Scouseveg founder Niki James takes us on a tour of some of the best vegan choices around Liverpool and Merseyside for 2019.
Published on 27 Mar 2019
Liverpool is an excellent city to visit (not just for the food), with its top-rated tourist attractions, friendliness and of course the unique scouse sense of humour! There’s a host of independent bars, cafés and restaurants and even an all-vegan pub (The Caledonia). If you decide to hop across the water to Birkenhead, you’ll find Liverpool’s first vegan (and also aiming to be zero waste and plastic-free) hairdresser.
Phoenix Plant Based Eatery
41 Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside.
A trip out of the city centre will take you to St Helens, which is home to an amazing all-vegan restaurant. This also features a unique vintage shop upstairs. The food is rather exquisite, with an ever-changing menu and various themed nights, including a popular pie and pint night where they turn traditional pies into vegan wonders to delight the palate.
After your meal, served by their very friendly staff, you can take a browse upstairs to purchase some unique and quirky gifts.
The Egg Café
2nd Floor, 16-18 Newington.
The Egg has been open for over 20 years and is famous for its doorstop garlic bread and tasty soups. It’s pretty unique as it sits on the top floor of an old Victorian warehouse, with a relaxed and bohemian style and great views of the city.
The Egg is very reasonably priced and has a great range of vegan dishes – the best dish being its superb homemade spicy burger in a rich tomato salsa and salad. You can even enjoy an evening meal and take your own wine for a small corkage charge.
Corner of Ormond/Bixteth Street.
Your visit to this beautiful city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the best Indian restaurants (in my humble option) outside of India! Tucked away in the quieter business district of the city is Sanskruti. It’s a fully vegetarian and vegan restaurant with cuisine to die for.
Their extensive menu boasts everything from traditional Indian street food to healthy options and a wide variety of unique dishes that would even surprise non-vegans. You cannot beat their jackfruit curry, mopped up with their amazing family garlic naan and washed down with a bottle of vegan red.
The Old Hardware Shop
8 Woolton Street, Woolton Village.
Just a short distance away from the city centre in the south of Liverpool is a little hidden gem. The Old Hardware Shop is a fully vegan café which is both quirky and charming, selling arguably the best vegan milkshakes in the world — not to mention the king of all vegan breakfasts and themed daily specials.
The café is super friendly with the nicest staff you will ever meet and you can even purchase ‘Pretty Sweet Vegan’ which is their very own brand of cake mixes.
16 Cook Street.
Veggie Republic are the new kids on the block, having only recently opened in November 2018. Despite this, they have made a big impression! With simple yet cosy décor nestled in a unique listed building, this is a perfect option for a spot of lunch or an evening meal.
What I really like about this place is the variety of their menu — they have everything from indulgent burgers and chips, lasagne, fish and chips to healthy salads. Their motto is to show anything can be veganised and tasty.
Where to stay
Although there are no fully vegan places to stay in Liverpool (yet!) there are plenty of hotels around the city. If you fancy going self-catering, visit Balance Wholefoods, Purple Carrot, Honest to Goodness and Chia Chia to stock up on vegan goodies.
Looking for more vegan options in Liverpool? Check out our handy guide to Liverpool’s best vegan restaurants here.
Niki James co-founded Scouseveg in 2001 with her sister Jane, to help bring together vegans and support those wishing to make the change. Scouseveg is now run by Niki and her husband Pete. Find out more: scouseveg.co.uk
This article contains affiliate links.