This seaside town has a thriving plant-based foodie scene, with haunts serving up all manner of delicious meat-free brunches, lunches and dinners. And when those comfort food cravings bite? They've got you covered with everything from hefty burgers and gooey pizza to seitan chicken fingers and juicy kebabs up for grabs. Find these and more in our pick of the best spots for vegan junk food in Brighton.
Beelzebab have taken over the kitchen of The Hope & Ruin, serving 'dirty dogs' made of tofu and topped with sauerkraut, chilli non-karne or seitan ‘doner’ meat (served kebab-style). In the mood for a little extra carb-loading? Chomp away on fooled pork fries with BBQ jackfruit or, if you’re slightly more adventurous, peanut butter and jelly fries with peanut satay and chilli jam.
Meet The Bok Shop: home to the best vegan fried chicken in Brighton. Take your omnivore mates to this comfort food haven and tuck into faux chicken burgers with chipotle slaw and chicken cucumber, Thai green curry spices or lashings of BBQ sauce. It's a great option if you’re trying to feed a larger group of rumbling tummies.
Another one that’s ace for family outings, MEATLiquor’s diverse menu of drool-worthy junk food is perfect for veggies, vegans and meat-eaters alike. Top dishes include the hotdog, which can be customised with an array of toppings, and the black bean chilli fries. Meanwhile, the seitan fingers, smothered in garlic mayo, will have you dreaming for days.
La Choza is a fabulously vibrant Brighton restaurant that's dishing up a range of meat and plant-based Mexican classics in a fun setting. Grab a seat and get stuck into the build-your-own menu, where you'll pick between a taco, burrito, quesadilla or tostada before moving onto the fillings - vegan chorizo, black beans and roasted veg, sweet potato with squash - and finish off with various salsas.
Craving some pizza? Check out Purezza, the country's first wholly vegan pizzeria. On the menu, you'll find enticing slices such as grilled artichoke and smoked beef carpaccio, black truffle and pulled porketta or a spicy crumbled 'sausage' and 'nduja bite with sliced green chillies. Honestly, the kooky creations at this place are sure to rival any meaty counterparts.
This brilliant pub is so much more than a pint-lovers paradise, it also doubles up as an excellent spot for plant-based munching. With Humble Kitchen at the helm, Bison Beer serves a scrumptious signature herbivore burger with a B12 patty, truffle mayo and pickled onions that perfectly complements an ice-cold brew.
Purveyor of juicy döners, flavourful gyros and loaded fries, it's not hard to see why What The Pitta is something of a don when it comes to the best places for vegan food in Brighton. Swing by the East Street spot for your fix of 'meaty' bites, complete with lip-smacking boxes of chick'n nugs and sweet desserts.
Brighton's best vegan junk food? The Vurger Co. is cooking up quite the storm from its plant-based kitchen. Get your gnashers around a Beyond Meat, fake chicken or aubergine and chickpea patty, topped with caramelised onions and homemade chipotle mayo, and you'll see why it's such a popular choice.
Hungry for more? Check out our guide to Brighton's best vegan restaurants here.