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If anyone’s going to be serving a banging vegan breakfast it’s going to be the creators of The Roundhill. Head up to our neighbouring town Lewes and make a b-line to The Needlemakers Cafe. Max and his family took it over in early 2021 and they’ve created quite a buzz with the introduction of the first 100% vegan cafe to this historic town. Their plant-based fry-up will get you well set up for the day, or if you have a sweet tooth, then get stuck into their mini dutch pancakes and shakes.
Starfish and Coffee sits perfectly positioned across the road from Queens Park Brighton. This independent cafe has a real family feel and welcomes Brightonians of all ages, diet choices, and coffee preferences. Voted as the ‘Best Brunch’ category in the 2018 BRAVO awards, it is clear to see the love you lot have for food offerings here. When it comes to vegan choices, there is plenty on offer including ‘The Vegan’ breakfast, the ‘Mushroom Hash’ and the ‘Avocado Citrus’.
Moksha Caffe is a friendly family run venue with strong ethical and sustainable principles behind their home-cooked food offering. When it comes to vegan breakfasts things can get a little bit samey, even in a city like Brighton, so Moksha earns an extra bonus point for their tofu Benedict: marinaded tofu served on toast with lashings of hollandaise, avocado and superfood salad. If you like something a bit more classic, and a bit more naughty, go for a stack of American pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup.
Small Batch Coffee is a go-to throughout Brighton and Hove when you’re after that perfect latté with moo-free milk. Their baristas have got the art down to a tee, so you can say goodbye (and good riddance) to curdled coffee. All the cafes also serve a range of pastries, savouries and sandwiches including vegan options. Additionally, Norfolk Square, Seven Dials and Goldstone Villas all have kitchens serving all-day brunch. Vegan options include smashed avocado on sourdough with roasted cherry tomatoes and scrambled tofu and a Vegan Full English, with Brighton Sausage Co. vegan sausage patty, Porky’s Revenge bacon, scrambled tofu and homemade baked beans.
Oeuf in Hove may not have a name that strikes many vegans with confidence. Eggs are after all off the menu and things French don’t always embrace the plant-based. But our resident vegan is of the opinion that Oeuf in Hove does one of the best scrambled tofu in town. The vegan Full English really is full: it’s not the veggie breakfast without the egg (which is often already the meat breakfast without the meat). The number of vegan options may be on the petite side, but they’re perfectly formed nonetheless.
Providing ethically sourced, hand-roasted coffee, serving breakfast from 7am – 5pm, Redroaster is the place to go for a sophisticated breakfast. There may be little choice when it comes to vegan options at Redroaster, but what they do offer is damn good! Try the baked cauliflower, houmous, aubergine caviar, flatbread & hazelnut dressing. You’ll be looking forward to your next visit before you know it!
Voted as one of the best places in the UK for brunch and coffee by Stylist Magazine, The New Club is a must-try destination. With fantastic views over the West Pier and interior reflecting the urban edge of New York, it’s a great place to sit outside on a warm summer morning. The vegan brunch is a simple, straight-up affair with all the good bits, made fresh from 10 am weekdays, 9 am weekends and always available into the afternoon.
Trading Post Coffee Roastery brings you the expertise of a second-generation Italian coffee roaster, delivered to you in a stylish setting in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes. They offer a fresh food menu which uses mainly organic and locally sourced ingredients, serving from 7 am -7 pm every day. Their Vegan Breakfast with beetroot houmous, avocado, roasted vine tomatoes, garlic flat mushroom, falafel, topped with spinach, pumpkin and chia seeds, is a healthy spin on a Full English.
The Brighton Marina is often not the most hospitable place for the hungry herbivore, given as it largely is the big chain venues (although they’re getting better, we’d still rather pick local). Amidst the crowds on the Brighton Marina boardwalk, however, Taste Sussex, locally and independently owned, is holding its own against the big-boys. Vegans can enjoy a full cooked breakfast here (and we mean “full”, not the meat breakfast without the meat or the veggie breakfast without the eggs and halloumi), as well as classic avo on toast and even vegan milkshakes to wash it all down with.
Lost in the Lanes has a wonderfully elevated plant option for their vegan breakfast from the creative genius of chef James Flavell. It’s not your standard breakfast but definitely something for you if you’re looking for plant flavours pushed to new heights. It’s a flavoursome adventure with spiced squash, balsamic roasted peppers, smashed avocado, field mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, homemade hash and sourdough toast.
From scrambled tofu on toast to a full English with black pudding and extra sausage, or perhaps pancakes are calling you? There’s so much to choose from at vegan cafe, The Green Kitchen, situated on Preston Road. With its 100% vegan menu, this is the place if you and your friends are looking for an animal-free breakfast. There are so many choices too, rather than the one option you get at most places!
It’s hard to miss Wai Kika Moo Kau when you’re wandering through the North Laines. The menu is totally vegetarian, with vegan options available for most dishes. The food ranges from pancake stacks for breakfasts, burritos and pittas for lunch and homemade burgers and mezze and tapas platters in the evening. Take a stroll and pop by for a vegan breakfast. Note: There may be a longer than usual wait on busy times like bank holidays.
This is as close as you’re going to get to an old school greasy spoon, but there’s no fear of cross-contamination when you tuck into a battered sausage, and chips at this 100% vegan cafe in the heart of the North Laine. All-day breakfasts are available with plant-based sausages, bacon and scrambled tofu, there’s plenty of cleaner living options to choose from too, but this is probably where the vegan with a hangover wants to go.