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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JL
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very tasty meal on a Saturday night. Restaurant busy but we were well looked after.
The food was adventurous, and the portion size generous.
Would particularly recommend the cauliflower starter which was delicious and the mushroom main. Also the vegan ice cream was the best we had tasted.
All in all a very good evening.

VH
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve been a few times over the years, the food is usually very good but on this occasion it was very average. The risotto was very oily and more like a bowl of extremely salty pumpkin purée. My partner’s burger was dry and burnt and the chips were cold. Our starters were the best part - Thai cauliflower and Arancini. The ambiance and staff were great, just a shame the meal was a disappointment, especially considering how expensive it was.

V
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVE this place! Friendly and welcoming staff, nice atmosphere and excellent food! Happy to give 5 stars for almost everything (4 for speed of service, which is a little slow - but everything is freshly made). Our Border Collie was also made welcome (to the little dog-friendly area near the entrance) - and he was given a water bowl. Thoroughly recommend, and look forward to our next visit (-:

J
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly staff - not busy as it was a 3pm booking. Pumpkin risotto to die for and Thai cauliflower fab. The Asian soup wAs a bit watery and became messy and boring.

B
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always delivers very imaginative vegetarian meals of very good quality and flavours

s
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! Did put down it was a friends birthday which they did not acknowledge which was a shame, however I would definitely go back as the food was that good!

MG
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday meal for my mother in law together with our 7 month old baby. Service was amazing, and in my online table booking I had noted that the occassion was for a birthday and that we will have a baby with us. On arrival they had already arranged for the highchair at our table and at the end of our mains they brought a small and lovely birthday message (candle and some chocolate treats). Needless to say my mother in law was over the moon with the gesture and we all had an amazing night.

The food (& cocktails), atmosphere and services throughout were amazing as well. All in all excellent.

MN
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal at F for F. The nibbles alone are worth coming for. The tofu is just divine. I’d kill to be able to make tofu like that (although that wouldn’t be very vegan of me!) I had bao buns for starter, which were spicy and tangy, and then my risotto was rich in umami flavours. My partner had the halloumi salad, there was so much halloumi and it melted in the mouth. We couldn’t manage desserts. Such a wonderful meal, can’t wait to return!

MR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed. I was recommended to it by a friend and I was not disappointed. Service was efficient and friendly, ambience was great and food was awesome. Was happy with the prices again.

Love the building and location too. Will go again.

DT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good. This is the 3rd time I have been there recently and this was not as good as the others. The fried cauliflower was not as well done, we had the tagine between us, and it was not hot, but we were not inclined to send it back. It was very tasty. Wine very nice. Only problem was asking to move tables, were seated by the "deliveries only" window which was very claustrophobic. If you must have a table there, take out the opaque coating. Our waitress was not very helpful but another came along and was very amendable to our changing tables, so problem solved. Service good, coffee good. Desserts were tasty (ice cream, and the crumble). You just need to more consistent.

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We went out for a Birthday meal. The food and wine was fantastic but the service was slow (ordering food and drinks).

DI
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This review is based on one dish - roast cauliflower with peanut satay and other items which I can’t remember. But I do remember it was delicious and satisfying. Also had a proprietary ginger beer which was above average in taste.

VH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Food for Friends. Gorgeous food with so many lovely and original vegan options for all courses. Portions not too big so minimal waste. Lovely staff and great location. Perfect!

T
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My previous visits to Food for Friends everything was always top notch, unfortunately, my recent visit fell short. The food wasn’t quite as good difficult to say why precisely, little touches like cucumber in the water which wowed on previous visits didn’t and finally the Ladies toilets needs some TLC one cubicle the Door handle was hanging off.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This is our second visit to Food for Friends, but on this occasion we were extremely disappointed with the food. The starters were very nice, but the let down were the main courses. My mum had the pumpkin risotto that was very overcooked, had an overpowering taste of herbs and spices and no taste of pumpkin. I had the portobello mushroom main course and felt it was a bit bland. My partner had the bean burger and was just average. The saving grace of the evening was the waitress, who was lovely. Unfortunately we will not be returning. The food was much better a few years ago.

JV
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went the very first week it opened back in the day, and it’s still one of the best vegetarian restaurants l have been to. The style of eating has evolved ( no more self service ), but would be happy to eat here any time of the day. Christmas lunch was always the highlight of the year, so am looking forward to trying once again. One very old, happy customer

I
London
42 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It’s not often you get such flavoursome vegetarian meals and such an ambience and friendly restaurant hosts. Am definitely recommending to London friends who venture to Brighton.

PR
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

A restaurant that runs it

R
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine! The combinations worked really well for both of our mains and we absolutely loved the organic wine. Couldn't recommend enough.

OT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal in a lovely atmosphere.
The crispy tofu is divine and the haloumi salad was fresh and exquisite. The only problem was being too full to fit in dessert! I saw them being served and will make sure we have room next time as they looked fabulous.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful starters (akin to a Michelin Starred restaurant) but the mains were underwhelming

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ! Real discovery for us and would definitely go again to this place! The service was also really nice and the waiter gave us very good advices. Nice atmosphere as well. Highly recommended place!

A
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked in advance for my partner's birthday breakfast. The restaurant was closed when we arrived but the staff made us very welcome and were attentive without being intrusive. We had a lovely relaxing time. The food was excellent, with great coffee and cosy ambience. Highly recommended.

SD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Table booked for 930am brunch. Arrived at 9.15am and entered a deserted restaurant. Staff could be heard downstairs so we called out to them several times but no-one responded. Decided to go for a walk round and returned at 930am to find doors locked and no one in the restaurant. So we went to Wetherspoons. Opening hours at Food for Friends need to be reviewed and clarified.

P
London
28 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with great food and nice ambience. Not too noisy so we could enjoy a chat. We shared the olives and tofu for starters and both had the beetroot and lentil burger with great ‘slaw’ and fries. Good selection of wines by the glass.

TS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Veggie food!!!! :-) the service is lovely too, it can get a bit noisy at time as it is a smallish restaurant however definitely worth the experience !!

s
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best (if not the best!) places in Brighton and Hove for delicious Vege cuisine, the menu is fabulous, the ambience very friendly, it's really long-standing, and always delivers on excellence:)

JM
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great atmosphere. Gluten free menu which is really helpful. Adventurous menu and very tasty food. Have been three times and will return no doubt.

JD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Took a while to arrive though. Squeezed onto a tiny table that made balancing a few plates on it like a game of jenga!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, well presented food, excellent service. We were given the ‘snug’ table which we had requested so very happy with my experience.

m
Berkshire
16 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Had been a while since we ate at Food for Friends, very impressed with the current menu and food quality and presentation was wonderful. Menu choices even kept my non vegetarian husband happy

W
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and seriously amazing veggie food. The thai cauliflower starters were our favourite. Must-go in Brighton!

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved the food and would deffo go back again, being someone who isnt veggie it was really nice to see hwat being veggie has to offer

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to eat. I went with friends who were visiting. Had a great table by the window. Only criticism is that we had to ask for drinks menu. Food was lovely and just the right portion size. Would definitely recommend.

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I always love this restaurant and have travelled from London especially. I rate a place on how memorable the food is.
Previously the food has been memorable. I mean spectacular.
This time it was good, I mean tasty and nothing wrong but something has changed and the edge has gone.
Their Scotch eggs were magical, and now are okay.
Plus they’ve removed a wrap from the menu that was literally the reason I drove from London.
I not saying it’s bad. The service etc is wonderful.
But the food has changed and I won’t make the effort again.
It was ordinary and lovely but it used to be extraordinary.

JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Food for Friends after a long absence of many years, and were pleasantly surprised by the changes. The food we had was excellent and well presented. We look forward to visiting again soon.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend the small bites to share

LG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is delicious and beautifully prepared, if a bit pricey. Early seatings better as most popular dishes sell out early. Seating and ambiance are nice but the tables are quite tightly packed.

RM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I wasn't that impressed bu the food. I had a tagine with buckwheat and another grain which were cold, but plonked on top was a piece of focaccia which was unnecessary.
My friend had a burger, the bun was burnt and the burger overcooked.
What I was most irritated by was the fact that I had booked a table for two and stated that it was a special occasion (my friend's retirement.) We were shown to the smallest most cramped table imaginable.
When I complained, the waitress was a bit huffy and told us that we'll have to wait. They did find us a much more suitable table but it was clear that other tables were available when we arrived.
I won't be going again.

TB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The sharing platter was excellent; the halloumi salad very nice. Service was good, the table was awkwardly placed - there was a step that didn't allow the chair to fit in comfortably, and the music was intrusive.