Veggie delights – Four favourite vegetarian restaurants in Brighton

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!

Wai Kika Moo Kau in Brighton Photo: charleebrown of Flickr

Wai Kika Moo Kau in Brighton

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.

Satay Tofu at Wai Kika Moo Kau in Brighton Photo: Rainrabbit on Flickr

Satay Tofu at Wai Kika Moo Kau in Brighton

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.

Iydea Cafe in Brighton Photo: premasagar of Flickr

Iydea Cafe in Brighton

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!

Terre à Terre in Brighton Photo: Niklas of Flickr

Terre à Terre in Brighton

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.

Paprika Nachos with Sweet Corn and Bean Salsa Photo: Pondspider of Flickr

Paprika Nachos with Sweet Corn and Bean Salsa at Food for Friends

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.

Photo credits: Wai Kika Moo Kau by charleebrown, Satay tofu by Rain Rabbit, Iydea Cafe by premasagar, Terre à Terre by Niklas, and Paprika Nachos by Pondspider.

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  • Reply
    March 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I can’t say we are vegetarian because we eat fish and eggs. But no meat or meat products. Thanks for your suggestions. The food looks good and the shops look good, but I am a bit worried about the pricey aspect.
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    Barbara Weibel
    March 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Yummm! I’d like to try all of these.
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    August 26, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I also prefer to eat vegetarian food only. I must say all these foods seems too delicious. Even, it could be pleasure for anyone to try all these foods.

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      Heather Cowper
      August 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

      @allengrag I also love inventive vegitarian food to feel light and healthy although every so often I feel a steak calling

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      Heather Cowper
      August 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

      @allengrag I also love inventive vegetarian food to feel light and healthy although every so often I feel a steak calling

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    March 27, 2014 at 6:14 am

    The food looks good and the shops look good, but I am a bit worried about the pricey aspect.sorry for comments this

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    December 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    It’s always nice to get an outside take on the delights that Brighton has to offer, as even people living in the city can’t be expected to know everywhere to go. You’ve highlighted some lovely little nuggets that offer veggie fayre that is different from the norm.

    I’m not a veggie, but I do eat veggie food reguarly as I enjoy it and cannot understand the non-veggies who turn their nose up at it and then eat the most unhealthy food imaginable as it contains traces of meat.

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      Heather Cowper
      December 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      @Keith I’m with you on enjoying veggie meals even though eating meat – with the new year upon us I’m sure we’ll all be wanting a healthy start to the year

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