Brighton – A city famed for it’s vegetarian dining
Brighton boasts some of the most reputable and award winning vegetarian restaurants in the entire country. Here is our guide to vegetarian restaurants in Brighton including venues with strong vegetarian options.
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 as a friendly trip across the Indian sub-continent with a strong Gujarati influence. Planet India also caters for dietry requirements well, making it the perfect place for all foodies!
Terre à Terre, Brighton’s iconic acclaimed restaurant where vegetarianism is more about indulgence than abstinence. 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, Smorls Kitchen Brighton. Understated, unpretentious and under the radar (not for long) Smorl’s Kitchen is owned by siblings Christian and Sarah. 100% vegetarian and vegan, the 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 Smorls Kitchen for a delicious plant based menu and a wonderful community feel.
Food For Friends specialise in the art of cooking delicious vegetarian dishes, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients and they have been doing this 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 almost sea facing. Food For Friends also caters for people with special dietary needs, and have vegan and gluten-free options.
When the former head chef of Food For Friends sets up a sandwich shop you know two things are going to be dead certs; that this will not be just any old sandwich, and that the vegetarian option isn’t going to be another falafel. A signature board of sandwiches has one veggie/ vegan option, it’s a paired back list with a focus on delivering a restaurant quality taste sensation between two slices of bread (actually ciabatta), we’re talking Szechuan marinaded tempeh with mirim, bok choy, pickles and oyster mushrooms. The selection of vegetarian sides and salads is equally pleasing and full of inventiveness, the smoked paprika aubergine fries will haunt your dreams. Keep an eye on their social media for frequent plant-based supper clubs.
Shiraz Persian Restaurant
It’s not all meat kebabs at Shiraz in Hove, an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu awaits the intrepid explorer of the East. Starters include Greek influenced dolmeh, and of course smokey baba banoush and hummus with fresh made flatbreads. Mains include vegetable kebabs and that wonder of wonder chargrilled halloumi. The unofficial national dish of Iran, ghormeh sabzi, is a stew of mushrooms and red kidney beans flavoured with black lime and parsley is a classic perfect for the plant lover.
- View the Shiraz feature page
- Book a table at Shiraz on 01273 737474
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 flame to intensify 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.
Sourcing local seasonal vegetables Chard celebrates vegetarian food in its simplest form. Their small menu which changes monthly always has a veggie option available and is almost always solely Sussex produce. Innovative flavours combinations along with lesser known ingredients make Chard a new culinary experience every time you visit.
Befries in Brighton have shown us the light, and that light is crisp, 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. The team are always happy to discuss anything whilst you enjoy your chips at the counter or seated at the back of the restaurant. Not far from the seafront too so you can enjoy your chips on the beach!
- View the BeFries feature page
- Vegetarian options
A ‘go-to destination’ in Brighton with it’s sleek botanical interiors, ethical roasted coffee and a menu created by michelin starred chef Matt Gillan. Redroaster has a fantastic selection of vegetarian options for either breakfast or lunch. We like the sound of the baked cauliflower with aubergine caviar, houmous, flat bread & hazelnut dressing. Take a seat outside and enjoy some alfresco dining, don’t forget to try their coffee too, it’s all roasted in house daily. Serving 7am-5pm.
- Take a look at the Redroaster feature page
- A good selection of vegetarian options
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. It’s a fantastic place to go for vegetarians and vegans alike as you can choose anything from the menu, safe in the knowledge that no animal products are used!
Like many great pubs in Brighton, The Joker has franchised out it’s 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!
- The Joker Feature Page
- Weekday and lunchtimes specials
NuPosto are 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 pastas available, and their fresh mozzarella, delivered twice weekly from Italy, makes these pizzas really stand out.
Clean Eats and Protein Treats. Eat Naked are set in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, serving organic clean eating & vegan deli foods, cold pressed juice & nut milks, clean treats, Climpson & Sons coffee, and quintessential loose leaf tea. Eat Naked truly believe in a nutrient dense, delicious, well-balanced diet and whole foods that nourish the body and have super health benefits. An excellent choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eat in or takeaway. Brought to you via previous chef Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart.
Open year-round, Lucky Beach Cafe serves up some of the best cafe food in Brighton. Local, sustainable and mostly organic food and drink is 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 from such as theirroasted pepper & halloumi brioche burger, which is something everyone has to try! If you choose to go for the vegetarian burger, you can opt to have it in an iceberg bun for a lighter option.
- 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 specialise 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.
Its’ 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.
- Read the Curry Leaf Cafe lunch review
- Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
Iydea is making all the right noises and has fast become 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, a firm vegetarian favourite is a good old fashioned boozer, with homely nooks and crannies, a little garden, and it is quite famous for its vegetarian menu. Located on Trafalgar Street this charismatic vegetarian stalwart has large oak wooden tables, lots of cosy snugs for group bookings, as well as a heated rear garden. Well known for their delightful Sunday Roasts and of an evening they have been known for their vegetarian street food.
Natural Sustainable Food is paramount to the Infinity Ethos and it is something you will see throughout their business models. Infinity Foods Kitchen offers a wide range of delicious, fresh and organic vegetarian food inspired by the seasons. Chefs prepare soups and salads daily using natural and locally sourced suppliers in a bright and airy setting. Food available to eat in or takeaway. Part of Infinity Foods market. Vegetarian, vegan and organic.
Wai Kika Moo Kau
The home of the healthy indulgence and located in the heart of the North Laine in trendy Kensington Gardens, Brighton. A café inspired with flavours from around the world, Wai Kika Moo Kau specialises in Vegan and vegetarian food. 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.
Planet India uniquely positions itself as an Indian vegetarian restaurant and the venue makes you feel like you have just walked into the friendly owner’s home and he has lots of people round for dinner. The ceilings are draped with colourful, sequined Indian Sari’s, and the walls are covered in family photographs in brightly coloured frames in front of pastel coloured walls. This place definitely has a lot of character, and certainly makes you want to keep coming back.
Brighton & Sussex venues with a strong vegetarian offering
(not just a goats cheese tart!)
The Jetty Restaurant is new to Brighton’s seafront and focus on serving high quality, local seafood, however they do have a specific vegetarian and vegan menu on offer with plenty of options for those who don’t eat fish, meat, gluten and dairy. Sample vegetarian dishes include Moroccan chickpea and date salad with wilted kale and orange dressing, and twice baked cheese soufflé.
The fusion of Japanese sushi and Latin American flavour isn’t all about the fish. Tropical Sushi mix up plantain with tofu and and queso crema with teriyaki sauce for a surprising and delicious twist on the ever popular delicacy. Each dish is hand made to order so that the ingredient’s freshness and flavour get to sing out. Offering up a range of bowls, rolls and platters to share there’s also a hearty selection of traditional sushi dishes to satisfy everyones tastes.
- 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 designed for sharing – tapas style. Petit Pois have a whole section on their menu dedicated to vegetable dishes with a vegan offering. Petit Pois are 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.
Silo is Brighton’s multi-award winning zero-waste restaurant. Loved by critics and by diners it has quickly become the choice for people looking for amazing food in a relaxed setting. Silo is a Restaurant, Bakery, Coffee House & Brewery which believes in food purity. Everything is created from its whole form, cutting out food miles and over-processing whilst preserving nutrients and the integrity of the ingredients in the process. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner there’s a fantastic vegetarian section at Silo so nobody’s missing out!
Situated near the top of Brighton’s North Lain, Mange Tout is a lively and stylish bistro open throughout the week serving breakfast and light plates and evening meals from Thursday to Saturday. Outdoor seating and a well stocked drinks menu makes this a great spot for some people watching, or a catch up over a lazy brunch. The menu changes frequently but has a hearty vegetarian brunch and plenty of vegetarian dishes made with locally sourced, organic produce.
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.
Steak on Sea is a modern restaurant and bar situated at The Old Ship Hotel on Brighton’s seafront. Their name may not sound too veggie friendly, but they are actually very committed to providing tasty meat-free options, with a dedicated vegan area on the menu, including delicious dishes such as wild mushroom and truffle arancini.The bar serves light meals, bar snacks and a fantastic range of cocktails.
- Make a booking on 01273 329001
- Vegetarian and vegan menu