Modern European, Vegan·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Botanique

Silver Award

Botanique in Hove is the plant-based restaurant that will delight even your most sceptical meat-eating friends.

The calming neutral decor, spiral staircase and giant olive tree, give the eatery a Mediterranean feel. As you step in off the bustling cafe-lined street, the restaurant feels warm and inviting. The chairs are comfy and hurricane lamps create a spa-like zen.

In stark contrast, the experimental selection of small and large plates are an explosion of colour and vibrancy. One of Botanique's standout dishes is the lion’s mane scallop - light tempura mushrooms with dill, caper, aioli and lemon. Mushrooms expertly replicate the texture of scallops and the light, crispy tempura is complemented beautifully by a pop of sharpness from the capers. Elsewhere, the beetroot with miso glaze, pistachio crumb and pickled blackberries tastes like summer on a plate. It's a real seasonal triumph, combining sweet and earthy flavours from British gardens and hedgerows.

When it comes to the big plates the aubergine is good, but the mushroom dish with fava bean purée and samphire is the winner. Oyster, shimeji and enoki mushrooms create a heady mix of sweet and umami flavours, lifted beautifully by the truffle. Large plates are £15-£17, while small plates and desserts vary between £5-£10. This seems reasonably priced for such a fine-dining experience and small plates are generously sized.

The plant to plate narrative is exquisitely executed by head chef Josie Hawkins and her talented team. They aim to source local produce and use the entire plant, resulting in experimental elements like carrot-top pesto and beetroot-top marmalade (bread platter accompaniments).

Botanique’s menu is a true celebration of the humble plant and each dish is named after a vegetable. This may sound simplistic but the dishes are edible pieces of art, served on natural, recycled crockery.

When it comes to desserts, the love mousse has the wow factor - a hard chocolate shell with light whipped mousse filling and a vibrant smattering of freeze-dried raspberry dust.

*All information correct at time of writing. Menus subject to change. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European, Vegan
Cool, Cosy
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Botanique is a plant-based restaurant in Brighton that celebrates the quality and diversity of local produce in Sussex. You’ll find the restaurant on Western Road near Brunswick Square, where it inhabits an organic space on the main road.

Inside, the restaurant makes use of natural materials, from various types and shades of timber to marble floors, rattan pendant lights and straw-seated chairs. There’s plenty of greenery interspersed around the dining room, and overall it gives the space a gentle, Mediterranean vibe.

Brighton has long had a reputation as a haven for vegetarians and vegans, and Botanique is dedicated to pushing the envelope of what can be achieved with fruits and vegetables. The restaurant works closely with independent farmers, taking the best seasonal produce and working around that to create often-changing menus. The restaurant also boasts the UK’s first onsite, indoor hydroponic kitchen-garden, and it grows its own exotic herbs and aromatics via the vertical farm.

Botanique offers separate lunch and dinner menus, albeit both with a focus on sharing dishes. All menus are designed to reflect the seasons, and to celebrate a specific vegetable in all its glory. For example, dishes you might expect to see on the dinner menu include aubergine tartare with a beetroot and miso puree and lemon and cumin crisp, harissa roasted sweet potato with five spiced beluga lentils, oat crème fraiche, pickled chillis and sweet potato crisps, and black olive roasted fennel with a fennel and preserved lemon crema, pickled fennel and lemon and chives. Most options are also gluten-free. 

Earlier in the day, guests can choose from a selection of brunch and lunch dishes, with brunch served from 10am-3pm, and lunch served from 12-3pm.

Meanwhile, the wine list focuses on minimal-intervention, organic wines, sourced exclusively from small European producers.


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No there's no dress code.

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31a Western Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AF

01273 567200 01273 567200


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-15:00
Wed 10:00-15:00
Thu 10:00-15:00
Fri 10:00-15:00
Sat 10:00-15:00
Sun 11:00-15:00
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-21:30
Sat 17:00-21:30
Sun 16:30-20:00


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2 Reviews 

Shannon K

06 August 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Carol L

14 June 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
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