Vegan restaurants in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove has a reputation for being a mecca for those who abstain from animal products and is home to many  vegetarians and vegans. Historically rated as UK’s most Vegan friendly place, it lost it’s crown a few years ago to Glasgow, despite the exclamations of many Brightonians who disagree and say that it’s better than ever for Vegan options. We’ve put together our top Vegan restaurants for you to check out which in our opinion are so good, you should pay them a visit whatever your beliefs and preferences.

1847 vegetarian restaurant, vegan, Matty Bowling, Brighton

Rootcandi, Western Road

Rootcandi is a concept created by Steve Billam, the founder of our local and much-loved vegetarian institution, Iydea, and celebrates vegan and gluten-free dining with style. Steve’s love of food and restaurants spans over a decade and his passion was recently driven into new territories when he met Reuben Waller – an award-winning chef from Michelin-starred restaurants. The origins of Rootcandi were created by these two food masterminds out of a pure necessity to offer high quality, nutritious, plant-based and vegan foods that other restaurants were simply not providing. This, along with the desire to provide a fresh new dining concept, has proved to be a winning venture in Brighton.

Tomatoe tart at Rootcandi

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1847, North Laine

Named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, 1847 Brighton specialises in high quality, locally produced vegetarian, vegan & gluten free dining within their North Laine restaurant. The basement also houses a super-chic bar area, named Dandelion, serving botanically-based cocktails where clientèle can have an aperitif before dinner or just drop in for a drink or two.

1847 vegetarian restaurant, vegan, Matty Bowling, Brighton

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Terre Terre, East Street

‘Where vegetarianism is indulgence not abstinence’, Terre Terre has been changing views about vegetarian cuisine for the past 21 years. Situated in the historic Brighton Lanes, it is somewhat of an institution. Imaginative and daring, the team at Terre a Terre use their skills and experience to really push the boundaries of traditional cooking creating the most exciting dishes including vegan. An experience to behold, vegetarian or not.

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Purezza (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. Purezza has created a destination where everyone can enjoy high quality Italian food, cooked by top Italian chefs, in the comfort of a completely animal free zone (and mostly gluten free too). Leaving you to eat out worry free. Super!

Healthy plant based pizza at Purezza

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Aqua, Lewes

Aqua is a family run independent business that’s opened in the heart of Lewes. It’s sophisticated yet casual and reasonably priced too! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday of the week, vegan’s are always catered for at Aqua. There’s a whole menu dedicated for vegans.  Such vegan delights as Courgette & Cauliflower Fritti with Chilli Oil to start, or a Squash & Mushroom Risotto for a main.

Aqua, Italian Restaurant, Lewes

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Caxton Arms, North Gardens

The Caxton Arms is one of Brighton’s best kept secrets, tucked away in the heart of the city centre, just a short hop from Brighton station. It’s traditional pub inspired menu focuses on tasty authentic food, made by their passionate chefs. To ensure they have the freshest ingredients the Caxton Arms use locally sourced ingredients. There’s a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes alongside the meat and fish, try their beer battered tofu with hand cut chips and pickled fennel!

Caxton Arms, Food Pub, Brighton

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Earth & Stars 

Powered by solar energy and a love for organic beers, The Earth and Stars pub offers highly sophisticated pub grub, including a rapturously creative vegan menu. As the name suggests, it has kind of a pagan feel with tribal mahogany statues and bearded gods painted on the menu boards.

Earth and Stars exterior

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Food for Friends, Prince Albert Street

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, award winning Food for Friends is a must visit for everyone living in or visiting Brighton. It’s probably Brighton’s most famous vegetarian restaurant (with many vegan dishes), receiving many accolades and serving customers since 1981. Their ethos is ‘tasty, affordable, honest cooking using the freshest produce, totally homemade, whilst supporting local suppliers where possible.’ You can’t argue with that.

Restaurants Brighton, Food For Friends, Vegetarian, Restaurant

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Wai Kika Moo Kau, Kensington Gardens

‘The home of healthy indulgence.’ Wai Kika Moo Kau in the diverse and bohemian Kensington Gardens is a great little vegetarian cafe who claim to provide the best vegetarian and vegan cuisine in the North Laines. Their menu is inspired by flavours and cooking from around the world. Serving breakfast and lunch, they also have organic and vegan wine as well as the most deliciously moist vegan cakes.

Cake display at Wai Kika Moo Kau

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  • Contact them: 01273 671117
  • View the the Wai Kika Moo Kau menu

Prince George, Trafalgar Street

Any pub that only serves vegetarian and vegan food is a brave one. But this was a risk well worth taking. The Prince George on Trafalgar Street is a lively and atmospheric pub which has a great selection of Sussex draught ales and international craft beers and a creative menu with a focus on British and Mexican street food which even the most dedicated of carnivores would enjoy. Fab Veggie Sunday Roasts too.

The outside of the Prince George Pub, Brighton

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More Vegan options in Brighton and Hove

Here are a selection of other Brighton and Hove restaurants and cafés which also offer vegan options:

Bombay Aloo, Planet IndiaFoodilicIydea, The Almond Tree, VBites (Cafe) the Infinity Food Cafe and the Loving Hut.

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