Nut Allergy Friendly Restaurants In Brighton

by Efiah Clifford-Brown
La Choza Brighton

A guide to eating in Brighton with a nut allergy

Hiya everyone! I’m Efiah, Eshé’s cousin. I’m 15 years old and still in school. As part of my work experience, I’ve been staying down in Brighton with Eshé and shadowing her. It’s been such a fascinating and eye-opening experience entering into the blogging world for the first time… and now I’ve lost my #bloggingvirginity! In this post, I’ll share my foodie experiences around Brighton over the past week and particularly, how different restaurants and cafés have catered for my severe nut allergy.
VIP Brighton

Very Italian Pizza (VIP) – 19 Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1EL

DAY 1: Eshé introduced me to one of her favourite pizza places in Brighton, Very Italian Pizza, therefore upon arrival, I already had high expectations. The restaurant had a bustling, vibrant atmosphere as soon as we stepped through the door and this immediately put me at ease. As I am sure, anyone else out there with food allergies can empathise, I can feel quite anxious ordering food out.

We both ordered the Margherita pizza, and when ordering we mentioned to the waitress about my severe nut allergy. Our waitress was Italian, so I started to worry about the language barrier, but she understood perfectly how to deal with the situation and assured me that although there were nuts in the kitchen, they were quite certain they could avoid cross contamination.

PRICE: 2x pizzas + 2x cans of lemonade = £17
FOOD RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
ALLERGY RATING: 5/5 – Attentive and knowledgeable.

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Burger Brothers Brighton

Burger Brothers – 97 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1Y

DAY 2:  Eshé and I went to what she said was her ‘favourite burger restaurant’ and she was right, it quickly became my favourite too. When walking in, I couldn’t help but notice how small it was, and the kitchen area even smaller. This is something that worries me and probably worries other food allergy sufferers because it can lead to an increased risk of cross contamination. However, I was gladly surprised when multiple staff assured me with warm smiles that the food would be suitable.

Often us food allergy sufferers can feel that we come across as being hard work and fussy. However, at Burger Brothers they were happy to go out of their way to make me feel as comfortable as possible with their food, even offering me the allergy information book to check each ingredient individually. Overall a great experience, thank you!

PRICE: 2x burgers + 1x smoothie + 1x can of coke = £14
FOOD RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
ALLERGY RATING: 5/5 – Eager to cater for my dietary needs and friendly.

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The Larder Brighton

Larder – 53 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN

DAY 3: We went for lunch at a café called Larder, with another blogger lvinlovewith. There was a good range of food to choose from (toasties, salads and jacket potatoes), so I had no problem finding something I knew I would enjoy the taste of.I went up, ordered my food and of course mentioned my nut allergy, which they said they could cater for but ‘couldn’t guarantee that nuts hadn’t been used elsewhere’.  Standard.  However, when I ordered my simple jacket potato with cheese and beans, my order came with just cheese, which left me feeling sceptical about what else they might have forgotten to mention to the chef… maybe my LIFE THREATENING nut allergy?

In the end, I was okay, but I would’ve enjoyed my food more if they delivered the order right first time. Eshé’s and Louise’s orders came without cutlery which wasn’t great either, so the food was going cold by the time they got round to eating it. The atmosphere when we walked in was peaceful and quiet but as soon as we sat down one of the staff started making a smoothie and the noise of the blender made it impossible to have a conversation. On the positive side, the food was reasonably priced, with my jacket potato priced at £4.50. We have come to a joint agreement that there was quite a bit to be desired but it would be great to go back once some improvements have been made.

PRICE: 1x sandwich + 1x jacket potato = £9.20
FOOD RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
ALLERGY RATING: 3/5 – Weren’t as knowledgeable as I would’ve liked, but were friendly.

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La Choza Brighton

La Choza – 36 Gloucester Rd, Brighton, BN1 4AQ

DAY 4: Eshé and Takeaway Boy introduced me to Mexican food. I was somewhat dubious when it was first mentioned because having never experienced Mexican food, I was unsure what it contained and how suitable it would be for someone with a nut allergy, like myself – as I’m sure many other food allergy sufferers can relate to.

When the waiter came around to take our orders, I went for the smoked pulled pork taco, and as always, mentioned my dreaded nut allergy. Surprisingly, the waiter knew the exact ingredients in all the food and assured me that my order was 100% nut free, also telling me the only nuts on the premises were in a sealed Nutella jar.

The waiter exuded confidence in what he was saying and gave me a reassuring smile. One thing I have to mention is that the food took a while to arrive, but when it did it was totally worth the wait. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun and all of the staff gave us a welcoming smile, I would definitely love to go here again.

PRICE: 2x tacos + 1x quesadilla + 3x cans of drink = £31.95
FOOD RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
ALLERGY RATING: 5/5 – So friendly and knowledgeable.

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Bagelman Brighton

Bagelman – 16 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AH

DAY 5: On my final day, we decided to try out a bagel shop and upon entering, the waft of freshly baked bagels caressed my nose. It smelt absolutely delicious! I, however, was cautious when entering the shop because this was going to be my first time trying a bagel.

The first thing I noticed was English wasn’t the first language of the lady serving us, and when I mentioned I had a nut allergy, something got lost in translation and she directed me towards the gluten-free bagels. Thankfully, her colleague understood my request and he assured me that none of the bagels had been anywhere near nuts. However, they did have peanut butter on the premises. This was a good enough response, so I opted for the chicken, bacon, and avocado bagel, as did Eshé, but I asked for no mayonnaise.

Let me just say, I will definitely be going back for another bagel soon as it was so tasty! As for improvements, although I understand how difficult it is to learn a foreign language, some of the staff need to work on their communication skills for future customers with food allergies.

PRICE: 2x bagels, 2x cans of lemonade = £11
FOOD RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
ALLERGY RATING: 3/5 – The waitress didn’t understand what I was saying at first, but once understood, was very helpful.

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Do you have a recommendation for another nut allergy friendly restaurant or café? Or did you eat somewhere that was supposed to be nut-free and it wasn’t? Leave a comment below and let other readers know.

*All allergy information provided by the cafés and restaurants on the day I visited. However, ingredients and cooking practices in each spot may change in the future, so please ensure you check suitability for nut allergies each time you visit.

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1 comment

Julia July 12, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Although I am fortunate not to have a serious food allergy, I do feel sorry for the restrictions this must place on those that do. It is a great idea to have featured this on your blog Eshe and Well done Efiah on your first food blog


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