How to do Veganuary in Brighton and Hove

‘Veganuary’ – going vegan for January – is set to be more popular than ever this year, thanks to increasing awareness about food production, which is blamed for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Recent studies reveal that cutting out meat and dairy could vastly reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on everything from water use to deforestation.

Whether you plan to go fully vegan or just cut back, Veganuary is a great way to kick start a new regime and discover some of Brighton’s best vegan hotspots in the process.

Smorls Brighton

Grab and go

For vegan food in your lunch break, try Smorl’s Kitchen in the Open Market. Their 100% vegan menu is dedicated to all things chickpea – from falafel pittas to Bolognese. For sandwiches, try newcomer Social Board in Kemp Town where handcrafted vegan creations feature Szechuan pepper tempeh with mirim, daikon, bok choy and gochujang sauce. Yum!

Being vegan doesn’t have to mean holding back. On the contrary, Terre à Terre will soon have you chowing down on KFC (Korean fried cauliflower) and chocolate hazelnut truffle cake. For a real treat, try their Vegan Terre à Tier afternoon tea for savoury treats and three tiers of sweet delights.

Visit Curry Leaf Cafe and find over half of the menu in the Lanes Cafe to be vegan with an entirely separate sharing menu in the Kemptown Kitchen. We love the aubergine bhajis which are also completely gluten-free. Also famous for its authentic vegetarian cuisine, most of your favourite dishes at Planet India are also available as vegan options, like their sweetcorn and patra curry, mombai potatoes and bhel puri. For the best experience, order a Gujarati-influenced thali with four curries, all the sides and vegan lemon drizzle cake for afters.

Silo brings the first ever zero-waste restaurant to Brighton, that honours and respects all parts of the food and its source. Four years on and Silo goes from strength to strength, foraging for likeminded partnerships and upcycling the attitudes of public and critics alike. This Veganuary, Silo is running a daily vegan menu named ‘Plant Food Wins Again’ and offer a four-course menu at £24 per person. We also can’t wait to try the four-course tasting menu at Murmur on the 17th January. Completely plant-based and only £39.50 per person. Perfect!

Fish-free sushi

Can’t handle the thought of a month without sushi? Fear not. Tropical Sushi offer
everything from avocado maki to mushroom poke, and Happy Maki in Pool Valley serve 100% vegan sushi burritos like beet and basil or hoisin ‘duck.’ At Moshimo, vegan dishes are served on yellow, orange or wooden plates and, you can get up to 50% off all vegan dishes on Vegan Wednesdays.

Brighton is lucky enough to play host to the UK’s first vegan pizzeria – Purezza. Located on St James’s St they serve plant-based versions of classic Italian dishes, with the ultimate aim of making their vegan menu superior to the traditional alternatives. Head here for the likes of spicy Vulcano pizza with sririacha sauce, and Couch Potato pizza with vegan smoked mozzarella.