Vegan food and the health benefits of going vegan have gained huge attention of late. As a result, people are either taking up the vegan diet on a full-time basis, or they’re trying to cut out meat as much as they can, perhaps going vegan once or twice a week. Eating out vegan, though, isn’t easy as the options can be limited. In fact, some establishments still have no vegan options whatsoever.
When we’re at home it’s easier to stick to a vegan diet, but its when we venture outdoors and decide to eat in a local restaurant or visit a new town on our travels where the lack of vegan options can really standout. Some places are incredibly vegan friendly, with numerous animal-free food options, but others might not be. It can be frustrating for a vegan, especially if all that’s required is a simple sandwich or a snack before dinner, ideally accompanied with the sequel to the legend – Dead or Alive 2 slot or with an interesting book. Ultimately, it’s about assessing the vegan options available before you visit a location and then making sure you have a plan in mind for when you do start to get an appetite, otherwise it could make for a disappointing trip.
To help spread awareness around the great vegan options in numerous city’s throughout the UK, we thought we’d show our appreciation to some of the best of them.
Located just off the famous Regents Street and with another restaurant in Southwark, Tibits with its stunning vegan cuisine and its retro feel is a fantastic option if you’re ever in need of some solid vegan grub when you’re in England’s capital. The mushroom polenta pizza and spicy kale kimchi are particular favourites, although most of the options on the menu are well worth trying.
If you’re keen to check out a restaurant that doesn’t just serve yummy vegan food, but it also does some admirable work with the likes of water company Belu to donate a portion of the bill to WaterAid, then Suncraft in Bristol is a fantastic option. The food is superb too, with popular dishes including their soba noodle salad and the Ethiopian lentil stew. If you have a sweet tooth you need to satisfy, then definitely order the spiced banana doughnuts also.
Hula Juice Bar, Edinburgh
With two establishments in the city, Hula Juice Bar is one of Edinburgh’s best options for vegans thanks to its welcoming emerald green walls and palm trees, but also due to its fantastic vegan menu. Highlights include vegan poke bowls, shackshuka and za’tar beetroot smash, although you’ll struggle to find anything you don’t like.
Go Falafel, Manchester
You’ll spot Go Falafel in Manchester from a mile off thanks to its vibrant colours and fresh vegetables in the window, and you won’t regret visiting it either. One of the best places to eat in the city, Go Falafel serves up a comprehensive selection of fantastic vegan food, from the likes of falafel wraps to salad boxes to delicious smoothies. The hummus they make is lovely, too.
Ecco Pizzeria, Leeds
Vegan pizza and its reputation is growing. Ecco Pizzeria in Leeds has helped feed the hype with their authentic vegan pizzas that have been pleasing people in the city for a while now. The ‘Lombardi’, with sautéed caramelised leeks, green beans and roasted artichoke hearts is well worth trying. In truth, though, practically everything on the menu is delectable.
Other vegan restaurants worth checking out are Sanskruti (Liverpool and Manchester), The Egg Cafe (Liverpool) and Ethos (London).
Which vegan restaurants would you recommend?
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