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The Cowley Club

  • Vegan
    ( 7 reviews )
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12 London Road, Brighton, England, BN1 4JA

A radical social centre with a cafe during the day, 5-minute walk from Noth Lanes. Hot food is served 12:30-3:30pm. It's volunteer-run small place with alternative atmosphere.

Category: Vegan, International, English

Reviews (7)

First Review by just

Excellent! - Edit

The Cowley Club is a great little place on London Road in Brighton - both the bar and café is 100% vegan and money often goes to support campaigns like Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs.

The café is open Wed-Fri 12pm-6pm

Thursday evening meals (alcohol on sale too) from 7pm

Sunday roasts often - check listings on website www.cowleyclub.org.uk to see if there's one on

Great value for money! Where else in Brighton can you get a cup of tea for 60p, vegan beer for £3 and a meal for less than a fiver!

I highly recommend going down and supporting this place run entirely by volunteers!

Also the bar is open most nights from around 7pm, and all alcohol is vegan, again check listings on www.cowleyclub.org.uk to see what's on :)

Pros: Inexpensive, Volunteer-run, Community-based


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Its great, tasty wholesome food. - Edit

I really like The Cowley Club. Especially the Thursday evening meals, £4 for a massive plate!

Occasionally the cafe can vary a bit but the chilled out atmosphere and the value for money make up for it.

And its the only place you can drink in Brighton and be certain that everything is vegan from the Ale to the Wine!

Pros: Tasty

Cons: not open enough


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Great - Edit

Great place, never had a bad meal.

Lots of political events, has a great resource library upstairs with loads of radical lit and films..

My highlight is the thursday night vegan meal, absolutely massive portions of great vegan food for 3.50, and serve vegan beers.

Pros: Great place, Great people, Great food


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Home away from home - Edit

I've been to the Cowley Club a few times when I was on tour with my former band. And everytime we played we were overwhelmed by the great hospitality and the amazing food.
The Cowley Club is run by volunteers, and htey know how to take their job serious. In hte daytime it's a cafe plus a radical bookstore. A lot of young families from different backgrounds hangout there. Quite some young kids playing with each other while the parents are having a cup of tea.

The best thing of the Cowley Club is that it is an autonomous centre. Meetings happen there, concerts, discussions, benefits. All to make this world a bit better... Stop by there if you come across Brighton, it's THE place to meet awesome inspiring people.

Pros: all volunteers, great great food, autonomous space


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Fundraiser roast - Edit

A couple of weeks ago i had a roast dinner at the Cowley. When the food arrived i was unsure if i'd get through the plateful as it was huge(i did!) There was nutroast, the essential roast potatoes, a variety of veg all covered in gravy. The spuds were gorgeous and i enjoyed everything else on my plate, though personally i like a bit more gravy! It was a fundraiser roast for the hunt sabs so i was doing good by eating it too!
If you're into eating in posh restaurants then the Cowley Club isn't for you. It's a not-for-profit social club run by volunteers and is a laid back environment. The kitchen is also run by volunteers so the food varies. The cafe is open Tues-Fri 12-4pm and breakfasts Sat 10am-2pm. Bar meals Thurs 8-9pm £3.50 and the bar is open Tues-Thur 7-11pm, Fri-Sat 8pm-12/2am. There are often Sunday roasts, check their website for info and to see what gigs,etc are happening.

Pros: Cheap food, Fundraiser, Great roast

Cons: Not enough gravy!, Can be noisy at times


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