There are so many restaurants to choose from! Shannon Blanks looks at more of the best vegan-friendly eateries around the country. Be prepared to give your taste buds a treat…
Published on 19 Jan 2017
The Eighth Day Cafe
111 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7DU
The Eighth Day Cafe is situated underneath its co-operative vegan and vegetarian health store, which caters for everything you could possibly need to fill your pantry. Laid back and casual, this is a prime place to visit for a hearty lunch or quick bite, serving sandwiches, quiches and curries, and much more. It offers smoothies and shakes with added superfoods and mini desserts such as energy balls and truffles. It always does a hot pudding that is warm and comforting and served with custard if you want a homely dish that satisfies these winter sweet cravings. After you have eaten, don’t forget to stock up on some artisan food from the store upstairs.
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Red Dragon Pie
14 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HP
Miss your old classics? VBites is sat in the heart of Brighton and offers an extensive range of vegan food you can eat in or take home. Starting with breakfast, you name it, it has it: from tarragon mushrooms, hummus and spinach on toast, to pizzas, wraps, burgers and classics such as nachos and
fish ’n’ chips. It also specialises in its own vegan meats, fish and cheese. Order old favourites like a ‘hoisin ducky’ wrap, ‘no meat feast’ pizza or ‘chilli non carne’ and indulge in its vegan knickerbocker glory. A place to bring your friends, especially those who are meat eaters; they will be converted in no time!
39 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E, 7LJ
Famous for having the best pizza in town, Franco Manca wants everyone to enjoy its delicious goodness, even us vegans! It ferments its sourdough pizza bases for 20 hours and then cooks them at 50°C in a wood burning oven – this is probably why they taste so good! They are then topped with homemade organic tomato sauce. Both the base and sauce is vegan friendly, so opt for its classic No.1 pizza or create your own with its many veggie toppings. Franco Manca also has an extensive drinks menu that we can enjoy, with its No Logo beers, still menu wines and soft drinks being suitable for vegans. The atmosphere here is friendly and laid back and located in the lush surroundings of Covent Garden, so opt to spend your time here on week nights with friends to wind down after a long day at work.
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Just Fab Food Bus
455 Hackney Road, London, E2 9DY
A must visit in London, this is a restaurant with a difference. Owner Fabio converted a red double decker bus into a dining space in 2014 with the intent to wander the festival scene in a food truck that sold dishes inspired by Sicilian street food. It soon became fixed in the heart of Hackney, serving a range of burgers, soups and pizzas, as well as the classic Italian dishes such as carbonara and lasagna. Offering a raw take on the classic spaghetti, its raw courgetti really hits the spot as well as its ‘vegamisu’ for after. A completely different experience and one you must visit on the regular if you are a local.
67A King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4NT
With eight boutiques across London, you are never far away from a delicious sorbet dessert. Although they are not 100% vegan, and offer classic gelato, Amorino has 10 different sorbet flavours for us to choose from, and whether you opt for the Mawardi Pistachio, Mango or Lemon, you are sure to give your taste buds a treat. Not only do they taste amazing, they also look too incredible to eat.
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17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB
After something fancy? A special occasion that deserves a Michelin recommendation? Vanilla Black is famous for its contemporary style vegetarian cuisine set in a friendly, relaxed environment with exceptional quality food. Ask for the vegan menu when you arrive and they will happily cater for all your needs. Its sweet potato and puy lentil ‘dhal’ is a popular choice and great for these cooler months. By serving dishes that are refined, adventurous with their flavours and presented artfully with consideration to shape and colour, Vanilla Black is the only place to consider for an upmarket vegan experience.
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Sweet Potato and Puy Lentil Dhal
4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW3 3AJ
Gourmet, exquisite and vegan at its best is probably the only way to describe Manna Restaurant. It goes to every effort to provide the finest food that is healthy, nutritious and prepared fresh every day. Everything is vegan, with many dishes being gluten-free too and the vast yet refined selection of starters and desserts ensure you can start and finish on a high. Sourcing recipes from across the globe, its menu is filled with astonishing flavour combinations and an essence of global characteristics that come from each dish. Head here with your friends that are considering veganism – it’ll help them see just how incredible vegan food can be.