Residents of Brighton are often considered a Bohemian bunch, when really this foodie city is one of the most forward-thinking in the UK. These guys got the vegan memo long before it was considered cool, and now there are so many fantastic vegan restaurants in Brighton that it’s considered one of the best places to eat plant-based food in the country.
Swapping turkey for tofu is more than just the latest food trend though. Consuming less animal products is one of the most impactful steps an individual can take when it comes to living more sustainably, especially when the effects of the climate crisis are becoming increasingly apparent (40-degree summers, we’re looking at you).
Luckily, Brighton has built up a pretty impressive portfolio of plant-based places over the years, and you can find all the best vegan restaurants in Brighton right here in this complete list. From truly epic brunches to buttermilk fried chick’n and vegan sushi burritos, we’ve covered the entire spectrum of plant-based delights in this comprehensive guide. Even if you are dining out with carnivorous friends or family who aren't quite ready to embrace the plant-based life, worry not, because Brighton is home to a ton of restaurants that also offer a host of vegan options alongside a 'regular' menu. Simply ask if there’s a separate vegan menu available, and keep an eye out for the VG symbol next to selected dishes.
The title of best vegan restaurant in Brighton is a hotly contested one, especially when its plethora of styles, cuisines and offerings are so varied. Many people think vegan food is limited to nut roasts and vegetable soups, but in Brighton, you can find tasty tacos, deep-fried doughnuts and steaming hot curries that have all been given the vegan treatment. Don’t believe us? Carry on reading to discover our pick of the very best vegan restaurants Brighton has to offer.
Vegan restaurants in Brighton
100% plant-based restaurants for your perusal. Discover brunch spots, cosy pubs, indulgent sweet treats and vegan pizza - you won't go hungry if you've given up meat in this foodie city.
What: Botanique is what plant-based dreams are made of. Every day starts with the arrival of its local, organic vegetables, which head chef Levi Kydd reimagines as exciting plates with a root-to-tip approach to cooking. Every step of the journey is considered, honest and offers a low-intervention approach to both the food and drink. Separate menus are served for lunch and dinner, while a mean Sunday roast menu rounds off the week in style. If you’re dining for dinner, look out for the likes of potato and celeriac rostis with walnut aöli and tarragon oil, and oyster mushrooms with enoki fritters, lentil puree, samphire, beet marmalade and truffle and caper dressing.
Where: 31a Western Road, BN3 1AF
Book now: Botanique
What: Family-run vegan café Smorl’s specialises in one of the ultimate plant-based foods: houmous. You can buy its artisan houmous at retailers all over Brighton and Hove, but for the full experience, pay a visit to Smorl’s Kitchen at Brighton Open Market. From falafel pittas and salad boxes to its famous Big Smorls Burger, these guys serve up some of the best, most-nourishing vegan plates around.
Where: Unit 33-34, Marshall's Row, BN1 4JU
Book now: Smorl’s Kitchen
What: It should come as no surprise that Brighton is home to a 100% vegan pub, where the only steak you'll find on the menu is one made from chargrilled celeriac! Jokes aside, this homely joint on Ditchling Road is serving up all kinds of comforting dishes, from creamy pappardelle pasta made red peppers and tapenade, to a classic burger filled with burger sauce, red onions, gherkins and Applewood cheese. It's great for grazing too thanks to a selection of small bites and plates such as hummus and pitta, loaded fries and panko cauliflower wings.
Where: 100 Ditchling Road, BN1 4SG
Book now: The Roundhill
What: This 100% vegan independent cafe is a staple amongst Brighton’s plant-based crowd, serving a reliable line-up of breakfast, brunch and lunch options throughout the week. Whether you’re hungry for a smoothie bowl or a proper full English with all the (vegan) trimmings, Green Kitchen’s humungous menu offers something for everyone. Discover twists-on-a-classic, like its tofu benedict muffin, a Mexican cooked breakfast labelled ‘Refried Dream’ and plenty of indulgent options for the sweet-toothed – think pancakes and waffles topped with cinnamon, cream cheese icing and maple roasted pecans. The team also works to raise funds for The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm, so it really is a good choice all round.
Where: 8 Preston Road, BN1 4QF
Book now: Green Kitchen
What: Modern vegan café Neighbourhood can be found nestled amongst Brighton’s iconic lanes, serving global plates, organic coffee and good vibes all day long. It only sources from local suppliers and examples of dishes from its breakfast and lunch menu include cinnamon oat pancakes with peanut butter drizzle, berry sauce, sliced banana and toasted coconut chips, soba noodles with spicy veg, soy sauce and sesame dressing, and a pea and kale fritter burger with beetroot houmous and miso mayo.
Where: 95 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP
Book now: Neighbourhood
What: On the hunt for something sweet in Brighton? Glazed specialises in freshly-made vegan doughnuts which are fried in-house every day. These guys don’t do things by halves though. Regular favourites including Biscoff, Nutella and Strawberry Coconut, while a bunch of ever-changing specials keep things interesting – think peanut butter and caramelised fake bacon! Grab a seat and tuck in, or if you’re in a rush, order a couple to go along with one of its oat milk coffees, which are also very good.
Where: 25 Ditchling Road, BN1 4SB
Book now: Glazed
What: If your idea of a good time involves gazing out over the seafront as you munch on vegan sushi burritos, then today’s your lucky day. Happy Maki serves up a vibrant array of sushi burritos and sushi bowls, with creations such as Caulipop made with tempura cauliflower, veg and teriayki sauce, and Beet and Basil Satay featuring beetroot, peanuts, veg and a satay sauce. Happy Maki is a gift economy, which means it operates on a pay-as-you-feel basis – the team lets you know how much your order costs to make, and it’s up to you to decide how much you pay.
Where: 23 Sydney Street, BN1 4EN
Book now: Happy Maki
What: Beelzebab doesn’t mess around when it comes to vegan fast food. Occupying a corner of the Hope & Ruin pub, its vegan doners, hot dogs and loaded fries are all the more enticing after a couple of pints. The Beelzebab, for example, is a vegan doner kebab which sees seitan stuffed inside a white or wholemeal pitta bread with fresh veg, homemade tzatziki and chilli sauce. Elsewhere, ‘Dirty Kraut’ tofu hot dogs and chicken-style wings are bound to hit the spot. Available to eat in or takeaway.
Where: 11-12 Queens Road, BN1 3WA
Book now: Beelzebab
What: First opened in 2015 (and having since spawned a handful of locations), Purezza is an entirely vegan pizzeria which makes its plant-based creations using sourdough bases and crazily-delicious vegan mozzarella. You'll find the likes of black truffle, carbonara, 'All the seasons' and nduja pizzas up for grabs, while this particular Brighton site also offers an all-day small plates menu for happy grazing. Pop by during the day to enjoy vegan meatballs in a tomato sauce, Caesar salad and a mega breakfast pizza topped with tofu, potatoes and sausage.
Where: 12 St. James's Street, BN2 1RE
Book now: Purezza
What The Pitta
What: Vegan and kebab aren’t typically two words that go together, but that’s exactly what is served at What The Pitta. Diners can opt for a vegan doner kebab, gyros, mezze box or chipbox, as well as plenty of plant-based ‘chicken’ options, too. It's a great choice if you're a fan of the fake meat trend, and we often turn to this fast food joint for a quick, easy and always delicious meal.
Where: 14 East Street, BN1 1HP
Book now: What The Pitta
The Vurger Co
What: Vegan fast food restaurant The Vurger Co is perfect for when you feel like enjoying some comfort food. There are seven plant-based burgers to choose from, as well as salad bowls, sides and limited edition seasonal specials. We love that its burgers are available in various plant-based forms, from beef and chicken substitutes to options made with tempeh and aubergine. Don’t miss the thick dessert shakes too, which include strawberry, Oreo and salted caramel popcorn.
Where: 13 Brighton Place, BN1 1HJ
Book now: The Vurger Co
Restaurants with vegan options in Brighton
Totally vegan? Kind-of vegan? Not really sure what you're doing? Whatever your dietary preference, these restaurants cater for all with plenty of vegan-friendly menus and dishes.
Terre a Terre
What: Terre a Terre is still very much a mainstay of Brighton’s vegan and vegetarian restaurant scene - and has been for the last 30 years. There are a huge number of vegan options to delight on the menu, but we recommend opting for the Terre à Tapas platter, which includes a little bit of everything. Look out for its famous KFC (Korean fried cauliflower) with aduki ume plum hummus, soused daikon, kale crisps and kicking kimchi. Further highlights include deep fried corn cakes rolled in paprika bang spice and topped with avocado cream, plus BBQ sweetcorn ribs with zesty coriander lime mojo. And all just a stones throw from Brighton beach.
Where: 71 East Street, BN1 1HQ
Book now: Terre a Terre
What: Manju’s serves up home-cooked Indian food inspired by the cuisine of Gujurat, where all of the dishes are vegetarian and most of them are vegan. Don’t expect any tikka or korma dishes here! The menu features a selection of tasty sharing plates, with things like samosa chaat (smashed samosas, chickpeas, chutneys), dhal mahkani (mushroom and spinach curry, cumin rice, salad and masala corn) and Manju’s bhajia (potato bahjia, roasted pepper and tomato chutney) all up for grabs. 80-something-year-old Manju and daughter Dipali comprise the kitchen team, so you can guarantee every single dish is properly authentic and made with a lot of passion.
Where: 6 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EQ
Book now: Manju's
The Bok Shop
What: Inspired by London fried chicken culture and founded in Brighton, The Bok Shop is a fried chicken and vegan fried chikn joint serving tasty, comforting and ethically-produced street food. The menu features loads of outrageous creations – we’re talking a Hot as Cluck burger finished with fiery bokadoosh sauce, Asian slaw, mint, coriander and pickled chilli, as well as Goku wings coated in a Japanese style sauce with sesame and spring onion – many of which can be made vegan. A satisfying spot if you’re after something a little bit naughty.
Where: 3-4 East Street, BN1 1HP
Book now: The Bok Shop
Food for Friends
What: Brighton’s original vegetarian restaurant, Food For Friends, has been impressing meat-free diners since 1981. The menu here draws inspiration from across the globe and changes often, but you can always expect to find plentiful vegan options - think sweet corn ribs with tamarind bbq sauce and cumin dip, a Sri Lankan beet curry with spice-infused potato croquette, and aubergine kofta with harissa dressing.
Where: 17-18 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HF
Book now: Food For Friends
What: This family-run joint is all about authentic Mexican flavours, affordable prices and a zero-waste approach to cooking. We’re on board! The menu features a host of tasty tacos, over half of which are vegan, including Tacos de Chile Colorado made with mushrooms and a roasted chilli sauce, and Tacos de Cochinita with marinated oyster mushrooms and pickled onions. Plus, all sides are £2.50!
Where: 21 Marshalls Row, BN1 4JU
Book now: Taquitos Casazul
What: Market Restaurant is an authentic Spanish tapas bar located in the Brunswick and Adelaide district of Hove, and while meat and cheese does play a fairly integral role to its menu, there are a ton of really exciting, vegan dishes on there, too! Kick off with a classic - padron peppers with sea salt and sherry vinegar - before tucking into the likes of smoked cashew croquetas with orange emulsion, patatas nuevas with green sauce and garlic, and tenderstem broccoli with maple tahini, kale zatar and almonds.
Where: 42 Western Road, BN3 1JD
Book now: Market Restaurant
What: Intimate Mexican restaurant La Choza was an instant hit with Brighton’s bohemian crowds when it first opened up back in 2012 and the restaurant is still going strong. Vegan diners can join in on the fun thanks to inventive dishes such as plant-based chorizo and black turtle beans with roasted vegetables. Do note that it operates a relaxed ‘turn up and eat’ policy, so you may need to join a virtual queue during its busiest times!
Where: 36 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AQ
Book now: La Choza
What: Although not an exclusively vegan restaurant, much of 17 Grams' menu is free of meat and there are plenty of vegan options available. The restaurant specialises in all-day brunch, with plant-based options to choose from including avocado on toast with smoked garlic and lime pesto, banana pancakes with toasted salted hazelnuts, and a vegan fry up.
Where: 12d Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB
Book now: 17 Grams
What: Family-run Planet India serves what’s known as a ‘pure vegetarian’ menu (which means eggs are excluded alongside meat and fish) and subsequently, the majority of the menu here is vegan. You can begin with vegan versions of popular Indian snacks such as onion bhajis and samosas, before moving on to Planet India’s range of curries - think sweetcorn and patra or mixed vegetable varieties.
Where: 4 Richmond Parade, BN2 9PH
Book now: Planet India
What: Ok, so it’s true that Honest Burgers is known for its meat and cheese laden buns, as evidenced by the picture above. The burger joint does also offer a handful of vegan options though, making it an ideal pick for when you’ve got both vegan and meat-eating diners to cater for. The signature meat-free burger features a plant-based patty topped with vegan smoked Gouda, chipotle vegan mayonnaise, mustard, red onions, pickles and lettuce, of course paired with Honest Burger’s famous rosemary salted chips.
Where: 8 Duke Street, BN1 1AH
Book now: Honest Burgers
The Prince George
What: One of only a few 100% vegetarian pubs in the UK, The Prince George has rightfully made a name for itself thanks to its tempting menu of veggie dishes. Plus, all its mains can be made vegan if preferred! Look out for global favourites like nachos topped with refried beans, a falafel burger, burritos and sausage and mash. Do save room for dessert if you can. There's only one option and it's deep-fried Oreos with ice cream. Oh yes.
Where: 5 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EQ
Book now: The Prince George
The Chilli Pickle
What: Indian cuisine naturally lends itself to vegetarian and vegan diets, so it’s no surprise that The Chilli Pickle’s menu features a handful of plant-based options. On your next visit, try the likes of a peanut and aubergine curry, washed down with one of The Chilli Pickle’s fun house cocktails, such as a Ginger Old Fashioned or a spicy Bloody Mary.
Where: 17 Jubilee Street, BN1 2ED
Book now: The Chilli Pickle
What: Sushi restaurant Moshimo is big on sustainability, which in turn means much of the restaurant’s menu is vegan-friendly. On your visit, you’ll come across the likes of plant-based sashimi, vegan tempura and sushi rolls stuffed with soy beans and spring onion or pickled plum and cucumber. Vegan wines are available too, to help you wash it all down.
Where: Optikon, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS
Book now: Moshimo
What: Pretty as a picture, Six is in Hove rather than Brighton, but it’s worth the short trip. The menu isn’t exclusively vegan, but you can expect to find plenty of plant-based options - think battered cauliflower with curried mango kimchi and micro herbs, sweet potato gnocchi a lime and coconut pannacotta for dessert.
Where: 102 Western Road, BN3 1FA
Book now: Six
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