On the corner of two picturesque, leafy streets in Petersham, you’ll find a charming, historic, cream building with a distinctive striped black and white awning. It’s a good old-fashioned corner shop, Brighton on the Corner, serving great brews and fantastic food.
The awning shades outdoor tables filled with locals and their dogs, enjoying a coffee right on the corner. Inside, there’s plenty of seating, with small tables for two lining the long wall, a large communal table in the middle of the space, and window seating, looking out onto the lovely Palace Street. Plants and flowers abound: on the tables in vases, on the windowsills, and hanging in baskets from hooks in the ceiling. It brings a lovely, homely vibe to the smart décor, which features a white subway tiled service area.
Owners, Nigel Park and Michael Coombs, both come to Brighton the Corner with long careers in hospitality and coffee. Nigel is a hospitality veteran from New Zealand, where he roasted and made coffees before coming to Australia and opening a bar, Safely Wolf, in Manly. Tired of working nights, Nigel moved back to day work at Corduroy Cafe in Surry Hills, before opening Brighton the Corner with Michael Coombs. Nigel also acts as Manager and Head Barista; after all, he’s been hard at brewing and roasting coffee for the last twenty years – it’s what he knows.
The coffee served at Brighton the Corner comes from
The Little Marionette, chosen by Nigel and Michael because they like “keeping it local, and they make those little green beans taste so good”. The house blend is Brighton Black Cat, a mixture of Colombia San Augustin and Kenya Rift Peaberry coffees. Michael and Nigel are also big fans of Ethiopian beans with their berry and wine flavours.
As well as espresso, Brighton the Corner offers cold drip and V60 pour over. There’s even a house specialty that is one of a kind – coconut water cold drip. How exotic! Breakfast and lunch are served Tuesday to Sunday, as well as dinner on Friday nights, which is offered from a prix fixe menu that has featured such delights as seared kingfish, butifarra, cranberry beans, chives and tomato, and spiced BBQ pork shoulder, sweet potato, roast cauliflower and spinach. The four-course menu has proven extremely popular and comes highly recommended.
The philosophy at Brighton the Corner is simple – give a lot of love and attention to the finer details. The staff harbour a deep love of the coffee bean, from the crop to the cup, and relish bringing people together over a cup, morning, noon and (Friday) night.