In the last ten years the number of vegans in the UK has risen by 360%, with over 4 million people in the country describing themselves as either vegetarian or vegan. Despite recently losing it’s crown of ‘UK’s most vegan friendly place’ to Glasgow, Brighton has long been the shining jewel of the South Coast for people with a meat-free diet. With Infinity Foods and the recently opened (and ever-expanding) HISBE it’s easier than ever to cut meat, dairy and eggs from your diet. It’s not as scary as it sounds we can assure you but we compiled a list of the best places to get your fix of a cruelty-free meal just in case you need some guidance.
The Bok Shop
The beauty of The Bok Shop is that everything on their menu, bar the wings and a couple of sides, is available as chicken or the meat-free alternative Seitan. Offering a heaving menu of truly delicious burgers such as ‘The Satay Night Fever’ and ‘The I Believe I Can Thai’ The Bok Shop is a definitive crowd-pleaser. They use spice coated faux chicken, vegan mayo and vegan cheese (!) to vegan-ise their burgers. From Monday-Friday they offer any burger, any side and a soft drink for £9.50 so grab your work mates and get feasting!
3-4 East Street, BN1 1HP. 12-11pm.
Larder win when it comes to buddha bowls and bangin’ jacket potatoes. It’s not just your bog-standard cheese and beans, they bring a healthy and delicious edge to all that they do. Just by following them on Instagram you can see for yourself the colourful plethora of their daily specials and classics. The breakfast burrito, buddha bowls and the classic chilli jacket potato are highly recommended. Everything’s made in-house fresh every day by the friendliest staff in Brighton and if you happen to be a trader they do some pretty bangin’ deals.
53 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN. 10am-5pm.
The king of vegan junk food in Brighton, Beelzebab made dreams come true when they opened their doors at Hope and Ruin permanently four years ago. Originally a food truck offering their take on doner kebabs, they now have a two page menu of Instagram-worthy hot dogs, loaded fries, the best ‘chicken’ poppers going and extra-special monthly specials. They’re open til late, in one of the coolest venues in Brighton and pretty much everything is under £6…what more could you ask for!
The Hope and Ruin. 11-12 Queens Road, BN1 3WA.
Glazed have a cult following amongst the vegan and skating community in Brighton. Situated just at the bottom of Ditchling Road by The Level, this tiny donut shop offers the most delicious sweet treats around. The donuts change daily and frequently sell-out before the afternoon is done. The Biscoff is arguably the most loved but they’re inventive and clever with what they do, so keep an eye out for their specials. Bonus points: Donald, their dog, will greet you and keep your company for as long as you give him attention.
25 Ditchling Road, BN1 4SB. 8am until the donuts are gone!
Ohhhhh Happy Maki! This little gem of a restaurant is nestled away in Pool Valley but is well worth the slight detour from the town centre. Much like they’re counterparts Beelzebab, they started out as a food truck on the festival circuit before setting up shop in our seaside town. They offer sushi burritos and a wide range of sides plus for every wrap you buy they plant a tree and feed a child in need. The Popcorn Cauliflower with spicy coconut sauce is one of the best vegan dishes in Brighton and compliments the freshness of their wraps perfectly. Catch them at a festival this summer or go and say hey in the shop!
8 Pool Valley, BN1 1PN. 12-9pm.
The Coffee Counter
This little cafe can cater for both the meat-eaters and the vegans in your life. They offer excellent coffee, mouth-watering toasties and the best vegan breakfast you can buy in Brighton. For £6 they whip up a treat, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, two veggie sausages, avocado on toast and an amazing tofu scramble. Their adorable dog will keep you company and their friendly staff will attend to any query or need you have.
25 Church Street, BN1 1RB. 8:30am-3pm.
The Longhouse Cafe
If you manage to nab the window seat in this lovely caf’, many hours can be whiled away people-watching on London Road. They have the best and arguably widest selection of vegan brunch in Brighton and won’t leave you out of pocket either. They make virtually everything in-house and are always experimenting with new found tricks to make their food that little bit extra. Their menu changes frequently but never leaves you dissatisfied.
16 York Place, BN1 4GU. 9am-5pm.
Carlito Burrito is again a crowd-pleaser restaurant. They only offer a couple of vegan options but boy oh boy are they good! The vegan burrito is gut-bustlingly big and very reasonably priced. It comes filled with garlic mixed peppers, carrots, onion, green beans and swiss chard and is perhaps the only burrito place that doesn’t charge those with a veggie diet extra for Guac! Their tacos are great and their peach and hot habanero sauce is out of this world. Check them out on London Road or have it delivered to the comfort of your own home.
12 York Place, BN1 4GU. 12-11pm.
It would be impossible to do a list of Brighton’s best vegan eats without including the mothership, Purezza. This small team have turned vegan eating on it’s head and it’s now become one of the most popular restaurants in Brighton with meat-eaters and vegans alike. They offer pizzas, pasta, burgers, sides and salads, but no review of the food is needed as their reputation precedes them, and for very very good reason.
12 St. Jame’s Street, BN2 1RE. 12-10pm.
Cornish Pasty Shop
This shop is right in the hub of North Laine on Gardner Street. They offer three different vegan options in the form of the Mexicana, wholemeal vegetable and Thai vegetable but also offer a delicious and tomato-y take on a sausage roll. They have recently knocked the ball out of the park with their vegan cake selection, all hand-made by the boss. Check out their Instagram account for a full idea of how great they are but for the last few Saturdays there have been queues and sell-outs before 1pm.
24 Gardner Street, BN1 1UP. 9:30am-6:30pm.