Brighton as a vibrant south coast town, totally embraces vegan food, and makes no secret of it. Here are some great options to eat at.
Vegan and vegetarian delights await all visitors to Terre a Terre, which has been open since 1993. Their food philosophy is constant satisfaction and they welcome customers to make suggestions for items to include on their menus. They are extremely proud of the fact that many of their customers don’t follow a vegan path, but still enjoy dishes on the menu and return for more.
The interior of Terre a Terre is warm and welcoming, with plush leather and fabric seating. The influence is Middle Eastern/Asian, and an array of super salads and vegetable dishes with a twist will suit any palate. Fermented vegetables also appear regularly on the menu, and a standout dish is a mushroom medley, aptly named ‘Oyster and Hen’. Porcini Polenta Plumps are another popular dish to try.
You can also tempt your taste buds with the Vegan Afternoon Tea, which consists of a plate of savouries, followed by delicious cakes.
This is a much more casual restaurant, with a fast food principle, but still one of the great places to eat in Brighton. Happy Maki can be seen at festivals around the country, where huge queues form to sample their exciting offerings. Their menu is written in an entertaining fashion, with ‘duck’ and ‘chicken’ as titles, when of course, it isn’t!
The menu features nuts and herbs quite heavily, so those with a nut allergy need to be aware. Sauces are all made in house and are cleverly used throughout the menu. The Stuffed Tofu Pockets are the 8th wonder of the world!
An intriguing restaurant, totally run by volunteers, with menus changing daily. During the day it also serves as a book shop, and in the evenings, there is a member’s bar. Food is seasonal and consists of hearty vegan fare such as soups, stews, casseroles, gratins and buffet items.
If you are a socially conscious person, you would do well to try this out and meet like-minded people, as well as this venue being easy on the pocket. The Cowley Club is quirky, but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
The UK’s first totally vegan Italian restaurant is highly acclaimed, with everything made in house by a team of chefs with an impeccable background in food from Italy. Sourdough pizzas, pastas, burgers and a range of other well-created dishes are available here.
The pizza menu is iconic and ingenious, with some bases being made of mozzarella (vegan) and items such as black truffles. Both sweet and savoury dishes may use cashew cream or cheese, and there are also several ‘raw’ dishes for those that prefer their food this way. As a dessert, you can even sample their Oreo Pizza, or try their vegan version of Tiramisu!
Purezza oozes passion – after all, it took them over two years to develop the perfect vegan mozzarella, so it shows how much the owners and staff really care.
Probably one of the most well-known vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Brighton, Food for Friends has been established in the popular Lanes area since 1981. The menu is both inventive and imaginative, serving breakfast, lunch, or as they call it ‘Le Brunch’, as well as dinner.
The interior is contemporary with a touch of sophistication, just like the food that they serve. Both banquettes and chairs are available for seating, which makes the experience welcoming for families and friends. Food for Friends has their food and atmosphere ‘on point’.
Pan fried king oyster ‘scallops’ with delicately creamed cauliflower puree and house kimchi is an absolute must to try, soft and tempting on the palate. Another small plate to savour is the Thai spiced cauliflower, white radish & carrot salad, peanut and chilli satay – but everything is delicious, so sampling between friends is the best way to go.
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