There won’t be a meatless meal panic in sight ...
If you’re a vegan, or about to dine with one, the idea of eating out can often conjure up a sense of worry. Meals can translate into soup, salad or pasta, because cutting out all animal-based products means a sort of meat-and-two-veg situation minus the meat, right?
Oh, how things have changed.
A dairy-free diet no longer signals the end of cakes, burgers and a full English. Really.
Something of an institution on the London vegan scene, this community project run by St Margaret’s House – where all profits go towards supporting the local community – is the place to go to soothe a hangover with a full English fry-up complete with scrambled tofu, and the breakfast quesadilla with vegan cheese. If you’re heading for dinner, tuck into slices of homemade vegan pizza with a range of toppings.
Where: 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL
This is fast food vegan-style. On the top level of Boxpark in London's Shoreditch, CookDaily is all about meals in bowls, such as rice and noodle dishes that are all animal-free and ideal for lunchtime or dinner (7 days a week, closes at 18:00 hrs on Mondays). If you're feeling particularly lazy (read: clever), savour one on the way home from work.
Where: Unit 55, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Really this is a veggie restaurant but the vegan options make it worth a mention. With ingredients sourced, as far as possible, from local Welsh farms, the menu is unsurprisingly based around fresh, seasonal produce. Expect carrot and coriander burgers, tortilla stacks and, wait for it, a raw berry cheesecake with a walnut and fig crumb.
Where: 213 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JD
You’ll struggle to find a better vegan burger in the UK. The Fonz, a flavoursome tofu patty with plenty of garnish, vegan cheese and a good dollop of barbecue sauce just about contained in a bun, is not a dainty thing but you’ll end up with sauce all over your face and you’ll feel all the better for it. Save room for the array of vegan cupcakes and brownies, faultless coffees, and don’t forget to check out the free book exchange.
Where: 142 Deptford High Street, London SE8 3PQ
If there was ever a panic that vegan food was boring, this Brighton restaurant will soothe those woes because this is all about indulgence. While Terre a Terre is technically another vegetarian restaurant, there are numerous vegan options, so you won't quibble. Tuck into steamed rice buns with kimchi, or potato, onion and garlic rosti topped with globe artichoke and pickled beetroot, and round things off with cinnamon sugar spice dusted doughnut straws with vodka cherries. And breathe.
Where: 71 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ
A hit with yoga bunnies, this is a one-stop-shop for vegan goodness. The menu changes with the seasons and it's pretty virtuous, too: detox raw green soup, pumpkin seed, brown rice and baobab burgers, raw lasagna and gluten-free crumble with strawberry cashew nut ice cream. Plus, the in-house shop means you can stock up on extra packets of kale chips. Go on, you know your health hipster self wants to.
Where: 250 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QS
If you’re a meat-free muncher and have been to Birmingham, then you’ll probably have heard of the Warehouse Café. Unpretentious and relaxed with comforting seasonal food and enthusiastic portions, the real delight here is that they make a vegan trifle. We rest our case.
Where: 54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham B5 5TH
This is the place to go when you want meatless versions of classic fare such as bangers and mash or kebabs – all with an LA-style vibe. We’re talking falafel sliders, enchilada lasagna, organic fennel and pumpkin seed bangers with parsnip and carrot mash and red wine, leek and thyme jus. For the indecisive diner there's an option to build your own meal. Now this could take a while …
Where: 4 Erskine Road, London NW3 3AJ
After something a little fancier? Manchester’s veggie restaurant 1847 serves plenty of imaginative vegan dishes, including a five course tasting menu.
Named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, this gives a twist to the très français concept of the bistro. Tuck into cucumber gazpacho with avocado mousse and rice crisps, bell pepper ragu with polenta followed by an Earl Grey cake with beetroot jam and fresh fruit.
Where: 58 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HZ
Butter in your baked goods? No, thank you. Eggs? Out the door. Ms Cupcake has revolutionised the vegan baking world at her Brixton base and these sweet treats will blow your mind. Pick up cupcakes (obviously) along with cookie sandwiches, brownies and muffins and you won't look back.
Where: 408 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF
How about a decadent vegan chocolate cake washed down with a dairy-free hot chocolate? Need we say more? Set up at the window seat of The Chocolate Tree in Edinburgh and let the bean-to-bar chocolatey goodness come to you.
Where: 123 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4EQ
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