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Food & Drink

Lana Jackson

T @ Hove: A stylish oasis of vegan delights

Situated just a short walk from the picturesque Hove seafront and conveniently avoiding the bustling city centre of Brighton, discover the unpretentiously stylish T @ Hove. This café is a hidden gem boasting a minimalist exterior that beautifully contrasts with its tastefully maximalist interior, complete with a striking olive tree centrepiece. As you step inside, you'll immediately realise that T @ Hove is far from your ordinary café.

T @ Hove is one of two cafés under the T @ Coffee umbrella, the other being T @ The Dials, in Brighton. They bagged a finalist spot in the veggie / vegan category of the Brighton Argus Food & Drink awards 2021

T @ Hove's spacious and modern venue is ideal for various occasions. During the day, strategically placed lights create a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for work or study sessions. By night, the venue transforms into an intimate space, setting the stage for unforgettable evenings. With an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks sourced from local brands, T @ Hove is also available for bookings and can cater to events of any kind.

Upon perusing the vibrant neon menu, we were captivated by the extensive range of unique vegan dishes and drinks. T @ Hove proudly offers a diverse array of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options that change with the seasons, ensuring fresh and innovative flavours throughout the year. Each dish on the menu is expertly crafted by the café’s head chef, who even supplies some produce from her own allotment. Vegan dishes are clearly marked, and there are symbols denoting the availability of vegan alterations for other dishes.

As the sun poured in through the window, we found ourselves initially drawn to the enticing smoothie and juice options. However, we couldn't resist the allure of the indulgent Biscoff iced latte with vegan whipped cream, which, as you can imagine, was truly a treat for the senses.

During our visit, we had the pleasure of conversing with the friendly manager, Bex, while savouring our ice-cold lattes. We took our time to thoroughly analyse the menu, ultimately selecting the Wild Garlic Mushrooms on sourdough toast and the Huevos Rancheros, featuring locally-owned 'Fu Fighters' chickpea-based 'Tohu' as a substitute for eggs.

The Huevos Rancheros impressed us with its vibrant Mexican flavours. The interplay of savoury refried beans, sweet and spicy chilli jam, and creamy guacamole was a true delight. The addition of refreshing pico de gallo elevated the dish to new heights, and its presentation in a crispy tortilla bowl allowed you to break bits off and scoop it up, capturing all the goodness in one bite.

Tortilla filled with guacamole, salsa and lettuce

Lana Jackson

Equally remarkable was the Wild Garlic Mushroom Toast, a feast for the eyes and palate. It's not often that one encounters a meal in a café that is almost too beautiful to eat. The exquisitely buttery garlic mushrooms melted in our mouths, complemented by the freshness of the sourdough toast. Surprisingly, the toast maintained its delightful crunch, skillfully absorbing all the wonderful flavours. Unlike many similar dishes, this one struck a perfect balance, with the power of the garlic being just right. Rocket, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a sharp vegan parmesan shard provided a harmonious blend of flavours.

Whether you're a local resident or a visiting vegan in Brighton, don't miss the opportunity to experience the culinary delights of T @ Hove. Allow yourself to be captivated by the inviting ambience, impressed by the diverse menu offerings, and leave with a contented palate, eager to return for more.

You won’t be surprised that T @ Hove isn't the only excellent café in the ‘vegan capital of the world’. Find out what we thought of Café@62: a vegan café in Brighton bringing vegan foodies together, and for some guilt-free junk food, we headed to Brighton’s The World’s End Pub

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