Birmingham has stepped up its vegan game and is home to an array of vegan eateries. Charlotte Willis reveals the hidden gems in her hometown.
Published on 8 Aug 2018
Natural Bar and Kitchen
24 Suffolk St, Queensway
What’s not to love about this place? Fantastic staff, live weekly music events and a vegan menu with certified vegan booze and brunch options. The Natural Bar serves up one of the best vegan brunches on weekends. Highlights from its menu include the ultimate vegan burger, kaleslaw, hummus with sourdough bread, a delicious tofish and chips and a hearty lentil dhal bowl. Dessert faves are raw cheezecakes and keylime pie.
The Warehouse Café
54 Alison Street
The Warehouse Café is one of Birmingham’s longest-standing vegan and vegetarian restaurants, evident from its huge popularity and delicious seasonal menu. A Birmingham vegan favourite is the vegan Sunday roast – full-on gravy-laden goodness with a selection of veg and roasts, what more could you want? There are always plenty of desserts on offer, and the relaxed family vibe of the restaurant is like a home from home. Highly recommended!
Great Western Arcade
In search of a formal dining experience? 1847 has some of the most innovative cuisine on offer in the city centre. An exclusively vegetarian and vegan eatery, 1847 takes vegan high dining to another level. I can highly recommend the roasted cauliflower for mains, finishing with a parsnip cake and a cocktail or two. You can choose between two or three courses for a set price, and enjoy the indulgent surroundings.
88 John Bright Street
Cherry Red’s is probably my favourite place to relax and unwind with non-vegan friends and family members. This place has a little bit of everything for everyone: phenomenal, fluffy vegan pancakes piled high with coconut cream and bananas, a full vegan English breakfast and a delicious cashew nut burger. It also has a great selection of vegan beers, wines and drinks including non-alcoholic options and mylkshakes. A must-try, located right next to Grand Central train station.
3 Three’s Coffee Lounge
17 Martineau Place & 10 Great Hampton Street
3 Three’s is an independent coffee shop that has blossomed over the years from one humble café into two vibrant, delightful cafés in Birmingham. All the food is 100% vegan (including the gelato and cakes, which are to die for). This place serves the best matcha green tea latte in town, and its delicious food is perfect for taking away with you for a city exploration of the canal network or local parks.
Stock up on supplies
The vegan-friendly and organic shop Indigo Wholefoods on St Mary’s Row has been established for 10 years. This store has your every need covered from health supplements and wholefoods to ice-cream, pasta and organic fresh fruit and veggies.
Visit the canal
When the sun is shining, a walk around the vast canal network is a great way to explore the city’s past, then make your way back to the historic city centre square for some photo opportunities of the architecture.
Great Vegan Option Chain Restaurants
- Wagamama, various locations
- The Stable, 115 John Bright Street
- Ask Italian, 56 New Street
- Pizza Express, various locations
- Zizzi, The Mailbox
- Lola’s Cupcakes, Selfridges
- Las Iguanas, 37 Temple Street
About the author
Charlotte is a freelance journalist and health writer who has worked with the Vegan Society and other online vegan publications. Her fields of expertise and interest include vegan nutrition, holistic healthcare, mindfulness and fitness. She is currently researching and studying the various links between food and psychological health while pursuing a doctorate degree in counselling.