Vegetarian places to eat at in Brighton & Hove

Is Brighton & Hove the best place to be a vegetarian? Quite possibly, and luckily for me I live here!

Brighton has always been a very tolerant, liberal kind of city and this alternative culture has spawned a large vegetarian community which I’m proud to be a part of. There are loads of places worth checking out if you’re vegetarian and want to explore Brighton.


Terre a Terre

Terre a Terre is a mainstay of veggie dining in Brighton and is often voted one of the best vegetarian restaurants to eat at in the UK. It has recently undergone a renovation and looks even better than ever. The staff are always very welcoming and knowledgeable about the dishes on offer. Some of the ingredients can be a bit baffling, but staff are always on hand to explain. Prices are on the £££ side but believe me, it’s well worth it, especially if you are celebrating something like a birthday or anniversary. You won’t regret going!

Wai Kiki Moo Kau

Wai Kiki Moo Kau has been around for what seems like years and has always been a reliable veggie place to eat in Brighton. Located in the North Laines, it’s a great choice if you’re browsing the Brighton Laines and are looking for somewhere to go for lunch. Lots of healthy options, including some great freshly squeezed juices, they also do a great mezze platter for two. Prices are ££.


Iydea has been around for a couple of years and is on the same street in the Brighton North Laines, on Kensington Gardens. I love it, and is another great choice for a quick lunch.Food is served buffet style and you can eat in, though space is limited and you may have to share a table. Prices are £. Update! A new branch of Iydea has now opened on the Brighton/Hove border on Western road, near the junction of Montpelier Road, so why not check it out!



Ethels cafe in Hove is not strictly vegetarian but has some great veggie options. Located on Blatchington Road, it offers a great breakfast and lunch. Staff are always friendly and there are tables out front if the weather is nice. Food is always very fresh and pretty healthy. Prices are ££. Open daytime only.

Yet more vegetarian options in Brighton

The great thing about looking for veggie food in Brighton is that virtually everywhere has a great choice of veggie options, so you don’t necessarily have to seek out a specifically vegetarian restaurant (though I would recommend you do if you can!). So if you are looking for a great veggie culinary experience, you couldn’t do better than coming to vegetarian central – Brighton & Hove!

‘Meet Me At Hendersons’ – a history of vegetarian food in Britain

I am always fascinated when discovering the history of vegetarians in the UK.

Although living a meat-free life might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon in the UK, the history of vegetarians goes back many generations.

I spotted this interesting article in ‘The Independent’ about a restaurant called Henderson’s in Edinburgh.


The oldest veggie restaurant in the UK

Did you know Henderson’s is the oldest veggie restaurant in the UK?

Take a look and find out more about this fascinating place. I want to go there!

The Independent – When Henderson’s first opened, meat-free meals were as radical as mini skirts. Fifty years on, the UK’s oldest veggie restaurant is an Edinburgh institution.

Cook Vegetarian

I’ve been cooking veggie food for over twenty years but sometimes I run out of inspiration.

I often turn to the internet for vegetarian recipe ideas. However, I do also recommend subscribing to a vegetarian cooking magazine if you’re also looking for some non-meaty culinary ideas.

Cook Vegetarian

I have subscribed to two different vegetarian magazines, ‘Cook Vegetarian‘ and ‘Vegetarian Living‘.

I prefer ‘Cook Vegetarian’ as it has more recipes. I also really like the colour photos and I find the recipes easy to follow. It’s not one of those magazines with loads of really bizarre ingredients your struggle to get hold of.

Cook Vegetarian magazine

Cook Vegetarian magazine

It costs £17.25 for six issues and I just discovered you can buy a digital edition from the Apple newsstand.

I have no affiliation with this magazine. I just wanted to recommend it as I always find something I want to make in it and often their recipes are very seasonal too.