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.
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.
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!
Finding vegan food outside of Brighton can be perilous (and frequently underwhelming), especially so when it comes to finding a good Sunday lunch. If you’re heading out into Sussex, and possibly paying a visit to the wonderful re-wilded Knepp Estate, then hungry tumms will find themselves well catered for at Crown Inn Dial Post. All the food in this lovely country pub is home made and sourced locally as much as possible. The vegan roast is locally grown beetroot and nut, with baby roast potatoes and seasonal trimmings.
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 for £18 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.
Sunday lunch is a big affair at the Dyke Road Alehouse and Kitchen with eight options to choose from and a wealth of sides. Vegans get to chow down on a nut lattice, with roasties, veg and lashings of homemade gravy. Close by to Preston Park and Hove Green, this is a good place to work up an appetite or walk of a feeding, and it’s dog friendly too.
Hurrah for a well curated vegan roast and thank you to The Farm Tavern for their contribution to Sunday roast service. The kitchen of this cosy Hove based neighbourhood pub is franchised to the fantastic Humble plates, known locally for great quality and very tasty food. They have two fantastic plant-based roast options. The mushroom, kidney bean and peanut nut roast will definitely leave you satisfied or if you’re in the mood for some pastry then the vegan wellington is a must-try.
The mueslei mountain is a good place to gravitate when looking for a vegan Sunday roast and The Hartington or “Harty” is a good choice. This is a family friendly community pup, full of good cheer and with a very charming beer garden complete with a children’s play area. On Sundays, vegans can have a super herby nut-roast and vegan kids can get a half sized portion.
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 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.
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.
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.
Taste Sussex is a large lounge diner style eatery on the Brighton Marina boardwalk. While it looks like another big chain restaurant it’s actually locally owned and independent. All the food is freshly made using Sussex produce wherever possible. The menu is well catered for vegans and vegetarians. On Sundays the roast menu includes a very tasty beetroot and nut loaf, served with the usual trimmings and flavoursome gravy.
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.