Ultimate guide to eating out in Veganuary 2022

Author: Helen Greaves

Read Time:   |  8th January 2022

Don't miss out on all the tasty new snacks and meals available for Veganuary 2022! We've got everything you need to know about new fast food and restaurant launches right here.

This Veganuary is proving to be massive, with new and exciting foods to taste wherever you turn.

In sharp contrast to last year, we have a huge choice of restaurants to visit, too!

There’s lots of new vegan goodies in restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops, and lunch counters so check out this guide to help pick your next date night, weekend takeaway, or coffee morning location!

New in restaurants for Veganuary 2022

Restaurants are really getting on board with Veganuary, but how do you keep track of who has what on the menu? Keep an eye on this Veganuary guide for the low-down on eating out in January.

Wagamama brings vegan fish & chips to the high street

wagamama vegan fish and chips veganuary 2022

Wagamama have launched a ground-breaking new fish and chips dish in time for Veganuary 2022.

Named the Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo, the new dish is a flavour-packed Japanese-inspired take on the British classic.

The soy, rice, and pea-based ‘fish’ is served with roasted sweet potato chunks coated in Wagamama’s famous firecracker sauce, bringing the “bang-bang” element of the dish.

Instead of mushy peas, this meal is served with smashed minty edamame beans. It’s also accompanied by katsu curry sauce, waga tartare with Japanese pickles, chilli, and a lemon wedge.

The trailblazing new menu item is available to order from 4th January.

Oggs partners with Bella Italia

Bella Italia oggs dessert

Egg alternative brand Oggs has announced a collaboration with the Bella Italia restaurant chain for Veganuary.

From 3rd January Bella Italia will be serving up a new vegan carbonara dish, using an Oggs scrambled egg alternative and vegan pancetta.

Customers can top off their “Carb-OGG-nara” feast with one of Oggs’ melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings for dessert.

Levi Roots/Meatless Farm

Levi Roots vegan jerk chicken

Jerk chicken fans will be able to visit the UK’s first vegan jerk chicken restaurant for a limited time this January.

A collaboration between Meatless Farm and Reggae Reggae Sauce producer Levi Roots has resulted in the M***F*** Jerk Joint, a pop-up restaurant which will open in Shoreditch.

The restaurant will serve up Meatless Jerk Chicken Rice-n-Peas and Chunky Jerk Chicken-less Strips, all available for free to encourage meat-eaters to make the switch.

If you want to try the tasty dishes on offer you’ll have to hurry because the restaurant is only open for three days from the 20th January.

Honest Burgers’ new restaurant concept: V Honest

V Honest Burgers vegan teriyaki for Veganuary

British burger chain Honest burgers is launching a new fully vegan concept restaurant, V Honest.

The restaurant will open in January in Covent Gardens and will offer an extensive range of vegan burgers, sauces, and sides.

Along with the new concept restaurant, Honest Burgers will also be launching a new vegan burger in all of its locations for Veganuary.

The new Teriyaki Plant Burger features a plant-based burger patty with pulled shiitake mushrooms, teriyaki sauce, Applewood vegan cheese, grilled peppers, umami mayo, and lettuce for a decadent sweet-and-savoury burger that packs an umami punch.

Plant-based street food at Wahaca

wahaca vegan set menu veganuary 2022

Mexican restaurant group Wahaca is celebrating Veganuary with the launch of a dedicated vegan set menu, available in restaurants and via Deliveroo.

The vegan set menu serves two for £38 and serves up a feast of fresh and delicious plant-based street food dishes.

Joining the marvelously moreish Ancho mushroom tacos and Plantain tacos are Black bean & vegan cheese quesadillas, Organic squash tostadas and Zesty bean tostadas, complemented by sides of Sweet potato and Chargrilled tenderstem broccoli.

PizzaExpress to launch plant-based garlic butter

PizzaExpress vegan garlic butter

Dough ball fans rejoice, PizzaExpress has finally launched a vegan version of its iconic garlic butter!

The first-ever vegan PizzaExpress launched in Aldwych last Autumn, serving a fully plant-based menu. The current menu features its biggest ever range of vegan dishes including the American Jack – smoky jackfruit ‘pepperoni’ and tomato with its signature vegan mozzarella alternative; and the Vegan Ad Astra’ – topped with Quorn, sweet red peppers, Cajun spice, red onion, tomato, garlic oil and vegan mozzarella alternative.

The plant-based garlic spread is currently available exclusively at the Aldwych pizzeria but will be rolled out nationwide in over 360 restaurants from March, available alongside classic Dough Balls, or as a dip for essential crust dipping!

Zizzi launches limited edition rainbow lasagne for Veganuary 2022

Zizzi rainbow lasagne veganuary 2022

Italian restaurant Zizzi has released a selection of vegan options for Veganuary, including a vibrant rainbow lasagne.

The limited edition lasagne features six layers of pasta with a rainbow of colourful fillings. Butternut squash, beetroot & red onion, and spinach make up the layers in this eye-catching dish, which is oven-baked, topped with pesto and breadcrumbs and served in a pomodoro sauce with fresh basil.

Veganuary also sees the return of Zizzi’s Zillionaire’s slice dessert and a new fiery ginger mocktail – a boost of apple, ginger and turmeric, with sweet agave and topped with fresh ginger.

Pieminister restaurant goes vegan

Pieminister Veganuary mooless moo pie

Exeter’s Pieminister restaurant has gone fully plant-based for the whole of Veganuary to encourage meat-eating pie fans to try meat free this January.

The chain is also offering a plant-based menu in all of its restaurants which includes its new ‘impossible’ Mooless Moo.

The impossible version of the meat-free take on a steak and ale pie is gluten-free and suitable for coeliacs, and is the brand’s first pie that is both gluten-free and vegan.

Pieminister’s vegan pies can also be found in Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Co-op to buy and cook at home.

BrewDog launches Veganuary menu

Brewdog veganuary burger meal

BrewDog has launched its Vegan All Stars Menu for Veganuary, featuring decadent plant-based dishes.

The menu items have been made in collaboration with vegan brands like Biff’s, THIS™, Temple of Seitan, Beyond Meat, and Moving Mountains.

Brewdog is also extending its 2-4-1 Vegan Mondays offer to cover every day in January, so customers can enjoy the indulgent meals at an irresistible price no matter when they visit.

Nando’s launches new plant-based burger for Veganuary

nandos chickpea burger veganuary 2022

Nando’s is adding to its plant-based menu with the launch of its new Spiced Chickpea Burger, just in time for Veganuary 2022.

The burger is priced at £7.55 and contains a tasty chickpea and spinach patty, with hints of cumin, coriander and turmeric – loaded with hummus, red pepper chutney and topped with red pickled onions.

The Spiced Chickpea Burger is available from 5th January, and is joined by the restaurant’s original fan favourite Mango & Lime PERi-ometer spice which will be landing on the PERi-ometer for a limited time only, replacing Nando’s seasonal Clementine spice.

Dirty Vegan Burger now available at Young’s Burger Shack

Matt Pritchard dirty vegan burger

A new vegan burger has launched in Young’s pubs Burger Shacks for January.

Created in partnership with Dirty Vegan chef Matt Pritchard, the new plant-based burger ‘Pritchard’s Dirty Vegan’ is available for just 1 month,

The lip-smacking burger features a spiced chickpea and cauliflower patty topped with a banging mix of aioli, hot sauce, pickled cucumber, mango, and coriander salsa, all for £11.

It’s available in alfresco Burger Shacks located in some of Young’s finest pub gardens across London and beyond from 1st to 31st January.

The Vurger Co. launch Veganuary Special Burger

Vurger co hunny chicken burger

The Vurger Co. has added a new burger to its menu for Veganuary, along with a vegan honeycomb milkshake to wash it down.

The limited-edition ‘Hunny “Chicken” Vurger’ features a crispy chicken-style patty coated in lashings of sweet vegan honey glaze, honey mustard aioli, tangy pink slaw, and gherkins and comes served in a soft glazed vegan brioche.

The special menu items are available in all three The Vurger Co. restaurants (Shoreditch, Canary Wharf & Brighton) from the 6th – 31st January.

Rebel Vegan takes over Ed’s Easy Diner and Giraffe across the UK

rebel vegan burger

From 1st January 2022, Ed’s Easy Diner and Giraffe are getting a plant-based makeover as Rebel Vegan brings diners a brand-new, limited-edition menu that’s all plants, no bull.

Proving that being vegan is anything but boring, the Rebel Vegan menu is packed with delicious options from dreamy burgers to dirty hot dogs.

Born from a passion for plant-based in the pandemic, Rebel Vegan has previously only been available via delivery.

Côte launches the high street’s first vegan Tartiflette

cote vegan tartiflette

French restaurant chain Côte has launched the high street’s first cheesy vegan Tartiflette – a twist on the French Alpine dish made with THIS™ Isn’t Bacon and indulgent vegan cheddar cheese.

Côte’s vegan Tartiflette is a dairy and meat-free take on the quintessential ski-resort dish. With winter sports off the menu for many this season, vegan fans of this Alpine regional favourite can instead indulge in a gratin of sliced potatoes and onions, topped with melted vegan cheddar cheese, served with fresh baguette, cornichons, and a green salad.

The dish is available at at Côte’s 84 restaurants across the UK.

The Gentlemen Baristas launch vegan brunch menu

The gentlemen baristas veganuary croissants and toasties

London coffee house chain The Gentlemen Baristas is now serving up vegan brunch items alongside its speciality coffee.

The new vegan menu will be served at The Gentlemen Baristas sites with kitchens until 3pm and includes a range of vegan croissants, toasties and a new vegan sandwich ALT – roasted aubergine, lettuce, tomato and mayo on sourdough.

Vegan Croissants available include: ‘Nduja, garlic and basil sauce with rocket and Cumberland sausage and vegan sliced cheese and spinach.

Vegan Toasties available include: Beetroot hummus, kale and avocado with cherry tomato, candied beetroot and micro herbs on rye bread, and vegan cream cheese and smoked carrot ribbons with red onion, cucumber and dill on rye bread.

New in takeaways and food-to-go for Veganuary 2022

Those looking for lunch on the go or a big night in aren’t left out this Veganuary, as we see exciting new options launch in takeaways, coffee shops, fast food joints, and even supermarket lunch deals!

Papa John’s to launch Cheesy Chilli Bites

Papa John's veganuary pizza and chilli bites

Papa John’s is introducing two new menu items for Veganuary: Cheesy Chilli Bites, and a relaunch of its much-loved Vegan Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza.

The all-new Cheesy Chilli bites are served in portions of eight, filled with an oozing mozzarella-style cheese and chipotle chilli wrapped in a crispy batter, and will join the Papa John’s menu on 31st January.

Not only that, but Papa John’s are offering 50% off vegan pizzas, sides, and ice cream for the whole of January, too!

Domino’s launches vegan Peppero-NAY pizza

 Dominos vegan pepperoni pizza

Domino’s is making plant-based meat-lovers’ dreams come true with a vegan pepperoni-loaded pizza for Veganuary 2022.

The new pizza features plenty of vegan pepperoni from The Vegetarian Butcher, along with vine-ripened tomato sauce, and Domino’s melty vegan cheese. It’s served with a vegan garlic and herb dipping sauce for a truly decadent experience.

The Peppero-NAY pizza is available from 4th January for delivery and collection nationwide.

McDonald’s McPlant Burger launches in all UK restaurants

After a successful trial in late 2021, McDonald’s in launching its vegan McPlant burger in all restaurants across the UK and Ireland.

The McPlant burger has been developed over three years to have the “same iconic taste” as the fast food giant’s well-known burgers. It even comes with a bespoke pea protein cheese that “tastes just like McDonald’s iconic cheese slices”.

The burger, which uses a patty developed by Beyond Meat, is cooked separately from other McDonald’s menu items using dedicated utensils.

Burger King launches vegan nuggets

Vegan nuggets

Burger King has launched vegan chicken nuggets – becoming the first UK high street chain to do so.

The nuggets, made in collaboration with The Vegetarian Butcher, promise to “taste and look exactly like their meat originals” and are available in boxes of 6, 9, or 20.

Fast food fans can grab their nuggets from the 5th January, with a side of tasty sweet chilli sauce.

While Burger King has stated that the nuggets are cooked in a separate fryer, they do also stipulate that their fryers share an oil filtration system.

Subway trial 2 new vegan meat options for Veganuary

Subway is trialing a vegan chicken tikka sandwich in some UK outlets

Subway is trialling two new meat options for Veganuary – a plant-based steak and chicken tikka.

The T.L.S. (Tastes. Like. Steak.) will be available in 350 Subway stores across the South of England, while the T.L.C. Tikka (Tastes.Like.Chicken.) will be trialled in select stores across the UK and Ireland.

The new options will be available as a 6-inch or footlong sub, or as a salad or wrap until 15th February. 

Costa Coffee expands its plant-based menu

Costa Coffee has launched new vegan options including macaroni cheese and a chick'n panini

Costa Coffee has added lots of new vegan options to its menu, just in time for Veganuary.

The chain is offering a range of sweet and savoury items, making it easy for vegans to grab a quick lunch or a snack with their morning coffee.

Savoury offerings include Vegan Macaroni Cheeze and the Vegan BBQ Chick’n Panini while sweet options include a vegan and gluten-free Apple Crumble Flapjack and a Chocolate & Pecan Slice, developed in collaboration with BOSH!

The limited edition menu items are available nationwide. 

Starbucks launches tuna-style sandwich for Veganuary

Starbucks is launching a vegan tuna sandwich in the UK

Starbucks has launched a limited edition plant-based tuna sandwich for Veganuary.

The Tu’NAH Sandwich is priced from £3.29 and features vegan tuna flakes made by The Vegetarian Butcher.

Along with the new menu addition, Starbucks has also ditched its dairy-free milk surcharge this January. 

Meaty meat-free sandwiches join Tesco meal deal

Plant chef vegan sandwiches veganuary 2022

Tesco has launched new Plant Chef sandwiches into its food-to-go chillers, and they’re all available as part of the £3 meal deal!

Available now are an All Day Breakfast Sandwich, a Vegan BLT Sandwich, a Veggie Curry Wrap, and a Greek Salad Wrap.

The All Day Breakfast Sandwich features Lincolnshire-style vegan sausage and no-egg tofu mayo, which the BLT combines hickory-smoked carrot with bac-no-naise, tomatoes and lettuce.

New in at-home meal kits for Veganuary 2022

THIS™ teams up with Pasta Evangelists to offer delicious vegan carbonara at home

pasta evangelists vegan carbonara

Fresh pasta specialist Pasta Evangelists has teamed up with THIS™ to create a mouth-watering pasta meal kit for Veganuary.

The plant-based ‘Carbonara of dreams’ blends a creamy and rich egg-free carbonara sauce, made with cashews, with crispy THIS™ isn’t bacon lardons.

The meal kit is available for home delivery and comes in eco-friendly packaging with everything you need to make your own vegan carbonara at home in a few easy steps.

Along with the ‘Carbonara of dreams’, Pasta Evangelists is also increasing its plant-based offering by 20% this Veganuary, the first step in a mission to develop over 20 new plant-based recipes in 2022.

The new vegan range will be available to order for home delivery from the ‘make at home’ menu on the Pasta Evangelists website and on-demand from select Deliveroo locations this January, on the following dates:

  • Truffle Cacio e Pepe (from £6.35 per portion) – available from 3rd January 2022
  • Creste di Gallo alla Norma (from £5.50 per portion) – available from 3rd January 2022
  • Vegan Carbonara of Dreams (from £7 per portion) – available from 10th January 2022

The Cinnamon Collection launches vegan meal kit

cinnamon vegan meal kit

To celebrate Veganuary, Chef Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Collection has designed a delicious vegan feasting kit, packed full of flavour and spice.

Delivered nationwide, the generous at-home box includes dishes such as Mysore Rassam – South Indian spiced lentil, tomato, and pepper soup – and Bhel Papdi Chaat – Surat special vegan chaat with puffed rice, crisp wheat, tamarind, garlic, chilli, and green chutneys.

Dessert is certainly not an afterthought, with a chilled Coconut Kheer, served with chargrilled pineapple and stem ginger, with a topping of quinoa crumble.

The kit is £100 for two people, and can be ordered online.

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Written by

Helen Greaves

Helen Greaves

Helen has been vegan since 2018 and has a background in vegan food marketing and social media. She's mother to a mischief of rats, and loves to spend her spare time making vegan cakes and bakes.

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