Creating the Perfect Picnic in Hove

Creating the Perfect Picnic in Hove

Hove, home to our Grand Avenue collection of brand new 1 and 2 bedroom seafront apartments, is an idyllic seaside town just a stone’s throw from the excitement of Brighton. With endless open spaces and an array of fantastic shops, delis, cafes and markets selling delicious local produce including some of the best seafood in the country, Hove is the perfect place to pack a basket and enjoy a picnic in the fresh sea air.

Read on to explore some of the best picnic spots in Hove and discover the best local delis, specialist shops, takeaways, gelaterias, and farmers' markets where you can source delicious treats for your picnic feast.

The best picnic spots in Hove

Hove Lawns

Situated along the seafront, Hove Lawns is a popular picnic spot that offers expansive green spaces where you can enjoy a front-row seat to beautiful, uninterrupted sea views. Spread out your blanket on the grassy areas and enjoy the sea breeze as you savour your picnic. Plus, it’s just a 7-minute walk from Grand Avenue.

St. Ann's Well Gardens

Nestled in a tranquil setting, St. Ann's Well Gardens is a hidden gem perfect for picnics. This beautifully landscaped park features picturesque gardens, a charming pond, and shady tree-lined paths. Find a serene spot near the pond or under a leafy canopy and enjoy a peaceful picnic surrounded by nature.

Palmeira Square Gardens

Located in the heart of Hove, Palmeira Square Gardens is a small but inviting green space ideal for an intimate picnic. With its manicured lawns, colourful flower beds, and ornate fountain, this park provides a charming backdrop for a relaxing picnic. The best bit? It’s a 3-minute cycle from Grand Avenue.


Local Food Finds for Your Picnic

The Flour Pot Bakery

Start your picnic preparations by visiting The Flour Pot Bakery on Church Road. This artisanal bakery is focused on quality ingredients and offers a selection of lovingly made, freshly baked bread, pastries, and savoury treats. Grab a crusty baguette, a flaky croissant, or a savoury tart to elevate your picnic spread. They do great speciality coffee, too.

Taj The Grocer

Located on Western Road, Taj the Grocer is a treasure trove for food lovers. This specialty shop offers a wide range of gourmet ingredients, including artisan cheeses, charcuterie, olives, freshly baked goods, and delicious chutneys, pickles and relishes to elevate any sandwich or cheese spread. Pick up some quality produce to create a picnic to rival all others.

The Real Patisserie

For those with a sweet tooth, The Real Patisserie is a must-visit. This delightful bakery on Western Road offers an array of mouth-watering cakes, pastries, and artisan chocolates. These sweet treats that will make your picnic as beautiful as it is delicious or try their freshly baked bread to elevate your sandwiches.

Brighton Open Market

Just a short distance from Hove, the Brighton Open Market is a bustling hub of culinary delights sure to help you build an interesting and delicious picnic. Explore the market's various stalls offering fresh produce, local delicacies, and international flavours. You'll find everything from freshly caught local seafood to gourmet sandwiches, aromatic spices, and refreshing beverages. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere and assemble a picnic feast from the diverse offerings.


To add the cherry on top of your dream picnic in Hove, be sure to leave space for an award-winning ice cream from the institution that is Marrocco’s. The family-owned Italian haunt is one of the town’s most popular eateries and is famous for its creamy, homemade ice creams. It has been on the go since 1969 and has been delighting queues of residents and visitors alike ever since. 

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