Food for Friends

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Vegetarian / Vegan

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Good Vegetarian Options
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2016 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.
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J
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic vegetarian food offering a lot of interesting and tasty flavour combinations. Recommend!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Buena experiencia, bueno servicio con una carta de platos bastante amplía y interesante para mejor conocer la cocina vegetariana!

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JH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and staff. A must visit if you're in Brighton

JC
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked my vegetarian friend to pick somewhere I could take her for her birthday and she chose here. I’ve been past many times but never been in. I enjoy all cuisines and enjoy eating meat free. I was certainly not disappointed! We had the sharing platter with sides of jackfruit spring rolls and triple cooked chips. The vegetarian scotch egg was my favourite part although every mouthful was divine. I can’t wait to go back,and my friends birthday slate for pudding was so kind of you. I also have a nut allergy and felt satisfied that staff listened to me about checking food ingredients. Some restaurants don’t make you feel ‘safe’ with an allergy but I felt like I was taken seriously. Thankyou.

EH
Brighton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food and really appreciated the anniversary brownies - lovely touch!

F
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were looking forward to eating at Food for Friends we found the experience under whelming.

Service was great, the restaurant lacked ambience. The lighting was so bright it was like eating in a fast food chain.

The food was mixed. We found the flavours overpowering with smoky flavouring and salt which was a shame. We did really enjoy dessert but was overshadowed by the mains.

We spoke to friends after and they had said if they had known we were going they would have suggested booking somewhere else.

T
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am not a vegetarian but I do enjoy vegetarian food . The food was incredible try the jack fruit spring rolls omg amazing . As was the joy mouse and halluni salad . We did also have the scallops which were perfect

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a completely wonderful lunch at Food for Friends with my mum when she came to visit me. She commented on how lovely the restaurant was and the staff.

The whole meal was delicious, but the desserts were particularly special.

Thank you for giving us such a lovely experience x

JF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch inexpensive and very very tasty. So much so we went back the second day. Not vegan or vegetarian but the place And food was superb. Highly recommend for casual lunch. They where super accomadating to our 6 month old.

SD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time going, it was a very pleasant place to sit and chat followed by some excellent food and service.

AM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good wines and great friendly service. The Thai cauliflower small plate was out of this world!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Food for Friends, the food is always special, good quality, and well presented.
The staff are friendly and efficient.
It was my sisters birthday and the staff presented her with a chocolate orange fondant as a birthday treat, it’s those special touches that make food for friends a touch above the rest.
Lovely vegetarian food that’s interesting and well presented. It’s a little pricy but worth it.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely food but lighting is too bright so the atmostphere is a bit strange. Also the food comes out really quickly, so felt rushed.

K
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, with lovely staff. The food was delicious, and it was a result as my child slept through our whole meal 😊

F
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the sharing platter +the Thai cauliflower small plate. It was delicious and very filling. I'm still thinking about the runny scotch egg. Mmmm

e
London
47 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous food, great flavour combinations and lots of choice. Staff are really friendly and its not overly expensive. Perfect place for dining and relaxing

ZJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and cozy atmosphere. Nice variety of dishes to choose from and the portions were plentiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

As always the food was excellent. Great restaurant. However a few things spoilt my experience. I felt rushed as our starter plates were nearly taken away when food was still in them and we were eating. We were offer the bill straight after our main meals without offering dessert or coffee. I overheard the barman say they had no peppermint tea, which is fair enough but then added they could have mint tea it is better for them. Excuse me can I not decide what I would like to drink. However the highlight of my evening was when the waiter said I had the same password for my bank card as his mother. He should not have been looking. It felt very unprofessional and I feel let the restaurant down

SM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely food and great selection. Good to offer some specials however based on seasonal availability.

RW
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Butternut squash dish was really good. It’s a restaurant which always delivers.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, extremely friendly staff and great atmosphere. The Thai cauliflower dish was insanely good!

BM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food very tasty and innovative, definitely will visit again

HB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Although service was good the food was unexceptional and overpriced. Menus were tatty and stained with food. It was a disappointment

T
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday on New Year’s Eve; as it was a late booking we only managed to get a slot at 9.45 but it was worth the wait!
The restaurant had a buzzy atmosphere which reflected the area of Brighton that it is situated in.
We were greeted and brought to our table, then ordered drinks and food together. Our drinks arrived promptly.
We shared the falafel starter and then had a main each, I had the arancini and she had the gnocchi. All the food was incredibly fresh and a great deal of effort had been put into the balance of flavours on the plate, not to mention the dishes were all beautifully presented.
The size of the plates were decent, we were both full considering we only had a main and half a starter each. Being a meat eater, I didn’t at any point feel dissatisfied with the lack of meat on the plates!
A delicious, healthy and hearty meal at great value, perfect way to end 2019.

FS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely loved our visit to food for friends - would definitely recommend it! The food was delicious and portions were very generous, staff were super friendly and helpful. Great experience!

GK
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

After booking a table a few weeks in advance for early evening (5.30) I was very disappointed that our 2pers table was squished in next to the deliveries door and tightly between other tables - considering it wasn’t very busy. When I asked to move I was told the table next to us was reserved but they did turn down the heater above us. On walking through the restaurant to the toilet there were plenty of available tables in the back room and even 2 walk-ins sat on a 4pers table - so was disappointed we weren’t allowed to move. Having said that our waitress was very friendly and helped with food recommendations and the food itself was delicious! We ordered 4-5 small plates and all of them were incredible. Just a shame the experience started off on the wrong foot with the table and it frustrated me the whole meal.

KG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The choice was very limited which I was surprised at. The burger tasted very bland if eaten on its own so was essential to eat it as a burger in bun. I have tasted much nicer buns. The roasted tofu as a starter was very nice though. Chairs are cushioned and the coveting was marked with dirty stains.
Overall I would go again but think the menu needs improving and the decor upgrading.

VM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved my lunch! Absolutely delicious, I will definitely be visiting the next time I’m in town. Beautiful fresh favours, great service. Thank you!

DW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food seemed less flavoursome than had experienced previously. Roast dinner was rather too salty for my taste. Having been visiting restaurant for over 30 years and miss the old menu and wholesomeness of food in the early days.

m
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We arrived at the restaurant just before 4pm on Friday. We were met by a slightly older waitress, I was unsure if she was managing the restaurant at that time, and asked for a table and was told that they didn’t have any availability as they were fully booked, and that they would need all the tables in 30 minutes time. This seemed odd as the place was deserted and there was only 2 tables occupied at that time. So we walked out, and I checked on my phone to see the time for the next available table, and to our surprise there was availability, so I booked, and walked straight back into the restaurant. The waitress was very unhappy and spoke to her colleague, who said, yes they’ve just booked right now. We were shown to a nice table, and fortunately not served by that waitress. The other younger waitresses and waiter were lovely and friendly. I had the haloumi salad which was good, loads of cheese. The rest of my party had the arancini, which was not a great success, but they ate it. The banana sticky pudding was nice, as was the house white wine.
It was such a shame that the attitude of the initial waitress put a dampener on our visit. We have eaten at the restaurant in the past and never encountered such a problem.

JD
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous veggie food, service was excellent. Lighting was a bit bright but other than that would definitely recommend.

FB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgable. We three shared the sharing platter and it was perfect for us, the staff kindly gave us bread to soak up the lovely sauces etc. Would def recommend.
Also the window snow displays were beautiful

NL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Although not vegetarian my partner is. She thoroughly enjoyed joyed both courses. I loved my starter but the Gnocchi I ordered, I thought was horrid. Personal taste though, nothing to do with the actual food. I wouldn't hesitate to return and try another option. Overall a lovely restaurant that I cannot fault in any way. Thank You

EC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful setting and THE most delicious food! I would highly recommend.

MP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Christmas window was beautiful and certainly got us in the festive mood. We enjoyed a wedding anniversary lunch in the best window seats in the house. My only criticism - the window seats were a bit cold. Otherwise, a lovely time was had by both of us.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Absolutely gorgeous and delectable food. Good service and good selection of food and wine available. Only one issue with ambience - lights were a little bright. Other than that, well worth a visit. Amazing food

TB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely flawless. We've no complaints whatsoever.

v
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three simple sentences.
Great food.
Great service.
Great restaurant.

Thanks guys, you made our anniversary great!

LR
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The whole dining experience was a disappointing.
The food in particukar was too hot and spicy and not of the usual high standard.
Sadly there was a lack of atmosphere . I did not have to pay for my main as it was too highly seasoned. The management threw in a free cocktail however we skipped desert and coffees and probably won't return in the future. This is a real shame as previously we enjoyed the food and ambience which on this occasion was safly lacking

JD
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very good service but didn’t feel the food was up to their normal standard. The burger was dry because it is plant based for vegans without a simple vegetarian option. A lot of the dishes came with a smoked flavour including the sauces, which is ok if this is what you like! My husband enjoyed his meal but my daughter and myself were extremely disappointed. When we arrived there were only a few tables occupied, one of which was extremely noisy which the staff did nothing to address. I would also recommend that they upgrade the cloakrooms.