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Discover the Best Vegan Restaurants in the UK

Wednesday 01 January 2020

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As the trend for plant-based dining continues to grow, so does the number of vegan options when dining out. With many of our favourite chains now offering meat-free options and loads of exclusively vegan restaurants popping up across the country, it’s never been easier to go plant-based.

Whether you’re after a nutritious salad or a ‘wouldn’t believe it’s vegan’ dirty burger, we’ve picked out the best vegan restaurants across the UK.

Wherever you’re going plant-based in the UK, these vegan venues are worth travelling to. Buy Advance tickets with CrossCountry for great prices.

Check out our interactive map below to discover the best vegan restaurants around the UK:

V-Revolution, Manchester

Forget chickpeas and lentils, the junk style food at V-Revolution Manchester will have you questioning whether what you’re eating is actually vegan or not. The American-diner style café set in Manchester’s trendy northern quarter serves everything from ‘chicken and bacon’ burgers and loaded fries, to hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese. And it even does dessert! Order yourself a soy ice cream float or a sticky toffee pudding, and wonder what those meat-eaters are fussing about.

Getting there: From Manchester Piccadilly, you can walk to V-Revolution in under 15 minutes. Alternatively, jump on the tram.

Mono, Glasgow

‘Good beer, good vegan food, good gigs and good times’…their website says it all. Known as one of Glasgow’s most popular gig spaces, Mono is also one of the best vegan spots in town. An adventurous menu, including black pudding pizza, tofu fish ‘n’ chips and avocado chocolate cheesecake, is served alongside tunes from some of the most exciting bands around. The vegan café bar also holds exhibitions, book readings, art performances and workshops; so, check their website to see what’s on.

Getting there: Mono vegan café bar is a 10-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.

Koocha Mezze Bar, Bristol

This Persian mezze bar shows just how tasty vegan food can be. Serving up mouth-watering vegan mezze, alongside tasty cocktails and vegan kebabs, Koocha’s food is designed to give everyone a chance to experience the delights of plant-based recipes. Sample the crunchy cauliflower and spiced veggie fritters if you’re going for mezze, or the falafel burger and garlic fries if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial. Serving up meals bursting with colour, flavour and a real taste of Persia, Koocha is one of the UK’s best vegan restaurants.

Getting there: From Bristol Temple Meads Station, hop on a bus to Zetland Road Junction. You’ll find Koocha on the corner.

Natural Healthy Foods, Birmingham

Since starting out as a vegan health store, Natural Healthy Foods has expanded to become Birmingham’s first vegan bar and kitchen. Serving healthy plant-based food, balanced with fun and modern dishes, this sustainability-focused eatery attracts vegans and meat-eaters alike. Menu highlights include triple chocolate ‘cheezecake’, pulled BBQ jackfruit sourdough sandwich and the ‘pay by the weight of your plate’ afternoon buffet. Complimenting the inventive food options is an ever-expending drinks menu, featuring spirits, beers and wines, alongside a vast menu of teas, coffees and plant-based lattes.

Getting there: Getting to Natural Healthy Foods couldn’t be easier. It’s located in the Orion Building, a 4-minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station.

Beetroot Sauvage, Edinburgh

 Arguably, one of the hardest things to give up when you go vegan is cheese. Well, at Beetroot Sauvage in Edinburgh, you don’t have to! This new café serves a wide range of vegan goodies but is most famous for its vegan ‘cheese’. Order the cheese platter to discover how delicious and varied vegan cheese can be. You’ll also find all day breakfast, a delicious deli and vegan cakes and desserts. As well as serving up some un-brie-lievable dishes, Beetroot Sauvage doubles up as a wellness studio, offering yoga, tai chi and holistic therapy. If this isn’t one of the UK’s best vegan restaurants, we don’t know what is.

Getting there: From Edinburgh Waverly Station, Beetroot Savage is accessible via local bus or a 30-minute walk.

The Pod Café, Coventry

Cheap and cheerful, the Pod Café is a vibrant community café open to the public specialising in freshly cooked vegan food. Its menu makes the most of produce from its community farm and takes inspiration and flavours from all over the world. Food options include tofu banh mi, nourishing pod bowls of dahl and vegan breakfasts with homemade Greek baked beans. The main courses are ridiculously good value too, at £3 each. As well as fresh, delicious food the café runs arts events and supper clubs, amongst other events.

Getting there: You can walk from Coventry Station to Pod in 20 minutes.

Samphire Brasserie, Plymouth

 A family run vegan restaurant, highly influenced by American cuisine, Samphire Brasserie in Plymouth is so popular, they even run a delivery service. Vegan junk food at its finest, you’ll find everything from a meatball mania burger and dirty fries to cheesy pizzas, milkshakes and the cruelty free cooking bucket (who needs KFC?). If you’ve got room for pudding, you’ll find choices like a rich & creamy cheesecake, hot caramelised biscuit cookie dough and a warm chocolate brownie with ice cream. The Vegan Deli is full of scrumptious vegan delights like homemade cheeses, pies and cakes.

Getting there: You can walk from Plymouth Station to Samphire Brasserie in under 10 minutes.

Stem & Glory, Cambridge

 Creative plant-based dishes are served amongst a friendly, vibrant ambience at this vegan joint in Cambridge. Stem & Glory offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening dining and special tasting menu events. The kimchi pancakes are particularly appetising if you’re after a smaller dish, while the cauliflower and coconut curry is the perfect main course option. They also have a mouth-watering dessert list, including raw blueberry and banana cheesecake, and an irresistibly rich chocolate marquise. Thirsty? The vegan bar serves cocktails, mocktails, craft beer and vegan wine.

 Getting there: You can walk to Stem & Glory from Cambridge Station. Alternatively, a local bus will take you there in 10 minutes.

The Ship Inn, Newcastle

Newcastle’s first vegan pub and the only pub on our list, The Ship Inn serves a fantastic plant-based menu. You’ll find all your favourite traditional pub grub dishes - fish ‘n’ chips, curries, chilli nachos and even a Sunday roast, and some top desserts too. Tapas night is held on a Wednesday with dishes priced at around £3.50. Not all drinks are vegan but there are vegan options for cocktails, beer and wine so check when you order. With a great board game selection, sports played on TV, live bands and dogs welcome, you could easily spend a whole day relaxing in the pub and sampling things off the menu.

Getting there: From Newcastle Central Station, the Ship Inn is a 10-minute bus ride away.

Anna Loka, Cardiff

 Cardiff’s first 100% vegan café, Anna Loka’s exciting and ever evolving menu will delight your taste buds and enlighten your meat-eating friends. With a seasonal menu using only the finest freshest ingredients, locally sourced and organic where possible, Anna Loka is perfect for a late breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake, or dinner. The menu is varied, from pancakes and baps for breakfast, to thai green curry and fish cakes for tea. The burgers are particularly tasty, and there’s even a kids’ menu. Alcohol isn’t available but you can bring your own and pay £2.50 corkage charge per person – what a bargain!

Getting there: Anna Loka is a 20-minute bus ride from Cardiff Central Station.

Whether you’ve been plant-based for years or you’re just going cold tofurkey, these are the best vegan restaurants around the UK. Whichever plant-based place tickles your taste buds, remember to buy an Advance ticket via our Train Tickets app.

Written by Abby

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