Brunch with ESB : No. 1 : The Rialto, East Grinstead

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you enjoyed my previous post about my visit to Pillipe Bakerai in Zirndorf – a warm hug in bakery form. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, click here!

In this post, however, I want to begin a new series, in the same vein of my Tea with ESB series, to tell you all about my favourite places to eat one of the most fashionable meals of recent years – Brunch with ESB. In each post, I will share with you what I think about the location, atmosphere and most importantly, the food and drink in each café or restaurant I visit.

Brunch, a combination of breakfast and lunch, has gradually grown in popularity over the last few years. Menus have exploded with plates of avocado on toast and granola bowls which have joined traditional full English breakfasts and stacks of pancakes. Meeting with friends and family to eat breakfast food later in the day has become real weekend treat and I want to share with you my experiences of where I have eaten. I hope to inspire you to enjoy brunch out in your local town or visit the cafes I go to.

First up in the series is The Rialto in East Grinstead, which serves delicious home-cooked food from morning till early evening to locals and tourists alike.

To accompany this post, here is my cover of ‘Spread a little happiness’ from the musical, Mr Cinders. I chose this song as the staff of The Rialto spread happiness throughout the local community, welcoming anyone and everyone bringing a ray of sunshine to the high street.


Address : 31 High Street, East Grinstead, RH11 3AF

Web : Rialto Italian Gelato/Facebook


East Grinstead is bustling historic town in the centre of the picturesque county of West Sussex. From the Bluebell Railway, which now starts and ends here, to 13th century beamed buildings, there are many places to explore. The high street is packed with shops and cafés shoulder to shoulder – independent and chains alike. Amongst the other cafes, The Rialto shines out with its white washed exterior and arched windows which are like eyes watching what happens in the outside world.


The moment you walk through the door of The Rialto, you are met by a wall of warmth that radiates from the staff. Named after The Rialto Bridge in Venice, famous throughout the world as a place to meet and gossip, this café evokes that same feeling, with customers treating it as a regular hub for friends and family to catch up in a relaxed way. Although it’s popularity means it’s often busy, it’s always homely and the variety of customers is heart warming. From regulars who eat the same dish time after time to young families enjoying a break, it’s always buzzing and there is a very good reason – the food and the people making your experience so enjoyable.


From all day breakfast to sweet treats right up to full meals, The Rialto offers something for everyone at any time of day. Every single dish is freshly prepared with love. care and attention and is incredibly good value. Eggs are cooked to perfection here whether they are fried, poached or scrambled. My personal highlight, however, is the American breakfast – two American pancakes, bacon and perfectly fried eggs – and sweet vibrant orange juice which is freshly squeezed to order. Although there is a wide selection of set breakfasts to choose from, one unique feature of the menu is to ‘Make-Your-Own-Breakfast.’ This allows you to order any number of Full English breakfast items from sausages to eggs so you can eat breakfast just the way you like it. It also has a range of Italian gelatos and an extensive dessert menu from crepes to waffles if you have a sweet tooth.


The Rialto is a restaurant with its heart firmly in the right place. In the brunch boom, people have sometimes overlooked the basics of delicious food and friendly staff for the way things look. At The Rialto you are welcomed with open arms into a world of warm friendly people and home-cooked food. A café without pretensions, it fills the soul and stomach in equal measure.

Thank you for popping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed it and if you did give it a like so I can tell whether you enjoyed it. I would love to know your recommendations as to where I should go next so if you have any for me, put them in the comments.

See you next time for another post but in the meantime,

Happy Tuneful Baking!

English Singing Baker x


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