I've been to the Cowley Club a few times when I was on tour with my former band. And everytime we played we were overwhelmed by the great hospitality and the amazing food.
The Cowley Club is run by volunteers, and htey know how to take their job serious. In hte daytime it's a cafe plus a radical bookstore. A lot of young families from different backgrounds hangout there. Quite some young kids playing with each other while the parents are having a cup of tea.
The best thing of the Cowley Club is that it is an autonomous centre. Meetings happen there, concerts, discussions, benefits. All to make this world a bit better... Stop by there if you come across Brighton, it's THE place to meet awesome inspiring people.Pros: all volunteers, great great food, autonomous space