Independent artisan ice cream maker Brass Monkey is teaming up with micro roasters Pharmacie and opening a second Brighton store within Hanningtons Lane.
Brass Monkey’s existing Kensington Gardens store, within the North Laine, has a very loyal following and customers can’t seem to get enough of its organic ice creams, cakes and drinks. The choice of ice-cream flavours changes regularly, but expect cardamon, saffron and rosewater, sweet masala chai and dark chocolate sorbet, rather than the more traditional offer.
Brass Monkey has signed a 5 year lease on 8 Hanningtons Lane, comprising 324 sq ft. The shop has a prominent position within the heart of the new Lane, opposite the Gingerman Restaurant Group’s The Flint House restaurant. It will have outdoor seating and provide a slightly more extensive menu.
Joint owner of Brass Monkey Phil Wood comments, “Andrew Foulds of Redevco walked into the shop one day and loved our ice cream so much, he persuaded us to come and have a look at the plans for Hanningtons Estate. Once we had seen the designs for Hanningtons Lane and this unit in particular, we were completely sold! A second store wasn’t yet on our agenda, but this is too good an opportunity to miss and by working with Pharmacie, we hope to offer something really special and unique within the Lanes. I am genuinely excited about being part of Brighton’s new creative retail quarter.”
Pharmacie is an independent environmentally conscious micro-roaster based in Brighton and Hove. The brand currently opens its doors at Cambridge Gardens in Hove to customers only on a Saturday, but also has pop ups and sells its coffee wholesale and online throughout the week.
Work is due to be completed on Hanningtons Lane, which sits behind North Street, in April. Brass Monkey will be fitting out over the coming weeks and hope to be open by May. The Flint House is also opening its doors in April. For more information visit www.hanningtonsestate.com.
Andrew Foulds, Portfolio Director at Redevco comments, “Brass Monkey is exactly the type of retailer we hoped to attract to Hanningtons Lane. We could have let this unit to national coffee chains 10 x over, but that is not what this scheme, is about. We are looking to curate a carefully blended mix of tenants, including many independents, which complement the exciting mix of retail already found in the Lanes. We held a retailer day last week, so brands could see the Lane taking shape for the very first time. Some exciting conversations have come out of this and we hope to announce some more new names very soon.”