Food for Friends

Vegan, Vegetarian·

SquareMeal Review of Food for Friends

Food for Friends is Brighton's original vegetarian eatery, & has plied its trade in the South Lanes since 1981. Times have changed since the sackcloth days of lentil casserole, & FFF has moved with them, expanding to occupy three units of a pretty wedge-shaped building. To coincide with its 30th birthday, the interior was given a major revamp with stylish olive-green banquettes & textured wallpaper enhanced by ethnic touches such as gourd-shaped vases. There's a contemporary, global feel to the menu, with eclectic influences aplenty in dishes spanning everything from parmesan & sun-dried tomato beignets or chickpea, aubergine & harissa stew to mirin-glazed sesame tofu with shiitake stir-fry, kohlrabi & mooli salad. A set lunch, children's menu & afternoon tea add variety, while staff are unfailingly chirpy. English wines star on the short but well-balanced list.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating


Food For Friends is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Brighton. It’s operated since 1981 and lays claim to being the city’s first restaurant of its kind. The building is at the intersection of two streets in South Lanes, creating a long triangular dining room with windows on all sides.

The food menu is divided into small and large plates and is regularly updated in line with the seasonality of produce. Example small plates include crispy tofu with a Thai chilli and ginger dressing, burrata with pine nuts and raisin caponata, and crispy oyster mushrooms with harissa aioli.

For large plates, you can choose from the likes of a kale falafel patty burger, butternut squash with miso roasted chickpeas, and mushroom pappardelle. There’s also two kinds of wellington: mushroom and spinach (served with roast potatoes, gravy and an option Yorkshire pudding) and celeriac, truffle and hazelnut (served with a celeriac puree and seasonal greens). Side dishes include chunky chips and confit garlic sourdough.

The dessert menu is six dishes long and features a burnt Basque cheesecake, a selection of artisan gelatos that are served by the scoop, and an affogato.


17-18 Prince Albert Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HF

01273 202310 01273 202310


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-17:00
Tue 12:00-17:00
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
Mon 17:00-21:30
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 17:00-21:30


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1 Review 

Jane F

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

The best vegetarian food I have ever had. They have the most inspired ideas . Wonderful setting in gorgeous Brighton . 

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