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17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
+44 1273 667992
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (107 reviews)
“enchiladas” (25 reviews)
Open Now
09:30 - 17:30 Hours
Cafe, British, International, European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow!! Who needs meat? In particular, I loved the lasagna and the roasted turnips. Parking is a problem around there, but it is worth the effort.

1  Thank rerBellevue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled across Lydea and decided to go in after gawking at the plate of a woman eating one of their salads outside. The hot dishes and salads all looked delicious. We were spoilt for choice but both opted for two hot sides with our main....More

1  Thank HunterDHunter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best food I’ve had in Brighton. I love their service and the people. Also the fact they remember me every time. My ideal place. Il go there again any day. See you all soon.

Thank flopsey200
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried this cafe on a Tuesday lunch time,a small cafe, the place was packed,but queue moved very quickly, staff were very helpful explaining the plentiful choices.The chilli enchilada was delicious, as was the vegan rosti, the veg sides and salads were bursting with flavour....More

Thank wendythomas7a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only problem with this place is that we live miles away from it! Popped in for lunch on a visit to Brighton and it is sooo yummy! Lovely staff and great atmosphere too. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Thank sarge1971
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in here on a busy bank holiday weekend and happily found a window seat and had lunch with my daughter (I didn't eat my daughter as a side dish- i mean we both had lunch. There was a simple system- choose a main, a...More

Thank 40timg
Reviewed 9 June 2018

First of all, I've been coming to this place for years and it has become a tradition for us to go to lydea's for lunch every time we come to Brighton. It's a casual vegetarian place where you get your food from the counter, choose...More

Thank smilgaki
skewif, Manager at Iydea, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hi Smilgaki, We are very sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with us as you have been coming here for so long. Due to the nature of us being a canteen style restaurant for lunch, unfortunately the counter can suffer some spillages...More

Reviewed 6 June 2018

Lovely place - enjoyed lunch here. I was doing a detox and this place was great for a variety of salads, with great flavours - 5 salads and a leaf one and 2 toppings! :-) . the two other people I was with had the...More

Thank JudyJade7
Reviewed 1 June 2018

There are so many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Brighton to choose from but it's always best to go with a recommendation you can trust. Iydea was recommended by my son's friend as his favourite lunchtime place. The four of us all choose different main courses, the...More

Thank Sharonfv
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

I am addicted to this place! The food is ridiculously tasty and reasonably priced. Grab their arancini balls with coriander and garlic oil with a couple of gorge sides and toppings, with a drink for less than a tenner. The people in there are SO...More

Thank Amy C
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Questions & Answers
7 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from VeggieLesley | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - same answer, you need to ask the restaurant directly. Again I have never seen any 'reserved' tables when I was there.
21 November 2016|
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Response from skewif | Property representative |
Hi, iydea is small and can get rather busy / quite noisy from midday. You are welcome to to try, may I recommend you get a seat at the back as they are quieter. Seb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$16
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 667992
  • E-mail
iydea is a small and very busy express vegetarian / vegan canteen right in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area. All the food is freshly made and is on display so you can choose only what you want to go on your plate or to take away. There is an extensive breakfast menu from 9:30 every morning which changes to the lunch menu at 11:30 (12:00 Sundays). They also do a large selection of drinks including all freshly made smoothies, juices and local roasted coffee. iydea can get very busy at peak times so best to avoid these if you want a little more space and comfort.
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