Top 5 Honest Lunches in Brighton

As a part of my ongoing work with Honest Food, I wanted to start a series of articles looking at the top 5 destination for an honest lunch. I kicked off this series starting with Brighton, based on initial website traffic coming from this area. 

Keep a peak out for other cities to be featured in future weeks! 

If you fancy heading to Brighton for a spot of food, or just want a bit of lunchtime reading, take a read here or check out the below. 

Top 5 Honest Lunches in Brighton

With the continuous move away from mass-produced food, the choices for substantial, ethical and tasty food outlets are in their abundance. So, if you’re getting that 11 o’clock feeling, where you’re daydreaming at your desk about what to choose today, then check out these top 5 outlets in Brighton that hold strong moral stances, source locally and deliver craveable food, without the nasty additives.

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Silo Brighton

Taking things back to basics, Silo prides itself on using pure ingredients, clean farming and operating a zero-waste policy.

Their ethical practises include producing locally, reducing food miles and using unprocessed food that is better for our bodies and the environment. Old Tree, their very own brewery, creates fermented drinks using foraged and intercepted plants, herbs, vegetables and fruit. If that’s not enough, they also have their own flour mill which turns ancient varieties of wheat into flour and bake their own on-site bread every day. Other ingredients they create themselves include butter, almond milk and oats, all to avoid industrialised cooking methods.

They achieve their zero waste by having all products delivered to them in re-useable crates, food grade jerry cans, pails, urns and containers. Plus, all food that isn’t consumed by customers or the staff is fed into an aerobic digester which generates up to 60KG of compost in 24-hours. This is still seen as a last resort, with most waste being donated to commercial and residential neighbours. They’ve also recently partnered with FairShare, who redistribute surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away to local charities and community groups that support the most vulnerable people in our society. This partnership also includes a discretionary £1 donation on food bills to give their customers to chance to support the cause too.

Their Instagram-worthy décor is created through upcycling everything from plates formed from plastic bags, tables made from industrial floor tiles, work benches crafted from filing cabinets and jam jars are used as glasses.

Silo choose to work in this way to deliver high quality food, fantastic coffee and beautifully baked breads and pastries as a perfect lunchtime pit-stop.

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Infinity Foods Kitchen

What began as a small shop in Brighton in 1971, has grown into a small enterprise that consists of the same store, filled with an extensive range of natural and organic wholefoods, plus the Infinity Foods Kitchen just around the corner, a perfect stop for a spot of vegan friendly lunch.

Through balancing nutritional knowledge with a flair for colourful and flavoursome combinations, the in-house chefs craft a vast selection of vegetarian recipes which also cater for wheat, gluten and sugar-free diets.

Since it’s opening in 1998, the kitchen has become renowned for its Thali and Mezze platters, as well as the ever-changing range of freshly prepared salads and locally roasted coffee. They also have eight artisan bakers who make all their organic bread on-site. Each option of their extensive range of breads are additive free, contain no added or manufactured yeast and use natural leavens to give a fuller flavour and being more digestible.

In conjunction with providing sustainable and ethically sourced food to its customers, the brand also gives back a portion of their profits back to local charities who work to combat poverty and homelessness in Brighton. This includes working with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership to donate any unsold food to homeless shelters and intercepted food projects.

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Moshimo

When it comes to lunchtime sushi in Brighton, award-winning Moshimo is a great, honest option. Adding an experiential twist, they offer an authentic taste trip around traditional Japanese cuisine whilst ensuring everything served is ethically sourced.

Serving only the freshest fish and seasonal ingredients, this restaurant goes beyond ticking the usual boxes on sustainable sourcing. Moshimo now prides itself on being the home of FishLove, one of the most successful campaigns to end overfishing across the globe.

Since its launch, the campaign has hit the headlines through its images of celebrities holding fish and seafood. Some of the famous faces who have backed FishLove include Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson and Dame Judi Dench, raising the awareness of destructive fishing practises.

The images became so prominent within the press that the UK Government created the largest marine protected zone in response. The images from Moshimo’s campaign were also featured at the European Commission to celebrate the success of these policy changes that they have helped to introduce.

To this day, Moshimo still do not serve fish that are listed as ‘fish to avoid’ by the Marine Conservation Society. This isn’t enough for the brand though, as they also ensure that all their chicken and prawns are free-range and they reduce their carbon footprint through sourcing all their meat from Standean Farm, only six miles away from the restaurant and making all their own sauces on-site.

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Terre à Terre

As one of the original ethical restaurants in Brighton, Terre à Terre has been a go-to over the past twenty years. It was founded by Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor who shared a passion for cooking healthy, sustainable vegetarian food. Supported by friends, family, the local Brighton community and suppliers, the business has grown to be the award-winning establishment it is today.

Recycling, managing food waste and giving back to the community sit within the ethos of the brand and are key drivers in all their decision making. This is why you’ll see them stocking local produce, such as B Town Pale Ale, gracing local foodie markets and scooping numerous awards for their ethical practises, food quality and family-like atmosphere, including position 11 in The Sunday Times ‘Top 30 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants’.

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Food for Friends

If you fancy a sit-down lunch, Food for Friends is a go-to for award winning, vegetarian cuisine in a historic setting. Their ethos is as their name suggests, tasty, affordable and honest cooking that uses the freshest produce, totally handmade, whilst supporting local suppliers.

By being welcomed as a guest and leaving as a friend, these guys bend over backwards to cater for your dietary needs, without compromising on flavour. Instead, they experiment more with unusual combinations whilst sticking to their sustainable roots.

Lunchtime favourites include their signature sharing platters that feature a range of restaurant favourites, jumping through various cuisines.

A firm favourite amongst locals, Food for Friends have recently bagged a position in the Good Food Guide 2018 and The Sunday Times ‘Top 30 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants’.