Over the past couple of months, I’ve really immersed myself in the blogging community of Brighton: attending meet-ups, going to events, and generally making an effort to connect with more local bloggers both on and offline. Last weekend, I was invited to the first ever ‘Brighton Blogger’s Brunch’ by the lovely Amara over at Brighton Born & Bread. I love meeting new people to be inspired by, and I really love brunch, so naturally I jumped at the chance!
The event was held at Six on Western Road in Brighton (or Hove if we’re getting technical), and last time I went there was on New Year’s Day after a LOT of prosecco and very little sleep. I enjoyed it despite my less-than-ideal state, but I was excited to sample the menu without a hangover clouding my vision this time. Fresh as a daisy, I went for the Pescatarian Brunch Bowl, which was quite something to behold (and definitely NOT something I’d have ordered hungover, what with the 4 different types of fish and everything…).
A huge stoneware bowl arrived filled with purple potatoes, baked beans, vine roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and a whole fillet of mackerel. Balanced on top was a piece of sourdough toast, which held toppings of its own: avocado, smoked salmon, fresh crab, crayfish and fig. Quite literally the most impressive brunch dish I’ve ever encountered, and the whole thing was delicious! I also ordered the ‘Perky’ smoothie (cold-brew coffee, banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, almond milk and maple syrup), which I’d already fallen in love with on my New Year’s Day visit.
Not only was the food delicious, but the space was decorated beautifully. We were in our own little section of the restaurant, and the tables were adorned with bouquets kindly provided by Gunns, my favourite Brighton florist. When we arrived, our places were marked with a personalised cupcake from Cloud 9 Bakery (who are worth visiting for their incredible rainbow cakes alone!) which was such a lovely touch!
If that wasn’t enough, we were each given a bag full of goodies from other Brighton businesses, including:
Eco glitter pots by HeadBlush | I’ve been looking for an eco friendly alternative to my usual glitter mixes, especially with Bestival on the horizon! These stunning glitter ‘jams’ are plastic free, and the gel-like consistency makes them super easy to apply. Perfect!
Pop up cards by Kirigami Cards | Hand cut and folded with the most intricate detail, these beautiful cards are the perfect way to show a little love. I received a birthday card, which I gave to Helen’s Mum the following day – she loved it, and it was so special to give something that was handmade right here in Brighton.
Treatment vouchers from Powder Beauty | I was very pleased to find this in my bag, as I had my nails done by the ladies from Powder at an event last year and they did a fab job. I’ll be popping in for a spring-themed mani in the not-so-distant future!
Individual tea bags by Bluebird Tea Co. | It’s no secret that Bluebird Tea is my favourite non-traditional tea company (that goes to Ringtons, obviously!), so this was a lovely surprise. I received ‘Mojitea’ which is the most delicious lime, mint and lemongrass infusion, and ‘Strawberry Lemonade’ which just made me even more excited for summer!
Thank you to Amara for organising such a fabulous event, to Six for hosting us, to the local brands for their generosity, and – of course – to all the other Brighton Bloggers for being amazing company, as always!