Brighton’s vegan scene is famous throughout the UK and beyond. In fact, it’s part of the reason we ended up in Brighton in the first place. Everyone kept telling us we needed to go to Brighton, so for once, we heeded the crowd and went to Brighton we did. You’d need months to try all the places offering vegan food in Brighton (unless you like eating out 3 meals a day). House sitting in Brighton for almost three weeks gave us a good chance to thoroughly explore the options for our Brighton vegan guide!
If you’ve read any of our other vegan city guides, you’ll know that when going out, we opt for original food that is homemade and indulgent. Smoothies and acai bowls are great but we’re looking for the goodies that make our friend Jen May say “I’ll need to go the gym after this”.
The vegan Brighton scene has an incredible amount to offer. Not only are there a bunch of all vegan spots, but virtually every place advertises real vegan options. So while we usually try all the vegan places first, some non-vegan spots had some vegan goodies we couldn’t resist.
Due to the abundance of options here, we decided to group based on venue type: sit down spots, pubs, cafes, and quick bites.
Just keep in mind – Sundays are crazy busy days – expect full cafes and certain items running out.
Brighton Vegan Sit-Down Restaurants
Purezza is an all vegan pizzeria and Italian restaurant that slings the best vegan pizza we’ve ever had – hands down, bellies up. Everything is homemade, including four kinds of cheese and an excellent sourdough crust (which they fire in a wood oven).
This is THE Brighton spot you can’t miss.
We went to Purezza twice, that’s how good it is. The first time we had the cheesy bites, margarita pie, potato porchetta, and the pistachio creme brulee. We met up with Jen of Vegan Nomad Life who happened to be in Brighton at the same time as us so we got to try all the things and share them!
The second time we had the cheese plate – amazing. Cultured cashew based cheeses, all different flavors. If we had any criticism, is that most of them were flavored – and they didn’t need it. The flavorings were top notch, like fresh chili or peppercorn, but we wanted to taste the subtlety of the cheeses more.
Then we had which may be our favorite pizza ever. The spinach ricotta cherry tomato pie just had the right amount of indulgence and no cheap shortcuts – like tons of oil or friedness. Super soft and chewy dough, the spinach just slightly wilted, and the ricotta cheese was some of the best we’ve ever had. The cherry tomatoes add a fresh sweet pop.
With an extensive menu, it’s easy to get caught up in the choices. And we don’t doubt it’s all good. But when was the last time you had a vegan version taste better than you remember the original?
We learned upon stepping in that this is also the proprietor of the surprisingly good deli slices we found on sale in Glasgow. They have their full line up in the refrigerated shelf next to the counter.
They essentially have all their packaged items on the menu: burgers, sandwiches, sausages, roasts – if you see it there, they’ll probably have it on the menu too.
Since we’ve already tried a few of their products, we opted for their uniquely Sunday roast menu. This is very good food, with good portions, but not overly fried or oily, so you won’t leave “feeling like a bag of garbage” like my buddy Peter says.
The nut roast is extra homemade and not available any other time during the week. The bangers and mash were solid, but at only 2 dollars less than the roast, it’s hard to justify getting them. But we just couldn’t leave the UK without trying the dish, just like haggis or a full Scottish breakfast in Scotland.
They have coffee and dessert. The fudge brownie sundae comes with loads of toppings like marshmallows and chewy caramel bites. Best for sharing with 2 -3 people.
In case you hadn’t heard of it, Loving Hut is THE international vegan restaurant chain. We’d been to the one in Madrid before and weren’t too impressed, so we rarely prioritize going to Loving Huts in different cities. Plus, we’d rather patronize a local initiative with a more unique menu.
One Sunday though, poor advance planning and over-packed restaurants landed us at the Loving Hut in the North Laine neighborhood. On the weekends, these little streets are closed to car traffic so people can leisurely stroll. Loving Hut has tables outside, so we enjoyed our meal listening to live music and people-watching.
The meal itself was (unsurprisingly) nothing to write home about. The sampler platter was overly oily and everything was fried (which was not stated on the menu). The stir fry with vegan shrimp was fine, but nothing too exciting. Seems the best option was Jen May’s.
All in all not a terrible option, but not something to prioritize going to over the plethora of local and interesting vegan eats in Brighton. We included it here in case you were thinking of going – we’d give it a pass!
Vegan-Friendly Pubs in Brighton
There’s no short supply of pubs here, but the ones with vegan kitchens warrant a visit.
The Pond feat. Biff’s Jack Shack
The normal kitchen at The Pond has lots of veggie options but we went during a special event pop up. Biff’s Jack Shack was in town from London and we couldn’t pass up the chance to try their jackfruit burgers. The bun, the patty, the sauces – everything is top notch, and perfectly sloppy like a good burger should be. Jen May usually doesn’t care for burgers because of the buns – and she thoroughly enjoyed this one. We’re generally not impressed with fried food, but this is perfectly done.
The Marlborough Theatre feat. Vegan Food Pimp
This is a super local fav. Expect the outdoor seats to all to be taken. It’s definitely a big part of the gay scene here, as during Pride weekend they had an exclusive ticketed event when we first tried to grab their Sunday roast.
The first time we went there was on their weekly tapas day (Tuesday). We were excited to try some food from their menu and see what tapas were interpreted as outside of Spain. While the tapas were delicious (and free with drink purchase, as they should be), we didn’t realize that the kitchen didn’t make anything else when tapas night was on.
We finally grabbed the Sunday roast on our last weekend in Brighton, and the roast grabbed us back – full throttle. Hot damn, this was delicious. Everything tasted super fresh, down to the peas. The cook is a vegan pro. She has received doubtful inquiries into the veganness of her food- it’s that good.
This plate comes loaded with roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, peas, cabbage, and a bean based roast wrapped in thin pastry dough.
The Hope and Ruin feat. Beezlebab
Come here for the ambiance. It reminded Sam of the famous ruin bars in Budapest, decorated with random found objects, furniture, and hangings on the wall.
This was solid vegan food. The best is the doner, as the hot dogs seemed to be the same flavorless ones we had back up at the Flying Duck in Glasgow. The chili topping was really good, just too spicy.
The brownies were the most impressive part of the meal, but those were outsourced from an outside of town vegan bakery.
Sam sampled the fish n chips here with fellow vegan bloggers Caitlin of The Vegan Word and Christy of Blissful and Fit, who had taken a day trip down to Brighton from London just to eat. It was Brighton’s Pride Festival (the biggest in the UK), so we couldn’t manage to cross the parade in order to try the place we wanted, so we landed on this place. It is also dog-friendly, a must as Caitlin brought her insanely adorable dog, Benito with her!
The tofish n chips were some of the best we found (and we tried quite a few in our summer of house sitting the UK). Unlike other versions, the nori (used for a sea flavor) was mixed into the tofu instead of as a large black strip on top like we’d found at other places. The tartar sauce was homemade and delicious and the fries were thick yet crispy. The only downside here was the portion to price ratio, always something these budget travelers have in mind.
They also offer a vegan Sunday roast which gets great reviews.
Brighton Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Cafes
All these spots serve coffee and most serve food. Best for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
Longhouse Cafe (All vegan)
This spot has a super cool vibe, clientele, and owner. Longhouse has great coffee, food, and atmosphere. Sam spent many an hour working here on various freelance projects ad the cafe was close to where we were house sitting.
Another great thing about Longhouse is that they really make an effort to use all local products – including in all their decor. Their plates are handmade ceramic plates from a local artisan, their plants are from a local plant shop, and their coffee is from a local roaster.
They also have reusable straws – yasss!!
Try the pancakes and cinnamon rolls (Tuesdays and Saturdays only as they come from another bakery!).
We loved this place so much that we’re planning on doing a separate write up – stay tuned!
Green Kitchen Cafe (all vegan)
On the outskirts of the center but totally worth your trip. Has an extensive menu with both indulgent and healthy, lighter options. Great portions and price – seems getting that much farther from the center makes things that much cheaper. It’s hard to go wrong here, and we paid a couple visits, trying their burgers, breakfasts, and sandwiches.
Try the full English breakfast (any day), or the Sunday roast, or the egg salad sandwich.
Black Mocha (vegan options)
This spot is great for getting some work done. Lots of room upstairs, with lots of wall outlets. Grab a spot by the window for great people watching. They usually have one or two raw vegan desserts and plant milks for coffee.
Infinity Foods Cafe (vegetarian with vegan options)
With a delicious cappuccino and a decent plate of pancakes for 5 pounds, those needing a respite from the bustling North Laine neighborhood can sneak into this all vegetarian cafe extension of the all vegetarian supermarket.
Brighton Vegan Quick Bites
Places that may have limited seating, but offer food you could munch in transit.
All vegan donut shop. We were excited to see an all vegan donut shop but sad to see they didn’t have any classic flavors. This seems to be a thing with vegan donut shops rather than this place in particular. The formula seems to be put ALL THE FLAVORS together and it’ll be good. Not necessarily the case. Veren is still holding out for a good old fashioned glazed donut.
We tried the cinnamon sugar donut and it was good – a bit too crispy on the outside though.
Very good falafel if you need a cheap (comparably) meal on the go. We knew we had to go here when we were sitting outside at the Pasty Shop (see next entry) and overheard a guy talking about how amazing the falafel was at this place – the best he’d ever had. We’d definitely put it up there with some of the best – every bite is crispy fresh.
These pasties are excellent. Not only do they have a couple vegan varieties, there’s one that’s less oily and more healthsome if you don’t want to leave feeling gross.
Also, after 5:30 they have a buy one get one free deal – practically a steal. They also have decadent looking vegan desserts that sell out quickly.
Vegan Groceries and Shopping
We don’t eat out every meal – nor do we want to. So if you fall into this category, you’ll want to know what to expect from the grocery options in Brighton. Below are the most prominently established. However, there are lots of small great local groceries and ethnic food stores – sometimes they have more veg options than you’d think.
This all vegetarian supermarket is definitely worth a visit. They will have all the specialty items you rely on. Fairly priced, but if you find similar items available elsewhere, chances are they will be cheaper. They also have a fresh bakery section where they have vegan scones, pizza, focaccia, and sausage rolls! We’ve tried the latter too, and they were quite good.
The cheapest supermarket in town and frequently marks down products about to expire. We managed to grab tons of fresh herbs priced down to 19 pence, and breads half off that become fresh once toasted.
While their smaller, “Sainsbury local” iterations will have vegan sandwiches for the 3-pound meal deal, they are generally a bit more expensive than Morrison’s, with less generous markdowns. Chances are you’ll be situated closer to a Sainsbury’s as we saw at least four full-size supermarkets here. Sainsbury’s is also rolling out new vegan products all the time so it’s worth popping into one to see what is newly available!
Iceland is the cheapest if you don’t mind drastically reduced selection, and focus on frozen foods. You’ll find the best prices for Linda Mccartney brand vegetarian and vegan items here: we recommend the sausages (rosemary ones too) and pulled pork patties.
Vegetarian Shoes is widely known throughout Europe and beyond for making quality and stylish vegan shoes. Sam was in the market for a new pair of boots (still is – anyone have recommendations?), so we popped in to check it out. The shop itself is a bit small with not a lot of selection, so unfortunately we didn’t find anything we wanted. They sell mainly online and are available in other stores in Europe. Still, we recommend stopping in as it’s on a main street in the North Laine neighborhood, the coolest area of the city.
So that’s it for our Brighton vegan guide! With so many options and limited time, we prioritize visits to the most interesting spots.
Let us know what we can’t miss next time so we can keep updating our vegan guide to Brighton with the best vegan restaurants in Brighton!