Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Vegan and Vegetarian Roasts
Our top picks
The Roundhill Pub on Ditchling Road is Brighton’s premier vegan gastro-pub. The pub itself is light and spacious, with a conservatory feel and the open plan kitchen lets you keep an eager eye on the goings-on. All roasts come as vegan as standard (although some can be made vegetarian). Unlike many establishments, vegans get a choice of several roast types, be it a classic nut roast or a modern gratin, and what’s more, there are desserts! (a vegan rarity on most menus).
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.
When former owners of the vegetarian restaurant Food For Friends opened up Kindling on East Street one thing that was always going to be certain was a truly creative plant-based menu. While Kindling is a meat serving restaurant it does place great emphasis on vegetarian and vegan food of an elevated nature. The Vegan Sunday Set is Kindlings take on the classic Sunday lunch, it’s available for parties of two or more to share together. The three-course meal is really designed for leisurely pursuit with snacks to start, a seasonal vegan roast with all the trimmings and a decadent dessert all to share.
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. Their award winning Sunday roast option is a mushroom, beetroot and sweet potato 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!
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.
Sunday lunch at The Mesmerist is something you HAVE to get involved with. The kitchen here is run by Space & Thyme, and the use of seasonal, fresh ingredients is essential. Aside from their ‘pub grub with a difference’ dishes, the Sunday roast menu has picked up some praise from Brightonians (and we notoriously have very high roast standards!). Non-meat eaters can choose from either a vegetarian wellington or a vegan nut loaf, both of which are served with delicious roast spuds, seasonal veg, a Yorkie to die for and lots of delicious homemade gravy. Be sure to book a table, as this a popular haunt for hungry tummies on Sunday’s.
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 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.
Another pub that has become well known for its fabulous roasts, The Independent in Hanover is one to check out. This free of tie boozer has come fabulous craft beers on tap and the food is truly restaurant standard. Roasts have been so popular that booking is essential. Veggie options are always included, and they also have starters and non-roast options to choose from. We love The Independent. This is a great pub that serves the local community and visitors alike. A cosy space to while away a few hours, the standard of food and drink will keep you coming back. A real Sunday happy place.
As well as hosting an excellent vegan Supper Club once a month, every Sunday the cavernous Walrus Pub serves up excellent and generous roast selection with vegetarian and vegan options, including Sunday Lunch alternatives and desserts. Stretching over three floors with a roof garden too, The Walrus is great for those who have left it last minute and are struggling to find space that also caters to all requirements.
Food for Friends is one of the city’s most highly regarded restaurants, it also just happens to be a vegetarian and vegan one. The menu is laden with exquisite and modern creations; and on Sundays you also get the option of a classic roast. Served with all the trimmings, the main element changes depending on seasonality and whatever the chef has decided to create. These are some fancy roasts indeed. Gravy laden plates of delicious roasted goodness that can be served either vegetarian or vegan. The main menu is also available meaning there are plenty of options if someone in your group doesn’t fancy a roast. We cannot think why that would be the case though.
The Earth and Stars has long been regarded as one of the most vegetarian and vegan-friendly food pubs in the city. This award-winning city centre pub ticks many boxes with its strong eco credentials and lovely comforting atmosphere.The menu caters for all dietary requirements and has plenty of options throughout the week. Roasts are the perfect full stop for the end of the week. Expect some quality veggie and vegan options that are piled high on the plate and will banish even the most excessive of weekend activities. Wash these down with some lovely organic beers and ciders and you are in for an almost saintly Sunday experience.
This Kemptown pub has long been a contender for best roasts in the city. The large pub allows for plenty of space, and the double gardens come into their own during the summer months. The pub has a very eclectic feel. Cosy when it needs to be, and raucous and lively when it doesn’t. During the week the kitchen is in the hands of “Too Darn Smokin” but tradition takes over on a Sunday. The veggie and vegan option is always a banger. This is another no holds barred style roast where the food is piled high and bursting with flavour. The Sidewinder is a popular Sunday spot so booking is advisable. A really top spot for some Sunday fun times and hearty food before that dreaded Monday alarm.
One of Brighton’s lesser known pubs, and one that locals would prefer to keep that way. The Edinburgh is situated just north of the station and is a proper classic boozer. The kitchen is in the hands of Two Wolves who spend all week offering a menu of good and evil options. Veggie and vegan options abound on both sides of the scales. Sunday’s are no different. Here you will find a vegan chicken or beef option on the menu all served with the usual trimmings and seasonal vegetables. These guys are experts at their vegan dishes, taking things beyond the usual nut roast. Definitely one to check out. The Eddy, as it is affectionately known, is a proper pub that knows how to feed the faithful.
Buried within The Lanes, The Seven Stars is unmissable thanks to the bright green exterior. The kitchen is run by the wonderful Croustillant D, a sibling team who bring banging vegan roast options to Brighton. At least four dishes can be made vegan upon request, and certainly don’t scrimp on flavour (or potion size!). Craft beer and a well put together wine list is another reason to visit The Seven Stars, however be sure to book a table as this pubs Sunday roasts are no secret.
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