The Best Veggie Restaurants in Brighton


All too often veggies are just an afterthought when it comes to eating out. Brighton, in all of its bohemian glory, boasts some of the country’s best vegetarian places to eat, including veggie-centric fine-dining, curries, cafes and pubs. Here are our top five in the UK’s most veggie-friendly city – perfect if you’re on a date with a fellow vegetarian.

Terre a Terre

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Terre a Terre is veggie fine-dining at its finest. The classically trained chefs create some of the most surprising, imaginative, well presented and downright tasty vegetarian food in existence – it’s the kind of place where carnivores forget all about meat.

This is not just one of Brighton’s best veggie restaurants; it is one of Brighton’s best restaurants full stop. If you struggle to pick from the glorious menu then opt for the Terre Tapas where you get to try a little bit of everything.

Food for Friends

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Having opened its doors more than 30 years ago, Food for Friends is Brighton’s original sophisticated vegetarian restaurant. Once in Terre a Terre’s shadow, Food for Friends has certainly upped its game in recent years, winning the coveted award of Best Restaurant award at the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards 2012.

The fact that Brighton has two quite similar high-end veggie restaurants means that the quality in both is superb – a great rivalry for diners. A stand-out from the ever-evolving menu is the mild ewe’s halloumi salad, while the triple-cooked chips with truffled mayonnaise are always a welcome side order.


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Quite possibly the best place to get lunch in Brighton, Iydea offers a canteen-like service – imagine if your old school dinner ladies were hip young things serving imaginative veggie food.

The menu changes daily but mains, such as vegan sweet potato and cashew nuggets, and leek, butterbean and cheddar cobbler, are served alongside an impressive selection of hot and cold sides, toppings and sauces. Iydea has recently opened up a second branch on Western Road, which also stays open for evening meals – the more the merrier.

The Prince George

Traditional British pub food has a very meaty reputation and veggies don’t always want healthy food; this is where The George comes in. This North Laine pub offers vegetarian takes on customary pub grub including burgers, ploughman’s, chips, welsh rarebit and sarnies, along with more exotic fare such as falafels, halloumi salads and burritos, and vegetarian beers.

Planet India

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Planet India’s no-frills façade and unglamorous location prove that a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover. This hidden gem is great shout if you are looking to impress a date and appear in-the-know.

Extremely cheap prices (around £5.50 for a main) and a laidback atmosphere mean that Planet India lacks the wow factor of Terre a Terre but is ideal for a more relaxed occasion. It’s all about the food here and its cult following swear by house favourites such a Masoor Dall (red lentil curry) and Dhai Bhel Puri (sweet, crunchy, spicy salad).

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