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The Lost Monkey Cafe, Horsham

The Lost Monkey Cafe [map]
14 Nightingale Rd
RH12 2NW

Last Visited: March 2010

(Please Note: that this establishment has ceased trading and has reopened as 'Jojo's cafe')

Found on the outskirts of Horsham's town centre, The Lost Monkey, popular with locals and industrial workers, is hidden away in amongst an industrial site.

Opening Times: Mon- Fri 7am-3pm, Weekends 9am-2pm

Breakfast Prices: From £2.50 for Scrambled egg on a muffin/toast, to £6.75 for a Tradesmans Breakfast

The Lost Monkey Cafe, Horsham - Full English BreakfastMr Chipolata's mutterings:

Breakfast: A Tradesman with "a" black pudding

A trip up to Horsham and I have to admit I was disappointed. Maybe because of the travel but the breakfast at Lost Monkey just did not deliver what was needed. Points go to the fairly enthusiastic and forgiving waitress who put up with a group of 7 of us being fairly useless at ordering and remembering what had been ordered. It didn't help that we barely read the menu so had no idea what came with our orders.

A fairly well cooked fry up (albeit with cold sausages) with semi-decent quality ingredients just left me bored. The nicest touch was that the beans came sectioned in their own little ramekin for the OCD afflicted that don't like to see dry and wet food touching. I threw them all over my sausages in an attempt to warm them up. Bacon, single hash brown and the extra black pudding (just a single slice for £1!) were quite tasty. Fairly middle of the road fry-up that did the job but didn't rustle up any expressions of joy from the morning crowd. I think we forgot to leave a tip as well - which probably says it all.

Mr No Eggs:

Breakfast: A Tradesman with "a" black pudding

The Lost Monkey Cafe, Horsham - English Muffin with beans, sausage and mushrooms

Buoyed by positive recommendations from friends, our visit to the Lost Monkey Cafe was one I was looking forward to as I had been told that the vibe and quality of the breakfast would be to my taste.  Located on the outskirts of Horsham’s town centre and across from the station, the cafe is not the easiest to find if not a local.

The cafe itself was well presented and is similar in style and character to both Ethel’s and the Bluebird Cafe, where it differed though was on the execution of its breakfasts.  A limited menu left us with two real choices, muffins aside, A ‘Tradesman’s’ or a slight smaller ‘Full English’.  The breakfast when it arrived it was not the warmest we’ve had so far, with the beans particularly cold in their ramekin hideaway; but we did order for seven and were sat in the flow of the doors breeze, so this can be excused.  But whereas the Bluebird portion size was mostly forgotten due to the  quality of the items and their individual style, the breakfast here had no stand out features that could beat other local venues.

This said, there are positives and this wasn't a bad experience overall.  The Tradesman’s breakfast came with both tea/coffee, OJ/Apple Juice and Toast and the staff were some of the friendliest we’ve encountered.    One small point of discussion still on Monday morning was that for £1 we only got one slice of black pudding, a trip to a supermarket that evening got me 6 slices for 97p.

For a unique location, if this cafe wants to prosper in a difficult economic climate where every penny counts, it needs a unique selling point to draw people from the area in and make them want to come back for something that they can't get elsewhere or make to the same standard at home.  There is talk of Bills arriving in the town and if it does, the Lost Monkey, in its current iteration, could face a future where it may never be found again...

The Lost Monkey Cafe, Horsham - Full English BreakfastBarefoot Phenomenon:

Eaten: A Tradesman

“A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can't be saved”

I have to say that I like a limited menu, especially when choosing a meal at lunch or dinner, however the LMC left me feeling – well – limited. Almost by default I had to choose the Tradesman which consisted of the usual fare or eggs, bacon, hash brown, the obligatory sausages and beans.

The monkey ain’t lost – I reckon it left in search of a breakfast spot with a few more options on the breakfast menu.  A reasonable breakfast, a fun morning and good company. Looking forward to the next excursion.

Ingredient Quality: ★★★☆☆
Portion Size: ★★★☆☆
Value For Money: ★★★☆☆
Service: ★★★★☆
Overall: ★★★½☆