As a lifelong vegetarian I have found it difficult in many parts of Britain to get something nicer than a frozen veggie burger and chips, and now that I have two small children it can be twice as difficult to avoid the plain margherita pizza option. If you’re one of the many vegetarian or vegan families looking for weekend breaks in the UK and worrying about where to eat out then I have good news for you – if you don’t eat meat but you like good food then Brighton is a great place to visit!
If you’re in the bohemian North Laine area and want a sit-down meal we recommend Wai Kika Moo Kau where they serve excellent vegan and veggie breakfasts, they have a varied menu and are very welcoming and kid-friendly. The food is high quality and great value, the service is fantastic and prompt and they do delicious smoothies and juices of every flavour.
For comparison, almost opposite is Iydea where the focus is on fast food. The menu is rustic and very nice but a bit more expensive, and you won’t get in the door if you have a pram or buggy – however they do takeaway lunch very well indeed so if you want to eat while you wander around the shops then it’s ideal.
If you want to make an occasion of it then go to Terre à Terre. It is the best restaurant in Brighton and unless you have been there before you will be amazed at the unique food, it is something special that you will remember as a highlight of your visit. They welcome children and have an exciting kids menu, the atmosphere and décor are impeccable and the service top-notch. They offer raw food and gluten-free options, a range of snacks and sides and food that you’ve never heard of alongside perfectly-cooked traditional elements. The price is equivalent to any stylish meat restaurants and you’ll never regret having one of their Rösti!
If you’re in the Lanes, there is Food for friends which is a perfectly nice vegetarian restaurant. They will provide your children with crayons and play sheets but their kids menu is a bit bland for a vegetarian establishment (the choice of pizza, pasta, or hummus and crudities is no better than an ordinary restaurant) and their main dishes are a little overpriced – for a few more pounds you could go to Terre à Terre instead.
Other places that serve vegetarian food in Brighton
Infinity Foods Cafe has a rustic ambiance but not a wide variety on the menu and not much room for kids.
The Prince George is a vegetarian pub you can take children into during the daytime and the menu is Gastropub food that is acceptable rather than great.
The Loving Hut serves The Level play park and is part of an international vegan chain, it’s delicious, unusual and very cheap. The only down side is there is not much indoor seating but you can get satay skewers for £3.40 and a ‘notdog’ for £2.40 so if you are taking your children to play in the park on a sunny day it is a blessing.
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