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Friends Jake, Alex and Dave opened their first vintage-inspired coffee shop/bar/restaurant hybrid in Bristol back in 2002 and have recently added three Brighton & Hove premises to their now 48-lounge-strong empire. Here, Alex answers our questions about the eclectic interior of the London Road Alcampo Lounge, Church Road Modelo Lounge and our local – Western Road’s Verano Lounge (pictured).
What made you decide to open lounges in Brighton and Hove?
We opened Modelo just over two years ago and once we got a feel for the site it was obvious that a further site or two would be well received. Brighton is so similar to Bristol with the type of people and demographic, that coupled with the fact it’s an awesome place to be, we would have been foolish not to be here.
How would you describe the interior style of the Brighton and Hove lounges?
We aim to make it as close to a warm cosy lounge or sitting room as possible. Perhaps you’ll remember pictures and bits that you may have seen in your Grandmother’s house.
How did you start with the interior décor?
Our vision is comfortable, quirky and individual. Each lounge is completely different in the people we see and we try and get out to the local area and design around it. The building is also important and we spend most time and money retaining/uncovering original features, rather than plastering over and starting again.
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A 15 minute train ride along the coast and at under £5 for an off-peak adult return, the estuary town of Shoreham-by-Sea is a must-visit for lovers of vintage, stunning scenery and interesting architecture. See what we got up to on our visit in this visual diary…
The new footbridge allows easy access over the River Adur to the coastal side of the town, where mid-century beach-front houses sit streets away from an eclectic collection of houseboats and you can enjoy views over to the imposing Lancing College.
This side of the estuary is also home to Shoreham’s Art Deco Airport, the oldest licensed airfield in the UK.
As well as a 1960s German minesweeper, concrete barge and landing crafts, the community of houseboats includes those transformed by their handy owners, such as this sculptural pair – modified with parts of an old bus, three-wheeler and bath among other salvaged items.
As all good small towns should, Shoreham boasts several charity shops, with three large stores on the central East Street alone. Vintage-lovers should make a beeline for Cancer Research, which has a dedicated section of men’s and women’s vintage, as well as interesting books, crockery and accessories.