Plant based restaurants to awaken your tastebuds
A selection of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, a city that 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.
Smorls Kitchen, Vegan Restaurant, Open Market
Tucked away inside Brighton’s Open Market is one of our favourite vegan spots in the city, Smorls Kitchen Brighton. Understated, unpretentious and under the radar (not for long) Smorl’s Kitchen is owned by siblings Christian and Sarah. 100% vegan, the 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 Smorls Kitchen for a delicious plant based menu and a wonderful community feel.
Terre a Terre, Vegetarian Restaurant, 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 – The Uk’s first vegan pizzeria
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!
Happy Maki, Vegan Sushi Pool Valley
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. Still not convinced? Knowing every sale will help plant a tree and feed a hungry child should convince you these guys are full of bright ideas. For fresh concept food, great taste and all round feel good factor Happy Maki has it wrapped up in nori
- Available from Deliveroo
- Eat in or takeaway
- Open late 12-9.00pm Tuesday -Saturday
Wai Kika Moo Kau, Vegetarian Cafe, 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
Prince George, Vegetarian Pub, 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
Beelzebab Vegan ‘junk food’, @ The Hope & Ruin Pub, Queen’s Road
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.
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Venues with a good veggie & vegan selection
Kujira Brighton is the newest addition to the set of bright young things rejuvenating the Preston Street area of the city. Kujira is a Robatayaki grill restaurant, cooking on slow burning coal or wood, without flame to intensify flavour. The menu is divided into Kobachi, small bowls or starters, salads, and small and large robata. The small plates providing an excellent opportunity for newcomers to this Japanese speciality to try several dishes, tapas style. There are plenty of great vegetarian and vegan options at Kujira, as well as a variety of gluten free dishes on the menu.
Chard pop up restaurant is guaranteed to serve deliciously fresh vegetables that are in season and from one of our cities outstanding producers. Benny, Mae and Ciarán are all food enthusiasts with a passion for refined dining which is reflected in their short but punch packing menu. A vegetarian and vegan option is available at all times and can be enjoyed with a glass of sicilian white wine in their courtyard garden (if we are lucky with the weather!)
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, including delights such as Courgette & Cauliflower Fritti with Chilli Oil to start, or a Squash & Mushroom Risotto for a main.
Flour Pot, Brighton & Hove
The Flour Pot is a popular spot for many Brighton residents and visitors, for its artisan baked goods, quality coffee and cool interiors. It’s a cafe for meeting friends, doing some work or people watching. There are a few to choose from too, so not matter where you are in Brighton or Hove, you can get your Flour Pot fix! There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to vegan options from sandwiches to home-made cakes but the real treat is their flaky, tasty, vegan pan au chocolat and croissants!
The New Club, King’s Road
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!
When the former head chef of Food For Friends sets up a sandwich shop you know two things are going to be dead certs; that this will not be just any old sandwich, and that the vegan option isn’t going to be another bean wrap. The specials board delivers a paired back menu of just five sandwiches, but what lacks in breadth of choice is more than compensated for in depth of flavour. A good variety of vegan salads and sides make up a meal in themselves and are packed with the sort of delicious inventiveness that can clearly be traced back to some top end plant based cheffing experience.
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.
- Make a booking on:01273 722879
- Read our Earth & Stars Vegan Review
NuPosto, West Street
All of the fresh pasta made daily at NuPosto is dairy and egg free and they offer a few great vegan pizzas. NuPosto source their ingredients from Napoli and prepare their pizzas to the traditional Neapolitan style with a thin crispy, chewy base which has to be tried to be believed. A simple marinara is fantastic enough but they also have Mozzarisella, rice mozzarella, for those craving the cheesy classic.
- Make a booking on: 01273 207777
- View The NuPosto Menu
The Bok Shop, East Street
The Bok Shop have spent months developing their menu to ensure this American classic gets the Brighton twist. All of their chicken can be replaced with their own recipe faux chicken with vegan mayo and cheese to complete the experience, all served in an animal-free sourdough roll.
- Make a booking on: 01273 777312
- View The Bok Shop Menu
Tropical Sushi, Western Road, Hove
Delighting the tastebuds with their fusion of Japanese delicacy with Latin American ingredients. Freshness is key here, with no conveyer belt of domed plates in sight, everything is made to order so the delicate raw flavours can pop and zing like they should. All their vegetarian options can be adapted to vegan (if they’re not already), just ask when ordering.
Veggie & vegan pop-ups
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!
Moshimo Vegan Wednesdays
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 card holders 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’!
(‘Proggy’ meaning ‘progress’)