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14 East St, Brighton, England, BN1 1HP

Vegan cafe opened in summer 2009 by celebrity Heather Mills. Atmosphere is family oriented and children friendly. Has Wi-Fi. Moved to current location since spring 2013 and is now open year-round; previously at Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove Brighton. Open Mon-Sat 9:30am-7:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Western, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Bakery

Reviews (68)

First Review by Shockingfish

Great choice - Edit

Lovely food, good service and delicious hot chocolate! We had breakfast there which was delicious, great place for kids as there was plenty for them on the menu.

Pros: great selection, take out option

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Perfect Every Time - Edit

Me and my girlfriend came to Brighton for a weekend away because we are both vegan. We came to VBites about 3 times in total our entire weekend.... once for breakfast, once for lunch and once for dinner. We absolutely loved it. We went through and tried so many things on the menu between us and we can honestly say that we weren't let down. I would recommend VBites to anyone visiting Brighton and I genuinely think it is a contender for the best vegan restaurant not only in Brighton but in England.

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Not for hippy salad lovers - Edit

Love love love this place. Good hearty food you don't normally find at other vegan cafes. Want a salad? Go somewhere else, this is meat alternative based around the VBites products and it's delicious. Kebabs, full English, burgers, pizza, mock duck, bacon rolls. Plus a great selection of junk food and indulgences. I always eat here at least three times on a weekend trip to Brighton.

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Very good! - Edit

We tried the burgers and friens and brighton vegan beer!

It was all absolutely yum and the staff was friendly.

Also the design of the place is just the cutest!



Pros: friendly, cute design, yummy cheap food

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Great food but $$$$$$$ - Edit

I love the food but the price is so expensive.

I love the Veg Sunday Roast !

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-02

Pros: Delicious food, Good variety of food

Cons: Very expensive, Takes a long time

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Best option for non-vegetarians to try vegan dishes... - Edit

...in addition to being awesome for everyone.
Ate there three times and was thrilled by the accuracy of mock meats. The mock duck in the Hoisin Ducky is probably the closest you can get to how a duck tastes like. The same is true for the mock fish in their fish dishes.
In general very good cooking and great taste.
The staff was very nice, but the service was a bit sloppy though. Actually I never quite understand what's the procedure. The menu is scattered around somewhere, you don't know if someone will come to your table to serve or if you have to the desk to order there and if you have to pay up front or not - I did experienced it different each time.
Nonetheless, there is not a single city in the world that wouldn't be happy about a VBites within its borders.

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Amazing food - Edit

Went here one rainy Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. Had tofu fish and chips, and the burger with peanut butter! All amazing, and a good selection of drinks and snacks. Highly recommend...

Pros: 100% vegan

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Not Amazing - Edit

glad to have vegan food but it wasn't that great. the place is a mess, it's unorganised and needs tidying / freshening up. staff weren't that great either, more interested in chatting with each other. disappointing

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Sunday Roast to die for . - Edit

Most Sunday's my friend and I can be found in VBites eating the massive and tasty nut roast . ( Yorkshire pud included ! ) I also love their soup and knickerbocker glory !!!
If you have VIVA membership you will get 10% discount on showing your card . Can't be bad !

Pros: small shop area selling VBites and other vegan foo

Cons: a shame it is not open in the evenings .

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Delicious!! - Edit

I went here two nights ago, and it was fantastic! The fish and chips were delicious, and there were many great desserts to choose from. I had a carrot cake with pistachio ice cream that was incredible! The service was really friendly and prompt, too. I left feeling full and satisfied, which is no small feat given I have a big appetite and had barely eaten anything all day. This is a great vegan treat in Brighton!

Pros: Delicious, imaginative food, Great service, Good portions

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VGood Indeed - Edit

I love this place, so much so myself and my wife visited twice during our stay over Easter. VBites is definitely the place to go if you want some good old fashioned junk food. We got the chicken burger and fish burger with fries and although I enjoyed the fish burger, I wasn't overly convinced with the texture and probably wouldn't get it again. The chicken burger however was excellent and I would highly recommend. We also returned again for the full English breakfast, which was superb and one of the best vegan breakfasts I have had. All of the meals are inexpensive and the menu offers lots of choice. The staff are very friendly and there is just a nice vibe about the place. The is also a shop selling sandwiches, wraps, pastries, cakes and chocolate and before we left we got some pasties to takeaway for the train back to Newcastle. The cheese and potato and meat and potato pasties were divine.

Pros: 100% vegan, Excellent menu and inexpensive, Great vibe

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Loved it! - Edit

I love being overwhelmed by an all vegan menu! I wanted to try everything! I have a wrap, my partner had a hot dog and chips, then we shared a giant amazing sundae and I had a latte. All so good!
They also have a nice little to go And groceries section.
Lovely decor as well!
Just loved it!

Pros: so many great choices, great location, lovely decor and atmosphere

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Don't serve burnt toast - Edit

Visited VBites for breakfast. I ordered the grilled vine tomatoes and my toast was burnt, which was disappointing and suggests that there's not a focus on providing quality food to the customer. Given the number of vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Brighton, not sure I'd return based on my experience. Pizzas looked good though and there were some cakes near the counter that looked nice.

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nice but not to my taste - Edit

the restaurant was fine, just not to my taste (or my pescetarian friend who joined me actually) she had the bean burger and I had a special "kebab" both came with sweet potato fries.

if you are into the v-bites stuff as the main element of a meal then this might be great for you. or if you're a converting meat eater.. but for me, I enjoy a good salad and lots of fresh food, so this felt a little off point for vegans.

personally I thought the variety of stuff in the shop downstairs was great and I had a lovely chocolate mylkshake but the food was average and disappointing but atleast the price was okay and reflected the price of an average meal anyways.

also, someone on a table next to us got an ice cream sundae which looked pretty incredible!

Pros: good variety in the shop downstairs, yummy milkshake, not too expensive

Cons: food was uninspiring, too much focus on the v-bites products, not enough salad!

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Average. - Edit

Vbites is a great care if you need something to fill a hole. The food looks great and tastes alright but there's barely any options if you are gluten free. When I was visiting the staff didn't seem very friendly but it still felt open and inviting.

Pros: Easy to find, Quick bites, Dogs allowed

Cons: Not many gf options

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Great food and very good location - Edit

The restaurant is quite large, located in a cozy and central area, easily accessible.
The food choice is remarkable, and everything is 100% vegan.
The prices are contained, and the stuff is very cordial.
Will definitely come back!

Pros: Wide variety of dishes

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Awesome food - Edit

I really like this restaurant, when I am in Brighton I go a few times to try different things from the menu. Brunch is great!

Pros: Great Food, Reasonable Price, Nice relaxed atmosphere

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Best burger and chips!! - Edit

This is my favourite place to stop for comfort food. The portions are large and the food great. The sweet potato fries are amazing! And the cakes are huge! The staff are friendly and the service is quick. There's also a small selection of products for sale. Can't recommend it enough!

Pros: amazing food, good price, comfort food

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great cakes! - Edit

The cakes here are amazing, particularly the carrot and orange cake. We went thee both days we were in Brighton as it was so good. Kind staff and great location too. Upstairs room is best for sitting in the window looking over the beautiful, bustling street.

Pros: cakes are amazing , location

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Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

I just want to make something clear... Vbites is not a healthy vegan food destination. However, if you want some serious vegan comfort food then this is your spot. We had the Hottie Dog and Fishy n Chips. Very convincing texture and taste for the Fishy dish.

Pros: Free wifi

Cons: A little pricy

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Great for lunch - Edit

It is great that VBites are now so centrally based and open all year round. We tried to visit when they were based in Hove. Unfortunately, it was slightly out of season and we hadn't realised that they only opened certain times of the year! We have been a couple of times since they moved and had good meals on both occasions. If you want the Sunday roast though you do need to go early as they only make so many and do run out! Was really nice to be able to have a proper Sunday dinner out. Very child friendly food.

Pros: All vegan, Family friendly

Cons: Can run out of Sunday lunch!

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Will Definitely Visit Again! - Edit

Having recently turned Vegan I was delighted to find this 100% vegan cafe on a day trip to Brighton.

I have never before had a menu from which I could eat EVERYTHING! (I have been a vegetarian since 5) and I was quite overwhelmed by the choice!

I had the margarita pizza (because I have quite simple tastes and I wanted to try vegan cheese) and quite honestly I was really surprised with the quality and texture and flavour so I bought some to take home with me too!

The red velvet cake and brownie were delicious too! Even better than most of the dairy based cakes I have tried! I would have never known the difference! - especially the 'cream cheese' topping

Great location near to the sea front! Only a couple downsides - our meals came very quickly! But our cakes which only required plating up took about 10 mins to come? Not really sure what they were waiting for? The staff weren't unfriendly but perhaps not the most welcoming people I've encountered. Lastly, this could be a massive plus for some people but the menu relied a lot on meat alternatives, most of which didn't appeal to me as I have never liked 'duck' 'hot dogs' or 'fish' but could be great for some people who enjoyed meat?

I will definitely be returning next time I visit Brighton, bringing my dad who is gluten intolerant as there were some gf options too!

Thanks for making my first proper vegan eat out a good one! :)

Pros: Food quality was great!, Plenty of 'meat alternatives' - to buy as well!, 100% Vegan!!!!!!!!

Cons: Staff seemed a bit lazy, Desserts took too long to come

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I will go there again - Edit

After reading some of the negative reviews I was very happy to prove them wrong. I found VBites to be a nice and cosy cafe, with a friendly staff.
I had the kebab and it was a little spicy, but not too spicy. I liked it a lot. My friends had a pizza and a burger. The one eating the burger was complaining about the portion being too big ;)
We were in a rush, so we were happy to get the food quite quickly. I didn't have time to try the cakes, but they looked really good.
I will definitely eat here again.

Pros: Good food, Nice staff, Good location

Cons: It was quite warm inside.

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awful cafe - Edit

this place is terrible - it gives vegan food a bad name. the cafe itself is grubby and need of refurbishment, a good clean and a tidy up. the staff are apathetic. the food is pretty bland (I had tasteless coleslaw) and not made with the best vegan products on the market. there was no excuse for the lettuce i had that was starting to go mushy.

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Vegan Food - Edit

Wow this is so much better than the old VBites, easy to get as it is in the centre of Brighton, the cooked food is amazing, a must visit. Heather you are a star! Heather Mills that is the owner.Also just love the Sunday roast.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday August 14, 2013

Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 05, 2015

Pros: Vegan , In Brighton, parking

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Nice fast food - Edit

It is a kitchen that uses the brand's products and sells them separately as well. The kitchen is small and seems like not to much work needed to prepare the dishes.

I took the Vbeefy burger with cheese- it was not bad. The sweet potato chips were VERY good.

It wasn't busy at all when I was there so the service was friendly and food arrived on time.

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OK - Edit

I found this place to be OK. The sweet potatoes chips were good, not so keen on the pizza a bit rubbery, cake nice. I find as a vegan going into a place like this a little strange when it all says chicken pieces or duck taste I understand why they do this, but I don't like it for myself. Also found it a little expensive for what you get.
The girl serving was very nice on Friday early lunch the man was a little off.

Pros: Good area., Vegan, everything vegan

Cons: Expensive for what you get., Not a good feeling in the place.

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Avoid at all costs - Edit

I have been several times and this is by far the worst Veg*n establishment in Brighton. The food is often cold when it arrives, the staff are incompetent and the management rude and unpleasant.

I have tried so hard to like this place as there are very few fully vegan establishments in Brighton. But this place is beyond a joke. I know of so many people who have had the worst service of their life here and I have seen the manager shouting at patrons and calling them liars.

IF the food is served correctly, within a sensible time and hot, then it is ok. However, if this happens to you, you need to play the lottery because you are the luckiest person I know.

Finally, and this could be a positive or negative, they focus very heavily on meat replacements and push their own chilled products.

Pros: Location

Cons: Staff, Food, Manager

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Decent tasty vegan lunch - Edit

A nice restaurant which is admittedly a vehicle for a product but still a good range and tasty good. I was there on a friday and it was closing at 6.30pm so Im guessing lunch only but dont know! Pizzas are especially good

Pros: Pizza, Fine brownies, good range of juice

Cons: Burger did seem bit dry but fine

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definitely worth a visit!!!! - Edit

Had a day out in brighton and went to Vbites for breakfast with my mum and sister - we ordered two full English breakfasts, a chocolate brownie, a slice of apple crumble cake, two hazelnut lattes and a hazelnut hot chocolate and it was all delicious! :D the breakfasts were a good size and everything included was cooked beautifully. Best English breakfast I've ever had! Esp the sausages, mushrooms on toast and hash browns! The cakes were gorgeous too and so we're the drinks. In fact we ended up going back for dinner!!...we got the 'no meat feast' pizzas, a fishy finger stack and a side of sweet potato fries which were all seriously yummy as well :D the pizzas were a great size and, having not had a cheesy meaty BBQ pizza since my prevegan days, put a big smile on my face :D super yummy food and lovely friendly staff - will definitely return! :D xxx

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nice friendly place with a lot of vegan choices - Edit

Today we visited VBites for the first time and find it a lovely place with a lot of vegan options including pastries, but we chose the Vbiteburger, which we both liked, only afterwards I found out we could choose extra ingredients and I would recommend cheese. I choose the sweet potato fries with it and absolutely loved it!!! My hubby got a beer and I a smoothie with a lot of vegs in them, both good taste. I could not resist the carot orange cake and I was not disappointed, this was the best vegan treat ever. Next time I visit Brighton we will definitely come back.

Pros: lovely place and location, a lot vegan options, nice staff

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love it - Edit

I have only been to Brighton twice now but visited V Bites on both occasions. The food is just amazing. Highly recommend the kebab. Only drawn back is no napkins on tables and condiments seem a little manky

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A Must For Any Vegan Visiting Brighton - Edit

I Went to Vbites at it's new location on East Street this week.
I had one of the best vegan burgers I've had since a veggie burger in California a few years back. Even though I live in London surprisingly a good vegan burger is hard to find. I had the 'Classic Vbeefy Burger' it came in a toasted bun, with salad vegan coleslaw and a choice of skinny fries or sweet potato fries. 'My boyfriend had the Vbites classic homemade bean burger' we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. For desert we shared a slice of the 'Chocolate and beet root cake' in the past having tried quite a few cakes with vegetable ingredients and not being hugely impressed, this was amazing! Very moist and light. In london we do have a lot of fantastic vegan cake shops so I felt I had a lot to compare it to. It was very very good! Next time I'm in Brighton I'll defiantly be coming again.

From talking to some of the staff, to my surprise not many of them seemed to be vegetarian let alone vegan. - however I do believe the head chef is a vegan. I think even though they were all friendly and helpful I think it would be good to employe more vegan/veggies, they would have have that natural passion and understanding for vegan food. Vegsnisum is very much a way of life as well as a specific diet. I think it would be nice to have more people who had the same philosophy/ mind set that the Vbites as a brand and restaurant stands for.

Pros: Good selection of food, Great cakes , Excellent location - very near the sea

Cons: Most staff are NOT veggie/Vegan

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non smiley staff - Edit

I've been in this cafe 3 times and every time the man behind the counter is not as friendly or as smiley as I'd expect.
The food though was pleasant. I've never really eaten fake meat and been vege 25 years (vegan past 9 months) but tried the hickory chickeny things in a bun. Not sure I'm a convert to fake meat. Bit processed but worth a try. The sweet potato fries were lovely and cake looked nice.

Pros: vegan cakes galore, great location

Cons: staff could learn to smile or want to serve

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All vegan - Edit

Great location and great interior. I usually only get take away cake and really enjoy it. Only ones tried to have lunch there but the preparation took too long and i had to leave to get to work, so my friends had my lunch put in a take away box. i did enjoy it later, but that wasn't the idea when we decided to go there for lunch. Staff seems nice and the menu is pretty interesting, so i would definitely go back and try again on a day off :)

Pros: all vegan , interesting menu, great location

Cons: the kitchen is a bit slow

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Cool location with delicious food! - Edit

It's awesome to go there during summer with all the children playing outside, a very relaxed atmosphere with awesome cuisine. Can't wait to go there again on my next trip to Brighton.

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I love VBites! - Edit

I came here during my trip to Brighton and was totally blown away! Friendly, helpful staff, delicious food, great location and all vegan. I especially enjoyed the mediterranean vegetable and balsamic pizza, which came absolutely loaded with the best vegan cheese I've ever tasted. Plus they offer a 10% Vegan Society members discount! If I lived in Brighton I would come here all the time.

Pros: Friendly, helpful staff, Amazing all-vegan food, Great location and space

Cons: Not in every UK city yet!

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Awesome!!! - Edit

You must go here!! It's one of my favourite places to eat at in Brighton. 100% vegan and loads of stuff on their menu. You'll want to go there more than once just to try everything on their menu. There no-meat pizza, nachos, hot chocolate with marshmellows are sooooooooo good!! Please go and support them. Keep them in business. They are amazzzing! :) Service is fab and they even have a little shop with loads of vegan products.

Pros: vegan food, cozy environment, friendly staff

Cons: close too early

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Good Food! - Edit

This is a lovely little totally vegan cafe and shop. The food is unique, well presented, and tasty. Recommended.

Pros: good food, nice interior, good central location in Brighton

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Yay, vegetables have arrived. - Edit

As a Vegan I've been to V Bites quite a lot, was always a bit of a fake meat junk food fest, which is fine when you fancy that, and who doesn't once in a while? But now, they do amazing roast dinners with either nut roast or one of the VBites meat analogues (beef, turkey or gammon) and loads of Veg (cauliflower & broccoli cheese, cabbage, parsnips, carrot & swede mash, sweet potato, stuffing, sausage, roast potatoes, peas & carrots) and a vegan Yorkshire pudding! A must if in Brighton on a Sunday.
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 19, 2014

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Great for taking your meat eating friends! - Edit

Vbites is based on fast food but it is way healthier! I like to take friends and family there for lunch without telling them it is vegan, they have all loved it.
I agree that one of the staff could be friendlier but most of them are really really nice so don't let it put you off.
Enjoy and rejoice that vegan cafes like this exist!

Pros: Vegan!!, Value

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Good range of vegan choices - Edit

We ate here one lunchtime - and it was great to have so many choices, all vegan.

The food was well-presented and really nice, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Prices were reasonable.

We enjoyed it, and would be happy to go there again if we went back to Brighton. It's just a shame it's not open into the evenings.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Well-presented and tasty, Friendly and helpful staff

Cons: Not open in evenings

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Awful service, but the food is pretty good. - Edit

Staff are rude, tend to ignore you and don't seem to hold any customer service skills. Service can sometimes be slow - and if you're dining with a friend don't be surprised if your food doesn't turn up at the same time. I've had to eat cold food because I politely waited for my friend's meal to arrive. Have waited around 20 minutes for a take-away sandwich to be made - not OK if I'm popping in on my lunch break!

The hickory smoked burger is incredible! Worth ignoring the bad service for.

Pros: Hickory smoked burger is incredible!

Cons: Awful service

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disinterested staff leave a bad taste in the mouth - Edit

Saturday Sept 7th we went in the afternoon, we had tea plus cake. Cakes are exquisite and really nice. Expensive though. Staff ignored us for 5 mins and look utterly disinterested frankly. They turned people away at 515 yet the place is open til 6.

Pros: vegan

Cons: pricy, staff disinterested in customers, no veg available, all fake meat

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Nice Place for Fastfood and Shakes - Edit

We visited this place a couple of times during our stay in Brighton and usually ordered something greasy like vegan "fish and chips", but there was also a buffet where you could get something healthier.
The service was ok, not unfriendly but a little reluctant. The food was made rather from convenience products, but tasty. I guesss you can get something healthier if you want to, or just go somewhere else. The green tea (matcha) shakes are amazing!

Pros: green tea shakes, tasty, inexpensive

Cons: convenience products

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I'd like it to work but... - Edit

Much handier than its previous location at hove lagoon, but... I would like it to be a successful vegan place in such a great location,but the staff are offhand, unwelcoming and disinterested. A 'hello, what can I get you?' would be nice, rather than a vacant gaze. The food is a shrine to fake meat products and could really do with a vegetable thrown in.. The meat feast pizza was incredibly, but not exactly in a good way. It was built into a huge pyramid of four types of fake meat products. The cheesy/homemade baked beans jacket is really nice, but a side garnish if something green wouldn't go amiss.

Pros: Good location , Reasonably priced

Cons: Fake meat, fake meat, fake meat,, Offhand staff , Only open daytimes

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Good theory - hope the practice gets better! - Edit

First review = first VBites cafe in Hove:
The cafe is a great idea. Everything is vegan, saving us asking about ingredients and demonstrating that it can be done while still offering an interesting menu. Lots of fake meat dishes, from fishcakes through burgers to chicken korma.
It was very busy when we went and had only been open about a week, so we're hoping things will get better. It gets very noisy as there are lots of hard surfaces and clattering as well as background music that made conversation very difficult. It is right by the big play area so beware, there are lots of children screaming outside!
Some of the staff were really trying and working hard while others didn't seem to know what they should be doing. Took a while to get anyone to take our order. The food then arrived quite quickly but some of it was cold - the veggie burger, though cooked, was not hot and nor were the chips. Don't think any of the food was freshly cooked. When we mentioned the chips they were "replaced" - it was obvious that the same portion of chips came back, having been hastily microwaved!
They have fancy gadgets to take orders and transmit them electronically to the kitchen but our drinks order slipped through the system somehow. Couple of staff doing all the work were apologetic, felt sorry for them.
The vegan Mr Whippy ice cream is a great idea, one of the reasons we went down there on a lovely sunny day. They had run out of both ice cream and ice lollies, even though this was the first hot day since they opened!
Need to get their act together.

Updated from previous review on Sunday July 12, 2009 - new location in Brighton:
It has improved since last time, though it still took ages for our order to arrive even though it was quiet and we were the first lunchtime customers to order - at least it was all cooked and warm when it came! We tried ice cream milkshakes, hickory chicken burger, hoisin duck wrap, fries with spicy salt and a couple of cakes. The sauces with the vbites "meats" were great, particularly the hickory BBQ one, and the spiced salt made the fries really tasty and more-ish. Even though one of the cake slices was a little dry as it was the last piece, it was rich and the icing was so lush that it was still enjoyable and the carrot and orange cake was really great too. Nice to sit at the window upstairs with a breeze.
Recommend trying it as long as not in a rush to eat, even if it is fast food style :-)

Pros: EVERYTHING vegan, Location

Cons: Slow to prep fast food!

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Good food to indulge in - Edit

We had a marvelous, non pretentious meal at V Bites as we were coming back from a week vacation in Cornwall and as vegans feeling a bit -a lot I should say, deprived. Getting in this restaurant and looking at the menu I felt like a child in a candy store. I started out by drinking a "smoothie" (the content of which was not specified on the menu), nevertheless this lovely pink (strawberry) beverage was delectable, freshly made in the Vitamix. Then I had the Hickory smoked "chicken" burger with a helping of fries on the side in a little bucket. The burger was absolutely delicious, oozing of scrumptious cole slaw sauce, tomato slices and pickles. The fries were non specific, they were like any fries you get in a fast food venue, pale yellow thin sticks of previously frozen potato. The plate was somewhat barren ; I would have liked some salad, some greens to make it prettier and healthier. My husband had his "fish and chips" complete with its sauce tartar and a little salad, and that was so good too, so close to the real thing you wondered for a moment if it was a real fish or not. It was incredibly tasty, and he finished his meal with a piece of cake and vegan ice cream that were declared very good.All in all we were very happy, feeling that we had indulged in tasty, vegan comfort food, and if not the healthiest,well some days this is just what you need!

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, Staff OK, Tasty food

Cons: Could be healthier

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Redwoods warehouse - Edit

I was so disappointed with this place and neither I or my 4 vegan friends I was with will be visiting again. The service was poor and the food was like picking out Redwoods products of the shelf and getting them put in a bread product etc. There are a lot better places in Brighton offering proper cooked food that is enjoyable with a professional service as standard (Idyea). I expected so much more from this place but should not be surprised by the over use of Redwood's products. never again.

Cons: Redwoods, Redwoods, Redwoods

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Well worth a visit! - Edit

VBites is 3 miles west of the Brighton rail station; a bit hidden near the beach by Hove Lagoon, at coordinates 50.8268, -0.1958. It doesn't look like much from outside, but inside it's clean, bright and inviting. There is an all-vegan bar serving beer and wine up front, with a full cafe in the second room and ample seating. You'll find lots of healthy "fast food" vegan selections including wraps, burgers, pizza, and an awesome "Rasher, Lettuce and Tomato" sandwich. We had several items and they were all delicious, high quality and very reasonably priced!

During our visit, Infinity Foods was making a big delivery, so it's great to see they source their ingredients ethically too. It's a shame that VBites is only open in the spring/summer, but stop in if you have the chance, it's well worth it.

Pros: all vegan, excellent value

Cons: distance from Brighton

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Hmmm... not what I'd hoped for - Edit

Being a vegan for nearly 20 years, I am an avid supporter of anywhere that is 100% vegan, so I am quite reluctant to vote anywhere with a thumbs down... However, I feel quite disappointed at this place, I must say.

We arrived there on the other evening about 5.45pm after driving 20 miles from a day trip on our holiday. It was just closing, so we missed out on getting food for the evening. Even though, we were in just before closing time, the staff didn't seem that concerned or open to serving us... not even something quick. It had quite a 'generic' sort of feel to it, as if the staff there didn't really care.

We turned up the next day after 11am and after spending ages deciding what we would like to eat, we found out that we couldn't order anything from the main menu boards - only the 'breakfast menu' was available. I really don't understand how difficult it would be to put a sausage in a baguette with relish to take out or a burger in a bun! We wanted something to take for our trip home and had visited this place 'specially... so it was very disappointing.

The over all feeling I got from here was not a whole lot of love. To me, that is important. The energy of a place, really does send out a vibe. Something just didn't sit right with me.

It's great to see a vegan place. It would be even better to see one that was more accommodating to its customers.

Honestly speaking, it could do better. And I hope it does.

Pros: 100% vegan

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itsmeagain 16 Sep 2013 - Hiya Trinity.We went there on 7 sept, just a week ago, and the staff were totally disinterested, ignored us for nearly five mins, chatting away in Spanish. They turned a group away at 515pm, the group said they had walked 10 miles to be there..it is meant to shut at 6pm so why turn people away at 515?

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trinitybourne 16 Sep 2013 - It sounds as if they haven't changed then. It must have been incredibly disheartening for the group after walking so far!
I always like to give places the benefit of the doubt, although in this case, it seems as if it is a general theme. It's probably good that people read about these experiences. Your experience sounds very familiar. Thank you for sharing.

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My worst dining experience as a vegetarian - Edit

On a whim, my partner and I decided to give Vbites a whirl. Neither of us had been before, but I'd heard some decent reviews so assumed it would be a good experience. How wrong I was!

The cafe itself was drab and dirty. It resembles a youth club tuck shop and completely lacks any personality. In spite of the fact that there were only four other customers in at the time, there were several dirty tables. Not a good sign.

I ordered the bacon cheeseburger and my partner ordered the chicken burger and a portion of chips for us to share. Again, in spite of there being only four other customers, they managed to mess our order up. When the food did arrive, it was practically cold. The burger itself was luke warm but the bacon was cold and so was the bun. The chips were standard frozen crinkle cut chips and left a lot to be desired. The burger was unpleasant to say the least. I managed a few mouthfuls before admitting defeat. I have been vegetarian for 10 years now (with a few periods of being vegan) and this is without a doubt, the worst food I have eaten in that time. It's as though it were cooked by somebody who assumed that veggies don't actually enjoy food, or expect food of a decent standard. I'm by no means a food snob, but I expect a certain standard, especially in an area of the UK famed for its vegetarian eateries!
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Yes, I know that Vbites has never proclaimed to be gourmet or ground-breaking in its offerings, but I honestly wouldn't eat there even if it was free.

In summary, disgusting food and poor service. There are some amazing places to eat in Brighton and Hove, but this isn't one of them.

Pros: Dog friendly

Cons: Abysmal food, Poor service, Dirty, drab interior

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David Jones 25 Jun 2011 - i also got the impression that this is a fast food restaurant - but speaking as someone who visited the cafe 40 years ago as a child - it was fast food then and thats what we wanted!! Fast food is indeed not to everyones taste, but i was quite happy with the food served and this very harsh review appears to have been prompted by some other factor than the actual experience encountered there. I would highly recommend trying out this vegan cafe and forming your own opinion. I am pretty sure that you will like it.

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Open again - Edit

I was worried it'd reopen as another greasy spoon after its winter hibernation, but it's back in business again.

The food is indeed mostly Redwoods, but that's great for a snack after the playground. I wouldn't come here for a full meal, though.

They've taken out the sushi-style conveyor belt, so that room feels a bit bare now.

Lots of picnic tables outside, which is perfect on a sunny day.

Overall, it makes a nice occasional change from the playground on the Level followed by a snack at the Loving Hut. It's nothing special, though.

Pros: Next to kids' playground / skate park, 100% vegan

Cons: Convenience food

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everything seemed straight out of a Redwoods pack - Edit

This place is hidden away off the prom but we were impressed when we walked in as we could see at least 4 chefs in the open plan kitchen. After looking at the menu it seems like basic American food, burgers, wraps, pizzas which seem all to be straight out of a Redwoods packet. I had a southern style chicken wrap which I was a bit disappointed with. It was about the thickness of a sausage, just a bit longer and cut in half for just under £5. Didn't come with any sides or garnish. If it was from the 'light-bites' menu I could understand but it wasn't. My partner had a soya rasher burger which was much better and more filling. Although even with a side of garlic bread and chips it wasn't really filling. The cakes were lovely - we had a slice of chocolate cake and a chocolate muffin which I can't fault, however the rest of the menu seemed to be too many Redwoods soya products and nothing particularly 'healthy' that I couldn't make at home.

Pros: nice cake, nicely fitted out

Cons: too many redqoods products, nothing 'home-made'

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Disappointing - Edit

I went to VBites hoping for some healthy vegan food, but was very disappointed. It's fine if you want a vegan alternative to McDonalds. There is absolutely nothing healthy about this processed, fried fast-food. There was hardly a vegetable in sight. I ordered the chicky salad as that seemed to have the most veg but apart from a lot of fried vegan something, there was limited salad with it. I have had much better healthier food in non-vegan restaurants. Don't go if you care about what you eat!

Pros: Nice place to sit, Clean

Cons: Slow service, Unhealthy food, Expensive

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Very good!! - Edit

Its very very good, my husband and I order food every weekend. Its the best food that i've had in England thus far. The prices are fair compared to other Brighton vegan restaurants. But my only complaint are the hours, I order from from dinner 2 go which opens at 5pm and Vbites closes at 5pm during the week.

Pros: great food, good prices

Cons: weird opening hours

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In two minds about this place... - Edit

My wife and I took our daughter here for a meal to celebrate her 2nd birthday. The place is certainly funky and was even more so on the evening we were there as they were running a 'coctail' evening and Heather Mills herself was in attendance giving her best, and several other chi-chi types were hanging about too. Was impressed by the play-area which later on turned into the chill-out zone (complete with 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' playing on the big screen. Also loved the "sushi-conveyor", as did my daughter who was goggle-eyed at the cakes going round. However, the food itself was nothing special. Wife and daughter had huge portions of sausage and mash floating in gravy, but the sausages were rather rubbery and over-flavoured with sage. I had a rather dry burger which overall left me disappointed. The cakes they serve are also all available in Brighton (we had slices at Infinity Foods Cafe), so not their own. However, I did get to have a chat with Heather who was niceness itself and my daughter LOVED her spangly dress! So overall I think a triumph of style over substance and no great shakes on the actual catering front. However, I guess a nice place to hang out for coffee and cake in the daytime. Despite this I wish it well - just because of Ms Mills' ****-you attitude AND the fact that it's in such an unfashionable place!

Pros: Funky, Child friendly, Cheap

Cons: Food not great, Miles from anywhere

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it's okay - Edit

vbites is an okay place. as a vegetarian brighton has plenty of other better options, although vegans might find it a bit more special. i had the chicky korma which tasted nice, but it was too dry (it needed more sauce) and the rice also could have been better quality. it also has no veggies in at all, so i would question how healthy it actually is (something heather mills' says is the main point of vbites). my friends had burgers which they enjoyed. however, you had to pay extra for the chips, which seemed quite dry and burnt around the edges. ketchup was also extra, which seems unnecessary. for drinks we all had beers (leffe and corona) which were served too warm.
the highlight of the evening was cake - vbites has what is i'm sure the largest selection of vegan cakes in brighton. i tried the walnut and coffee (solid) and the passion and lime (really good).
so, all in all, vbites is no gourmet destination and i might go again if i'm in nearby, although i think it would be better for lunch (or coffee and cake!). the staff were friendly and the prices are not over the top.

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a place vegans will love..... - Edit

i really liked the feel of this place and the staff all seemed really nice, food wise, i had a burger and while it was very nice it would have been better with a small salad or fries (for more money i got a extra portion of fries) but price wise as there are so many other veggie places in brighton i found it quite expensive for just a burger.
my girlfriend had the curry and while she thought it was very nice it could have done with more sauce and a better quality of rice.
i didn't have any but the cake seemed to go down a treat. I guess being veggie it wasn't such a big deal for me but i'd say if your vegan you'll fall in love with this place, and its well worth checking out.

Pros: nice staff, tasty food, all vegan

Cons: portion size, music, location

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The coolest Vegan restaurant ever!!!! - Edit

HOLY CRAP THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!!! I've seriously never seen anything like it. Its like a wonderland for children amid a skate park / wind surfing school / beach / swim area, etc, etc. Its like a magic cottage in the midst of a summer beach dream. There is a CUPCAKE CONVEYOR BELT (think sushi style) going around the bar tempting you with all manner of cupcakes. There is a chidren's play pen inside next to the cupcake bar as well. Soft serve vegan ice cream. Seating outside or inside. Wonderful picnic tables facing the sailing school. Its open until 23:30 and there is a nice selection of organic beer and wine. I tried the fish sandwich, blt and had a baked potato. Even though the menu is a bit heavy on the soy products, its very inexpensive and nothing is fried its all baked in the oven. The food was fantastic and I honestly think the ingredients cost more than you get charged! I've never been so impressed by a vegan establishment in my life aside from the first time I went in Sublime (totally different experience years ago) There are endless people waiting on you which can make figuring out who your waiter is a bit of a challenge, but bar none Vbites is simply amazing. We were just blown away by the kids running in and getting vegan food by the dozens. BRAVO!

Pros: value, location, atmosphere

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Great vegan 'fast food' type cafe - Edit

First if you are looking for a 'posh restaurant' then go elsewhere. This is vegan food for everyone, burgers, hots dogs, chips, felafels and simple meals. Yes, it's busy and can get noisy but surely that's a good thing? It's great that an all vegan place has people desperate to eat there, in my opinion. Despite the business, and we went on the first day of the school holidays so it was very busy, the staff were all really helpful, friendly and keen to help. We ordered 'Nacho Burgers', chips and cider and it all came quickly, was hot (cold in the case of the cider!!) and delicious. We then choose a banana split for dessert and a piece of scrumptious carrot cake with ice cream. Sadly lots of the cup cakes, muffins etc had run out but it was 4.30pm on a very busy day. No doubt, when visitor numbers can be assessed, they will be making more. The cakes were so lovely we bought some banana, chocolate and walnut cake to take away for later too.
Our main meal, large cider and dessert came to just under £30.00 for the two of us, not bad at all we thought.
I cannot rate this place highly enough and will be back there when I return to the area in two weeks.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly staff, Nicely decorated

Cons: Just need to make more cakes!!

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Great food but can get really busy - Edit

It's great to see an all vegan businesss doing so well, the food is great and the prices are fantastic. However because it is so busy cakes and pre cooked items can run out (the day we went all the cakes had gone in 2 hours) I am giving it 4 stars due to the problems with unavaliablity of food items - however once the problems are sorted out Im sure it will get 5 stars from me!

Pros: all vegan, great prices

Cons: can get really busy

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