Bills, Brighton – Vegan Menu

by Eshé Brown

Bills Brighton – Vegan Menu Review

It’s been an age since I ate at Bills in Brighton. I think the last time I was 20 and three dress sizes thinner – yes eating out constantly has finally started to catch up with me!

But back in January, I was invited in to try out the restaurant’s vegan set menu – which launched for #Veganuary and runs all through February as well as January. (Lucky that, as I’m a little late to tell you about this).bills restaurant in brighton at night

Since I often get asked where can you eat great vegan food and it’s an area I’m a bit ill-informed of, I took up the offer.

It’s a chain, which I try to avoid but if you’re vegan I think you want to have all the choice you can. Plus it has a nice local connection – it was originally founded as a fresh produce store and café in Lewes, East Sussex by a greengrocer Bill Collison almost 20 years agoquirky interior at bills restaurant in brightonbusy walls at bills in brighton pictures on the walls at bills restaurant in the north laine diners eating at bills restaurant brighton new vegan and vegetarian menu at bills brighton

Right, back to the vegan menu… the set menu runs Monday – Friday from lunch until 7pm and is priced at £11.95 for two courses and £14.95 for three. Outside of those days and hours, you can still order vegan dishes (it’s just a bit pricier).

First up was a lovely gin cocktail, followed by two appetisers. Bill’s Vegan Wellington (the first) with a divine thick rich gravy was a real winner and the tempura cauliflower bites that followed were also pretty tasty (although they could have been crisper).

bills vegan wellington

Vegan beef wellington (taster portion)

tempura cauliflower bites on the bills vegan menu

Tempura cauliflower

Then I had the vegan “duck” salad as a starter and this was the highlight of the night for me with some cracking spicy and sweet flavours. If I were you I’d request this as a main and ask them to double up on the ingredients which were chilli, coriander, spring onion, cucumber, carrots, cabbage and baby gem lettuce tossed in a miso dressing with sesame seeds and lime.

For my main, I picked The Moving Mountain Burger with a mushroom & beetroot patty, vegan cheese and chips but I didn’t fall in love with it. The patty reminded me of a dirty Greggs sausage roll rather than the flavoursome vegetable alternative I was hoping for. Burger Brothers (next door) does a much better vegan burger that sizes up more competitively with a meat burger.

bills vegan dessert chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream

Chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream and hazelnut crumb

Then dessert, I opted for the chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream and hazelnut crumb – the ice cream was divine but the fondant was heavy and far too sickly (even for this chocoholic).

Verdict

It’s worth a try, particularly if you’re a large group (the restaurant is huge) or on a budget (because £15 for 3 courses is pretty good going). Yes, you can get far better vegan food in Brighton – Purezza, Canna Kitchen & The Pond are all my favs – but this is a good option if your dining with a mixed party of meat and non-meat eaters.

PRICE: £14.95pp for 3 courses / £11.95pp for 2 course
RATING: Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss

Bills
The Depot, 100 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE
bills-website.co.uk

*Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at Bills with a guest but as you’ve read, when things aren’t quite right I will tell you.

Tell me something… Where should I head to for my next vegan food review? Let me know in the comments. And remember to click the heart button underneath if you found this restaurant review useful.

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