Restaurant Brighton's guide to
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The menu at The Roundhill Pub is vegan by default, some dishes can be made vegetarian if desired, all drinks, including many local ales, beers and spirits are all, also vegan. The menu at The Roundhill is seasonal, fresh and ever-changing, while the style is both modern and inspired by classic pub fare that has undergone the vegan treatment, think everything from superfood Buddha bowls to homemade burgers and fat cut chips. Roasts on Sundays are a particular favourite, so much so they won Best Roast in the 2020 BRAVOs, pipping meat-based venues to the coveted spot. The open plan kitchen is open daily during the week from 12 noon serving lunch and dinner, with lunch served until 7 pm on Sundays.
At Planet India they know that Indian food has long been a world leader in terms of vegetarian cuisine, so much so that they don’t really consider it as vegetarian food. In India, many dishes do not contain meat and not consuming meat with every meal is normal, and always has been. Planet India is a vegetarian restaurant in that it does not serve any meat dishes, but it is first and foremost a quality Indian restaurant. The menu at Planet India reads like a friendly trip across the Indian sub-continent with a strong Gujarati influence.
Possibly the most famous vegetarian restaurant Brighton has to offer is Terre à Terre. Situated in the historic lanes, Terre à Terre has been feeding its loyal customers and international visitors for over 20 years. The Terre à Terre menu offers vegan and gluten-free choices. Dining at Terre à Terre is a culinary experience like no other, with intense flavours, sublime textures and a combination of ingredients that few have the imagination or daring to put together.
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. 100% vegan, the menu at Smorl’s Kitchen is dedicated to all things chickpea. From delicious pitta’s filled with 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? Head to Smorl’s Kitchen for a delicious plant-based menu and a wonderful community feel.
Manju’s is a delicious addition to our cities Indian and vegetarian restaurants. Manju’s 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. Manju’s is affordable and has a good children’s menu, a range of Indian pale ales and lagers, wines and spirits, and authentic desserts, you won’t be disappointed!
Purezza (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out be the world’s first entirely vegan pizzeria. With their own top secret mozzarella style cheese recipe and the very best of Neapolitan dough, Purezza has become an international success, opening up a second restaurant in Camden, another in Hove and going international in 2021. In 2019 Purezza won first place as Brighton’s Plant Champion in the Brighton Restaurants Awards (BRAVOs).
The Prince George is Brighton’s original vegetarian pub, a large, traditional venue in all respects except for the fact you won’t find a pork pie on the menu. The weekday menu is full of hardy takes on classic pub fare, all vegetarian and more than half vegan or as a vegan option. Roasts on a Sunday are well established as one of the cities best, with many locals making it their go-to destination for their ‘Sunday Session’.
Food For Friends has been serving vegetarian and vegan food in Brighton since 1981, making it one of the original trail blazers. At Food For Friends wholefood and classic vegetarianism meets modern dining, with stylish and ever evolving dishes. For any restaurant to run for four decades and counting is an achievement – but to do it and stay so cutting edge? Well, we put that down to the health giving benefits of a plant-based diet.
Wai Kika Moo Kau is a vegetarian and vegan café in Brighton’s bustling Kensington Gardens in the North Laine. This long-time veggie café still holds true to classic café and vegetarian fare, with simple familiar food – a far cry from the ultra stylised food of Insta worthy #vegan. Open early for classic breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps and lunch, as well as home made veggie and vegan cakes.
This trendy all day eatery is 100% plant based and the second in the country of the successful Erpingham House brand. From lunch through to evening meals and serving stylish cocktails, Erpingham House strikes a balance between healthy and indulgent, fashionable and ethical.
Located on East Street in the Lanes, What the Pitta serves (nearly) guilt-free dona kebabs, gyros, falafels and chick’n wraps. It’s the donnas and gyros that really earn them points, harking back to late nights and messy food. Using their own recipe soy “kebab meat” and freshly made to order flat bread, these kebabs are stuffed full of humus, salad, tzatziki, and chilli sauce. Prepare to give your taste buds a flash back – just without the mystery meat.
Vegetarian friendly venues
Nostos is a Greek restaurant to Hove, overlooking the iconic Palmeira Square. Serving traditional cuisine, Nostos takes inspiration from the much loved classics of the Greek’s, meaning their vegetarian and vegan options are vast and effortless, given locals in Greece eat predominately plant based dishes made with seasonal and widely available fruit and vegetables. From spreads to main dishes, there is plenty to choose from. Don’t miss out on their brilliant wine list either, featuring delicious Greek gems.
The Mesmerist is a Brighton favourite for a guaranteed good night out, but its brilliant food offering has been kept somewhat of a secret for a while now! Recently renovated, guests can choose from three different dining spaces where proper good grub is served at lunch and dinner times. The menu is created by the well-known foodies at Space & Thyme, who pride themselves on serving fresh, homemade dishes to diners throughout the week. The vegetarian and vegan options are always imaginative and tasty, changing with the seasons and the Sunday roast options for non-meat eaters are some of the best in town.
NuPosto is perfectly situated at the bottom of West Street for ending or starting your trip in Brighton. They offer authentic Neapolitan pizzas using Italian high-quality ingredients and a dough that has been fermented for at least 24 hours before being flash baked. There’s a great selection of vegetarian pizzas and kinds of pasta available, and their fresh mozzarella, delivered twice weekly from Italy, makes these pizzas really stand out.
Located in the famous South Lanes, this French tapas-style formula is something a bit different in a city with lots of dining options. Serving well-known French classics with a modern twist Petit Pois have a whole section on their menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes with a vegan offering. Petit Pois is always happy to cater to any dietary needs, be that swapping any ingredients to suit vegetarian, vegan or allergy requirements. Photographed is the delicious Tarte Fine of tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, roquette & herb oil.
Kujira Brighton is one of the 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.
Restaurant Interlude is a fine dining restaurant just outside Horsham, set within a mansion house on the Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Dalport heads up a team of chefs who create the 14 and 19-course tasting menus with vegetables and ingredients grown within the grounds of the estate. Their ‘Garden Experience’ menu is purely vegetarian and comprises experimental and unique dishes that are a step above the rest when it comes to flavour and freshness.
Cyan Brighton is the new cool kid on the block, housed inside the iconic Grand Hotel. Head chef Kirk Johnson describes his all day dining menu as being centered upon experimentation and exploration, with dishes being inspired by his extensive travels over the years. Split into sections, the menu is easy to navigate and has many delicious options for vegetarians and vegans. Choose from nibbles, small plates, and large plates or platters, followed by some delicious sounding indulgent desserts for afters.
From brunch until dinner, The New Club serves a very strong plant-based menu to diners in their New York style venue on Kings Road. It’s a cool mix of beards, beats, tattoos and paired back design, with a super confident menu delivering all-day diner style food. Vegan Benedict is a popular choice, or choose from the extensive pancake list served all day.
Starfish and Coffee is right next to the beautiful Queens Park in Brighton, it’s a cafe that specialises in brunch, pastries, homemade cakes and excellent tea & coffee. From pancakes with syrup to a luxurious eggs Benedict or a big slice of fresh homemade cake baked by Brighton baker, Berkson Bakes. There are vegetarian & vegan options plus gluten free bread and pastries available.
Having recently just upped their veggie and vegan game, a majority of the menu at The Dorset is now meat free and we are loving their options. Try the coconut curry served with tandoori marinated tofu or the veggie bean burger served with a healthy helping of avocado. Enjoy alongside a pint of Bevertown’s Gamma Ray or a crisp glass of white wine. Perfect…
The Cloak Room at the top of St James’ Street is the taproom for Cloak + Dagger brewers and home to Slow + Low Smokehouse. Forget what you know about Smokehouses of the American or Australian variety with meat, piled on meat served with meat. These guys are all about quality local ingredients smoked and cooked to flavoursome perfection. There are plenty of plant options, and we’re talking real plant options, not meat options with the meat taken off or meat substitutes added in. We’re talking mouth watering and creative use of plants that can easily hold their own against the other dishes on the menu. Additionally the vast majority of tasty craft beers on offer are vegetarian and vegan.
Redroaster is famous throughout Brighton and beyond for its fair trade, organic and prize-winning coffee. Food wise there is plenty of vegetarian and vegan options with plant-based clean treats on “Wellness Wednesdays”. In the evening Redroaster turns over to Lucky Khao, Brighton’s first Northern Thai restaurant with plenty of exciting and unique animal-free dishes to chose from.
Knowing its community, neighbourhood pub The Hartington in Hanover has made sure it offers plenty of great vegetarian and vegan options on its lunch, main and Sunday Roast menus. Pop by between 12-5 for a tofu stir-fry wrap or cheese and smoked tofu jacket potato. In the evenings there’s a substantial dedicated meat-free menu where you can choose from dishes such as beer battered halloumi burgers, vegan macaroni cheese and sausage and mash. Sunday lunches serve late, until 7.30 pm, with thoughtful and tasty vegetarian and vegan servings.
For burgers, it’s got to be Honest Burgers, there’s two meat-free options, one vegan one veggie, and all are served with their homemade rosemary salted chips. The veggie offering is a gently spiced fritter with chipotle coleslaw and cheddar cheese. For vegans, Honest Burger is the first to bring to the UK the taste of Beyond Meat burgers; the most convincingly meaty plant-based patty around and served with vegan smoked Gouda and chipotle ‘mayo’.
Open year-round, Lucky Beach Cafe serves up some of the best cafe food in Brighton. Local, sustainable and organic food and drink are served by a team of friendly staff who are keen for you to get the most out of your visit to both the cafe and Brighton! There’s plenty on the menu for vegetarians to choose including the B12 burger, a vegan patty with unnervingly convincing meaty taste and texture, a great indulgence for those who crave a classic burger but not the implications.
It is pretty well established that, traditionally, Indian food is largely vegetarian. Curry Leaf Cafe honours this tradition with a broad selection of vegetarian South Indian and street food dishes. The cafe’s menus are pretty much half and half animal and vegetarian earning it a place in Olive Magazine’s top 10 ‘flexitarian’ restaurants in the UK. All three of the Curry Leaf venues are a reliable destination on the vegetarian restaurant Brighton scene.
Lucky Khao is the evening identity for Red Roaster café, at the bottom of St James’ Street, Kemptown. It’s the only Norther Thai restaurant in Brighton, possibly the only one outside of London. Marinations, exotic herbs and spices and charred barberque flavours transform vegetable and plants alike. The menu is about 50-50 meat and plant. The sweetcorn spare ribs are a must!
While not one of the vegetarian restaurants Brighton has to offer, Chard is certainly one that turns out an impressive meat-free selection. Their small, menu which changes monthly, always has a veggie option and a stand-alone vegan menu is also available. Innovative flavour combinations along with lesser known ingredients make Chard a new culinary experience every time you visit. The family team of three serve up a night not only of thoughtful, creative fare but outstanding hospitality.
Master Chef winner, Steven Edwards’ first restaurant, Etch is a fine dining tasting experience and one of the best in Brighton. Two seasonal menus run alongside each other, one of which is entirely vegetarian. Steven’s cooking technique is unique, each dish has only two main ingredients and no spice is added, relying on kitchen alchemy to turn humble plants into edible gold.
Modern French bistro, Mange Tout were Best Brunch winners in the 2019 Brighton Restaurant Awards. The staples of their menu are supported by a daily changing blackboard menu based on what’s in season and available. Bringing you the best of what’s available, locally and organically. There’s always a few plant-based, French inspired dishes, meaning popping in on the off-chance isn’t a risk even if you’re veggie.