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18th January 2024

Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in the UK

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In the spirit of Veganuary, we have conducted some research into the best vegan restaurants in the UK, highlighting the ‘top 10 vegan restaurants in the UK’. But first, what exactly is Veganuary?

Veganuary (vegan January) is a month in which people adopt a fully plant-based diet to kickstart the year. In 2023, 10% of Brits committed to giving up meat and dairy for January (6 million people!). Of those partaking in Veganuary 2023, 25% of people planned to adopt veganism at the end of the month. With this in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to dedicate a blog to exploring vegan restaurants in the UK.

As of January 2024, there are approximately 2.5 million vegans in the UK, accounting for 4.7% of the population. With the rate of people adopting veganism doubling in the last year (an increase of 1.1 million in 2023) the demand for plant-based meals is at an all-time high.

By consulting the ukphonebook.com find a business function, scrolling though TripAdvisor recommendations and enquiring with our in-house vegans, we have created a list of our top 10 fully vegan restaurants in the UK. Check out the list and let us know your favourite!

1. Pastan- Barbican, Bristol, and Manchester

With two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Jerome and Dean (owners of Pastan) made the decision to take a significant leap of faith and venture out on their own. The driving force behind their choice was a personal struggle to find flavourful plant-based pasta options that didn't compromise on taste or enjoyment.

Pastan have three establishments across Barbican, Bristol and Manchester, with a brand-new location in Barcelona (if you’re ever in the area!). We LOVE the plant-based Paella but do let us know your favourite.

2. Remedy Coffee Shop – York

Remedy Coffee Shop is our personal favourite place to eat when in the historic city of York. Their ‘remedy’ adheres to carbon neutrality, zero waste targets and to only serve only sustainably sourced food. They locally source all their ingredients, opting for farmers market veg and bread from a local York baker. The atmosphere is chilled, friendly and with a local charm, you can even bring your dog! The food is wonderful, using seasonal produce that leads to an ever-evolving menu, this café is a must see!

3. Land - Birmingham

Land is a luxury vegan paradise, where plant-based ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces. The restaurant is ‘inspired by the land’, with a modern take on plant focused fine dining and has won multiple awards with this approach. The menu at Land is a testament to the creativity and dedication of its chefs, making it a must-visit for vegan enthusiasts in the Midlands.

4. Stem and Glory - Cambridge

 In the historic city of Cambridge, Stem and Glory stands out as an award-winning vegan restaurant.  An inclusive establishment, Stem and Glory offers gluten free options and an allium free menu for those with allergies. This restaurant is a go-to for those seeking a culinary adventure.

5. Farmacy - London

Returning to the bustling streets of London, Farmacy earns its place on this list for its dedication to organic, plant-based dishes. Farmacy is an elegant, fine dining experience with a focus on sustainability and health-conscious choices, offering food that is not only plant-based, but sugar, additive and chemical free. All the ingredients are grown fresh on the Farmacy farm or sourced locally.

6. The Orchid- York

The Orchid, an exquisite Thai fusion dining experience nestled in the heart of York, boasts a culinary haven with an entirely vegan menu. For the owner, veganism is not just a choice; it's a way of life, a commitment that resonates throughout the establishment, extending beyond the plate to exclude the use of leather, silk, and wool. Offering an innovative perspective on vegan cuisine, from sushi to noodles, The Orchid redefines the boundaries of plant-based dining.

7. Café Thrive - Southampton

Southampton's Café Thrive an affordable vegan café, serving combo boxes, salad bowls and burgers. This is a great option for tasty food that doesn’t break the bank. Offering gluten free and soya free alternatives, and even treat tubs for your pup, there is something for everyone! You must try the smoothies while you’re here too!

8. Café Bar 26 - Keswick

Nestled in the picturesque town of Keswick, Café Bar 26 provides a cosy hub in the heart of the Lake District, with a log burning fire and ornate décor- you will feel instantly at home. The menu is inspired by locally sourced ingredients, and the cafe offers a refreshing take on vegan dining amidst stunning natural surroundings.

9. Fat Annies - Leeds

Looking for the best vegan restaurant in Leeds? Look no further! Leeds' Fat Annies is a vegan hotspot, that mimics New Yorker restaurant culture. From indulgent burgers to crispy fries, this restaurant proves that vegan dining can be just as satisfying and flavourful as traditional options.

10. Cafe Shanti - Lincoln

Lincoln's Cafe Shanti is a family ran Nepalese restaurant that combines a tranquil atmosphere with a menu full of vegan delights. The first and only vegan restaurant in Lincoln, serving hearty breakfast options and flavourful lunch specials, this cafe is a delightful retreat for vegans in the charming city of Lincoln.

This list gives an extensive recommendation of vegan food across the country, why not savour the best vegan offerings these restaurants have to offer. From Indian tapas to comforting burgers, each establishment on this list brings its own unique flair to the vibrant landscape of vegan dining in the United Kingdom. In need of more restaurant recommendations? Use our business search function.

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