The Roundhill Brighton - vegan gastropub
The Roundhill pub on Ditchling Road is close to The Level, London Road and Lewes Road and a comfortable distance from the hubbub of the town centre. The Roundhill is Brighton's first vegan gastropub, with a weekly changing menu that is vegan as standard (some dishes can be made vegetarian)
Rhys tries takeout
After a brief lockdown hiatus, The Roundhill has created a home delivery menu that is packed with plant-powered yumminess. Transcendental buddha bowls and sinful, seitanic delights, together with locally brewed beer and kombucha make for an all-round satisfying menu from this lovely local.
As the months, roll into weeks, into days and into hours; each popping up indifferently like blank ping-pong balls from an insane tombola, I find today distinguishes itself as one of those where I have forgotten to eat since breakfast. By 6 o’clock I am teetering on madness when I go to collect my dinner from Max, The Roundhill proprietor. We have a socially responsible chat and I admire the fun fabric of his hand-made face-mask (interesting times!)
Tonight’s feast consists of a seitan ‘gammon’ bun; maple-glazed rashes of salty sticky-sweet ‘gammon’ that are charred in places and in others chewy and succulent. And a Roundhill Burger, with Gouda style cheese and pickles. The toasted sesame buns ooze with mustard mayo and a bed of salad that sets off the naughty flavours, enhancing their naughtiness.
Sweet potato fries springboard from pots of blue cheese, chilli and buffalo sauce, executing perfect pirouettes into hungry mouths. The cauliflower wings have a satisfying chewy bite to them, provided by the spicy panko coating and are served with yet more lashings of thick mayo. Between greedy handfuls of everything, I attempt to make notes; smearing the pages of my book with the abundant, flavoursome sauces.
Lastly, there is a wedge of Biscoff cheesecake, silky smooth like a James Bond chat-up line and just as deadly. Biscoff has an irresistible power over me, I should have stopped eating ages ago. Instead, I lie flat on the floor like that National Geographic picture of a snake that ate a whole goat, my spoiled notebook next to me is saucier than an E. L James novel.
The Roundhill menu is available on Deliveroo, or for contactless collection, from 4 - 9.30 pm Wednesday to Saturday.
The Roundhill Brighton has a conservatory feel to it, large windows dominate two sides of the building with plenty of plants and exposed wood, creating a natural and relaxed environment. Additional outside seating makes for a lovely spot for some sunshine drinking away from the madding crowd.
An inclusive menu at The Roundhill Brighton
Provided it's plant The Roundhill is very inclusive. Everything on the menu is prepared fresh, so adaptations on dietary requirements are available, however, due to the nature of the open kitchen, allergy sufferers should speak to the team before ordering. The pub is also child and dog-friendly
The Roundhill Brighton has an ever-changing menu that reflects the seasons. Expect delicious fresh Buddha bowls in the summer and hearty stews in the winter, with pub-classic perennials, like burgers, receiving the full vegan makeover. There's also a set lunch menu available weekdays and a kids menu full of nutritious and tasty, child-approved dishes for little ones that are growing up green.
As is to be expected of any Brighton pub, The Roundhill excels at roasts and is a bit of a vegan's dream with more than the average pub's plant-based dishes on offer. Advanced booking for Sunday lunch is very much advised as more people take up a meat-free lifestyle and as word gets out about this gem of a pub.
All drinks in The Roundhill are also vegan, with an emphasis on local ales and an ever-changing selection. Live music, quizzes, theatre and social groups make the Roundhill a real community pub with an inviting and safe atmosphere.
Make a reservation
- Make a reservation by calling 01273 235884 (Please mention us when you do 🙏)