Big Beach Cafe – Brighton Beach – Still Rocking in 2023




Fat boy slim's VW Van at The Big beach Cafe next to Brighton Beach

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The Big Beach cafe is by far one of the coolest cafes in Brighton. It is located at Hove Lagoon, making it the most westerly seafront Cafe in Brighton City. Most famous for being owned by the super loved Brighton’s superstar musician and DJ, Mr Norman Cook, AKA DJ Fat Boy Slim.

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Big Beach Cafe – Funkiest Cafe Along Brighton Beach, UK

The Big Beach Cafe, named after Fat Boy Slims Suprise, and Iconic gigs on Brighton Beach in 2001 and 2002 were called the Big Beach Boutique. 40 to 60,000 people were estimated to come. But over a quarter of a million party-goers turned up. Making it the most significant, loudest, and most lawless open-air set Brighton Beach has ever seen.

Mr Cook lives just moments away down a well-hidden private road nicknamed the millionaire’s row and shows just what a sport Norman Cook is. When the Fat Boy Slim world tour was cancelled due to the covid 19 pandemic, he could be found serving drinks behind the counter here. What a trooper, and for your information, Fat Boy Slim makes a great flat white.

The Big Beach Cafe is located in a very social area of Hove Lagoon. It was buzzing not only because of the water sports activities here. But there is also a large children’s play area, a paddling pool and even a skate park area with a small-sized half pipe.

Put this together with much outdoor seating that the Big Beach Cafe supplies, both at the front and rear of the cafe. And you have the recipe for a fun day out for all, friends and families alike, to come and eat, drink and be chatty.

I forgot to mention our kay nine friends, and with free topped-up water bowls, this is a very dog-friendly place.


The Big Beach Café is also up there with one of the most affordable breakfasts along Brighton Beach. Not only that, but they are passionate about providing food that is of good quality, which means that you are guaranteed a great, satiating meal. From their Big Beach Breakfast to their baps and bagels, nothing is missing from the menu that you could find elsewhere.

All of this makes the Big Beach Cafe an excellent choice for early morning breakfasts, mid-day lunches, or just a snack or drinks at any hour of the day. Do I mention the bar?

Trading Times

Opening Times
Monday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Wednesday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Thursday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Friday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday8.45 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday8.45 am – 5.30 pm


Yes, That’s right! When you go in the front, past the cafe, into the area at their back, there is a bar. A lovely surprise as now the drink selection at the Big Beach Café is even more impressive as it has a good mix of coffees and beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks.

So, No matter what time you visit the Big Beach cafe, you will find something to satisfy your every craving. The prices are also very impressive, as their drink selection comes at a much lower price point than those you usually find along with Brighton Beachfront.

The low prices are because when Norman Cook bought the cafe, the area was facing hard times. To help his local community, Mr Slim wanted to make the café sustainable and affordable to visitors and those living in the area.

The cafe’s popularity with the locals and visitors alike proves that he was successful in his goal, and we love him for it.

They say “Don’t Trust a Thin Chef,” So you can’t go wrong with this fat boy in charge.

Address: Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove BN3 4LX

Tel: 01273 911080


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