uk’s largest vegan restaurant to open brighton branch
Brightoners, rejoice as Norwich-based restaurant Erpingham House, aka the UK’s largest vegan eatery, is opening a branch in our fair city in March. Yep, after raising £192,280 in a crowdfunder last November, the new plant-based restaurant is scheduled to open on the weekend of 7th March on the former Canna Kitchen site on Duke Street.
Founder and managing director Loui Blake told BOTI the team chose Brighton as the location for their second site as one of the partners (former Norwich City footballer Russell Martin) comes from the city and because they feel “plant-based living has momentum that we can help push forward into the mainstream, whilst offering something unique for the town”.
But they’ve got even bigger plans: the Brighton site represents the next stage in the founding team’s’ plan for a national roll-out so they can bring vegan dining into the mainstream.
So what have they got in store for the Brighton branch?
“We remain 100% plant-based and free from single-use plastic, but we will be updating the aesthetic and design aspect for the new location,” said Loui, explaining they wanted to create a restaurant that was synonymous with the local area, but which carried the mission of Erpingham House to Brighton.
The menu itself will feature some of the classics from the original Norwich restaurant, such as dough balls, hoisin jackfruit pancakes, buddha bowls and fsh and chips (no, it’s not a typo!), as well as new dishes using local specialities and growers. And did we mention there will be a rooftop area?!
Loui founded the original Norwich restaurant – an oh-so-Instagrammable beauty housed in a Grade II-listed building – in April 2018, serving over 12,000 customers in its first year. We can’t wait to see what they do with the Brighton site! You can follow the transformation here…
14 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AH
Due to open on Saturday, 7th March, 2020