We are working with local community group Table Talk to get people talking in cafes and on buses.

It’s a simple idea. Cafes have a table marked with a Table Talk Brighton stand, where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other people. Around 45 local cafes are already taking part. Check out our table below to see what cafes are involved and what bus will drop you off nearby. 

We are also carrying the Table Talk vinyl signs on the top deck of our 30 new route 5 buses, as well as our route 12 Coaster buses, all of which have tables.

The project is the bright idea of Brighton & Hove resident Sue Epps and a few friends from One Church, who came up with the idea after hearing people say they sometimes went days without speaking to anyone.

Now they’re aiming to make Brighton & Hove Britain’s first Talking City.

Sue said: “It’s an absolutely fabulous way to meet new people while helping to reduce the amount of people feeling isolated and lonely. Table Talk is a small thing you can do to slow down, spend time with people and create a warmer community.”

She said psychological studies had discovered people were surprised at how much they enjoyed interacting with people they didn’t know and it contributed to their wellbeing.

"We are thrilled to partner with Brighton & Hove Buses,” said Sue. “It's a very important connection as buses are the best way to get around the city and ensure all of our Table Talk cafes are accessible.”

Brighton & Hove Buses’ Accessibility and Communities Manager Victoria Garcia said: "With loneliness in the UK now at epidemic proportions being part of something that actively encourages and enables people to talk to each other is a great idea. Buses are already a way of connecting people - like Table Talk does - so it was an obvious project for us to get involved with.

“We’re really pleased to provide our customers with information on how to get to participating cafes and also the opportunity to chat on board one of our own Table Talk buses.”

For more information: www.tabletalkbrighton.org


Cafe Address Nearest bus stop(s) Bus route(s)
Backwood  3-4 Circus Parade, BN1 4GW Preston Circus 5, 5A, 5B
Big Beach Cafe Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX

Wish Road South

Wish Road North

700 (Stagecoach)

1, 1A, 6

Blend 32 Station Road, Portslade, BN41 1GB

Boundary Road (Stop B)

Boundary Road (Stop K)

6, 25, 25X, 46, 49

1, 1A, 6

Boundi 18C Station Road, Portslade, BN41 1GB

Boundary Road (Stop B)

Boundary Road (Stop K)

6, 25, 25X, 46, 49

1, 1A, 6

Bright Now Café Brighthelm, North Road, BN1 1YD North Road 6, 7
Café Arcadia 15B Imperial Arcade, BN1 3EA

Imperial Arcade

Churchill Square

Clock Tower

All B&H services
Cafe Asia 14 Matlock Road, BN1 5FB

The Droveway

Onslow Road

27, 77
Café Coho (upstairs) 53 Ship Street, BN1 1AF

North Street (Stop X/Y)

North Street (Stop B/C/M)

All B&H services
Café Dean 2-4 Marine Drive, Rottingdean, BN2 7HQ Rottingdean White Horse 2, 12, 12A, 12X, 13X, 14, 14C, 27
Café Domenica 6 Preston Road, BN1 4QE Preston Circus

5, 5A, 5B

270, 271, 272, 273 (Metrobus)

Café Domenica Hove Library, 182 Church Road, BN3 2EG Hove Street 1, 1A, 6, 49
Café Monella 170 Old Shoreham Road, Hove, BN3 7AP Hove Park Tavern 5, 5A, 5B
Cakes the Difference 142 Mackie Avenue, Patcham, BN1 8SB Mackie Avenue 5, 5A
C&H Haberdashers Café, 179 Western Road, BN1 2BA Clarence Square 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 21A, 25, 25X, 46, 49
Cup of Joe 28 St George's Road, Kemp Town, BN2 1ED

Kemp Town Shops

Burlington Street

College Place

37, 37B (compass)

12, 12A, 14, 27

1, 1A, 7, 14C, 23

Debenhams Churchill Square Churchill Square All B&H services
Earth Arts and Culture St Augustine's Events Centre, Stanford Avenue

Rugby Road West

Beaconsfield Villas Bottom

52 (Big Lemon)


Elm Grove Café  89 Elm Grove, BN2 3ET

De Montfort Road

Bonchurch Road

21, 21A, 22, 23
Georgies 85 George Street, Hove, BN3 3YE

George Street: Stop E

Stop F

Stop K

Stop O/P

2, 25, 25X, 46

5, 5A, 5B

2, 5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 25, 25X, 46

1, 1A, 6, 49

Harrisons of Hove 11-13 Montefiore Road, BN3 1RD Montefiore Road 7
Hawks Café 179 Whitehawk Road, BN2 5FL Community Hub 1, 1A, 21A
Haylea's Café 75 Moulsecoomb Way, BN2 4BP Goodwood Way 49
Hop 50+ Palmeira Square, BN3 2FL Palmeira Square 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 25, 25X, 46, 49
Java 23 Warren Way, Woodingdean, BN2 6PH Warren Way 2
JB's Deli Bean 80 Old London Road, Patcham, BN1 8XQ

Highview Avenue South

Brangwyn Crescent


270, 271, 272, 273 (Metrobus)

Lost in the Lanes 3 Nile Street North Street/Old Steine All B&H services
M&S Brighton 195 Western Road Churchill Square All B&H services
M&S Carden 1 Carden Avenue, BN1 8LW Carden Hill 5B, 26
Marwood 52 Ship Street, BN1 1AF North Street All B&H services
Mighty Seed 135a Islingwood Road, BN2 9SH Bottom of Elm Grove 21, 21A, 22, 23
Mojo 23 Queens Road, BN1 3XA North Road 6, 7
Mojo 148 Lewes Road, BN2 3LG Melbourne Street 23, 24, 25, 48, 49
Moksha 4-5 York Place, BN1 4GU

St Peter's Church: Stop A/L

Stop V/L

5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 22

24, 25, 25X, 26, 28, 29, 46, 48, 49, 50, 50U

Old Rec Café Hove Recreation Ground

Old Shoreham Road

Hove Park Villas

21, 21A

47 (Big Lemon)

Rotunda Café Preston Park Stanford Avenue 5, 5A, 5B
RSCH - Waves restaurant, Terrace restaurant Eastern Road, BN2 5BE Royal Sussex County Hospital 1, 1A, 7, 14C, 23
Sebastians Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, BN3 3BQ Hove Town Hall 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 21A, 46, 49
Small Batch 17 Jubilee Street North Road 5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 46, 48, 49, 50
Small Batch 70 Goldstone Villas, BN3 3RU Hove Station 7, 21, 21A
Small Batch Norfolk Square, BN1 2AA Norfolk Square 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 25, 25X, 46, 49
Starbucks 4 Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE North Road 5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 46, 48, 49, 50
Starbucks 201 Western Road, BN1 2BA Churchill Square All B&H services
Starbucks 50 Western Road, BN3 1JD Brunswick Place 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 25, 25X, 46, 49
Streets Open Market, London Road, BN1 4JU

Baker Street

Open Market Stop O

Stop M

5, 5A, 5B

26, 46, 50

21, 21A, 22, 24, 48, 49

Stoney Point 15 Montpelier Place, BN1 3BF Norfolk Square 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 21A, 25, 25X, 46, 49
The Lecca Café 8 Leybourne Parade, Bevendean, BN2 4LW Leybourne Parade 48
The Level Cafe Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ZN Open Market 21, 21A, 22, 24, 26, 46, 48, 49, 50
Tilt 134 Preston Drove, BN1 6FJ Fiveways 26, 46
Trading Post (upstairs) 36 Ship Street, BN1 1AB

North Street (Stop X and Y)

North Street (Stop M)

All B&H services
Waitrose Café 121 Nevill Road, Hove, BN3 7BZ Waitrose Hove 5B

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