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.

A dish of falafal with plates of salad and homous on a blue table,

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 Social Board in Kemp Town where handcrafted vegan creations feature Szechuan pepper tempeh with mirim, daikon, bok choy and gochujang sauce. Take your eyes on a vegan food tour with our Vegan Takeaway Brighton guide.

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 to be vegan. 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. The vegan Indian options don’t stop there with Manju’s also providing excellent vegan morsels.

The Roundhill Brighton is promoting plant-based with a more laid back approach. Their pub on Ditchling Road has gone from strength to strength after opening in late 2018. Offering guests a 100% vegan experience in a typically non-vegan environment. The Roundhill has a brilliant selection of local vegan beers and a purely plant loving menu. The Roundhill made the national press in 2020 for winning Best Roast in the Brighton Restaurant Awards, despite being up against mighty competition serving a less niche line of fare.

sustainable Brighton. Brighton Restaurant Awards. Moshimo Brighton

Fish-free sushi

Can’t handle the thought of a month without sushi? Fear not. Moshimo’s vegan dishes tick all boxes when it comes to flavour, choice and sustainability, all winners when choosing a vegan friendly dinner option. You can also get up to 50% off all vegan dishes on Vegan Wednesdays by becoming a Moshimo member for just £24.

Brighton is lucky enough to play host to the UK’s first vegan pizzeria – Purezza. Located on St James’ St, with a second venue opening in Camden and a third in Hove. Purezza serve plant-based versions of classic Italian dishes, with the ultimate aim of making their vegan menu superior to the traditional alternatives. 2020 was a good year for Purezza, winning first place in the Brighton Restaurant Awards for Plant Champion and securing funding to take Purezza international – and it all started here.