Plant based restaurants to awaken your tastebuds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
- Make a booking on: 01273 387346
- View the Caxton Arms Menu
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!
Earth & Stars, North Laine area
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.
Food for Friends, The Lanes
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.
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.
- 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.
- Make a booking on: 01273 681055
- View the Prince George sample menu