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.
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Planet India, Pure vegetarian, Hove
Easy going and fun-filled, Planet India in Hove 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 owner, Nilesh, by his mum; it is the food he ate growing up. Second in the Planet India family, with the original restaurant located in Brighton’s Richmond Parade, the Hove restaurant has been greeted like a long lost friend by residents who moved out of Brighton centre. 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.
Smorl’s Kitchen, Vegan Restaurant, Open Market
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.
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.
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. 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!
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
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, 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
The team behind Brighton Roast Co came up with the genius idea of liberating the already liberal people of Brighton from the restraints of one day a week roasts; by serving them every day. Of the seven roasts on offer (one per day of the week for the omnivorous) there are two strong vegan options always available and sides such as vegan cauliflower cheese. If you don’t want a roast there’s burgers including a Moving Mountains B12 burger and Halloumi fish and chips available all week too.
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 a flame to intensify the 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.
Each of the Curry Leaf Cafe’s in Brighton has its own focus, in Kemptown it is more a sharing style menu. Whilst all three of the Cafe’s have a strong vegetarian and vegan menu, the Kemptown branch is notable for its standalone vegan sharing menu. The three courses are themselves a small selection of several dishes, including Vegetable Biriyani, mini Masala Dosas, Aubergine Kuzhambu and Bhajis as well as chutneys, popadoms and pickles.
Chard 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 punch-packing menu offerings available from 11am through too 10pm. A vegetarian and vegan option is available at all times, read our vegan review here.
Redroaster, St James’ Street.
Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 am to 5 pm seven days a week with a menu that well represents plant-based dining. The Wellness Wednesday menu is vegan led, packed with health-giving goodness and great taste. 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.
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
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!
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.
Small Batch Coffee, Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Worthing
No need to fear to peer into your soya flat white with Brighton’s most popular independent coffee roasters, Small Batch Coffee. All their dairy replacement kinds of milk are selected for compatibility with coffee and the coffee itself is perfectly brewed so you won’t be faced with a hot curdled mess. Safe in that knowledge you can also pick up a good selection of veggie and vegan lunches and Flour Pot’s flakey buttery-but-not-actually-buttery vegan croissants.
The Hartington, Hanover
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
- Visit their home page
- Vegan Sunday roast and weekday meals.
Lucky Beach, Brighton
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.
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 every day 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!
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
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’)
The Walrus pub has a large second-floor restaurant that turns out themed monthly supper clubs on a rotation of Meat, Fish and Vegan. Supper clubs are an increasingly popular way to dine since the reduced wastage means better pricing (chefs know exactly how many people they’ll be serving). Since they operate at set times dishes are synchronised and so more carefully prepared and since the menu is pre-planned you can get on with socialising without vexing over menu choice and the possibility of food envy if someone near you orders a better dish.