National Vegetarian Week -Vegetarian Vegan Brighton
Brighton’s reputation as a vegetarian and vegan friendly city has been long established. Almost every one of the city’s restaurants and pubs will have plenty of non-meat or dairy options on their menus, with many others being dedicated purely to vegetarian and vegan dining.
With plant-based eating continuing to grow in popularity, we have put together a list of our favourite vegetarian and vegan things to do in Brighton.
Fine dining Brighton
Treat yourself to a classy night out and some superb food at one of Brighton’s many fine dining restaurants. Award-winning restaurant Terre a Terre has been at the forefront of vegetarian cuisine for over twenty years, whereas Chard cafe and restaurant is fairly new to the Brighton foodie scene but with a brilliantly experimental veggie dishes. Lucky Khao is Brighton’s only Northern Thai restaurant with innovative plant-based food all over the menu (and one of the coolest venues in town), while Food For Friends which opened in 1981 is one of the longest running vegetarian restaurants and still turning out fresh, creative food.
Veggie street food
If you want to dine a little less formally then Brighton has plenty of street food options that will satisfy the vegan and vegetarians amongst you. Smorl’s is one of the biggest recent success stories of Brighton’s food scene with their 100% vegan menu, and Baby Bao at The Pond are renowned for their Vegan Monday menu. If you like it a little dirty, try out the vegan nuggets at Lost Boys Chicken, they’re saucy, spicy and animal-friendly.
Go for an Indian feast
Indian cuisine has long been a friend for vegetarian and vegan diners, where it is often more common for dishes not to contain meat or fish. Brighton’s options when it comes to Indian cuisine are some of the best in the country. We love the street food style of Curry Leaf Cafe Brighton and The Chilli Pickle and the thalis at pure vegetarian restaurants Planet India and Manjus are out of this world when it comes to homecooked flavour. Indian Summer has been breaking down the Western perception of Indian cuisine for over 17 years, with an offering closer to fine dining that shows Indian food is much more than just a Friday night takeaway.
Grab a pizza
The city’s love affair with pizza is showing no sign of going away, with the Margarita pizza being both the litmus paper test of a good pizzeria and an easy vegetarian “go-to”, while the Marinara is a simple vegan classic. Nuposto serves a truly authentic Neapolitan menu with plenty of vegetarian pizzas, most of which can be veganised with vegan cheese. Purezza on St James St is in a class of its own as the UK’s first entirely plant-based pizzeria. Fatto a Mano combines great meat-free options with convenient multiple locations, promising you’ll never be far away from a good feed. have many great options. Also worth checking out are Morelli Zorelli, VIP Pizza and Pizza 500 all of which will have vegetarian options.
Immerse yourself in Brighton’s café culture
Everywhere you look in Brighton you will find people catching up over coffee and cake in one of the city’s many cafés, and you can be sure that the vegetarian and vegan community are catered for. Flour Pot Bakery, Trading Post Coffee, Small Batch and Hixon Green all provide stylish settings for catching up over an oat milk latte, while the Kooks and Red Roaster brunches are perfect places for those with a little more time on their hands.
Indulge in some retail therapy
With such a strong vegetarian, vegan and ethical shopping community in Brighton, you will not be surprised to see a number of shops dedicated to selling animal free or animal kind goods. Infinity Foods were the first to celebrate this community, opening in the 1970’s. HiSBe are an ethical zero waste supermarket who are challenging the ways we shop in this country. Both of these shops champion sustainability and ethical shopping practises with passion and a drive for change.
Grab a pint and a bite to eat
Vegetarians and vegans well catered for in Brighton’s wealth of pubs and bars. In the centre of Brighton pubs such as The Black Lion and The Mesmerist have a great atmosphere and fabulous food. For a more relaxed pub experience and check out the glories of Hove boozers such as Hove Place and The Better Half. The Prince George is a traditional pub that has an exclusively vegetarian menu and the live music venue and pub, the Hope and Ruin, is every inch vegan.
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