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The Roundhill on Ditchling road fills the niche in Brighton for an exclusively plant-based gastropub (the remits for vegan junk-food pub and vegan classic food pub already being filled elsewhere). The venue itself is charming, light and full of plants it is immediately inviting and somewhere the whole family can easily while away an afternoon. The menu is entirely freshly prepared and changes frequently depending on what is in season and what’s inspiring the team of chefs. Local ales are also a focus and you can rest comfortably knowing that all the drinks are free from weird animal products.
Tucked away inside Brighton’s Open Market is one of our favourite vegan spots in the city, Smorl’s Kitchen Brighton. Understated, unpretentious and under the radar (not for long) Smorl’s Kitchen is owned by siblings Christian and Sarah. The totally vegan menu at Smorl’s Kitchen is dedicated to all things chickpea. From delicious pitta’s filled with earthy homemade falafel to huge salad bowls filled to the brim with goodness. Why not try their famous warming spicy falafel-based Bolognese, served with oven-roasted Hasselback sweet potatoes? Or their seasonal Waffalafel? Head to Smorl’s Kitchen for a delicious plant-based menu and a wonderful community feel.
Head up to the historic town of Lewes and head straight to The Needlemakers Cafe, this charming and nostalgic cafe has been taken over by the team behind the award-winning, plant-based Brighton pub, The Roundhill.
Everything on the menu is 100% vegan and sourced from local, organic or sustainable suppliers. Enjoy everything from pastries and shakes to Buddha bowls and natural, organic wines or simply knock back some of the town’s finest local brewskies. The cafe is steeped in Leweisian charm and we’re certain it’ll have even the plant-based critics among you planning your next trip.
When it comes to plant-based dining, it’s hard to find better than Kokedama. This innovative restaurant in The Lanes has been brought to Brighton by the acclaimed team behind the multi-award-winning Roundhill. Dishes are delivered as small plates, each unique and bursting with colour and flavour. Even the drinks at Kokedama are exquisite and expertly crafted – no fuss, fine dining at its best.
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!
Beelzebab started off as a pop-up serving vegan donna kebabs but has since set down roots in The Hope & Ruin on Queen’s Road and expanded it’s repertoire into a truly glorious, 100% vegan, junk food champion. The extended menu has seen the original kebab buddy up with creatively topped hot dogs and wickedly loaded fries. With monthly specials including a seasonally inspired ‘dog of the month’ these sinful creations are the stuff of dirty vegan dreams, because sometimes you just don’t want lentils.
The Vurger Co. opened in the newly developed Hannington Lanes. The Vurger Co. serves a selection of burgers using their own ‘chicken’ soya burger, as well as Beyond Burgers, each presented as a variation of classic meaty burgers. There are also salad boxes, if you’re not into junk-plant and shakes, with an option for boozy shakes too.
Happy Maki make delicious and entirely plant based sushi, and they make it the size of a burrito! If this isn’t already a winner then the side dishes of stuffed tofu pockets and popped ‘chicken’ cauliflower should be getting you there. Happy Maki have two venues, the original (mostly takeaway) place in Pool Valley and the new “pay as you feel” restaurant above Yum Yums in Sydney Street, in the North Laine.
Botanique in Hove has a paired back modern-rustic interior with pale hues and exposed wood. It certainly looks the part for a fine dining vegan restaurant. Botanique is open for brunch, lunch dinner and Sunday Lunch, all 100% plant based. The menu is seasonal and fuses cooking styles from throughout the globe to create inspired and unique dishes.
This endearing little cafe is located near the busy hub of Preston Circus, it’s easy to miss but a shame if you do! This is very much “for the animals” veganism, and has that authentic sense of kindness running through its food and atmosphere. Pop by for a classic cafe breakfast without the animal bits and try their signature home made “bacon”.
The guilty pleasure of kebabs are no longer off the table for vegans. What The Pitta established itself in London as the place to go for hung-over plant eaters. They started serving their unique donna meat substitute with all the extras in 2019, (and deliver on Deliveroo) and the city’s vegans-with-sore-heads have never stopped being grateful.
Located near Preston Park, Kusaki opened in late 2021 as the newest member of the Food For Friends/ Botanique/ Wolfox Chapters family. The interior feels very New York, and the menu is a contemporary plant based take on familiar Japanese fare. Beautifully presented food and Japanese inspired cocktails makes this a good venue to impress, or update your Instagram (you can watch our tips on smartphone food photography video here)
No trip to Brighton beach would be complete without fish and chips. But oh no, wait, fish isn’t a plant and chips and chips just doesn’t have the same appeal! Fear not, The No Catch Co., serve 100% vegan fish and chips. You’ll find ‘cod’ and chips, ‘saveloy’ and chips. Extras like mushy peas and chip shop gravy make it both a trip down memory lane and a taste of the future.
Neighbourhood is a cosy plant-based cafe that’s located on Gloucester Road. You’ll find that its idyllic North Laine placing lends itself to the exclusively vegan offering. They serve dishes that are made from local ingredients and result in healthy, hearty meals that are packed with nutritious whole food (they also have a tonne of naughty plant-based cakes on offer). A rather unique offering from this little cafe is that they serve a vegan Sunday roast.
Vegan and vegetarian
Everything on offer at The Gardener cafe is either vegetarian or vegan-friendly dishes. If you’re in the market for a green principled cafe, then you need not look further than here. Run as a charity, set up and operated by volunteers that provide nourishing food to everyone, and we mean everyone. Everything is offered on a ‘pay as you feel basis. This means those that can’t afford to pay market prices for cafe lunches can get their bellies filled with delicious grub that would’ve otherwise ended up in landfills.
‘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.
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.
Easy going and fun-filled, Planet India serves a pure vegetarian menu (pure vegetarian doesn’t use eggs), of which around 70% is vegan. Indian food is frequently meat-free and the recipes here are those handed down to the owner, Nilesh, by his mum; it is the food he ate growing up. Located in Brighton’s Richmond Parade, the restaurant has something of a cult following and booking in advance is strongly advised. The Pani Puri is undoubtedly their most raved about starter (available vegan, just ask for no yoghurt), it is a tangy, sweet and spicy salad of chickpeas and tamarind that lights up every inch of the pallet and keeps it dancing to the ambient 70’s disco beats right through to the last mouthful.
Manjus Brighton is a delicious addition to our cities Indian cuisine scene, found tucked away at the bottom of Trafalgar Street, a stone’s throw away from Brighton station. Manjus focuses on Gujarati vegetarian food with an excellent range of vegan, gluten-free and nut-free dishes. The menu at Manjus is currently 75% vegan, as well as having a wide range of vegan drinks including vegan wine and local craft vegan beers. Using the freshest ingredients they can get their hands on, Manju and Dipali use the same family recipes handed down through generations, delivering authenticity with every dish. Manjus is hugely affordable and with a children’s menu, a range of Indian pale ales and lagers, wines and spirits, and authentic desserts, you won’t be disappointed!
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.
Iydea in the North Laine serves home cooked food that’s wholefood based (you won’t find much in the way of meat alternatives here). It serves canteen style so start with a big or small plate/ takeaway box and build a meal to your liking. It’s as flavoursome and fresh as it is healthy and satisfying. And very affordable.
Good for vegans venues
At Al Duomo in the North Laine, all their wood-fired sourdough pizzas can be made with vegan ‘mozzarella’ style cheese at no extra cost. Making this a good spot for pizza-loving companions of varying dairy dietary dispositions (try saying that three times after an Aperol spritz). There are also good vegan options throughout the whole menu including freshly made pasta dishes and antipasti. There are also vegan options on the kid’s menu for both mains and dessert, so plant-based bambino can join in.
Brighton Cookery School is a fun, interactive and professional way of learning new cooking techniques. Classes run for a minimum of two hours and are all run by professional chefs. Classes are interactive, so you’ll learn on the job, and get to enjoy the fruits of your labours sharing what you’ve prepared at the end of the session. The Brighton Cookery School run regular vegan classes, so whether you’re new to veganism, looking at sharpening up your skills or just enhancing your plant-based repertoire the Brighton Cookery School is for you.
Plant-based afternoon teas are available on Brighton Regency Routemaster bus tours. They include a choice of freshly cut sandwiches, sweet treats from their pastry chef, a selection of homemade cakes including, apple and maple cake, coconut and lime cake, triple chocolate layer cake, mini lemon drizzle. They also provide vegan scones, spreads and homemade jam. On the drinks side, you’ll be able to enjoy their selection of teas or opt for their Brighton Gin cocktails (the only 100% certified vegan gin).
Forget all you know, or think you know, about smokehouses when paying a visit to The Bronze, St James Street. This simply isn’t American or Australian style barbeque but pure Sussex. Locally and sustainably sourced produce is smoked up the road in Hurstpierpoint and cooked creatively and with panache. They have a whole menu dedicated to the herbivore and all the beers are plant-based- so get stuck in!
Burnt Orange is the youngest sibling in The Coal Shed and The Salt Room family, famed nationally and locally. Burnt Orange takes a more relaxed approach to dining and is more of a bar-restaurant than its siblings. There’s also a good selection of vegan dishes on the menu. Speaking to your server about your requirement will really open the menu up since everything is made fresh and there are additional vegan options then available. Think local and seasonal produce elevated with creative cooking and exquisite presentation. Forget fake meats and meat substitute dishes.
Curry Leaf Cafe in the Brighton Lanes is a multi-award-winning Indian street food cafe. The vibrant interior has a lively feel, reflecting the hustle and bustle of Indias markets. The menu is has a broad selection with lots of vegetarian and vegan options and is clearly marked for dietary requirements including nut dairy and wheat intolerance.
New to Brighton at the end of 2019, the menu at Cyan is approx one third plant based. Unique dishes colocasia crisps, pickled daikon and pineapple tatin are all recommended by executive chef Alan White which are all perfectly paired with a glass of vegan sparkling wine by Hindleap. Live cookery at the bar is another reason to visit Cyan, which is located inside the iconic Grand Hotel.
Having recently just upped their veggie and vegan game, a majority of the menu at The Dorset is now meat-free and we are loving their options. Try the coconut curry served with tandoori marinated tofu or the veggie bean burger served with a healthy helping of avocado. Enjoy alongside a pint of Bevertown’s Gamma Ray or a crisp glass of white wine.
Bangers and mash is a national dish treasured by all and one that, done rightly, should transcend most dietary needs. The Farm Tavern, Hove, specialises in the comfort dish and offers a build your own style menu. For vegans there’s a choice of a convincingly meety Moving Mountains (™) vegan sausage or a monthly homemade sausage. Two mash options on the standard menu are available with others appearing on the specials boards and most of the deliciously rich and thick gravies can be vegan on request.
While plant-based diners may not be the primary focus at Bluegrass Fire & Smoke at the Freemasons, they have provided excellent offerings for those who opt-out of carnivorous dining. The smoked jackfruit burger has been smoked in bona fide American smokehouse fashion and is served with vegan cheese and mayo. For a deeper dive into American consumption, we recommend pairing this dish with barbecued corn ribs and string onions.
Stop by The Hartington in Hanover for some home cooked pub food classics with great vegan options as befits a neighbourhood pub in the heart of Muesli Mountain. The weekday menu has a dedicated plant section with vegan options such as macaroni and cheese and vegan sausage and mash, and a substantial vegan Sunday lunch option served until 7.30pm
Popular local Hanover pub, Haus of the Hill, serves a fine array of beers from a local, award-winning brewery, Brighton Bier. Food comes from the Caribbean Kitchen of Danny O’Shea (formally of Bus Stop restaurant). Vegans will see a menu with plenty of “ital” options, that is plant-based and healthy wholefood rather than meat substitute. On Sunday’s it’s all about the classic roast. Vegans get a nut loaf, full of strong herby flavours that really make it stand out among the perfectly cooked veg and lashings of rich gravy. There’s also plenty of vegan-friendly beer to enjoy.
Knoops Brighton offers our huge plant-based community a fantastic variety of vegan-friendly chocolate drinks. With the help of Knoopologists, you can discover the perfect chocolate blended drink for your palate. All chocolate strengths of 54% and above are dairy-free. Mix them with a choice of nut milks and why not pair it with a vegan croissant for the ultimate Knoops experience?
Lost in the Lanes is hidden away in the famous shopping area of Brighton’s Lanes. Serving food from morning through to 3 pm, they offer vegan brunches and even a few vegan dishes that are more restaurant-style, alongside vegan sweet treats and sandwiches. Their focus is simplicity, quality and sourcing locally, for good food done well.
Lucky Beach is the worlds highest scoring SRA (Sustainable Restaurant Award) venue in the world so it’s no wonder their menu is great for vegans. Head here for the Moving Mountains B12 Burger, the worlds most realistic non-meat burger served with vegan cheese fondue and be prepared to ask your server if they’re sure they didn’t mix your order up. If you’d like something a little less realistic head over to their sister site Redroaster for plant-based food that still looks like plant.
Lucky Khao, Brighton’s only Northern Thai restaurant and barbeque. They combine great ingredients and authentic flavours with knock out cocktails and banging beats and it results in an infectiously happy atmosphere. They’re big on charcoal fire grills and you can trust it’ll be cooked to perfection, they also offer spicy sharing curries and zingy fresh salads. There are a lot of plant-based options to choose from and the staff are there and eager to help guide you through the options.
Vegan tapas at Market Restaurant is a thing. Whilst plant-based may not be their driving point, it’s well catered for on the menu. The smoked cashew croquettes are sublime and we encourage everyone to try them! If something takes your fancy but it’s not dietary appropriate, most things on the menu are made to order so the kitchen may be able to tweak it.
The Mesmerist might not be your first thought when trying to find somewhere vegan-friendly to eat in Brighton, which is why we are here to tell you why it should be! After a recent renovation and menu overhaul, vegans can look forward to plenty of options that deliver on flavour, seasonality and the ‘something a little different’ front. Split up into bar snacks, small plates, mains and sides, there is something for everyone’s tastes no matter how hungry. Why not head up to their rooftop terrace to enjoy the exclusive burger menu served up there?!
Moksha cafe is a much-loved, friendly and family-run destination for brunch and lunch while in the North Laine. If you’re looking for a vegan brunch that isn’t the vegetarian brunch minus the egg (which isn’t the meat brunch minus the sausage) then Moksha is a good place to go. There’s a dedicated vegan menu, full of well thought out alternatives and uniquely plant dishes.
The iconic Japanese inspired building in Bartholomew Square, Moshimo, has long held its head high as a leader in supporting sustainable fishing. As the plant-based tide continues to surge they have celebrated this with Vegan Wednesdays. Moshimo cardholders receive 50% off all vegan sushi whilst non-member still get to enjoy a 25% discount. Moshimo have even received a ‘Proggy’ award from PETA, a fine endorsement for a ‘fish restaurant’!
Inspired and styled around the urban, edgy diners of NY and LA one would expect a rather meat heavy menu, but these guys know what they’re about and deliver a strong vegan selection. Heralded nationally and locally, The New Club deliver the vegan goods from brunch, to burgers to their late serving Sunday Roast – including that holy grail, the vegan Yorkshire pudding!
Although Greek cuisine tends to be meat lead here in the UK, Greece itself is full of delicious fruit and vegetables that make up a lot of the local’s diet and therefore dishes they love. Nostos is all about authentic Greek dishes cooked fresh daily and the menu is very vegetable led for this reason. We love the sound of ‘Gigantes’, butter beans cooked in a tomato sauce and seasonal herbs, served with ‘Yemista’, peppers and tomatoes stuffed with rice, herbs, pine nuts and raisins. There is no shortage of flavour at Nostos and you will certainly not leave hungry.
It’s not only in Brighton that vegan offerings are taking the culinary scene by storm. Head up the coast to our neighbour Eastbourne and visit Port Hotel for a plant-based dining experience that’ll rival (and surpass) many that you’ll get in the bigger city. The herbivore friendly options span right through all the menus on offer here. Vegan breakfasts and brunches are thoughtfully considered and when faced with the lunch and dinner small plates menu you’ll be pleased to hear that the entitled ‘veg’ selection is varied and vast.
Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 am to 5 pm seven days a week with a menu that well represents plant-based dining. Ingredients are locally sourced where ever possible and their award-winning, certified organic, locally roasted coffee is available with the full gamut of milk alternatives. Until January 13th, Redroaster is offering 50% off their wellness Lattes and teas, as well as their ever-popular juice flights, a deal not to be missed.
A third of the menu at Rum Kitchen is suitable for vegetarians and most of this can be made vegan on request. Online you’ll find a nifty interactive allergens menu so you can hide anything you don’t, won’t or can’t eat. The Appleton barbecue-glazed pulled jackfruit burger with ackee and spring onion aioli and pickled slaw, really brings together authentic Caribbean ingredients without any animal bits.
If you’re heading down to Shelter Hall on the seafront with your crew, there’s no need to worry about missing out on the array of tasty food concepts. Most (but not all) have a wholly plant option). You can veganize pizzas and pasta dishes at Amalfi by VIP. Chick Chick Crew by Lost Boys Chicken offer. a vegan option on all their buns (that’s burgers to everyone else). While global flavours come in the form of Mediterranean dishes by Zest and Korean kick from Tiger and Rabbit.
The Goldstone Villas, Norfolk Square and Seven Dials branches of the locally loved coffee chain, Small Batch Coffee Roasters all have kitchens serving a range of brunches and lunches, daily. Vegan options include a Vegan Full English with Brighton Sausage Co. vegan sausage patties, Porky’s Revenge bacon, scrambled tofu, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and homemade baked beans and classically Brighton smashed avocado on toast with scrambled tofu. There is a range of freshly made pastries and savouries as well as sandwiches and salads available at every Small Batch cafe with plenty of vegan options to choose from.
Taste Sussex on the Brighton Marina boardwalk has the outer resemblance of a national chain lounge-diner, but don’t let that deceive you. It’s independently and locally owned and sources quality ingredients that are responsible. Pretty much every section of the all-day menu features a thoughtful vegan option (unlike the big chains), including vegan breakfasts, “milk” shakes, burgers, pasta, risotto, topped tater tots.
Good for vegans pop-ups
Mange Tout at the head of the North Laine is probably best known for relaxed brunches, organic wines and stylish-French inspired modern bistro dining. Vegan supper clubs have begun appearing in their calendar, these are intimate evening events with set menus where the chefs really show off what they can do with good quality pure plant ingredients, skill and creativity. Follow Mange Tout on Instagram for details of events and tickets.
On the second Thursday of each month, their Head Chef, Patcharee puts on a popular Asian-inspired tasting menu consisting of no less than eleven separate dishes from her home country of Thailand. What’s more, the menu is completely vegan and gluten free. Each course is accompanied by vegan friendly wines specially selected by Southdowns Cellars. We advise booking in early to this fantastic occasion!