Vegan Advegtures: Brighton, UK

 

Last week, I took a little trip down to Brighton with a group of friends to check out a couple of vegan spots. Now, I’m fully aware that Brighton’s scene is vibrant and extensive so I’ll definitely have to pop back to make sure I visit as many as possible, but this is about all we could fit into our day (and our stomachs!),

I always get great vibes from Brighton. It’s chilled yet buzzing at the same time and it’s by the sea. What’s not to love?

Here’s the list of places we visited in the order we visited them:

🌱 The Canna Kitchen

🌱 The Walrus Brighton

🌱 BeFries

🌱 Happy Maki

Here’s a map showing the location of all of the restaurants:


 

So, down to the nitty gritty. Here’s what we ate and what we thought:

1. The Canna Kitchen

** Disclaimer – My meal was complimentary but all views are honest and my own

 

Where is it?

14 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH

What’s it like?

This is the UK’s first cannabis themed, plant based restaurant. Their dishes are all infused with cannabinoids (psychoactive free) in some way! I’ve been looking into CBD oil recently and was really intrigued to find out more from the experts (if you go, ask for Charlotte). The cafe is cosy and the staff are friendly (and knowledgable). They’re working hard to tackle the stigma attached with both cannabis and plant based food – quite the feat!

What did you eat?

  • Brighton Brunch with chickpea tofu, red onion, wilted spinach, CBD sunflower Seed pesto, roast flat mushroom, roast tomato, homemade hash brown, homemade baked beans, avocado and local sourdough bread – £10
  • Smoked & Cured – Carrot lox, hemp & buckwheat blinis with CBD dill coconut cream cheese, cultured beetroot, pickled red onion & crispy capers – £8.50
  • Lean Green – Tempura green beans, hemp & hazelnut dukkah, CBD tahini cream, pomegranate & parsley – £8.50
  • Polenta Fries served with terpene infused sun dried tomato dip- £6
  • Buddha Bowl with harissa tofu, seasonal roast roots, chickpea tofu, quinoa salad, homemade slaw, homemade humous, fresh salad, house kraut with CBD tahini cream – £9

What did you think of the food?

  • Brighton Brunch – Loved this dish, the best part was the chickpea tofu. Absolutely beautiful!
  • Smoked & Cured – The base was a little dry but there was a generous serving of the cream cheese on top to balance that out. Have had smoked carrot a few times and this was one of the better ones
  • Lean Green – I’m not always a massive fan of tempura but this was light, crunchy and crispy. The dukkah was amaaaazing!
  • Polenta Fries – Again, not normally a big fan of polenta but I enjoyed these. They weren’t as thick as others I’d had. The star of the show was the sun-dried tomato dip!
  • Buddha Bowl – My favourite dish. It was creamy, fresh and light but also substantial. The coleslaw was so creamy!

 

More information:

Check out their instagram

 


 

2. The Walrus Brighton

** Disclaimer – My meal was complimentary but all views are honest and my own

 

Where is it?

10 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD

What’s it like?

This might be the biggest, most impressive pub I’ve ever seen. It has about twenty different areas and I actually got lost at one point! It’s traditional in decor and also has the most amazing ‘outdoor-not-outdoor’ area right at the top. This would be a great place to hang out at any time of the year, and I was really impressed by their vegan options as well as their knowledge of all things vegan. In particular, I was really pleased to find that they label the alcohol as vegan / not vegan on their menu. The food was hearty, pub food which didn’t make you feel like you’re missing out.

What did you eat?

  • Asparagus & Pea crepe with a herb dressing – £6.95
  • Beetroot herb shallot tartare with toasted bread – £7.95
  • Asparagus & Romesco Tart with green & yellow courgette, cashew & red pepper dressing – £13.50
  • Chocolate Micuit with bourbon vanilla ice cream – £5.95

What did you think of the food?

  • Crepe – This was delicious! Creamy, comforting and the cheese melted really well
  • Tartare – Fresh and full of flavour. The mango was so sweet – I loved it!
  • Tart – The pastry was nice and light and the flavours worked really well. Loved the dressing!
  • Micuit – Sticky, gooey, melted really well. A very good vegan dessert! It wasn’t overly sweet, it was just right.

 

More information:

Check out their instagram

 


 

3. BeFries

** Disclaimer – My meal was complimentary but all views are honest and my own

 

Where is it?

46 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA

What’s it like?

This is a takeaway style chip shop with a tonne of vegan options. The staff are friendly and funny, and it’s a great place to stop if you want a quick snack!

What did you eat?

  • Fries, fries and more fries
  • “Fish” and chips
  • Banoffee Pie

What did you think of the food?

  • Fries – Anyone who knows me knows that I’d happily live on fries and these were great. The range of sauces was super impressive. I loved the truffle mayo the best (I even took some home)
  • “Fish” and chips – The fish wasn’t super realistic for me and was perhaps a bit too dense
  • Banoffee Pie – Super sweet but delicious! Creamy, light and incredibly moreish

 

More information:

Check out their instagram


 

4. Happy Maki

** Disclaimer – My meal was complimentary but all views are honest and my own

 

 

Where is it?

8 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1PN

What’s it like?

A cute little spot near the sea front. I’ve had Happy Maki’s vegan sushi burritos at various festivals before but it was nice to visit them in their own home! The staff are so lovely and their burritos are fully loaded!

What did you eat?

  • Hoisin ‘Duck’ with roasted sesame seeds, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, spring onions and hoisin sauce – £6.50
  • Rainbow roll with grated beet & carrot, toasted seeds, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, coriander and spiced coconut sauce – £6

What did you think of the food?

  • Hoisin Duck – My favourite of their rolls. That hoisin sauce does it for me every time!
  • Rainbow Roll – Fresh and leaves you feeling good. I liked the spice coconut sauce!

 

More information:

Check out their instagram

 

 


I hope that this blog post helps you out if you’re in Brighton and looking for some vegan options. I can’t wait to get back down there and explore even more!

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Shout out to my Brighton foodie crew! Click on their names to view their Instagram profiles:

Also, side note, Nicole is launching Veeg Card in Brighton soon which will offer discounts and deals for vegan restaurants in the area! Visit www.veeg.co.uk to sign up!

If you want any tips or just want to have a chat about any of the places we visited, head over to my Instagram page: @thelittlelondonvegan.

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