Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Vegan and Vegetarian Roasts
Our top picks
The Better Half Sunday Roasts are have a reputation that extends far beyond the limits of Hove, and for good reason. Always made from scratch with fresh and local produce, the vegetarian and vegan options are imaginative and tasty. Even meat eaters will agree that the veg on their plates is something to shout about. Booking is pretty much mandatory for lunch in this cosy, popular pub.
One of Brighton’s well-known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Serving a wide selection of Sunday roasts with crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and lashings of gravy with delicious veggie and vegan roasts available too as well as a kids roast choice for the little ones. Enjoy yours with an expertly mixed Bloody Mary or a glass of fine wine from the bar. Pre-order option is available for late roast bookings or for larger groups.
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue is modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. Their award-winning Sunday roasts always include a vegan option such as a beetroot, squash and spinach wellington served with all the traditional accompaniments. There are also plenty of other vegetarian and vegan options on the menu if you aren’t fancying a roast.
New to Brighton in the winter of 2019 is Cyan, the new concept all-day bar and restaurant in The Grand. The venue has a relaxed, cool vibe with 155 year old marble columns which take centre focus. A Sunday lunch at Cyan is unforgettable, offering a wide choice of classic roasts, Cyan also offers a vegetable nut roast served alongside roasted carrots, parsnips & swede, cauliflower cheese, French beans, and spring cabbage and roasted potatoes. You can enjoy two courses between 12.30 and 3.30pm every Sunday afternoon!
The Dorset pub is a bit of a Brighton institution. Standing grand on the corner of Gardner Street and North Road, it is hard to miss. Serving superb pub grub throughout the week Monday through until Sunday, The Dorset offers some great vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a banging roast dinner for non-meat eaters. Enjoy inside in their traditional pub setting, or outside if the weather allows on seating that spills out onto the road during the weekend.
Hurrah for a tasty vegan roast and thank you to The Farm Tavern for their contribution to the Sunday roast service. The kitchen of this cosy Hove-based neighbourhood pub has a fantastic plant-based roast option with their sweet potato and walnut loaf.
Nestled on the peaceful backstreet of Farm Road, The Farm Tavern offers a tranquil escape from the bustling atmosphere of Hove’s main high street.
While appearing cosy, The Farm Tavern boasts a deceptively spacious interior.
Post House, in the Lanes, is an all day eatery that moves from cafe culture by day to intimate evenings of sharing plates. But on Sunday it’s all about Brighton’s favourite tradition, the roast. They offer a good selection of classics: beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a plant packed vegan option. All served with seasonal veg, lashings of gravy and garlic and herb roasties. The venue itself is suitable for all sorts of gatherings – feeling more like a pub downstairs and a restaurant upstairs (plus a lovely big garden for the summer). Roasts are served from midday until they’re all gobbled up, so booking is advisable.
Haus on the Hill serves up generously portioned and well made roasts to the delight of the Hanover residents every Sunday. They’re perfectly classic and cooked well with all the trimmings you’d expect. For vegans, there’s a nut roast packed with flavoursome herbs for a distinct taste that distinguishes itself amongst the medley of veg and lashings of gravy. Wash it down with some vegan locally brewed Brighton Bier. If you don’t fancy a roast the vegan 10 bean Ital Stew is a wholesome and tasty alternative that’s also served Sundays from the Caribbean Kitchen of Danny O’Shea.
Sunday lunch at The Mesmerist is something you’ll want to get involved with. Roasts here are both imaginative and flavourful. You’ll find a carrot roulade with whipped beetroot and mascarpone filling for the vegetarians and for the plant-based diners, there’s a mushroom and tarragon-flavoured chickpea tart. Sunday roasts here are paired with beautifully prepared veg sides, which include thyme and garlic roast potatoes along with a leek and butternut squash puree – yum! Be sure to book a table as this is a popular haunt for hungry tummies on Sundays.
The West Hill is a lovely community pub in central Brighton, located just behind the train station on the way to Seven Dials. Vegans can enjoy a range of vegan sourdough pizzas during the week and a squash, mushroom and spinach wellington with all the trimmings on Sunday. It’s a sizeable feast, but if you’re. the sort who always has pudding room then there’s a chocolate and beetroot brownie with vegan salted caramel ice cream with your name on it.
If there’s two things you wouldn’t expect to find in a French restaurant it’s Sunday roasts and vegan food. But Petit Pois does like to do things differently. If you’ve skirted this highly rated Brighton gem because you’ve thought it’s not going to have much plant based, then let them surprise you and tantalise you with their vegan roast of lentil, mushroom and chestnut Wellington, olive oil roast potatoes, vegan cauliflower cheese, veg and vegan gravy.