Food for Friends

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£25 and under
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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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Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentines meal. Such delicious food and amazing service. Will be going back! Can’t fault anuthing

R
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Food for Friends before and have always enjoyed ourselves there. As it was Valentines I thought it would be ideal to go here. There was a special Valentines cocktail available which we both tried, it was delicious. My wife had the olives to start while I had the Thai cauliflower. We both had the burger for our main. The food was delicious as usual and the service was very good. If you want to go for a reasonably priced delicious vegetarian meal then I can thoroughly recommend Food for Friends.

AZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, outstanding service! I will come back :)

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Good came quickly but nothing felt rushed. I would definitely recommend!

JA
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service , great food , would definitely recommend. My one criticism was the noise level of the music, could have been lower as it made conversation a little noisy , apart from that was awesome - will be coming back

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I chose badly on my main and had a burger as they'd sold out of what I wanted. The Burger was not great at all. However, our server was incredible and swapped it for me with no fuss whatsoever. If I had not tied the burger it would be five stars.
It was very cold in there, but whenever I go it always is so fortunately we had warn extra layers.

HB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve lots count of the number of times I’ve been here. It’s still my favourite restaurant in Brighton. Amazing food, lovely staff and really really good value.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was fantastic, will definitely return. The only reason a 4 for food was scored, is because my partner has a nut allergy and all of the desserts contained nuts.

MB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We have visited Food for Friends many times over the years and it has always been our favourite Brighton restaurant. Unfortunately, things seem to have changed. The menu options have greatly reduced and those on offer are nowhere near as nice as the 'old' menu. I ordered wine for the table in advance (fron thrir online menu) as a surprise for my wife on her birthday and was told on arrival they didn't stock this anymore. Lijewuse, my wife ordered a covktail frpm the menu and we were informed they didn't do it anymore. We were there at 730pm on a Saturday and they didn't have my wife's choice of main. All our food was very unsatisfactory and not value for money. Even the toilets were grubby with paper towels all over the gents and no hand wash in the ladies. I do hope they can turn the restaurant around as we have had many a good evening there but they have a lot of work to do to get there.

AL
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really excellent food - even satisfying my meat eating husband. The portions were on the large side and could have probably been about 2/3rds of the size. Service was good and the staff all friendly. We were sat very close to the neigbouring table which not ideal - not all the tables were as close together but it was a little off putting.

OT
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasty vegetarian food, very good attentive staff with reasonable pricing.

GT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The main problems were the seating - too close to other tables and the noise level was too high - very loud selfish customers! Fortunately the food was very good and the service.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, told everyone I know to go.

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 STARS! Fantastic food and service! I let them know that it was my wife's birthday beforehand and they gave us free champagne and truffles to celebrate! Nice touch!

MM
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, made a fuss of my dad for his birthday

JV
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food - generous portions! Well worth the money. The pudding we had (white choc & cranberry pudding was amazing as was the salt and pepper tofu starter). Ambiance slightly lacking due to bright lights but otherwise faultless.

LP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was incredible, as a meateater I didn't miss meat. The thai cauliflower was incredible and I could eat that forever. Would definitely recommend.

J
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
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 on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

JC
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
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 on 18 January 2020
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