Vegetarian Restaurants Brighton
With its care-free alternative spirit, Brighton has always been a ‘go to’ destination for excellent plant-based dining. The booming trend towards a meat-free diet sees not only an increase in the number of vegetarian restaurants Brighton has to offer but also the number of restaurants now offering a strong vegetarian and vegan offering. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect most Brighton restaurants to offer at least two good vegetarian or vegan options. Here we list the best vegetarian restaurants Brighton has to offer as well as those that go beyond the average expectation for quality, ingenuity and percentage of the menu that is plant-based.
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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.
At Planet India Hove they know that Indian cuisine 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.
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, during the winter vegans flock for that rarity; multiple choices. 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.
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? Or their seasonal Waffalafel? Head to Smorl’s Kitchen for a delicious plant-based menu and a wonderful community feel.
Manju’s Brighton is a delicious addition to our cities Indian cuisine scene, and the vegetarian restaurants Brighton has to offer. 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!
Food For Friends is a vegetarian restaurant Brighton has celebrated since 1981. Featured in the Good Food Guide, the well known vegetarian restaurant is located in Brighton’s cosmopolitan and vibrant Lanes, close to the cities main attractions in a delightful glass-fronted building near the sea. Food For Friends also caters for people with special dietary needs, and have vegan and gluten-free options.
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.
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 pizzas to the UK. Purezza is the UK’s first exclusively vegan pizzeria, the success of which has seen them open a second establishment in Camden. The secret to their success is in part due to the menu’s split between meat and dairy alternative pizzas and those that simply celebrate the splendour of the vegetable kingdom in its unapologetic glory.
Clean Eats and Protein Treats. Eat Naked are set in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, serving organic clean eating and vegan deli foods, cold-pressed juice and nut milks, Climpson & Sons coffee, and loose leaf tea. Eat Naked provide a nutrient-dense, delicious, well-balanced diet and whole foods that nourish the body with super health benefits. An excellent choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Eat Naked is a powerhouse of Brought to you via previous chef Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart.
Iydea is making all the right noises and is a vegetarian favourite in Brighton and Hove according to the voters at the local food awards. The restaurant can be described as modern, but rustic, with lots of wood, evoking a feeling of nature and good honest grub, which is basically what Iydea is all about. Iydea has also won the Vegetarian Society’s National Best Eating Out Award as well as winning the best Cafe in recent Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards!
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’.
- Vegetarian pub, gluten free available
Wai Kika Moo Kau
The home of the healthy indulgence and located in the heart of the North Laine in trendy Kensington Gardens. Wai Kika Moo Kau is one of the long-running vegetarian restaurants Brighton has to offer. All food is cooked fresh to order and everything is sourced and prepared locally in their kitchen. Serves breakfast and lunches and also offer a great choice on their organic and vegan wines. Comes with speciality coffees and vegan cakes.
Brighton & Sussex venues with a strong vegetarian offering
(not just a goats cheese tart!)
Like many great pubs in Brighton, The Joker has franchised out its kitchen to bring a winning combination of great pub and grub. As the name suggests, Lost Boys Chicken are primarily about chicken, but their Very Veggie Burger deserves a place here as a mighty stack of beetroot, almonds, mushrooms and beans topped off with Swiss cheese. Burgers are available as doubles and singles and there’s a great selection of veggie sides to compliment and satisfy!
- Lost Boys Chicken at The Joker Feature Page
- Weekday and lunchtimes specials
Nostos is a new 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.
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.
Al Duomo offers a menu with inspirations from both Northern and Southern Italy. That is why their pizza dough is considered some of the best in town, plus their pasta is al-dente as it comes. Al Duomo offers a vast selection of authentic Italian food including, antipasti & starters, salads, pasta dishes, and Italian hand-spun pizzas. Their menu is very geared up for vegans and vegetarians, with a vast selection of meat-free dishes available from starters through to pasta and pizza.
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.
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.
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…
BeFries in Brighton have shown us the light, and that light is chips; fluffy and covered in sauce. Hand chipping the best potatoes available and double frying them to create the best chips you’ve ever eaten. These would be fantastic on their own but when combined with one of their 20+ sauces you have got a match made in heaven. BeFries host regular vegan nights and sell their own range of vegan sauces making the convenience food of choice even more convenient.
- View the BeFries feature page
- Vegetarian options
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.
- Take a look at the Redroaster feature page
- A good selection of vegetarian options
Zama Punjabi Restaurant
Zama in Hove is a Punjabi and North Indian cafe with a relaxed and social atmosphere. As is quite often the case with Indian food there is a substantial vegetarian offering. Zama’s menu includes seven types of Dhal, all of which are vegetarian and three are vegan as well as a vegetarian green thali and a vegetable biryani. Plant lovers could dine out all day on the selection of starters, over half of which are vegetarian or vegan and include such delights as the spectacular looking and tasting samosa chaat; vegans will also be delighted to know that the Naans are yoghurt free and fare game.
- Take a look at the menu
- Home delivery available
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.
- Take a look at the menu
- Plenty to choose from
On the second Thursday of every month, Head Chef, Patcharee, holds a gluten-free vegetarian feasting night at Limes of Lindfield. Serving no less than eleven tasting dishes inspired by her home country of Thailand, with accompanying wines, the menu is completely vegan. Here is further information about the vegetarian feast night. Situated on the Linden tree lined high street and nestled amongst an eclectic mix of independent shops and stores in the charming village of Lindfield.
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.
- Take a look at our food review at Lucky Beach
- Vegetarian food options available
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.
- Take a look at the Starfish and Coffee feature page
- Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
Dodo Pizza on York Place is a fast food pizzeria with a thorough modernisation, keeping the convenience and economy of its ilk but improving on ingredient quality, freshness and standards. There’s plenty on the vegetarian menu from pizzas to sides or smaller meals. Go classic with a cheese and tomato pizza or venture into the fully loaded realm of the Veggie Overlord, packed high with peppers, sweetcorn, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. If you’re not in a pizza mood try the Veggie Dodster, a baked wrap with Quorn chicken style strips filling.
- Vegetarian and vegan options
- Visit the Dodo Pizza feature page
It is pretty well established that, traditionally, Indian food is largely vegetarian. Curry Leaf Cafe and the sister sites Curry Leaf Kitchen, Kemptown and Curry Leaf Kiosk at Brighton Station honour 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.
- Read the Curry Leaf Cafe lunch review
- Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
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.
- View The Hartington feature page
- Vegetarian and vegan Sunday Lunch options served until 7.30pm
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’.
- Visit the Honest Burger feature page
- Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza, we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! The Bull is popular for it’s freshly made to order pizzas that are stone baked in a traditional oven. With over 20 different toppings to choose from, you can mix and match to your heart’s content! If pizza isn’t your thing then you could go for a pasta dish or one of their salads… or maybe skip straight to dessert!
- View The Bull feature page
- Vegetarian & gluten free options available
Joe’s Cafe is a hidden away, locally run cafe in the Seven Dials area of Brighton. Now under new owners, they have become increasingly popular as more and more people are finding out about their delicious food. In 2014, Joe’s won best breakfast in Brighton (Brighton and Hove Independent), and they also won Best Breakfast in the 2017 BRAVO Awards. Not a vegetarian venue, but certainly offers vegetarian options.