CLOSED: VBites

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14 East St, Brighton, England, BN1 1HP

Vegan cafe est. 2009 by celebrity Heather Mills. Atmosphere is family oriented and children friendly. Moved here in 2013from Hove Lagoon. Confirmed closed, Sep 2017.

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

85 Reviews

First Review by Shockingfish

brilliant - Edit

Love it here. Good selection of food and cakes, and it's really handy having the shop section as well. The staff are always really lovely as well

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A good experience - Edit

Stopped by for a snack. Milkshakes were good, as were the cakes. Nice vegan venue with helpful staff.

Pros: Fully vegan

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Great place for vegan "meat" lovers! - Edit

Me and my sister headed straight to VBites after arriving in Brighton, as we were so stoked for this place. We both had the "fish" and chips, and lemonade.

The place is small, but cozy. We had some time to check out the different vegan products they stock while we waited for our food, and they have a lot of different vegan meats, cheeses, sweets, and other stuff, like the vegan egg - I really regret not making another trip here and stocking up on some vegan goodies before leaving Brighton.

Back to the fish and chips: We got it as takeaway and ate it at the beach (which I recommend ;)). Both me and my sister though the "fish" was okay, neither of us finished it, because the more we ate of it, the fishy-er it tasted. That doesn't mean it was bad though, and it really comes down to taste. I am usually a big fan of vegan meats, but I guess vegan fish is not really my thing. The chips were great, and the tartar sauce was amazing!

I am really stoked about going back to Brighton and giving VBites another try!

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-15

Pros: good chips, tartar sauce was great, vegan products on the shelves

Cons: place is a bit small

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Lunch with friends - Edit

Myself and two of my school friends were down at Brighton sea front for the day. When we all started to feel a bit peckish I opened up my HappyCow app and found this place. It was only a two minute walk away which was ever so convenient.

The service is "order at the till" sort of thing. It's a very relaxed place with a nice atmosphere to it.
I ordered the classic burger with sweet potato fries and it was delicious! Another of my friends ordered the cheesy chips with her spicy burger and they also looked incredible!

There was such a wide range of choices to have, that all looked mouth-wateringly good! I'm going to be coming back here again whenever I'm nearby and looking for a bite to eat!
I would really recommend it

Pros: delicious food, nice atmosphere

Cons: decor could be updated

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tasty food, careless staff - Edit

Our trip to Brighton turned out to be a great gastronomic experience, especially after visiting VBites. We ordered pulled pork burgers and after the first bite weren't sure whether it was vegan or not - due to its authentic taste!

The only minus point goes to very careless staff who's lack of customer care surprised us a lot.

Pros: good food, location, nice atmosphere

Cons: pricey, staff's behaviour

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love the food! - Edit

Cozy restaurant with good food and different options. The raspberry shake and chocolate fudge dessert was amazing! The garlic bread was also amazing! It's the second time I have eaten here and this time it was more juicy and creamy 👌

Pros: all vegan, different options and you can also buy

Cons: reasonable price. a bit expensive

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Hmm.. - Edit

Went there last week, and felt quite disappointed honestly.
The pulled porky burger was nice, tasted good too, but clearly not much effort had been put in to it.
My wife had the chicky ceasar salad, which was nice, but a bit much on the deepfried foods side for a salad.
The cheesy chips were just awful, we suspected them to be deepfried in the morning and being microwaved with some sort of cheesy sauce on top of it before serving. Crumbly, dried out stuff that maybe at some point resembled cheese sauce. Maybe.
Bit of a cleanup would be helpfull as well.

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Decent portions for the full English breakfast - Edit

Got the full english which, on the menu says includes: Lincolnshire style sausage, rasher, baked beans, hash brown, fresh vine tomatoes and tarragon mushrooms on toast

Looking back now, I never got the rasher... And got two tomatoes that weren't off the vine either.

I enjoyed the vegan sausage and the hash browns and the mushrooms but feel a bit ripped off for not getting the rasher?!

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Disappointed again - Edit

I hadn't been to vbites in a while because the last time I went I was really disappointed with the quality of the food. But I thought I'd give it another shot so in I went around lunchtime. The place was fairly empty when I got there. I ordered a wrap to take away and was told it wouldn't be long..... which turned out to be nearly 25 min. All the other customers already had their food so I don't know what could have taken so long. When it finally came (but only after I'd asked) it was another disppointment. The wrap basically fell apart when I looked at it, the chicky pieces were barely warm let alone grilled and the only other thing in there was iceberg lettuce and some sauce. The second half basically consisted of lettuce only. For 6£ I expect a little more. You certainly wouldn't need a chef to do this. I could roll a better wrap.
I'm definitely not going back there ever again and if I could give less than 2 stars I would.
Note to Happy Cow: I think you should be able to rate vegan places as low as you want. Just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's good!!

Pros: The staff was nice

Cons: Everything else!

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Vegan Milkshakes, oh yes - Edit

Burgers and fries galore in an unassuming environment. Very busy the day I was there and slow to clean tables. They have amazing sounding vegan milkshakes on the menu but didn't have the ingredients to make them so I must have arrived on a bad day.

Pros: Good menu, Small Deli Section, Great service

Cons: Slow to clean tables

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good food, but lack of care - Edit

I ordered "fish" steak and according to menu it came with tartare sauce but I didn't get any. Still, it was very good.

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Great! - Edit

They had a great selection of food and drinks, which is always nice to have.

I personally wasn't keen on the cheese they used on the pizza but I know other people have liked it, so that is just down to personal taste.

I advise not just turning up when it is busy because we had to wait a while for a table.

Love that they sell other products as well though.

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Lovely!! - Edit

Delightful selection of food featuring a tiny almost supermarket which you can buy snacks from. We stayed for coffee and cake, wish we were more hungry as the food looked amazing!

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Lovely Coffee & Cake! - Edit

Choice of dairy free milks and a fab range of Vegan cakes! Happy days!

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Vegan fast food - Edit

I wouldn't say this food was healthy - but it was good and I enjoyed it very much. I had a burger with skinny fries. You need to pick your seat and take the number off your table before ordering at the counter. Nit very easy if you're aline and don't have anything to leave at the table to mark it as "taken". The guy at the counter did it for me however. Very nice and service minded!

Pros: quick, friendly, vegan

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Such a let down - Edit

I saw this Café advertised for ages and decided to check it out but it was extremely disappointing. The staff was robotic, no personality whatsoever, the service slow and depressing. The whole place needs a lot of care and attention, and apparently they are looking for a Chef so I am glad I didn't eat there. Most of the items on sale are overpriced ( and I live in London,so funny I can say that!). I had a latte, it was nice but took ages.
Never again. Would give it 1 star but not allowed .

Pros: Nothing, Nothing, Nothing

Cons: Expensive, Depressing

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Good food but service and venue bit disappointing - Edit

Had a good breakfast but tables weren't clean and staff weren't very knowledgeable about dishes and service was poor. Venue felt a bit grubby and so bit disappointing overall. Also Sunday menu suddenly changes at midday which is very confusing and not at all clear.

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V. Inbiting - Edit

Absolutely amazing food. Went there twice in three days because it was so good.
The red velvet cake is amazing and the chicken wraps are perfect for what many places don't do vegan.
Couldn't believe the mayo was vegan it was so good!
Large selection of drinks and mock meats at decent prices. Sells all the weird and wonderful things like the vegan egg there.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating and there is a staff discount

Pros: Casual, Delicious food, Lots of options

Cons: One member of staff wasn't incredibly friendly, Shop itself was quite hot

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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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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!

THUMBS UP!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKB-3qtBXJR/?taken-by=sherlockksevani

Pros: friendly, cute design, yummy cheap food

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Delicious food and friendly staff - Edit

Great restaurant for a quick meal or coffee! Their English breakfast is delicious.

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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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