Wednesday, Apr 26th 2017

Fatboy Slim’s new Brighton beach cafe

Day trippers to Brighton rarely venture beyond the pier but Norman Cook’s Big Beach Cafe is one good reason to cycle west to Hove. The superstar DJ turned foodie tells us about the new venture and his love of the area.

When a famous person snaps up a local business the expected response might, at best, be a shrug and, at worst, outright hostility. But not so for Norman Cook aka Fat boy slim, who in June opened the big beech cafe at Hove Lagoon, an easy 20-minute cycle from the centre of Brighton along the seafront.

Tucked just below the beach front, it sits in the shadow of a new skate park and kids’ playground with paddling pool. Cook can practically see his house from the cafe. “I’ve lived on the beach for 15 years and brought both my children up in this park,” he says. “I’ve had some very happy years here. It sounds a bit cheesy to say I want to give something back but I want to cement my relationship with the community and get really into the heart of it.”

The gist of local response seems to be: “great news, good luck to him”. This may be because the cafe was previously owned by Heather Mills who perhaps doesn’t have the biggest fan base in the world. It was also vegan and some customers resented not being able to get a regular milky coffee or non-soya ice-cream for miles around. But more likely it’s because Cook is a popular guy in Brighton and Hove. He went to college here, has a stake in the local football team and, with his Big Beach Boutique concerts, has hosted some of the biggest parties the area has ever seen.

The Urban chefs wish the venture good luck.

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