Road Shack Celebrating One Year in Peacehaven, Wow!
We have just completed one whole year here in Peacehaven and to celebrate we have had a few promotional photos taken by local guy, Steven Brooks of Brooks Original Photos.
We also had a small gathering of regular customers, friends and supporters around on the afternoon of Friday 16th March to share a cake and a coffee with us!
If you haven't come across us yet, we are an American-style cafe serving reasonably priced vegan comfort food. We have pancake stacks, burgers, fries, nachos, coffee, brownies, cookies and more. There is also a small range of gluten-free options including two homemade burgers, panini, brownies and our homemade pancakes.
The cafe is small and cosy. We have tried to create a friendly, community atmosphere where people can chat to each other and children can leaf through the books in our little library. Two local vegan groups have meet ups here on a regular basis and we have a box of leaflets, magazines and other interesting items fore you to dip into (and take away if you wish). We also host a monthly book club. Please see our Facebook page and website for all the latest details. Hope to see you here soon! Anne (cook) and Julie (barista).
Where is the Road Shack Diner? Click/Tap on the image below to find out more!
What do you see when you look at these photos?
Would you expect these guys to be chomping through mountains of meat?
Well, the photos were taken a few weeks ago at our cafe, The Road
Shack, which is a vegan diner.
The three guys on the right work locally and have become regulars. They
run an online beard and facial products business, and always look and
smell delicious. They apparently wear so many layers because their unit is
freezing in winter!
They are avid fans of our Road Shack Special
breakfast (sausages, rashers, hash browns, beans, scrambled tofu,
mushrooms and toast) served with unlimited filter coffee. On occasion,
they mix it up and have a burger with chunky chips. One or two also have
a sweet tooth and often depart with a locally-made slice of cake or
The table of four came by on the recommendation of the other lads. The
man in the hat is the father of one of them. However, on this particular
day (their first visit) the son didn’t know his dad was coming! Dad and
gang are roofers, out in all weathers, and in need of a hearty meal at
lunchtime. So, they chose us and enjoyed munching through mountains of
vegan burgers, chips, salad and other sides.
Out of the seven men, at least two are vegan and one is vegetarian.
However, that isn’t the most important part of this story. The important
thing for us is that they came in and tried us out. Some may never have
experienced dairy-free milk, soya burgers or scrambled tofu but they
gave it a go…. and most of them have continued to be customers and
explored our menu further.
So, why don’t you come on down and give us a try too?
Check out our menu here...
Check out our BuyLocal page and offer here...
Hi there, we are Anne and Julie and we co-own the Road Shack Diner on South Coast Road in Peacehaven. We took over this charming little place in March this year and have been busy trying to establish it as a community hub as well as a great place to eat.
Before we arrived in Peacehaven we had a small catering van and provided porridge, hot drinks and flapjacks to commuters outside Brighton train station. That was a flourishing business for around two years and we enjoyed it immensely despite having to get up at 04:15 every morning!
Then the rail disruptions started and as things got worse we noticed a vast drop in foot fall. Our customers were leaving in droves. They could not cope with the uncertainty of whether they would get into work or when they would get home each day. Lots began to work from home or find local jobs. A tiny business like ours could not deal with the changes this made to us and so we decided, with regret, to cease trading in December 2016. We had been there nearly three years and had made many friends and connections. We also realised that we really loved providing people with food, drink and a friendly ear.
This led us to searching for something more stable and we decided that it was time to take on a cafe. The Road Shack Diner was being advertised at just the right time for us and we fell in love with it immediately. We decided to keep the theme of an American Diner but brought our own unique twist to the place and so Peacehaven now has it’s first vegan cafe!
So, come on in: you can still have all-day breakfasts with unlimited tea or coffee, pancakes drowning in maple syrup or big burgers with sides of chunky fries. There is also plenty for the smaller appetite too and locally-made cakes and cookies to finish off with.
We hope to welcome you soon!
Anne and Julie