Brighton is the perfect place for a beach break from London. Set just an hour’s train ride from the capital, it’s also known as a thriving vegan hotspot. Come to stroll along the pier with a dairy-free Mr Whippy, munch on some vegan sushi or enjoy a leisurely brunch. Here are some of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton.
The Longhouse Café
The Longhouse Café is the place to come for a satisfying vegan brunch in Brighton. It’s set a bit further from the city centre, opposite St Peter’s, but it’s well-worth the walk. Everything at The Longhouse is beautifully presented and the café is known to serve some of the best vegan food in Brighton.
The ever-changing menu features smoothies, tofu scramble, tempeh tacos, a full cooked breakfast, soups, cakes and burritos. Pair that with a selection of fresh juices, smoothies, teas and coffee with plant milk. I loved the high-end avocado toast, plus epic buckwheat vegan pancakes with all the trimmings.
Purezza is certainly making a name for itself as the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. The Italian owners launched their first restaurant in Camden in 2015 and have followed up with a branch right in the heart of Brighton, plus there’s a new Bristol restaurant in the works. Purezza offers 10 pizza varieties on a choice of three bases, as well as raw and gluten-free options, making it one of the best vegan places to eat in Brighton.
Come to Purezza for the best vegan pizza in Brighton, served on chewy sourdough bases topped with a variety of vegan cheese, meats and veggies. Their cheesy dough balls are a favourite and they also serve a range of Italian comfort food classics such as pastas and calzone. After trying ‘the one that’s telling porkies’ pizza at the Camden Purezza branch, we opted this time for ‘the one with the tomatoes’ and a side of garlic bread topped with rosemary.
Looking for a vegan pub in Brighton? The Roundhill boasts an award-winning, fully vegan menu. The gastropub is also bursting with vegan brews, from wines to local ales. There’s a welcoming, vintage feel to the pub with wooden furniture, a dog-friendly policy and regular live music and quiz nights. The seasonal menu features everything from burgers to Buddha and poke bowls, glazed gammon and stews. Don’t miss the weekly vegan Sunday roast – it’s so popular you may need to book ahead.
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It wouldn’t be Brighton without an ice cream on the beach, right? Well, thanks to the guys at V360, you can now get a Mr Whippy style vegan cone that comes complete with a chocolate stick. The soft-serve ice cream is also gluten and soy free, plus has a non-GMO formula and is made in the UK. V360 is one of the newest vegan places in Brighton and lies right under the Arches on the beachfront. It operates as a vegan takeaway, serving drinks and hot food as well as its signature ice cream.
Happy Maki Brighton
If you fancy some vegan sushi, Happy Maki has a selection of creative rolls and sushi bowls. Owner Anna MacDonald started the restaurant to raise awareness about marine conservation and a percentage of the profits goes towards environmental and human rights causes. Choose from rolls filled with vegan versions of cod, hoisin duck and chicken as well as avocado, rainbow salad and Thai sweet potato. Sides include tofu rice pockets and moreish cauliflower popcorn.
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What the Pitta
For a filling grab-and-go lunch in Brighton, you must try the award-winning vegan doner kebab from What the Pitta. Made with a seasoned soya, the kebab is packed with veggies and fries. The family-run franchise has additional branches in Shoreditch, Camden and Croydon and has become one of the staple vegan restaurants in Brighton.
Other top picks from What the Pitta Brighton include the vegan gyros and a chunky falafel wrap. The packed snack boxes and meal deals are great value, especially the mezze box. Sides come in generous portions, from a tub of hummus to crunchy seasoned fries or waffle chips, authentic tzatziki and onion rings.
Beelzebab is the top pick for vegan junk food in Brighton. It lies in the Hope and Ruin pub on Queens Road, which is known for its live music scene. Order some vegan snacks with your drinks, whether you’re after seitan kebabs or hot dogs with various toppings. The loaded fries come smothered with everything from chili cheese to currywurst and pulled jackfruit.
What are your favourite vegan places in Brighton?