Located in the heart of Brighton Marina, Laughing Dog are an Award Winning Café, Lifestyle Store and Art Gallery
Laughing Dog opened in November 2009 as an Art Gallery and Gift Shop. Since adding a café into the space in 2011, Laughing Dog’s unique creative mixed space has been a popular destination for Locals and Visitors alike.
The Art Gallery is home to many local as well as internationally renowned artists. The Art Gallery has many changing exhibitions. Click on Gallery to see the current Exhibition. If you are interested in displaying at Laughing Dog, please contact us below.
Laughing Dog also boast a fine art bespoke printing service to both artists and businesses. If you would like to know more, please Contact us directly.
The Lifestyle Store/Gift Shop has an array of items from Local Makers as well as unique offerings from established companies. Most of the items in our shop cannot be found for miles around.
The Café won its first award in 2018 for Brighton’s Best Dog Friendly Venue. The Café sources ingredients from an array of local farms and suppliers. Our coffee is roasted in Brighton. Click on the Menu button to find out what we serve.
M-Fr 8:30am - 5pm
S-Su 8:30am - 5:30pm
We have a fantastic range of Christmas gifts in the shop.
If you’re looking for something for your other half, family or even yourself, we have everything ready to make this Christmas a truly spectacular one.
Our opening times over the festive period are as follows:
24th (Christmas Eve): 8:30am - 3pm
25th (Christmas Day): Closed
26th (Boxing Day): Closed
27th onwards: 8:30am - 5pm
Have a wonderful Christmas, from all of us at Laughing Dog!
Our head baker Ella has been with us for over two years.
She brought with her some fantastic recipes, a huge passion for all things food and a heck load of charm.
Below, we ask her some questions so people can know more about the gal behind the bakes.
Hey Ella! So, how long have you been working at Laughing Dog?
Hello! I started working at Laughing Dog as a barista in Autumn 2016 and became the baker towards the end of that year.
How do you like working here?
I love how independently I can create my daily work load and how I’m encouraged to let my creativity run loose. Everyone here is a joy to work with! This makes me look forward to going to work.
Some of your recipes are becoming semi-famous. What is your favourite thing to make at Laughing Dog?
What I really like doing is coming up with new ideas and adapting recipes. I like that everyday is different and depending on the day I can choose what’s going to be on display for our customers.
Of all the things that I make, I’d say my favourite is the Chocolate Orange cake, just because I love to drizzle the melted chocolate!
What is your favourite thing to eat here?
For my own lunch, I usually make up a healthy salad using ingredients at my disposal!
Of the things we serve, I’d say our new Savoury Muffins. They are full of spinach, feta, pumpkin seeds and chilli. They are healthy and fun with a bit of a kick! We serve it with Sriracha Chilli Sauce. Delicious!
Your lemon drizzle is super popular here. Can you tell us about that?
I’m from Switzerland. When I was little my mother would make lemon drizzle cake with me and my sister ‘helping’ her. Just smelling the lemon zest brings back very fond memories. It always reminds me of home, So needless to say it was the first thing I started making regularly at Laughing Dog when I became their baker.
That’s so sweet! You seem to be constantly evolving the offerings at Laughing Dog. What are you planning for the future?
We’re looking to keep things fresh and different so our regular customers have some variety . Lately I’ve been researching more savoury bakes like our savoury muffins, different quiche fillings and filled puff pastry. Christmas is approaching us fast so there will definitely be some festive baking!
Do you have a favourite place to eat out in the Brighton area? Other than Laughing Dog of course!
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite restaurant or cuisine. I like to go out and try different places. There are so many amazing looking places in Brighton and Hove so we’re spoiled for choice!
If I had to pick a place, I would say the food at Street Diner, It’s a street food market in the garden on the corner of Queens Road and Church Street. They have a range of different foods so every time I go there I can try something new!
I hear you recently got married! Did you bake your own wedding cake?
No I didn’t! (chuckles) As a matter of fact there was no wedding cake. We just had a small cake-less gathering. All very low-key.
Where do you get your ideas from?
We accumulated a few interesting recipe books over the years so I like to sit down and ponder through them. I look stuff up online as well, but it’s more fun to go out into town and see what all the other coffee shops are up to.
What originally got you in to baking?
This is my first baking job! When I was young, my Mother would always bake from scratch and make home made birthday cakes. It’s always been a passion from that point, so as soon as the position came up, I knew I wanted it!
Thanks so much Ella! We all wish you well on your baking endeavours at Laughing Dog!
What’s on now
3rd - 16th November
Four artists celebrate their bond of friendship and sisterhood with their stunning selection of work showcased here at Grey Walls Gallery. It is a diverse mixture of painting, prints, ceramics, glassware and more.
This special 2-week exhibition features our love of colour, texture and form across a range of media.
Lindsey specialises in drawing and painting with watercolour and earth inks.
Their luscious colours constantly inspire her to explore and further develop her fluid style of working wet in wet, fast and free.
A new series of work has recently evolved to incorporate her love of fashion and the iconic designs from the 1920’s – 1950’s. Vintage dressmaking patterns have been incorporated into watercolour paintings to depict the elegance and style of that by-gone era.
Painting in an expressive, semi abstract style has also been a development in her work. However, the colourist in her continues to be evident as she produces sumptuous, vibrant works featuring landscape forms and textures.
More of Lindsey’s work can be seen at Chalk Gallery Lewes where she has been exhibiting for the last 3 years. She is also an active participant in the Horsham Artists Open Studios group and the Association of Sussex Artists.
She works from her studio in Storrington – where she offers workshops for small groups or individuals.
Julie has been working with clay for the past 30 years and never tires from the creative possibilities this medium offers. Her creations are primarily hand built, creating figurative work in the form of Angels and Nomadic ladies. Sometimes she portrays the human form in a spiritual form, very often creating variations on the same theme.
Life drawing underpins Julie’s design ideas, taking inspiration from the work of Klimt and Giacometti. Julie impresses all kinds of materials into the clay such as antique lace, shells and woven textiles to create and emphasize surface texture.
She has many skills, not least her ability at the potters' wheel which she uses to satisfy her obsession with shape and form, rather than as an end in itself, thus facilitating production of her evocative collection of 'Pavilion Pots', inspired by Brighton's exotic architectural extravagance, which has long exerted its fascination, suggesting an exciting diversion from her predominant passion.
Sharon paints in different mediums and loves colour. This year she has particularly enjoyed using oils and painting out in the air with stunning landscapes. The changing light and cloud cover and varying temperatures all add to the final paintings. During the Winter of 2017/18 Sharon concentrated on painting cats and dogs, she usually works on still life’s in her studio close to the sea in Sussex. The trays have original images printed onto vinyl; this means they are heat proof and wipe cleanable.
Inspired by the sea and beautiful landscapes of Sussex, Sharon likes to memorize reflections and shadows especially while walking with Maisie the Whippet cross.
Gina is a multi-disciplinary artist, who specialises in fused glass. She creates both 2D & 3D pieces, as well as jewellery. Gina works from her studio in Bexhill-on-Sea, where she offers workshops for small groups or individuals.
More of Gina’s 2D wall-based pictures can be seen at Chalk Gallery Lewes where she has been exhibiting for the last 2 years. She is also an active participant in the Association of South Coast Artists, & is currently exhibiting her 3D work with some of the group at Hastings Art Forum
"The Miscellany" Exhibition runs from November 13TH- 25th.
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