the crown’s erin doherty’s favourite brighton indie businesses

We’re all about celebrating and supporting our local indie businesses here at BOTI so we thought we’d share Brighton-based actor Erin Doherty’s favourites from American Express’ Little Blue Book of Sharing.

The book showcases famous locals’ favourite indie businesses across the UK and is part of Amex’ ‘Shop Small’ campaign, which has been running for some ten years now.

Erin (whom you’ll have seen as the young Princess Anne in The Crown and as Becky in the brilliant Chloe) grew up in West Sussex and now lives in Brighton.

“I think now more than ever we need to support small businesses and show huge love and appreciation for the courageous people who have put time and effort into creating them,” she said.

We couldn’t agree more, so here are some of her favourite Brighton & Hove independents:

oeuf brighton entry

What’s your favourite independent restaurant to share a meal in? And what’s your go-to dish?
Oeuf. You can never go wrong with the Frumpets [Ed: Totally agree!]. I love the candlelit breakfast option and the brilliantly sourced produce from the local community.
8 Third Avenue, Hove BN3 2PX

flour pot bakery brighton

Where’s your favourite local cafe?  What do you love most about it?
The Flour Pot Bakery, they do the best almond croissants [Ed: and frangipane mince pies!]. Best of all though, it’s open seven days a week so I need never be deprived. Artisan baking at its finest. 
40 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EP

gunns florist brighton

What’s your favourite small green-fingers (or florist) business?
Gunns – one of the oldest florists in Brighton. It’s been trading for over 100 years and really is a celebration of shopping small. Great flowers and always helpful with advice and loads of creative thoughts.
19 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EN

What’s your favourite small business for sharing laughs?
I love Plateau in the Lanes. It has a great selection of ‘small plates’, often using local produce. It has a great cocktail list and, best of all, it’s pet-friendly, so everyone can go!
1 Bartholomews, Brighton BN1 1HG

resident music brighton

What’s your favourite small business to enjoy music?
Resident Music. Located in Brighton’s famous ‘Lanes’, it’s just the best go-to for tickets, back catalogues or just a simple browse for something unexpected and special.
28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL

enter gallery brighton

What’s your favourite small business for sourcing gifts for loved ones during the festive period?
Enter Gallery – what’s not to love? It’s full of limited and rare prints. What’s even better is that they offer a framing service as well.
13 Bond Street, Brighton BN1 4RD

papersmiths brighton

What small business do you go to which people might be surprised by?
Papersmiths. I have a mild notebook obsession and Papersmiths offers me hours of incredible fun. Beautiful diaries and gifts. Everyone will be getting a notebook this year for Christmas!
21 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EN

hisbe brighton

What’s your favourite business, which gives back to the local community?
Hisbe, also known as Supermarket Rebels. Offering fresh produce and a great ethos, plus a lovely smile for everyone.
20 – 21 York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU

How did your community teach you the value of sharing?
The amount of quality vintage shops where I live got me excited about the nature of second-hand shopping. I think it’s such a beautiful way of paying it forward within a community, whether you’re buying or selling.

You can see more well-known personalities sharing their favourite UK indie businesses in Amex’ 2022 Little Blue Book of Sharing here and their 2021 Little Book of Celebration.

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