Gone are the days of limited options for veggie diners. Not only have many restaurants thankfully expanded their menus, but the UK is now full of eclectic vegetarian eateries just waiting to be explored.
From adventurous vegan fare in Glasgow to Sunday nut roasts in Liverpool, join us as we discover 12 of the UK’s best vegetarian restaurants.
Billed as Cardiff’s first 100% vegan café, Anna Loka’s extensive menu is a must for anyone looking for a guilt-free dining experience in Wales’ capital. Try the tempting range of free-from breads and pizzas, devour a perfectly-flipped pancake or give your immune system a boost with one of their seasonal salads. Whatever you fancy, there’s a meat-free feast to be had at Anna Loka.
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Community is at the heart of this unique and welcoming vegetarian café in Vauxhall, South London. Run by a dedicated collective of cooks, you’ll find homemade and extremely tasty vegetarian dishes. Due to the different cooks contributing, expect all types of cuisine from Japanese to French. Fancy cooking there yourself? Head along to one of their bi-monthly meetings to get involved.
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If you’re looking for a taste of vegetarian nouvelle cuisine, then you’ve come to the right place. The minimalist and stylish surroundings of add to the elegant ambience, while international dishes, such as Thai fritters and stir-fried udon noodles with tofu, mean you’ll never get bored of the menu. Their extensive wine selection and knowledgeable staff finish off this fine dining experience.
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A focus on fresh and seasonal produce ensures that this café delivers when it comes to taste and guilt-free eating. As a result, their menu also changes daily so there’s always something new to try. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, making it a great choice whether you want to dine out for a special occasion or just pop in for one of their freshly-squeezed juices. Its location also makes it a good stop-off for a light refreshment if you’re shopping in the city.
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Ethos’ founder, Jessica Kruger, is passionate about healthy, meat-free food and wanted to share that passion with diners at this award-winning restaurant. They specialise in “deliciously different meat-free cuisine that tastes as good as it is for you”, so you can fill up on their global veggie meals without a single regret. And if you’re vegan or gluten-free, you can enjoy at least 50% of both their sweet and savoury dishes so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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Mono isn’t just about the beautiful vegan food; it’s also a unique space where visitors can experience performances by local bands, book readings, art exhibitions and more. There’s never a dull moment. If you want to take some music home with you after you’ve tucked into one of their freshly made sandwiches or delectable pizzas, there’s even an in-house independent record store (Monorail Music) to browse.
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Feeling like you’ve overindulged recently and need a bit of a detox? Redemption is the place for you. It offers alcohol-free cocktails and super-healthy food, including vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes, in relaxing surroundings. The tempting menu has been carefully designed by a nutritional therapist so you can treat yourself without hesitation. The food is colourful, interesting and full of flavour, so whether you’re a veggie or a meat-eater, there’s something for everyone.
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Tucked away on Renfield Lane in Glasgow’s city centre, this entertainment venue has everything going on from live bands to film screenings and its inclusive vibe makes everyone feel welcome, no matter what time of the day. The menu is a reflection of the venue itself – “creative, consistent and memorable” – and you’ll be treated to a fantastic range of organic, vegan and gluten-free food. Check out their blog for upcoming events.
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It’s easy to see why The Egg Café is popular with artists and students due to its relaxed bohemian atmosphere, but it’s also a hit with passing sightseers too as it boasts some amazing panoramic views of the city centre. Pop in for a vegan Full English in the morning or take things slowly with their Sunday roast (all meat-free and vegan, of course). Plus, if you’re into live performances, why not attend one of their monthly poetry/open-mic nights?
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Bringing a taste of authentic vegetarian and vegan foods from Asia, this café restaurant in Cardiff is a treat for the senses. The café itself is adorned with beautiful painted murals and the menu is a celebration of spice and vegetarian Indian food. Try a filling dosa: a rice and lentil pancake served with curry or, if you like it hot, go for the chilli paneer: oriental-style cheese cubes sautéed with veg and chilli sauce. With so many dishes to choose from, you’ll be a regular before you know it!
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You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love the food at this award-winning restaurant, as the menu (although entirely meat-free) is bursting with creativity. The battered tofu is a firm favourite amongst regulars and the desserts, such as the Earl Grey tea cake, finish the meal off nicely. The Birmingham restaurant is opposite Snow Hill station and just a short walk from the city’s shops, galleries and theatres.
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Established in the seventies, this co-operative shop and café cares about its workers as much as it does its quality vegetarian food. There’s no top-down management system, so there’s a feeling of togetherness that emanates from this shop as soon as you walk through the door. The feel-good factor continues into the café, where you’ll find a fantastic salad bar and a tempting range of freshly-made smoothies.
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