Restaurants and Eating Out

Eating out vegan has never been easier! Within the UK and around the world, the amount of places to eat vegan has increased exponentially with chefs and food manufacturers coming up with even more creative and delicious options. You can choose from chain pubs, restaurants and cafes, international restaurants and independents to try out an abundance of plant-based deliciousness.

The UK is doing particularly well in the vegan stakes and makes most of the ‘top ten countries’ lists for variety and availability. London is also ranked No.1 city in the world for vegan food by Happy Cow and a special mention goes out to Bristol, Brighton, Glasgow, Norwich, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Southampton. Here’s our guide to eating out vegan!

Veggie and vegan restaurants

Acorn, Bath

Here are the best vegan offerings with chefs getting really creative and showcasing just how incredible plant-based food can be. You can often find mock meats, dairy alternatives, cashew cheese boards, top vegan trends and vegetables transformed into something truly wonderful. As Richard Buckley from Oak restaurant says:

“Plants can, and should, be at the centre of our plates. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in your kitchen when you combine centre-staging vegetables alongside a deeper understanding of the techniques required to make the ingredients shine.”

Throughout the UK you’ll find hidden gems in major towns, cities and in more unexpected places. Here are some of the Viva! team’s favourite 100% veggie and vegan restaurants:

  • Beyond the Kale, Bath
  • Bundobust, Manchester
  • CookDaily, London
  • Doppelganger, Cambridge
  • Eat Your Greens, Bristol
  • Green Way Café, Matlock
  • Koocha, Bristol
  • Loving Hut, London
  • Make No Bones, Sheffield
  • Mildred’s, London
  • Mooshies, London
  • Oak, Bath
  • Nourish, Bath
  • Purezza, Brighton
  • Sanskruti, Liverpool and Manchester
  • Terre à Terre, Brighton
  • The Allotment, Manchester
  • The Spread Eagle, London
  • Tibits, London
  • Tierra Kitchen, Lyme Regis
  • Voltaire, Bangor

Of course there are so many more incredible veggie/vegan restaurants out there, and an abundance of non-vegan restaurants with vegan menus, these are just a few of our favourites.

Mildred's, London


Independent restaurants around the UK often have a vegan menu, delicious vegan options or are used to catering for vegans. If you’re not sure then call up ahead and talk to the restaurant manager or chef. They will be used to getting all sorts of requests and being vegan isn’t a burden for anyone. All good chefs will happily be able to adapt one of the dishes on the menu or come up with something new to suit your needs. It’s absolutely fine to ask questions about which dishes include hidden dairy or anything can be easily altered. If you’re out with a group of non-vegans then it might be best to call up beforehand to check, especially if you feel uncomfortable discussing dietary requirements in front of others.

Chain Restaurants

Most of the UK restaurant chains, pubs and cafes now have a vegan menu and listed below are chains that have at least one vegan option (although most have a lot more and many whole vegan menus – and the choice is pretty amazing).

Pub chains:
  • Beefeater
  • Chef & Brewer
  • Cosy Club
  • Crown Carveries
  • Fayre & Square
  • Harvester
  • Hungry Horse
  • JD Wetherspoon
  • The Lounges
  • Marston’s
  • Nando’s
  • Sizzling Pubs
  • Slug & Lettuce
  • TGI Fridays
  • Toby Carvery
  • Turtle Bay
  • Vintage Inns
Zizzi Vegan Pizza
  • ASK Italian
  • Bella Italia
  • Café Rouge
  • Carluccio’s
  • Domino’s
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • La Tasca
  • Pepenero
  • Pizza Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Prezzo
  • Strada
  • The Stable
  • Wildwood
  • Zizzi

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Jackfruit Burger

  • Bill’s
  • Bryon
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Handmade Burger Company

Yo! Sushi

  • Busaba Eathai
  • Itsu
  • Pho
  • Thaikun
  • Wagamama
  • Wasabi
  • Wok to Walk
  • Yo! Sushi


  • Barburrito
  • Bravas
  • Chimichanga
  • Chipotle
  • Chiquito
  • Giraffe
  • La Tasca
  • Las Iguanas
  • Leon
  • The Real Greek
  • Tortilla
  • Wahaca
Fast food:

Greggs Vegan Sausage Rolls

  • Bagel Nash
  • Boots
  • Caffe Nero
  • Coffee Republic
  • Costa Coffee
  • EAT
  • Go Falafel
  • Greggs
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Pret A Manger
  • Spudulike
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Tossed
  • West Cornwall Party Co.
  • Wrap Station


  • All Bar One
  • IKEA
  • Pieminister
  • Travelodge

The Viva! team’s top chains for vegan options are: Yo Sushi, Zizzi, Pho, Las Iguanas, Itsu, Pizza Express, Wagamama and Leon.

International cuisine

There are so many international options out there for vegans as many of these dishes are plant-based by default or can be easily adapted. Here are some of our favourites with common vegan options you might find on offer:


Fi Real, Bristol

There are lots of delicious vegan Caribbean options and especially if you’re lucky enough to find one exclusively plant-based. Try jerk tofu, spicy kale and collard greens, curries, ackee dishes, ital stew, okra, rice and peas, fried dumplings, fried plantain, callaloo (veg dish), mango salad and salsa, black bean dishes including black bean soup.


Spring rolls, steamed dumplings, a wide range of tofu (bean curd) dishes, chow mein (check they don’t use rice noodles), veg and tofu fried rice. One of the Viva! team asked their local Chinese take away if they would consider providing vegan mock meat options for all of their non-vegan dishes – and they said yes! The business is now thriving and it’s become one of the most popular takeaways in Bristol. It’s always worth gently and positively encouraging local businesses to increase their vegan offerings – you never know what might happen!


The Real Greek

Some of the chain Greek restaurants, like The Real Greek, now have a vegan menu and other independents will almost certainly have some vegan options, often small plates and dips. Otherwise some dishes can be easily adapted. Look out for fava bean dip, hummus, baba ganoush, olives, flatbread, falafel, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), grilled or smoked aubergines, filo parcels.


Ethiopian restaurants have some incredible vegan options by default. In most restaurants you can get an amazing colourful plate with a variety of different curries, salads and dips that you scoop up with a spongy, sourdough pancake (injera). The Ethiopian Orthodox Church requires that every Wednesday and Friday are fasting days where all animal products are removed from menus. This means lots of dishes are either vegan or easily adapted. Try injera (pancakes), berbere spice blend, wat dishes (thin curries to thick stews – often chickpea or lentil based), spicy salads, shiro (chickpea powder dish), azifa (green lentil salad), gomen (collard greens and spices), sambusa (lentil spring rolls).


So many Indian dishes can easily be made vegan if they aren’t already. Nearly all the vegetable side dishes such as chana masala (chickpea), tarka dhal (lentil), brinjal bahji (aubergine) are vegan. Then there are often a lot of suitable vegetable main courses such as dhansak, saagwala. There are starters such as onion bahjis, vegetable samosas and pakora (check first as sometimes they contain egg). Most rice dishes are by default vegan, including biryani. Poppadoms are vegan but naan bread usually isn’t. As an alternative try chapatti or see if the paratha is vegan. If there isn’t a vegan menu or labelling then it’s worth calling ahead as most restaurants can easily adapt their dishes to make them vegan. Often they only have to switch out the ghee.


Ever popular, thankfully pizzas can easily be made vegan, especially now that most chains stock vegan cheese. Just choose the toppings you enjoy. Traditional pasta dishes that are vegan by default include bruschetta napoli (toasted bread served with fresh tomatoes, oregano and basil), spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and oil) or the spicier version with peperoncino (red chilli) added. Spaghetti pomodoro (tomatoes) is on most menus. A delicious thick soup is pappa al pomodoro (made of tomatoes and unsalted Tuscan bread, cooked in extra virgin olive oil and odori – garlic, basil, salt, pepper) and a traditional dessert is the lovely pattona (chestnut flour, olive oil, salt and water).


Vegan sushi, gyoza (dumplings), tempura, tofu (bean curd) dishes, katsu curry (tofu, aubergine or pumpkin), miso soup, ramen dishes, edamame, inari (made with bean curd skin), yasai rolls.



There are lots of delicious vegan Mexican options which can easily be adapted or are plant-based by default. Try guacamole, nachos, ensalada, tacos, curries, fajita, burritos, veggie chilli, refried beans, corn stew, potato skins. A lot of the Mexican chains now have a vegan menu with some great options but most independents will adapt, just call up beforehand.

Moroccan and North African:

There are so many delicious North African vegan options! Try falafel, tahini sauce, a variety of incredible vegan tagines which can easily be adapted, flatbread, hummus, harissa, baba ganoush, salads (lots of them!), filo pastries, fried courgette and aubergine, a variety of couscous dishes, msemmem pancakes.


Thai cooking doesn’t use dairy so you’ll find plenty of vegetable curries using coconut milk. Tempura, tofu (bean curd) satay, pad thai (without the egg), red, green, yellow and Masaman curries, soups, spring rolls, stir fried veg, som tum salad (papaya), dumplings.

Turkish, Lebanese and Middle Eastern:

There are some incredible traditional Middle Eastern vegan dishes! Try out stuffed vine leaves, hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, cig kofte (street food made from bulgar, tomato paste and spices), fava bean puree, sautéed potatoes, spicy salads, falafel, spicy potatoes, grilled or smoked aubergines, flatbread, okra, stuffed vine leaves, tahini dip, fried cauliflower, grilled, smoked or fried aubergine, gaymeh (aubergine and lentil stew), muhammara (red pepper, walnut and pomegranate dip), pitta, harrisa, fattoush, mezze platters, olives, filo parcels, manoushe, fava bean dip.

Useful resources

Check out our online directory of vegan restaurants, businesses and events — My Vegan Town. Here you’ll find all the local vegan-friendly eateries in your area.


Carry these great little business-sized cards in your wallet, where they’ll be to hand when you come across a restaurant or café serving amazing vegan food and want to let them know how much you appreciate it! Order here


Also carry these great little suggestion business cards to let businesses know you’d love to eat there if they had more vegan options! Order here

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