the air, I amp up my intake to quite worrying levels.
They have a broad range of different juices and smoothies too, but as we’re in autumn now I felt like it just would have felt a bit too summery to have an ice cold smoothie – I’ve always gravitated towards warm drinks as soon as October comes around!
Overall the food was great. The pastry of the sausage roll was beautifully crisp yet flaky, but the filling of the sweet potato and feta only seemed to reach half way, and although the pastry was delicious, it didn’t really make up for the empty half!
The flapjack slice was also great – just what I needed and wasn’t too overpowering. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of white chocolate it isn’t something I’d usually have gone for, but the fact it was drizzled meant it added a nice tantalising flavour without ruining the whole thing for me.
I’ve not often gone to sit in Cafe Coho and eat, because it’s a rather small cafe and it can get a little cramped. It seems to be quite a popular spot for freelancers, which doesn’t surprise me. However, as a result it can be quite difficult to find a table, and it can also be a little bit noisy. Another thing I’ve noticed is that they play their music quite loud, so if you’re someone like me who enjoys relaxing on their lunch breaks and wants to read a book, I’d recommend trying to get a table in the back room of the cafe.
Overall I enjoyed eating here. It was the perfect amount of food and left me feeling satisfied. I did have a nose at the brunch/lunch menu here and there’s a lot that took my fancy, so next time I go here for lunch I’d probably go for a bigger plate. Also, I have to say I think their hot chocolate is consistently the best within a 10 minute walk of Brighton Station. I like to consider myself a bit of a hot chocolate connoisseur and theirs is always perfectly creamy (but not overpowered by the creamy flavour, which I have found in a lot of other cafes.)
I’m really glad that Cafe Coho is so close to work, as it means whenever I’m feeling particularly lazy I can pop in and grab some good quality, affordable lunch. Can’t wait to work my way through the whole menu.
Have you been to Cafe Coho before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!