You've probably heard all this before, but cutting down on meat can can reduce your risk of cancer, aid weight loss, save you money, lower cholesterol AND help save the planet. We know, you're sick of hearing about it. What we really want to let you in on, is how many unbelievably good meat-free dishes there are out there! 

From the same duo that brought you mouthwatering cuban sandwiches at Idle Hands, and moreish tacos at Marwoods, the Wolfsmouth team are now taking over the kitchen at Dead Wax Social to bring you sensational Brooklyn-style pizzas. Get a load of this, 12’ sourdough bases topped with unreal ingredients such as clams, napoli salami, and figs. Our favourite is the Prosciutto with a white base, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto toscana, peach and white balsamic. Vegan cheese is also available as a substitute or addition to any of these devilishly good little pizzas. You will most definitely want to try a pizza this place.

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Tlaloc is a new Mexican Restaurant, who are skipping all the stereotypes of the Mexican food. No Sombreros and burritos allowed! Taking their tacos to the next level, cooking everything from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The entire​ menu is Gluten wise and all our veggie options are also vegan.

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When the clean eating craze kicked in and flooded our Instagram feeds, along with it came a hundred-year-old recipe - Kimchi. Time for Kimchi is showing us how it’s done with their brand new Korean Deli and Grocery Shop on Church Street. They make their own artisan Kimchi using traditional fermentation methods and create delicious deli-style bowls that can be taken away or eaten at their twee window seat. Whichever you prefer, you can rest easing knowing you’re getting a super nutritious, most likely, more than five-a-day feed. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish, primarily made from cabbage. There are hundreds of other veggie variants and it’s usually mixed with radish, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes - giving it a bold spice kick. Renowned for its immune boosting health benefits, the cabbage alone gives you Vitamins K, C and B6 and because the veggies are fermented it’s an excellent source of probiotics, aiding your overall gut health.

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On the corner of Church Street and Portland Street sits The Coffee Counter, a hotspot for coffee lovers and toastie fanatics. First establishing themselves as real coffee artistes, owner Hayden expanded their offerings to the tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu you’ll find there today. Inside this cosy joint, you’ll find handwritten chalkboards and local artists work adorning the walls, making it a great spot to go and relax with a cuppa and a snack. Their uber friendly team serve an amazing range of tasty brekkies, catering for carnivores or herbivores alike. For lunches, we’d recommend the Reuben Toastie (Meaty or Vegan)... it's dang delicious!

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Traditional British pub The Cricketers have teamed up with The Brighton Roast Co to offer you locally sourced, free-range roasts seven days of the week. They only work with local suppliers to bring you the finest meat, organic vegetables, line-caught fish and locally produced cheeses. You can expect delicious meats such as Highland Wagyu Beef Brisket and Langley Chase Organic Mutton Leg. They also whip up a mean sub roll if you’re after a lighter bite. With live music every Tuesday and Friday night and a huge selection of Real Ales, The Cricketers has been creating the perfect British pub atmosphere since 1547.

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Down on St James Street a brand new foodie experience has just opened. Owners Tomasz and Atilla describe it as ‘A relaxed sandwich restaurant for everyday of the week.’ The restaurant looks to create a resurgence of the social dining experience by forming a space for diners to relax and enjoy freshly cooked produce right in front them. Both of these experienced chefs are formerly of Brighton’s favourite veggie eatery - Food for Friends and have decades of cooking knowledge behind them as well as a long lived friendship. Together they develop creative recipes using locally sourced ingredients that not only satisfy the tum, but nourish the senses. Drawing on their fine dining background, the menu is of decadent quality but to be savoured with a laid back attitude. The tasty food on offer ranges from handcrafted sandwiches, superfood salads, soups, smoothies, daily specials and a good range of vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and sugar-free alternatives. They have further plans to launch a home delivery service in collaboration with local businesses such as Food for Friends and Smoking Beatle. They pride themselves on delivering their unapologetic and fun food with passion and love. Now isn’t that just lovely.

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The idea for Happy Maki was born after owner Anna returned from working on an organic black Tahitian pearl farm in French Polynesia. Inspired by the beautiful oceans she'd spent months working on, upon returning to the UK she researched marine issues further and came up with The Happy Maki concept. She aims to raise awareness of these issues and improve the appeal of veganism. Having built up a great following doing the UK festival circuit, the Happy Maki team have decided to make Brighton their first home (and we're chuffed they did). Based just off East Street, on Pool Valley, they're making a name for themselves in the tastiest of ways. With delicious vegan sushi wraps and delectable sides, Happy Maki is already loved by all. Even the hardy meat eaters!

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Welcoming one of the newest additions to Brighton's food and drink scene, The Bok Shop. A brand new gourmet fried chicken and vegan faux chicken restaurant sat on the corner of East Street. Try their innovative chicken burgers such as 'The Hot as Cluck' or 'The Satay Night Fever' or make it vegan easily with vegan chicken, mayo, and cheese. Load up on their range of tasty homemade sides, dips, and crispy chicken/cauliflower pieces too. Their 'All You Can Eat - Wing Wednesday' is well worth checking out with a group of hungry mates as well.

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Yes that’s right, Brighton has its very own gaming cafe — right on the beach! One of the Loading Bar group, C:\Side Quest is the place to go if you fancy a coffee, a piece of cake, a quick gaming sesh and a great view. With four 4k screens, consoles old, vintage arcades, and a huge selection of board games, there’s something for everyone. They’ve racked up over 120 board games on their shelves, so that you can settle in with something from their collection of modern classics, quick party favourites or afternoon killers.

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Introducing The Plant Room Deli, the brand new sister venue to Boundary Road & The Square’s Espresso Bar. Head over to London Road’s trendy new eatery for a tasty lunchtime bite and dig into a hearty vegan salad, or must-try plant-based dessert. Serving up the same Plant Room signature top notch coffees and loose leaf teas as well as a delicious selection of salads, tartlets and other moreish snacks. The veggie wellingtons are a real winning lunchtime feed. All the indoor plants are supplied by Hi Cacti and if one those super cute spiky little numbers happens to catch your eye, you can purchase one or two to take home.

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Nice Buns is the new, tasty act behind Sidewinders kitchen, serving incredible burgers, hot dogs, vegan delights, small plates and some pretty epic Sunday Roasts.

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The focus of each workshop is the craft of real chocolate, taking it back to the raw ingredients and traditional techniques. You’ll be table tempering, using science and solid marble slabs to carefully work your cacao. You'll get up close and personal with your chocolate and flavour it with natural oils and sugars before pouring your chocolates. Learn the facts, history and science behind modern and traditional chocolate making, the future of chocolate and how to choose the best bars considering flavour, ethics and cost. Take all of your handmade and packaged CocoaCrystal chocolates home. For this event, it doesn't matter if you're totally new to chocolate making, coming alone or with friends as the classes are full of facts, fun and accessible for everyone. All ingredients are completely organic, vegan and free from palm oil. A crisp glass of Prosecco for every guest is included.

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The Caribbean Kitchen made its way around some notable Brighton eateries such as The Druids and Riki Tik’s before settling in its current home - The Round Georges. Known for their iconic ‘Reggae Roasts’ served with perfectly cooked roast potatoes, rice ‘n’ peas, fried plantain, mac ‘n’ cheese and rainbow slaw. There are melt-in-the-mouth meats or tasty veggie and vegan options to choose from. Some of our other favourite dishes are the Ackee & Saltfish and Curried Goat. Jam-packed with Caribbean flavour and spice, we can’t get enough of this soul-nourishing pub grub.

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Tucked away in Hove inside a beautiful old building overlooking the stunning Palmeira Square is Down to Earth Coffee. Look through the enormous floor to ceiling windows that flood this caffeine lovers' paradise with light, and you'll see the beaming, contented faces of happy customers, relishing a properly good cup of coffee. A peaceful spot in a truly beautiful setting, Down to Earth boasts a rustic, wooden interior that's as laid back and relaxing as the chilled out tunes drifting from the speakers. With incredible regular beans from Round Hill Coffee, as well as a dreamy selection of rotating guest espressos and filter choices, Down to Earth are bringing their A-game to the booming Brighton & Hove coffee scene. Come for the idyllic views and a cracking cup of Joe, and stay for the freshly baked treats adorning the counter – or go all out with one of the inviting brunch dishes.

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A proper local independent boozer with a family at the helm - lovingly restored in the heart of Brighton. Just two minutes from Brighton station lies the charming West Hill Tavern. Their decor - a stylish blend of old and new, sets the stage for a perfectly formed menu. Most notably, the pub is home to the Cosmic Pizza Co. who serve up classic pizzas with out of this world twists (Tuesday to Saturday evenings). Pizza not your thing? No worries - these lovely folk make some amazing burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, and vegan and veggie treats. And what's a pub without a Sunday roast? Theirs isn't your average - it's bangin'. Stars of the show include Top-side Beef (served pink), Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken, Mushroom and Lentil Loaf with Tomato and Balsamic Glaze, and Cider Roast Pork Belly with Crackling. Booze wise you can expect an array of local ales from S.I.B.A (Society of Independent Breweries), carefully selected glug-able wines, craft beers, not so crafty beers, and bloody good Bloody Marys. The wonderful team work hard to curate a programme of events which they host at the pub, so keep an eye on their social media to see what's coming up. There is something for everyone - so gather your most knowledgeable mates for their Quiz Nights, potter down to Piano Bingo, and dance away to local DJ's. Wriggle favourite is their Jazz Thursdays and live band shows, not to forget Open Mic Nights!

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The Walrus is quite possibly one of Team Wriggle's favourite recent additions to Brighton's historic Lanes. The team behind this suave spot have poured oodles of time and effort into the former public house, bestowing upon it a brand new lease of life, as well as some pretty exciting, diverse new features. The sprawling venue now boasts an upstairs restaurant, a two-storey rooftop garden, and even an atmospheric basement live music venue. The part we love the most, though, is the cosy and relaxed yet super-stylish pub that lies at the heart of the building. Full of intimate booths and snugs, the pub is decked out with an open fire, Victorian-style seating and plenty of green leather and red velvet comfy seatin. Despite the pub's classic old school boozer feel, the bar itself is well stocked with the finest and tastiest beers, spirits and soft drinks that we all know and love. On the hunt for even more style, flair and sophistication? Head upstairs to the Walrus's dining room – a seriously opulent space that's dripping in class and distinction. The seasonal menu has got a tonne of tasty options, ranging from pub classics to pizzas, roast dinners to sandwiches – it's the perfect spot for date night, drinks with your favourites, or a full-blown family affair of a Sunday roast. If you're after a venue that's bursting with character, serves up mouthwateringly good food and boasts a bountifully well-stocked bar, The Walrus is the place for you.

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Brighton’s antidote to mouthy hen dos and cancelled trains, local favourite Bagelman is beloved by anyone with a BN postcode. Everybody has a menu favourite; salt beef (served from midday) is of course a classic, as is the BLT, but the Reuben (pastrami, swiss cheese, tomato, pickles and mustard) gives both a run for their money. All your standard bread varieties (poppy, onion, wholemeal etc) are on offer, plus rewarding off-piste options such as Jalapeño bagels which add a lively dash of piquancy. And they do gluten free. Come join the inner circle…

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Prepare yourself for quirky cooking from Englishmen invaded by the French, classic flavours mixed with modern techniques, delivering flavour and tantalising tummies. Expect to be hypnotised by their innovative plates and warmed with satisfaction. Traditional classics served with a crispy coating of love! Chef, Christian aka Chrisdave began cooking as a kid but then went on to train and learn his trade in the bustling kitchens in the south of France and The French Alps. Later Chrisdave went on to spend 5 years working in London, at establishments such as The Delaunay, Berners Tavern and Le Pont de la Tour. Last year Chris moved back to Brighton and worked at the acclaimed restaurant, The Pass, in The South Lodge Hotel before moving on to create his Pop Up Croustillant D. Sebastian, the younger brother of Christian, has been around the Brighton pub/restaurant scene for a number of years now after a spell in France, heading up The Tempest Inn, The Three Little Birds and more recently The Lord Nelson Inn. He also has a background in baking, and cooks a mean Roast Dinner!

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Positioned in the main concourse of historic Brighton Station, Curry Leaf Cafe's colourful purpose-built kiosk serves up an authentic menu inspired by the street food stalls commonly found in the bustling train stations of India, plus a range of craft beers to take away – all packaged in compostable, biodegradable containers that won't clog up landfill.

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When it comes to fast food, vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bit of a raw deal. Fortunately, FilFil brings delicious, easy cuisine from the Middle East to our doorstep, sitting right in the heart of the North Laine. Owner Amal grew up in Palestine and uses a traditional Israeli recipe handed down through generations for the falafel that dominates the menu - celebrating the best quick meals the Levant has to offer. Expect more hummus than you can handle, more than enough falafel to fill you up and boundless baba ghanoush and baklava. Drop in on a weekend stroll through town, or refuel after a busy day out shopping – you’ll be more than welcome.

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Published -1st January 2019