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! 

Give the green delights a go this week, and browse through these awesome veggie/vegan deals.

Taking the title for the UK’s first plant based pizzeria, is Brighton’s very own Purezza! Their menu consists of exciting vegan pizzas such as the Parmigiana party (smoked mozzarella, fried aubergines, sliced sausages, topped with basil and nutritional yeast), Here Comes Truffle (Black truffle base with mozzarella, wood smoked tofu, mixed wild forest mushrooms and finished with micro herbs) and SEASON.4.PIZZA.1 (Mozzarella, artichokes, kalamata olives, wild forest mushrooms and smoked beetroot carpaccio, finished with micro herbs).

Pizza bases include tasty sourdough, hemp flour and a delish gluten free option. Those creative animal lovers also have a whole host of cruelty free cheeses - rice-blend mozzarella, coconut, almond and cashew based fromage. YUM.

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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.

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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 figs, wild mushrooms, grilled aubergine and confit tomatoes. 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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Lavash is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread with a chewy yet crisp texture, typically served with dips. It’s also, coincidentally, the name of our new favourite purveyor of Middle Eastern-style wraps, tucked away in the North Laines.

An independent deli café-come-restaurant, Lavash are dishing up the tastiest, freshest wraps we’ve gobbled up in a long, long time. Packed full of locally, sustainably sourced ingredients which are prepared to traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern street food methods, these bad boys are seriously tasty. Everything is homemade – from the fresh, light lavash flatbreads to the punch-packing sauces and dips and the vibrant fillings.

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Hells Kitchen is a deli with a difference. Since opening in 1951, this New York-style eatery has been delighting Brightonians with its huge array of “saintly salads” and “mean munches”. There’s no such thing as a small portion at this deli.

For a larger lunch the Mac & Cheese is a must - covered in a decadently cheesy sauce and accompanied by a delicious fresh salad. With food like this, it’s no wonder they’ve been around for over six decades!

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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.

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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 organic vegetables and locally produced cheeses. 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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The original Curry Leaf Cafe is located in the heart of Brighton's bustling Lanes, just a couple of minutes' walk from the beach. Its colourful, laid-back 75-seat dining space – decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches – operates as a cafe-cum-lunch spot during the day, offering a range of coffees, teas, snacks and traditional South Indian street food, as well as more substantial meals such as thali platters, dosas and Masala-battered fish 'n chips.

All ingredients are sourced from local farms where possible, and around half of the menu is vegetarian. A wide selection of vegan and gluten-free dishes is also on offer throughout the day

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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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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 offers a super tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu.

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 and lunches.

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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, Loading Brighton 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, old consoles, 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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Oseta Cafe is a small independently owned cafe in the heart of the North Laine. They pride themselves on fresh, delicious breakfasts, wholesome lunches and rich, tasty Brazilian coffee.

Their delicious dishes are made fresh daily using only the best local produce and there’s always plenty to cater for veggies or vegans. Pop in for a lunchtime special or make it a boozy brunch with a bottle of Oseta’s finest. This community led cafe is one of Wriggle’s favourites and a real hidden gem.

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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 and has a stellar range of veggie and vegan options to indulge in. 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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Neighbourhood is a charming cafe bar, offering 100% veggie and vegan food. If you’re looking for something laid-back and friendly, it’s the place to be! Their altruistic vision is angled towards looking after our planet and its people. They love fresh organic food, the School of Life, yoga, Permaculture, cycle rides, being in nature, ethical spending, and sometimes no spending at all. They’re all about those local, seasonal, and high quality ingredients and of course, sustainability is at the heart of the business.

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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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Introducing The Plant Room, 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 snacks.

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Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts & light lunches. This is the brainchild of the mind behind Lala’s Cafe over in Hove - another spot well worth checking out for that right-on cafe experience. Rust is full of shabby chic charm - which you can soak up over a cup of locally sourced, RedRoaster coffee, or one of their freshly-made quiches, salads and delicious sandwiches. If it’s sunny out, try and nab a seat in their beautiful patio area and escape the hustle and bustle for a few minutes. Also hosting grea​t pop-up dinners in the impressive cellar, Cafe Rust - whether night or day - is a must visit.

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A recent addition to Brighton & Hove's teeming food and drink scene, Jaldee Jaldee offers authentic homemade vegetarian and vegan street food from different regions across India and East Africa.

With recipes having been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, the aim is to create the same experience of enjoying delicious plates of mouth-watering food found on the bustling streets of India and East Africa right here on your doorstep.

Dedicated to providing the best quality food using fresh herbs and whole spices, all of their sauces and chutneys are homemade!

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Take a wander down to Lewes Road and discover the hidden gem that is Brewed. Known for their own house roasted single origin coffee which you may have seen dotted around some other notable Brighton eateries. Brunch lovers need to add this place to their bucket list immediately. Grab a pew on their decked sun terrace and tuck into a mighty fine brunch whilst sipping on a freshly roasted coffee for the ultimate mid-morning indulgence. They serve classic brunch staples alongside regularly changing seasonal plates. Open in the evenings too for craft beers and wine and tasty little vegan and omnivore friendly small plates.

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Published -13th May 2019