If you’re looking for a place that does cracking vegan or vegetarian food, then Brighton is definitely the place to be.
The veggie capital of the UK, Brighton is home to a great variety of eateries that cater for those who want to veg out, so check out our list of the top ten vegan and veggie places in the city.
Vbites is not only 100% vegan, it’s a fun, friendly, and welcoming place to grab some delicious food. It’s a personal favourite for breakfast, and the sausage sandwich (£4.25), which comes with Lincolnshire style sausages and toasted fresh bloomer bread, must be highly recommended. Lunches include burgers, pizzas, wraps, jacket potatoes, and even a good old fishy finger sandwich. Vbites is also home to About Balance, which is a low cost wellbeing centre offering classes and treatments, all aimed to bring you a healthier body and mind.
14 East Street, BN1 1HP, 01273 747371, vbites.com
Loving Hut is a vegan café at St Peter’s Place, and is well known for its delicious fish and chips meal (£6.50) – crispy battered vegan fillet, tartar sauce, and mushy peas or salad. They’ve also got a range of eco burgers, eco dogs, salads and wraps, as well as several paninis to choose from. Looking for somewhere to take the little ‘uns to? Loving Hut has a kiddies menu, so the wee ones can choose between a not-dog with chips, golden nuggets with chips and ketchup dip, ‘fish’ fingers with chips, and cheesy beans on toast. If you’re visiting the North Laines, there’s also a Loving Hut located at 48 Gardner Street.
The Level, 5 St Peter’s Place, BN1 4SA, 01273 689817, 48 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN, 01273 623977, brighton.lovinghut.co.uk
There are two Foodilic stores in Brighton – one in Western Road, and one in North Street – and both serve delicious, nutritious fare. Although not 100% vegan or vegetarian, Foodilic serves a huge range of salads as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. Try one of the super smoothies (£3 takeaway, £3.50 eat in) – the Ginger Ninja, the Popeye Power Pack, Cuckoo Bananas, or the Pear-knuckle Punch. If you’re looking for a hot vegetarian dish, you can choose between the vegetarian moussaka, stuffed aubergine, broccoli quiche, or the Portobello mushroom – all served with two salads of your choice.
163 Western Road, BN1 2BB, 01273 760190, 60 North Street, BN1 1RH, 01273 774138, foodilicbrighton.co.uk
Terre à Terre
— Voice of the Kitchen (@TerreaTerreChef) March 25, 2016
Terre à Terre has a huge range of delicious vegetarian starters, mains, desserts and sets, all which can be made into vegan options. The Potsticker Gnocci (£8.95) is truly delicious and the puddings are an absolute dream – Lush Truffle Brownie, Fee Fi Fo Plum, In A Pear Tree, Figgy Pudding wth Rumtopf Rummy Rumble, Churrosimo, and Frisky Fives ‘Better than Petit Fours’ – a sweet plate of seasonal handmade sweet treats and little biccies.
71 East Street, BN1 1HQ, 01273 729051, terreaterre.co.uk
— Restaurants Brighton (@EatBrighton) February 3, 2016
Named after the year the vegetarian society was formed, 1847 serves locally produced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. They have a great variety of veggie starters, mains, and sides, including mushroom pate, squash and feta, onion bhaji, merguez and mash, winter veggies and coconut, beet bourguinon, garlic and maple glazed carrots, caramelized cauliflower and harissa yoghurt, and turnip and sage mash. It’s also home to Dandelion by 1847, Brighton’s botanically-based basement bar, where the expertly trained staff will whip you up some interesting concoctions with a range of fresh ingredients.
103 North Road, BN1 1YW, 01273 677776, by1847.com
Food for Friends
Food for Friends is a real old favourite, opening back in 1981. There’s some great variety to the menu – starters include marinated grilled tempeh skewers, smoked ricotta and ‘parmesan’ gnudi dumplings, sweet tofu pockets, vegetarian haggis with poached egg, wild mushroom and cashew pate, and mild and creamy Burrata cheese. Mains include double baked soufflé, grilled King Oyster mushrooms with Jerusalem artichoke mousse, Portobello mushrooms stuffed with feta, haloumi and Portobello burger, open ravioli, and Persian-spices grilled aubergine, dried lime and tomato timbale.
17-18 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HF, 01273 202310, foodforfriends.com
— Purezza (@PurezzaUK) March 17, 2016
Located on St James’s Street, Purezza is Europe’ only plant based Italian restaurant. All Purezza’s food is vegan, so you’re sure to find something that suits you, no matter what your needs are. Give the Quattro Formaggi (tomato base, coconut cheese, soya cheese, cashew cheese and almond cheese) or the Spartana (asparagus base, aubergine, artichokes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes pistachios, walnuts and chives) speciality pizzas a try. Purezza also serves a range of desserts, including chocolate brownies, cheesecake, apple pie calzones, and chocolate calzones, as well Boho Gelato Ice Cream in chocolate, peanut and salted caramel, wine, elderflower and raspberry, and hazelnut coffee.
12 St James’s Street, BN2 1RE, 01273 945055, purezza.co.uk
There are two Idyea vegetarian cafeterias in Brighton, and the lunch menu changes daily. Choose one of the main dishes on displays, and then the Idyea team will fill your plate with any of the hot veg, salads, toppings and sauces you want to go with it. Aubergine and goats cheese stacks, fruity harissa cous cous filled aubergine and enchilada, adding Cajun potato wedges, sesame roasted root vegetables and sweet chilli sautéed savoy cabbage are the kinds of things you can enjoy here. Rootcandi, a plant based tapas restaurant, operates out of Idyea’s Western Road branch, so be sure to stop in for some delicious breads, nibbles, tapas, sets and desserts.
105 Western Road, BN1 2AA, 01273 965904, and 17 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, BN1, 4AL, 01273 667 992, iydea.co.uk
On the lookout for vegetarian or vegan authentic Middle Eastern grub? Head to FilFil and get yourself some of their delicious veggie falafel, which is served in delicious soft pitta bread and accompanied by fresh salads and pickles. They’ve also got a tasty Middle Eastern Breakfast (£8.45), a generous side of ful medames, falafels, hummus with salad, olives and pitta bread.
21 Gardner Street, BN1 1UP, 01273 696289, fil-fil.co.uk
Eat Naked is located in Brighton’s Lanes, and serves clean eating deli foods. It’s also a cold pressed juice bar, whipping up raw and organic drinks to keep you feeling great, so you can choose from the Fat Flush, Mean Green, Skin Deep, and Can’t Beet It juice drinks. Smoothies more your thing? Give The Elixr, Energise, Glow, Tempt or Recover a whirl – all are made with organic ingredients, house cold pressed juices and milks, and are topped with chia. Be aware though – this isn’t a completely vegan or vegetarian place to eat, but has tons of vegan/veggie items and options for you to enjoy from the counter.
12 East Street Arcade, BN1 1HG, 07568 156085, staciestewart.co.uk/eat-naked
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